Certain rooms in your home require more brightness, especially when it comes to your home office and kitchen. In that respect, a great solution may be to install a halogen lamp. Halogen bulbs produce a great amount of light and disperse it equally across space. What’s more, they last a bit longer, which is absolutely great considering their more affordable price range as well. As your Langhorne handyman will explain, it’s rather simple to install a halogen lamp in your own home. However, keep in mind that these tend to give off more heat. If you live in warmer climates, you might not find this type of bulb as effective. Also, you need to be sure that you can really benefit from halogen bulbs and their light emission. Otherwise, you may not be as happy when you realize that they tend to consume a bit more energy.
The decision to choose one type or another of lighting is based primarily on personal tastes and the results you expect. If we talk about a small room, it may not be most appropriate to use halogen bulbs, but in case of large areas that require great lighting, it’s undoubtedly the best lighting system that you can utilize.
Ceilings suitable for installing a halogen bulb
The first thing to consider before you install a halogen lamp is the type of ceiling that you have. At the moment, plaster ceilings are the most suitable as they allow simple installation of this type of lighting. In that respect, old houses can benefit from this type of lighting, too.
How to install a halogen lamp
The fundamental structure of this type of lighting is based on the lamp (bulb) connected to a transformer and this, in turn, connects to the electric current.
First of all, you have to plan the most appropriate distribution for the spotlights, depending on the characteristics provided by the manufacturer. The minimum distance between them must be 3 feet. The distance from the wall should never be less than 1.5 feet.
Once the distribution is done, mark the spotlights on the plaster. To trim this piece of plaster, the most appropriate way is to make several holes along the arc of the circle, so that you weaken the piece you want to detach. Little by little you should increase the number of holes until the piece is released. Don’t be rough or bang the ceiling as you can damage the plaster. It would be best to use a crown drill for this project.
Then, you need to connect the cables of the ceiling to the transformer. It goes without saying that the transformer will be hidden over the plaster ceiling; fix it as much as possible to avoid displacements. You can use a bit of insulating tape, in addition to placing a small piece of cork just below in order to avoid being in direct contact with the plaster. This will also prevent dirt and noise from being produced and transmitted through the plaster inside the room.
The wires that will go to the sockets of each halogen bulb will come out of each transformer. Never forget to ground them in order to avoid accidents.
Keep the following in mind:
Before finalizing the project, protect the cables with a corrugated tube. If you don’t have an electrical outlet in the area that you want to install a halogen lamp, it’s easy enough to get new one(s) installed.
Now, you just have to fix the focus on the hole you made earlier. Each manufacturer has a different fixing method, although, as a general rule, it’s usually very simple.
Finally, place the chosen cover that matches the aesthetic and décor of the room, and enjoy your bright space.
Of course, the whole process isn’t necessarily simple for people who aren’t used to these types of projects. That said, don’t hesitate to rely on your local Langhorne handyman and ifixit. We’ll make sure that the installation goes smoothly and seamlessly.