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Lighting Ideas & Inspiration

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

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

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How to Choose Recessed Lights

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

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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

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How to Add Overhead Lighting to a Bedroom

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

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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

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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

4 Outdoor Lighting Upgrades for Summer Entertaining

Brighten your outdoor space with lights and laughter

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.

Exterior Lighting Right Where You Need It

A common sense approach to outdoor lighting

All About Landscape Lighting

From selecting the best outdoor lights to setting them up, our experts share how to brighten up the outside of your house.

5 Creative Design Ideas for Outdoor Lighting

Achieve a magical look in your yard with these nightscaping suggestions

World's Wildest Holiday House Displays

This Old House has assembled 26 over-the-top abodes with holiday lights so bright, you could probably see them from outer space

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.

Demystifying LED Lightbulbs

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

Velux Sun Tunnel Skylights

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

How to Install Outdoor Garage Lights

A step-by-step guide to lighting the driveway with outdoor garage light fixtures with a motion sensor.

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.

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

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

Ask Kevin: Tips on New Lightbulb Options

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

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

3 Ways to Spiff Up a Ceiling Fan

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

Barn-Style Sconces

Charming and practical, these hardworking fixtures deliver high-performance light and a vintage look to any home

All About Pendant Lights

These hanging fixtures add brightness and style to any room in the house. The experts at TOH show you how to find and install one that puts light where you want it, beautifully

Buying and Using Vintage Light Fixtures

Hang a vintage fixture to give a style boost to a bedroom, dining room, or hallway