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How to Use Lighting to Sell Your Home Faster

Lighting has a foundational impact on selling a home.

One of the keys to attracting buyers is to create an inviting and comforting ambiance in the home, and lighting plays a critical role in the atmosphere of a space. And it goes far beyond illumination – lighting alone can make or break a sale.

Lighting should receive substantial emphasis in both open houses and showings and photography of the home. The first impression of the buyer is critical, and poor lighting diminishes the ambiance and casts an unwelcoming pall over the entire property.

We’re not only talking about the amount of lighting but also the temperature, placement, and source type per room. Harsh shadows, glare, fluorescent lighting, and rooms lacking light in the right places create an immediate turn-off, as lighting has a science-backed psychological impact on mood, emotion, and feelings of comfort and well-being in a space.

A warm, inviting atmosphere is key, primarily orchestrated by lightning.

Utilize these vital lighting strategies throughout the interior and exterior spaces to maximize your home’s appeal and ability to sell

Layering Lighting

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Layer your lighting

Creating an atmosphere through lighting is all about layering different light sources. There are four main types of indoor lighting that work together to craft a balanced, welcoming environment:

  • Ambient Lighting: This provides the overall illumination for a room, often through recessed lights and overhead fixtures.
  • Accent Lighting: Highlights specific areas or features of a room, like architectural details, and creates focal points within a space through track lighting, picture lights, and uplights.
  • Task Lighting: Focused lighting enhances the function of a space, from reading lamps in an office to under-cabinet lighting in a kitchen, making activities easier.
  • Decorative Lighting: Design elements like decorative sconces, chandeliers, and table and floor lamps contribute to the room’s style and atmosphere and provide light.

Using a strategic combination of these lighting types and layering them together in a space creates depth, mood, and a warm, inviting ambiance while attracting attention to the features that make each room special. For example, in the living room, you might use dimmable recessed lighting for ambient lighting, an elegant chandelier for a decorative centerpiece, wall-mounted uplights to accentuate the high ceilings, and table lamps to add extra warmth and style.

Choose the Right Temperature

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Find the right temperature!

One of the most important factors in lighting is color temperature. The temperature of the lighting in a room has a foundational impact on the atmosphere and feel of the space. Overly bright or fluorescent lighting with a cool tone can make a room feel harsh, stark, and uninviting and even has a profound psychological impact over time. Instead, opt for bulbs in the warm white range (between 2700K-3000K), creating a warm, softer, cozier glow.

Using warm, dim lighting is key to evoking comfort. It also helps blur imperfections, primarily when used through diffused, indirect lighting sources.

Consider the temperature in all lighting sources and install dimmers on all main room light fixtures to easily set the perfect level for the evening. 

Light Fixtures

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Look for modern light fixtures

The style and condition of your home’s lighting fixtures also impact the ambiance. Outdated fixtures can make even the most well-lit room fail to evoke the emotions you are aiming for through other elements. Focusing some of your budget on upgrading key fixtures like overhead lights, chandeliers, sconces, and lamps can pay off by elevating not only the design and style of the room but also the comfort and atmosphere.

Concentrate your efforts on the main living areas, such as the kitchen, living room, dining room, master bedroom, and bathroom, where buyers will spend the most time and envision themselves living in the space.

Outdoor and Landscape Lighting

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Remember outdoor lighting, too!

Don’t overlook the power of outdoor lighting when selling a home. Your exterior lighting plays a substantial role in either elevating the property or detracting from its atmosphere.

Exterior lighting in the front of the home sets the first impression from the curb. It can create a dramatic, inviting glimpse of life within the home while offering an opportunity to show off your property’s landscaping. Up-leveling exterior lighting and ambiance in the backyard, porch, or deck can profoundly affect the space.

Some focal points for outdoor lighting to create an impact include:

  • Uplighting large mature trees or other vertical landscape elements like trellises and columns
  • Lining walkways and steps with path lighting
  • Illuminating the front door and garage area
  • Adding landscape lighting to highlight flower beds and garden areas
  • Hanging string lights or mounting lampposts to define outdoor living areas

Also, consider installing programmable timers or smart lighting controls, allowing you to put on a “lighting show” remotely before evening showings so that all the exterior elements are perfectly illuminated when buyers arrive.

Lighting has a much more substantial impact on a home’s feel and sale than most people realize.

Implementing a layered indoor and outdoor lighting design plan utilizing warm temperatures and strategic placement can create a first impression of a warm, inviting atmosphere that gets buyers interested. You can substantially increase the home’s marketability by upgrading key lighting fixtures and strategically creating ambiance in outdoor spaces with landscape lighting. Remember, lighting goes far beyond illumination—it can transform the look and feel of a home and completely increase its sale price.

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