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Home Lighting Essentials

There’s a lot more to know about lighting, particularly for an aging population whose eyes need brighter and better directed light as time passes. In fact, for a large project, hiring a lighting designer is a smart move. Read on for more tips on home lighting.

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Early American Lighting | North Shore Farmhouse

Up in Rupert, Vermont, homeowner Bill shows off handcrafted reproductions of period light fixtures

Are Smart Bulbs the Answer to Your Sleep Problems?

Artificial light has a negative impact on sleeping habits. Here's a solution that might help

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How to Switch Basement Lighting

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner add switching to basement lights that used to be controlled by a pull string

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How to Wire for a New Ceiling Light

Ask This Old House electrician Scott Caron installs a new switch and ceiling fixture for a homeowner

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 Install Undercabinet LED Lighting

Help make meal prep easier and add mood lighting with peel-and-stick tape lined with LEDs

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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 Install Cable Lighting

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron replaces a track lighting setup with cable lighting in a new baby’s nursery.

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How to Install a Motorized Light Lift

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install an electric lift to move her light fixture up and down, allowing easy access to the fixture for changing lights and cleaning

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How to Install Surface-mounted Downlights

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner improve his living room with surface-mounted downlights

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How to Install Ultra-Thin Exterior Lighting

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron installs ultra-thin, LED lights on a garage to replace a broken floodlight.

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 a Little Mood Lighting to Your Deck

Use energy-efficient LEDs to cast a warm glow on the deck, stairs, and trees, and you can extend the party (safely) into the night

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How to Convert a Recessed Light to a Pendant

Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask This Old House, helps a homeowner convert recessed lights into stylish new pendant lights

How to Understand the Lighting Facts Label

Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask This Old House, deciphers the information on a lightbulb label

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How to Install Fiesta String Lights

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install fiesta string lights to get the party started in Texas

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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

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How to Install Track Lights and Speakers

Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask This Old House, installs LED track lights and LED track lights with Bluetooth speaker technology to brighten up a loft bedroom

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How to Install an Antique Light Fixture

Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask This Old House, helps a homeowner install an antique light fixture in her historic St. Paul, MN, home

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How to Install an Outdoor Wall Sconce and Recessed Lights

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron installs an outdoor wall sconce and recessed lights at an old church that now serves as a house

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How to Replace a Post Light

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner replace a lamppost light in his driveway

Ask Kevin: Tips on New Lightbulb Options

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

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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 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 Task Lighting to a Kitchen

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor works with an electrician to help a couple add task lighting to their dark kitchen

How to Light a Windowless Room

Pro tips for brightening spaces that lack natural light

4 Outdoor Lighting Upgrades for Summer Entertaining

Brighten your outdoor space with lights and laughter

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How to Install Recessed Lighting in a Kitchen

Ask This Old House electrician Scott Caron demonstrates how to install recessed light fixtures in a finished ceiling

Easy Fixes to Create Quiet in the House

Pounding washers, knocking pipes, roaring exhaust fans, whistling windows—read these simple house noise solutions to quiet nuisance sounds

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