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Outdoor Wall Lighting - They Have What You Want

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day. Her name is Shirley. Shirley is a retired nurse whose husband passed away a few years ago. She lives by herself in a three bedroom brick ranch home a few miles away from me. We met about five years ago when I was doing some volunteer work at the local hospital where Shirley worked.Every now and then we have Shirley over for dinner. She loves to bake and she always brings something that she baked for desert when we get together. I have to admit that she is a great cook.When Shirley came over for dinner the other day, we were sitting around the dinner table and she brought up something that she knew I could help her out with. She was explaining how at night when she is at home and has to go outside that it was difficult for her to see her way around her house.You see, Shirley likes to water her lawn and gardens at night. She went on to say that watering after sundown is better for her lawn and garden, because the water has does not evaporate at the surface as qu...


Recessed Lighting: Advantages and Benefits

Recessed lighting has made a strong comeback in home lighting décor. The comeback is in part due to new low-voltage lighting solutions and energy-efficient light bulbs that can be used with recessed lighting. Recessed lighting provides an inexpensive way to update the appearance of your home. The lights can accent any room in your home by highlighting artwork and by adding bright, symmetric light. Clean and Sophisticated Recessed lighting can provide a clean and sophisticated look. Recessed lights are hidden and do not break ceiling lines. This helps a room feel open and airy. Recessed lighting can be an elegant way to light a room without the lights being obstructive to the design of the room. Energy Efficient One of the best qualities of recessed lighting is that the lights can be dimmed. Dimmers allow you to control how much light you want. Dimming lights reduces the amount of electricity required to light a room and decreases your electric bills. Selection Recessed lighting fixtures are available in n...


Simple Ways to Keep you House Cool in the Summer

Don't sweat it out when you don't have to. Got your A/C running and still feel warm? Here are some tips that will help keep you and your home feeling cooler, will help reduce your energy bills and make you feel overall better on those hot summer days.1. Make sure your HVAC System is running properly. If your A/C is running but just not keeping you cool then you may want to consider a maintenance check by a professional HVAC contractor. It could cost about $100 minimum but it could end up saving you money in the long run.2. Window Treatments - Do your windows have drapes, shades, blind or other coverings? When the sun is blaring down on your home and in through the windows, the best thing to do is to cover them up. The bright morning sun and powerful sunsets brings the hottest sun into the house. Having good quality window treatments (and closing them when necessary) will really help keep the sun out and keep your house cooler.3. Insulation- Having a sufficient amount of insulation in your attic and walls will...


Basement Rules for Water and Light

Whether you are remodeling or building from scratch, the basement can become one of the coziest places in your home. By their very nature, basements stay cooler in the summer and quieter year-round than other rooms in the house. On the other hand, without the right design, the same basement could be a dark, damp and musty place that gives your children nightmares. The following article outlines several precautions you can take to make your basement the kind of space you desire.First of all, do everything you can to keep water out of the basement because it cultivates mold. In addition to smelling bad, some molds even pose a dangerous health hazard. To protect your family from mold, you should start by building a solid foundation that is covered with plenty of sealant. Then plan your landscaping with a grade that slants away from the house. This will help carry water away from the basement when it rains and when your sprinklers are running. And finally, make sure there is proper ventilation in the room as well...


How To Use Proper Use Of Lighting To Make Your Interior Designs Perfect

Lighting is the most important part to interior design. It can give the room atmosphere, from intimacy to enthusiasm. You do want to be sure that you are getting the look you are going for, and to do that it is important to know the four types of illumination:Ambient lighting or general lighting, this is the lighting for the room as a whole. You can use the amount of light, the placement of light, and the amount of light in creating effects for every occasion.Local lights, this is the intensity of the light. The amount of light needed for reading, doing crafts, cooking, shaving, or other household activities. It is the flow of light into a room, whether it is into the corner of the room, or the middle of the room. It has to be correctly measured so the eyes are not strained or exhausted when used for such activities.Accent lights, these are the lights used to show off that special piece of art, or a particular area of a room. This is light used for "ornamental" purposes.Natural light, this is the lighting tha...


The Electric Light Bulb Could Be The Greatest Technology In History

The history of lighting is fascinating and includes philosophy, art, sciences and religion. Through an extensive timeline, we know that until early man discovered the element of fire quite by accident. He lived in darkness for half of his life. Lightning probably struck a nearby tree and set it on fire, revealing a source of light in addition to the sun and the moon. But with fire, man could control it and generate heat for warmth and provide energy for cooking. This new source of light gave man a whole new definition of power and control moving him to the top of the food chain. By bundling sticks together, fire became a torch to transport and light a path to other places. Later, man learned that grease and oil served as fuels for his fire and he could create holders for the fuel. He fashioned an animal horn, a shell, or a rock into a vessel for his fuel and fire. Then, man discovered how a wick added another measure of control, which eventually led to the invention of the candle. Some people believ...


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