Simply said, fluorescent light covers are covers made to hide light fixtures and generally improve the appearance of your home. They are made of acrylic and are extremely durable and effective. In this article you will discover the benefits of light covers, how you can use them at home and, if they turn out to be a good choice for you, I’ll also show you some purchasing options (where you can buy them). Let’s start right away.
4 Main Benefits Of Fluorescent Light Covers You May Not Know
There are many benefits of fluorescent covers, but most homeowners decide to purchase them because of these 4 benefits.
1. Better light dispersion
Fluorescent covers make sure that the light in your home is well dispersed. In case you only use light fixtures, you can see that only the area bellow light fixture is well illuminated. Light covers disperse the light across the entire room – you will consequently need fewer fixtures for a proper room illumination.
2. Better appearance of your home
Light covers are available in different shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. If you select a good looking light cover, your room will look much better.
Fluorescent Light Covers in The Kitchen (Source: Amazon)
I’ll give you a little tip here: Before you buy light cover, you need to decide whether you want your light cover to blend in or you want your visitors to notice it right away. If you want fluorescent light covers to blend in, you can buy light covers in the color of the room (for example – white walls, white sofa, white table, and white light cover). If you want your light covers to attract some attention, you need to buy them in one of the more noticeable colors (for example – white walls, white sofa, white table, and red light cover). You can also select something in between – covers that are noticeable, but don’t scream for attention.
You can experiment with colors quite a lot. You can even buy decorative fluorescent light covers, which are light covers that are made specifically to improve the appearance of your room. If regular light covers are made as a compromise between proper light dispersion, appearance, and other factors, decorative light covers are made with only appearance in mind (which doesn’t mean that their light dispersion is terrible, but only that dispersion may not be as good as it would be if you used regular light covers).
3. Light covers will save you money
Light covers will save you money in 2 different ways. Firstly, you save a lot of money when you purchase light covers (light covers are inexpensive). And secondly, you will save money because you won’t need many of them (owing to the good light dispersion).
4. They are easy to install
Once a fixture is installed, you can change covers without a problem. Most covers can be removed and installed by pulling back the clips that hold the cover in place. In some cases, you don’t even need a tool for that. If you can’t do it with your hands, you can use a screwdriver or needle-nose pliers to move the clips in and out.
Fluorescent Light Covers In Your Home…
Light covers are extremely popular in kitchens and dining rooms. From my experience, fluorescent covers are also a popular choice for hallways. I’ve seen them in bathrooms as well, so, I can genuinely say that light covers are used everywhere.
Fluorescent light covers in the bathroom (source: Amazon)
When you are making a decision (whether you will buy light covers or not), you need to keep in mind a few basic things.
Size of your room
First factor is the size of your room. Smaller rooms (or hallways) need smaller light covers and vice versa. Second factor is the appearance of the cover. Among many different options, you need to find a matching cover (this may sound harder than it actually is). Believe me, you don’t want to install a big cover in a small room – it will look terrible. On the contrary, many small covers in a big room may look great.
The most popular cover size is 24×48 inches – many people install several light covers in a row.
If your room (or hallway) has low ceiling, fluorescent light covers may not be the best choice for you (well, maybe some smaller ones can be used).
General room appearance
This is the most important factor for 90% of homeowners. If they can find a matching light cover(s), they will buy it. Otherwise, they will look for something else.
This is an important factor to consider – if you would like to buy light covers for, let’s say, your kitchen, you need to find a good match. If you don’t find it, it’s better to look for other lighting options (maybe regular ceiling lights or recessed lights).
Where Can You Buy Light Covers?
Light covers can be purchased in local lighting stores and also in many hardware stores (because they are so popular). They can also be purchased online. Since you are already sitting behind your computer, you may want to check online offers first.
You can instantly check different colors and patterns and see if that is what you are looking for. There are many different options available – you should be able to find suitable covers online. But, if you don’t find it, you should continue your search until you spot that perfect cover (or start thinking about other type of lights).
Online purchase is also completely risk free – if you change your mind (you later discover that you don’t like it, you find better cover, etc.), you can simply send it back and you will get a full refund.