Whether you are building a new residence or simply remodelling an existing one, time spent considering lighting design, will provide you with unbelievable warmth, charm and distinction for your home.
Bathroom lighting, kitchen lighting and garden lighting are areas in which you can create that perfect atmosphere for your home and garden area.
Enhance your kitchen lighting and provide the right amount of luminance exactly where you need it by incorporating any number of newly developed track or recessed halogen lighting fixtures. These can be installed in overhead soffit or ceiling areas. Dimming switches can be used to provide that just right effect for preparing meals or simply chatting over an evening cup of tea. Special attention should also be paid to the task areas of your kitchen. Lighting accents over your task areas can be accomplished by using spot lights easily concealed in hanging pot holders suspended from the ceiling of your kitchen. Under counter lighting can also be achieved using any number of economical low wattage fluorescent tubes or halogen lighting. These eliminate dark shadows under cabinet areas and provide ambient light for otherwise dark areas.
Nothing pleases the lady of the house more than providing adequate natural lighting in the vanity areas of the bathroom. There are many vanity fixtures available which will provide the natural light effect desired when applying make-up. This can best be accomplished by installing fixtures around the sides and over the mirrors of the vanity area. Consider fixtures that are at least 24 inches in length as this will provide adequate lighting to wash evenly over the face. If there isn't room for installation of lighting fixtures on the sides or over the mirrors, consider affixing the fixtures directly on the mirror. Consider also the bathing and shower areas of the bathroom. Add distinction in these areas by using recessed waterproof fixtures. Install low wattage lighting strips under vanities and kick plates to allow low lighting all night long. This lighting can be automatically controlled by light sensors which turn the lights on or off for day or night usage.
Warm summer evenings on the patio and garden area is one of the subtle enjoyments of life and nothing enhances the feeling of comfort more than garden lighting. Recent advances in solar lighting allow the placement of lighting in the far reaches of your garden area. Without the need of wiring, these lights operate on energy from the sun and burn continuously throughout the night. Enhance shrubbery and pond or pool areas of your backyard domain by simply sticking them into the ground.
Light Emitting Diode or LED lighting has been in existence for many years, mainly in niche applications like small trinkets and indicator lighting. However, due to LED lighting being highly energy efficient, not to mention technologically superior over other light sources such as incandescent and fluorescent lighting, it is forecasted to reach beyond electronic applications into commercial and home LED lighting as well. In a recent report by Global Industry Analysts it is predicted that the market for fluorescent and LED lighting could climb to $97 billion by 2010. The spike in growth would be mainly from construction and industrial development industries.
As more individuals become aware of the energy efficiency of LED lighting, the price of such items as LED bulbs will decrease in price. Currently, the price of one LED bulb is substantially higher than the price of incandescent or fluorescent lighting. However, the initial price for LED bulbs would more than pay for itself in the long run. On average, one incandescent 60-watt bulb lasts 1,000 hours whereas one 2-watt LED light bulb lasts 60,000 hours. Therefore, one would need to purchase 60 incandescent bulbs for every one LED light bulb.
Home LED lighting is a cut above the rest when it comes to energy efficiency. As compared to incandescent lighting, LED lighting wins hands down where energy consumption is concerned. For every 60,000 hours of usage, incandescent lighting uses approximately 3,600 kWh of electricity where LED lighting uses 120 kWh. Bottom line: energy efficiency equals a significant cost savings. LED lighting gives off directional light. Therefore, it is useful as a source of light for reading or spotlighting in the home. Its powerful light output also makes it great for outdoor floodlighting and path illumination. LED bulbs are now available that can replace most halogen or fluorescent light bulbs used in the home.
Although LED lighting may not be useful for all home lighting needs, replacing a few bulbs with LED bulbs would have a noticeable affect in the amount of electricity used.
LED light displays are already used in signs and videos in many indoor and outdoor sporting events and concerts. LED video displays and signs are often preferred because of their higher brightness, which is critical when people are viewing a sign or video from a long distance. Added advantages of LED video displays are their capacity to incorporate curves and 3-D design. This makes LED video displays technologically superior to currently available large screen displays. Research and developers in the consumer electronics space are eager to take advantage of this overwhelmingly useful technology in future products.
Other uses for LED lighting include LED flashlights and key chains, automobile taillights and interior lights, and LED based projection televisions. LED lighting is also being used in the military for LED flashlights that work with night-vision goggles, UV-LED canteen water treatment devices and the sterilization of surgical equipment.
With LED lighting being more energy efficient and technologically superior to many other light sources, numerous LED light applications are sure to evolve. Future generations can expect to consider LED lighting as the standard light source for most lighting applications.
~Ben Anton, 2007
Light breathes life into any room filling it with warmth and color. All it takes is the flip of a switch and your dÃ©cor is brought out of the darkness. Since light is so important to your motif don't you think your switchplate covers should be as decorative as the rest of your room?
Beyond cream and white there is a whole world of switchplate covers in designs to suit the most discerning taste. Do you like fine art? If so choose switch plates with prints of famous paintings by the likes of Monet and Van Gogh. Make your room modern chic with an animal print switch plate in giraffe or zebra stripes. Finish your daughter's fantasy room with a whimsical fairy switch plate. The possibilities are endless.
And this is even truer when you shop online. You'll find the largest selection and the most reasonable prices. Relax in the comfort of your own home and find the perfect one, two, four or even six-hole switch plate cover in minutes. You'll easily find switchplate covers to match your theme from tropical beach to country farm and everything in between and beyond.
And once you see how they really complete your dÃ©cor you'll want to get some decorative switchplate covers for your friends too. They make great housewarming gifts and are also a clever gift for collectors. Do you know anyone who collects cows, pigs, frogs, vintage cars or Coca cola memorabilia? Well you'll find all these and more on decorative switch plate covers.
