Make your life easier by easily updating your outlets and light switches.
These small updates are easy if you know how to replace light switches and outlets. If not, it’s worth paying someone to install it until you get the hang of it.
I recommend watching the YouTube video to see how easy it is (or check out the tutorial I share in this post).
You don’t need an electrician to add these gadgets to your home. i promise
Replacing a switch or outlet is not that difficult. Once you get used to it, each update takes about 5 minutes.
If you are inexperienced, have an electrician or other knowledgeable person install it until you are satisfied.
All of these DIY lighting and outlet hacks are simple fixes that will make your life a little easier, save energy, and extend the life of your light bulbs.
1. Dimmer Switch
I’ve been talking endlessly about dimmer switches for years, and with good reason. they are my favourite!
A dimmer can soften a bright room so that it is not always bright.
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I love it in any room. I have it in my bedroom, bathroom (a must if you wake up before the sun rises!), kitchen, dining area and living room.
There is nothing better than being able to turn a bright, harsh light into a soft one at night.
I especially like it as a ceiling light over the dining table.
It is sure to create a soft and cozy atmosphere!
Here is my quick tutorial for installing a dimmer switch. (I wrote this post many years ago. Be sure to refer to your dimmer manual for the latest tutorials.)
There are a few things to consider when buying a dimmer switch. First, make sure your dimmer switch is compatible with your LED bulb. Most options on the market today will work with these bulbs or incandescent bulbs, but older versions may have flickering LEDs.
Also, decide if you need a single pole dimmer or a 3 pole dimmer.
When a light works with one switch, it is called:
unipolarwhen operating from multiple switches, is called Three directions.
Most dimmer switches today support all of these. Therefore, the price is higher than before. (It was less than $10 a piece back then!)
Here are my favorite dimmer switches!
Did you know you can add a dimmer to your lamp?
I learned this little trick last year. Now I like that I can dim the light of the lamp.
A dimmer not only adjusts the light to your liking, but also allows for soft ambient lighting. TRUE Nice in the evening or on a stormy day. 😍
Plus, you save energy and your bulb lasts longer
2. Recessed outlet
We also shared these cool recessed outlets (and how to install them). The outlet has a deep recess that gives you a few more inches of space behind your furniture or TV.
Also, if you have an outlet behind your wall-mounted TV, we recommend using this instead of a regular outlet. This will give you enough room to insert the plug behind the attached TV.
I also like the USB outlet.
because they are just so I can use it. There are 2 regular outlets, but also 2 USB sockets.
You can plug it into anything like you would a regular outlet, but you don’t need a bulky charger to power your device. There is enough space to connect anything anywhere.
We have a lot of items in our house that need to be charged, like speakers, watches, phones, so we have one in the mud room. this is perfect.
I keep all my cords in a quick drawer for quick access.
A kitchen island is also a great place for these.
I think it would also look great in the office or bedroom (by the nightstand!).
4. Motion sensor light switch
I hate having lights around my house left on!I don’t call my family…I do I never have do it. 😉
fell in love with
motion sensor light switch
When I used one of these in my old house:
Motion sensor lights are perfect for:
our family We tend to leave the lights on.
You can set how quickly it turns on when you enter a room and turns off when you leave the room. You can also manually turn it on or off by tapping the button.
I think it will be especially useful in closets and pantries. I love what’s in my closet, especially when I’m carrying a laundry basket (covered with scraps of wallpaper!).
These switches take some getting used to. After installation, you will reach for the light switch for a week. 🙂
If you have a light switch violator in your home, a motion sensor switch will definitely save you money on your electricity bill.
Just remove the genuine outlet cover and attach it to the outlet. You can make it any color you like, so it’s almost inconspicuous when you put it on the wall.
These covers are also great if you want to update a discolored outlet but don’t want to replace everything.
If you plan to install these handy switches and outlets, buy them.
likewise. This is a very simple tool that will tell you if there is any power in what you are working on.
I always test (not just trip the breaker) — Even if the light is off, it may be receiving power from another line.
I think that the outlets and switches introduced here are useful to have around the house. Have you ever used these handy gadgets?