Lighting Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring lighting ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.

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How to Make Mason Jar Patio Lights

These charming lanterns brighten an evening barbecue spread, and they're a cinch to make from supplies you can pick up at the home center.

Best Recessed Lights (2024 Guide)

Recessed lighting fixtures (also known as can lights) save space by sitting flush with your ceiling, making your home feel less cluttered. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best recessed lights on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home.
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Best Under-Cabinet Lighting (2024 Guide)

In this review, we compare and analyze today's best under-cabinet lighting options so you can find the perfect ambiance for your home.

The 5 Best Floor Lamps (2024 Review)

Floor lamps don’t only provide your home with additional light—they can also contribute to its look. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best floor lamps on Amazon.

How to Build a Modern Tripod Lamp

House One editor and This Old House DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares how to build a sleek three-legged lamp from stock parts and basic tools.

The 5 Best LED Lights (2024 Review)

LED lights can help you enhance your gaming or movie-watching setup, decorate your countertops, or just give any room in your home a new aesthetic. Here are our picks for the best LED lights on Amazon.

The 5 Best LED Strip Lights (2024 Review)

Strip lights can upgrade the look of any room or space. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best LED strip lights on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

5 Savvy Uses for Smart Lighting

Sure, you’ll never have to come home to a dark house again. But this technology is also helpful when it comes to home security, monitoring energy usage, and more

Everything to Know About Bathroom Chandeliers

Are you considering adding a chandelier to your bathroom? Bring glamour to your most personal space with one of these fabulous fixtures.

Best Outdoor Solar Lights (2024 Guide)

Outdoor solar lighting allows you to brighten your yard without batteries or cords. Here are our top picks for the best outdoor solar lights.

Best Christmas Lights (2024 Guide)

In this review and guide, we evaluate some of the best Christmas lights for a range of applications, personal tastes, and budgets.

14 Best Pergola Lighting Ideas

Entertain or just relax with these illuminating ideas for your pergola or other outdoor living space.

5 Garage Lighting Ideas (2024 Guide)

Whether you plan on using your garage as a working space for DIY projects or as a storage area, you’ll need it to be well-lit to navigate around the space. Keep reading for garage lighting ideas, products, and tips.

Building Breakthroughs: Smart Light Switches

TOH smart home tech expert Ross Trethewey teaches a new trade apprentice how retrofitting new smart lighting systems into old houses provides more user control, energy savings, and peace of mind.

Pro Lighting Tips | 2020 Idea House: Cottage on the Cape

Interior designer Denise Enright tells us what inspired her lighting selections throughout The TOH 2020 Idea House on the Cape.

10 DIY String Light Ideas

Nothing warms up a space like string lights. They add coziness, are painless to display, and are typically very affordable (you can often grab perfectly good options from the clearance section). Perhaps you’ve only utilized them during the holiday season, but they look just as pretty when hung up all year round

Velux Sun Tunnel Skylights

Learn how to "live lighter" with this cost-effective, energy-efficient, and simple-to-install skylight option from VELUX.

5 Creative Design Ideas for Outdoor Lighting

Achieve a magical look in your yard with these nightscaping suggestions

Ask This Old House Know-How: DIY Dimmers

Master Electrician Scott Caron demonstrates how to upgrade to a wireless dimming system to easily adjust lighting schemes throughout the home by remote control

How to Add Overhead Lighting to a Bedroom

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron adds dimmable overhead lighting to a dark bedroom

Articulating Library Lights

Use hardworking sconces to illuminate a reading nook, sink wall, fireplace mantel, or any other place you want to brighten in style

How to Add an Overhead Light

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install a chandelier in a dimly lit dining room

Ask Kevin: Tips on New Lightbulb Options

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor explains what to look for when choosing energy-efficient lightbulbs

How to Add Automatic Lighting to a Closet

Lighting expert Scott Caron shows a homeowner how to brighten up a dark closet and never have to flip on a light switch

How to Convert a Kerosene Lantern into a Lamp

Master electrician Scott Caron brings electricity to a lantern that used to be lit with kerosene

4 Outdoor Lighting Upgrades for Summer Entertaining

Brighten your outdoor space with lights and laughter

Front Porch Lights: From A to Z

More than just a beacon leading to the front door, exterior lighting helps define the look of a house. With planning and a bit of math, you can put your home's best face forward.

Kitchen Solutions: Layering Light

Considering a well planned lighting design to show off a kitchen and make it fully functional, with tips from kitchen designer Kathy Marshall and TOH host Kevin O'Connor

Demystifying LED Lightbulbs

If you have nagging questions about these energy-saving and long-lasting bulbs, we have the answers

How to Choose Recessed Lights

Electrician Charles Vargas explains light-bulb options for recessed fixtures.

3 Ways to Spiff Up a Ceiling Fan

Give an old ceiling fan a refined new look in three easy steps

All About Path Lighting

With a little knowledge and a little planning, you can lead family and friends safely to your door and cast your home in a whole new light

Exterior Lighting Right Where You Need It

A common sense approach to outdoor lighting