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Guide To HDB Lighting In Singapore

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Knowing what lights to install in your HDB flat can improve its appearance significantly. Just like electrical switches, they provide much needed convenience and comfort. By purchasing lights with a suitable design that does not require constant electrical troubleshooting, you can ensure that you have optimized comfort at all times. Otherwise, you might end up spending heavily on electrical repairs. Thus, here are some guidelines for you to pick the most appropriate lights for your home.


Light Bulb Types







The following are the most popular types of light bulbs available for purchase:


LED Bulbs

Light emitting diode lights, or LED lights for short, produce brightness via current which passes through its semiconductors. Since these types of light installations do not require large amounts of heat, they are highly energy-efficient, thereby making them a popular choice among homeowners. They are also available in a wide array of colors (such as red, blue, yellow, and green) and do not require additional filters. Although they are more expensive compared to other installed lights, they are likely to last longer due to their durability.


Fluorescent Bulbs

Until just a decade ago, fluorescent lights were widely used since they allowed for higher power savings. These types of bulbs use heavy amounts of mercury and other gases to produce energy, which is then converted into light by the bulb’s phosphorous coating. Although fluorescent bulbs enabled homeowners to reduce their electricity costs, their mercury content rendered them highly toxic. As a result, their usage has decreased over the years.


Incandescent Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs are among the first electric light installations to have been invented. They consist of a tungsten filament surrounded by nitrogen or vacuum and enclosed in a glass structure. Once the bulb is inserted into a power socket, electricity passes through it which enables the tungsten filament to glow.

When compared to other light fixtures, incandescent bulbs are the least energy-saving lights as they use up heavy amounts of energy. In fact, only a small portion of the power they consume is converted into light and the rest is turned into heat. Their lifespan is also extremely limited as they can only be used for up to one-thousand hours. Because of these, many electrical contractors only recommend using them for temporary purposes (such as when a power failure suddenly takes place).


Light Bulb Colors










When choosing the right light installation for your home, bulb color is among the most important factors to consider. Some popular ones include the following:


Cool White

Besides multiple electrical sockets, office spaces and kitchen areas need extremely clear illumination. As such, they are best equipped with light bulbs of a cool white color.


Warm White

Some rooms are used exclusively for relaxation purposes. In that case, it is best to call an electrician to equip them with warm white colored light bulbs since they are relatively less harsh. This will allow you to have enhanced comfort while you lounge or relax during your free time.












Yellow lights (also known as romantic lights) allow for a more soothing atmosphere. For this reason, it is best to have a reliable electrician install them in your bedroom as accent lighting so that you can sleep better. You can also set them up in your living room so that guests feel highly relaxed when they visit.


3-in-1 lights

Unlike before, you can now purchase a 3-in-1 bulb which emits light at different colors. As a matter of fact, there are certain 3-in-1 bulbs which you can adjust using a remote control. Other models also allow the user to adjust bulb color gradually via a rotary switch or similar light switches.


Lighting Forms

Besides light bulb type and color, it is important that you consider the specific form of lighting you want to have a licensed electrician set up in your home.


Mount Lighting

Most residents have an HDB-approved electrician install mount lights in their home. These are typically set up in the center of the ceiling and tend to protrude slightly. They are also made to be large so that they can distribute light uniformly across the room. Furthermore, certain mount lights come in a round design while others are made to be square or rectangular.


Recessed / Cove Lighting

Some HDB residents have chandeliers or a ceiling fan installed in the center of their living room. As a result, they prefer to have their hired electricians install recessed or cove lighting. Not only does this provide optimal brightness, but the bulbs are designed to complement other types of lighting. As such, you will not have to be concerned about your ceiling layout and whether or not your recessed lights match your other light fixtures.


Track Lighting








Many electrical maintenance companies consider track lighting to be a more cost-effective lighting form since it does not require you to renovate your ceiling. It normally consists of several bulbs fitted on a metal rod which can easily be attached and detached. That said, it provides a lower amount of brightness compared to other lighting forms and can only be used momentarily. Some people may dislike track lighting due to its cluttered appearance.



Once you have decided on what lights you want installed in your home, give us a call at Daylight Electrician Singapore. Our professional electricians can install your lights for you in the most efficient manner possible. Furthermore, they can provide you with any advice you need on electrical maintenance. View our price list for more information on the costs of our electrical services.


Daylight Electrician Singapore guarantees the best electrical services and emergency electrician services available in Singapore. Furthermore, our network of electrical workers and EMA licensed electricians are specially trained to handle all forms of electrical installations, repairs, and works including light installation, ceiling fan installation, power failure recovery, electrical wiring and rewiring, power socket, electrical switches, light switches, and DB Box replacement. We also have over a decade of electrical experience and have done various electrical works for both commercial and residential spaces including as landed, condo, and HDB. Many also consider us as the most recommended electrical service provider in Singapore as seen through our many positive reviews given by our customers over the years on both Facebook and Google. So feel free to WhatsApp us at +65 8241 0032 for transparent and honest prices. You may also call us at +65 6909 9921 in case you need someone to render you professional and efficient service to fulfill all your electrical needs!

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