6 Basic Tips When Positioning Light Switches At Home

A house without lighting is incomplete – good lighting for that matter. Comfort convenience safety and security are all achieved when an abode is properly lit. You can clearly navigate around the house and generally live in it as you should. Selecting the right lighting for your residence is very important. Having experts proficiently install it is indisputably needed. And while you are at it do not forget how the significance of light switches should be regarded as well. 

Light switches allow people to turn lighting fixtures on and off. When you need to brighten up a room you just have to find the switch and activate it. In contrast you flick it off when you want to darken an area, say you are leaving it. Smart home technology nowadays has invented digital lighting devices that can go on and off with voice command or motion sensor; nonetheless manual light switches are still the most widely used in households across the globe. For various reasons they still cannot be topped even in modern real estates today. 

While high-tech lighting can be commanded by the homeowner where he/she is standing in the room its counterpart traditional lighting requires you to be where the light switches are. You have to be present there and to personally run them for them to perform their function. For that reason you must have a wise installation layout for your lighting. Speak and work with professionals to score that. At the moment read these 6 tips when positioning light switches at home. Take note carefully!   

Choose easy to activate and deactivate switches.

There are various sorts of light switches used in residential areas. Different styles and designs are there for you to choose from. 

Do not give yourself a hard time. Choose easy to activate and deactivate light switches. Skip the complicated patterns and modes. Especially if you have kids and senior citizens in the house go for what you can use with ease. Opt for those you can turn on and off in a single click or tap. It would be a good idea if the switch lets you do that using your elbow or wrist even when your hands are wet or busy. 

The model and brand of your light switches along with the electrical layout of your property can also affect the value of your house. You can get added value and claim some great tax depreciation benefits in the future as well.

Situate them at a height ideal to you.

Consider your height and of all the adults in the house. Situate the light switches at a height ideal to you or most of you. Needless to say you should not have to stand up a small stool or get on a ladder only to power the lights. They must be reachable without issue so you can access them comfortably and safely. 

Do not put light switches behind furniture.

Some homeowners think that this is alright, but putting light switches should be avoided. Or the other way around furniture should not be stationed where the light switches are installed. 

If cabinets closets or shelves are blocking the way to access the light switches, even when it’s only partial the simple act of turning them on and off could become complicated. Instead of easily opening and closing the lights when you need to do so you are having a tricky time. Worse you might accidentally hit and drop items stored on the shelves in front of the switches. That’s a combo problem. 

Furthermore this arrangement must be abstained from to make way for risk management techniques and disaster measures in case of emergencies related to your electrical systems. 

Install switches with a glow-in-the-dark portion.

When buying light switches, be wise. Do not just pick stylish switches. Think about the efficacy of the design. There are those with a glow-in-the-dark feature or portion. It’s like the whole switch glows in the middle of the dark or just a line on top of it. This lets you find the switch and the way to it even when it’s late in the evening. 

Place them at the top and bottom of staircases.

Danger-prone areas in the house should be completely lit. Make sure there is a designated lighting fixture for each of them. As for their switches place them at the top and bottom of staircases. Do not put them in the middle of the stairway that’s of no reasonable use. Mount them at the start and the end of the staircase so you can see the pathway clearly. You can prevent falling and slipping. 

Set them beside doors.

Locate light switches beside doors. When people enter and exit a room the first and the last thing they do is turn the light on and off. For convenience and safety set those switches next to doors. You will also avoid forgetting to turn the light off if the thing that says goodbye to you before stepping out is a light switch. 


Many people overlook or intentionally ignore how arrangements are very crucial when it comes to home building and home design. Elements like light switches are not similar to couches and cabinets you can instantly transfer from one spot to another. Once they are affixed to a particular wall or post they will be there for who knows how long. They cannot be removed anytime you want to so in case a mistake is made in their location it’s a hassle. It’s either you will just accept and live with it or you will start over to correct it. 

That’s why you must be sure before you finalize where to situate your light switches. Your electrical system’s features and requirements will have a huge say in this so working with lighting specialists is indeed necessary. Position your light switches where they will be productive pleasant and purposeful. See to it that they accomplish their role perfectly.

Nicole Ann an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. Nicole is a daytime writer for Depreciator an Australian-based company specializing in tax depreciation schedules. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.