Each year, people are hurt in accidents in their home. Many of these can be blamed on poor lighting. Injuries such as trips and slips on stairs and kitchen accidents can be avoided.

Living rooms: dark areas in rooms can be accident black spots. Use lamps or spot lights to create ambient but safe lighting. This will help avoid tripping over toys, shoes and handbags, etc.

Stairs: stairways must be well-lit with two-way switches at the top and bottom. Pendant lights are an effective way to light up your stairwell. Be sure to switch the lights on when going up or down the stairs in the dark. If you have children, you might consider leaving a landing light on at night. With energy-efficient LED bulbs, this will keep your family safe and your costs low.

Kitchens: good kitchen lighting is essential to help prevent accidents. Worktops must be well-lit, particularly in areas where you are using knives and electrical equipment, such as mixers and blenders. Adhesive LED strip lighting concealed under your kitchen units will shine down, illuminating your work surfaces. If you have directional spot lights, make sure they are positioned to light up your working areas.

Motion sensors: PIR motion sensors are not just for outside lighting. They can be useful inside the home too. When you enter a room, the sensor detects your presence and activates the light. These are ideal for homes with young children perhaps, who are not tall enough to reach the light switches.

Workshops and garages: if you’re into DIY and using potentially dangerous tools in a workshop or garage, make sure you have adequate lighting. A jig-saw or power drill can be an accident waiting to happen if you can’t see what you’re doing.

If you need help or advice on lighting your home, don’t forget you can contact Simply LED’s team of advisors.

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