Mike McDougall

HOMEFINDER: Lighting the way for homeowners

The biggest trend in home lighting these days is LED, local expert says

One style of bulbs is leading the way in home lighting trends.

“The biggest trend in home lighting is LEDs. Everyone wants them,” says Mike McDougall, a certified lighting consultant with McLaren Lighting.

Existing styles of bulbs, from halogen to flourescent, are still in use, but bulbs using  LEDs are longer lasting and more efficient to use.

The last of the incandescent light bulbs, the 40- and 60-watt versions, joined the 100-watt bulb in being legislated out of existence as of Dec. 31.

LEDs are still the most expensive lighting product, but as McDougall points out, ”because the price has continued to come down, more people are using them.”

They’re being incorporated into all styles of fixtures, from desk lamps to chandeliers. “Victoria is a diverse community for lighting. It is very modern, but has a strong base for traditional and industrial styles of lighting.

“Craftsman style is also a favourite, but that is currently morphing into more of a West Coast contemporary look.”

One can always find the classic Tiffany-style lamps around town as well.

McDougall says Tiffany lamps make up a small portion of the lighting market, but haven’t gone away completely.

When asked what customers should keep in mind when purchasing lighting for their home, he suggests that “living space needs to be lit for the task at hand.”

Areas such as workspaces need brighter light and buyers should consider that when designing a residence or retro-fitting current lights.

He also suggest that multiple light switches and dimmers are becoming a thing of the past.

New one-stop key pads give you the ability to control all your lights on one panel and allow you to create preset lighting conditions for different times of your day.

“You can push one button and have all your lighting change,” he says.

McDougall recommends consulting experienced staff when purchasing lighting products.

“We’ve done the research and worked with the items in stock,” he says. “We want to be sure the homeowner has the right product for their needs.”


Q: Three quick and easy self-renovation ideas

1. New light switches and outlet covers

One of the most inexpensive ways to refresh a room is simply by replacing the covers on your lightswitches and power outlets. Choose an accent colour and texture to accentuate and add a flare to the room, or just new, crisp white ones to replace the dingy ones you’ve got on there right now.

2. Knobs and handles

Another quick, inexpensive and relatively easy improvement you can do yourself, don’t underestimate the look and feel of new doorknobs, drawer pulls and cupboard door hardware.

3. Blinds and curtains

Other than priming and painting a room top to bottom – a huge procedure, as you may know – the biggest way you can change the atmosphere of a room is by changing the window dressing. Even going from a one-inch vinyl blind to a two-inch one or adding side-curtains can do wonders.



» 63 / 1,080 — NEW LISTINGS / TOTAL, JAN. 2014


Just Posted

Number of adults living with parents has doubled since 1995

9 per cent of the adult population living with one or more parent

Victoria Guard Commander leads group of snowmen after ceremony cancelled

Lt.-Cmdr. Michael Irwin wasn’t going to let a bit of snow strip him of his duties

Beauty Day spreads ‘brightness’ at Our Place

Volunteer hairdressers, estheticians, even a tarot card reader took part in the Victoria event

Victoria saw more snowfall this month compared to other major cities

Victoria normally sees about 6 cm of snow in February

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Man in Vancouver Island hotel shooting pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Brandon Tyler Woody, from Victoria, to be sentenced in late March in B.C. Supreme Court

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Most Read