And don't think your switches are the only thing that can be dressed up. You'll also find plug or outlet covers in great designs. You can also get combination plates. Whether you need a switch and outlet plate, just outlet or even four outlets and two switches you won't have to settle for plain and boring switchplate covers again. Whether the switch is on the right and the outlets on the left or vice versa you can finish your room with an artistic touch.
Some people want their switches and outlets to blend in and almost disappear in their dÃ©cor, so they choose clear or neutral colored switchplate covers. But why not add some fun and pizzazz to something you have to touch every day? You can transform you bathroom into a tropical oasis with a palm tree switch plate cover or your son's room into the north woods with a raccoon switch plate cover. No matter if they are made from plastic, metal or even stone you'll love being creative with the myriad of switch plate designs available today.
So what are you waiting for? Find the right switchplate covers for your motif and flip some life into that room. From elephants to motorcycles you'll love the extra flair a decorative wall plate cover gives your rooms. Trash your old, plain ones or decoupage them and repurpose them as holiday ornaments because once you find one perfect switchplate cover you'll want one to match every room and fill your room with dazzling style and light.
LED stands for light emitting diode. LED's are not new, they are the tiny red or green lights on the front of your stereo that tells you that the power is on. Some consoles have quite a few of them to show the state of preparation of the equipment. However, there is a new wave of interest in LED lighting by manufacturers. There is talk of LED's being the future of lighting. In fact, there always has been these rumours about LED's, but nothing ever seemed to come of it.
This renewed interest in LED lighting started in 2004 when vehicle manufacturers took another look at using LED lighting in car headlamps. In 2008, Lexus produced the first ever car, the Lexus 600, with LED headlamps. These cars were exported all over the world except for North America. However, the 600's headlamps were or are not true LED headlamps, the main beam is produced by filament bulbs.
The first true LED headlamps were fitted to the Audi V10 R8 sports car also in 2008 and the first American automobile was the Cadillac Esplanade Platinum in 2009. However, there is an inherent problem with high power LED lights, the back of the diode produces a lot of heat. In fact, a group of high power LED's produces sufficient heat to damage itself and melt the headlamp casing.
There are ways around this using heat sinks and cooling fans, but these solutions are not perfect, so technicians and scientists are still looking for ways to solve this problem. On the other hand, the front of the LED lights produces almost no heat at all, so if there is vapour in the headlamp unit and the ambient temperature is below freezing point, then ice crystals will form on the LED's distorting and dampening the rays of light.
Nevertheless, scientists are sure that these teething problems will be surmounted and that LED lights will one day be the most economical type of lights to use. In fact, it is already very inexpensive to use and the LED lighting units themselves last a long time. It is just the issue of overheating.
Other than their use in car headlamps, LED lighting units can be seen in flashlights and in other parts of cars. Manufacturers are using LED lights more and more often in brake lights, flashing indicator lights and hazard warning lights, because there is no problem at all with these fairly low powered LED lights.
LED lights used to be either green or red, but now it is available in more colours. White and blue are common. The coloured lights that you see under some cars are another example of LED lighting. They serve the useful purpose of making the car of motorbike more highly visible. All right, that may not be why they were fitted, but nonetheless they increase the vehicles' visibility.
Many more uses will be found for LED lights over the coming years. You will notice incandescent bulbs and even fluorescent tube lighting being phased out in favour of LED lights as the problems are surmounted, because LED lights is still in its infancy.
There is no doubt that lighting has the biggest influence on atmosphere and. Subtle lighting in a bedroom or at an cozy dinner creates a romantic ambiance; bright, purposeful lighting in the office or kitchen shows that you mean business; dimmed lighting in the living room makes for a relaxing atmosphere in which to watch a film or read a book.
Soft, back lighting behind flowers or a waterfall leads to a magical atmosphere, whereas severe floodlights turned on by a motion sensor would freeze most intruders in their tracks.
Getting the lighting wrong can have a seriously adverse effect on any room or occasion. Imagine a romantic dinner for two by candlelight and then imagine it by a naked 100 watt bulb hanging from the ceiling or a fluorescent tube.
It is said that the average household can save at least twenty-five percent on its electricity bills by using lighting more effectively and therefore more efficiently. More importantly, you could save more than sixty percent, if you swap from the normal incandescent light bulbs to high-output compact fluorescent lights. Sixty percent is a massive saving for you, your country and your planet.
Here are some of the means that you can obtain savings on the electricity you currently use up on lighting.
Make the addition of dimmers wherever you use lighting. You can insert a touch lamp dimmer into the wiring of any lamp, so that when you touch it, it cycles from low, to medium, to high, to off. You will be amazed how often you will dim the light once you are able to, especially in the case of desk or table lamps and standard floor lamps.
In a similar vein is the touch switch that you can utilize to control lighting that traditionally hangs from the ceiling. You will be able to dim the lights in any room and on the patio or deck too.
Photosensitive devices turn whatever they regulate off or on when the sun comes up. This is useful if you have motion-activated anti-intruder lighting. There is absolutely no need for it in the daytime, but you do not want to have to remember to switch it off in the mornings and reactivate it every night either.
Another use could be to turn the pond fountain off when it gets dark. All of these photosensitive switches can have over-ride switches too. These photosensitive switches will practically half the cost of running the devices to which they are attached.
It is very easy to make fairly substantial savings if you put your mind to it. Just rearranging your furniture to take maximum advantage of natural light can help a lot too. Sitting near a window or in the garden to read the newspaper is far better than having to switch the kitchen light on to read it in there.
In the evening it is better to turn off all the main lights in the living room if you are watching television or reading a book and place one standard floor lamp just to one side behind you. It is sufficient to read by or to save your eyes from the strain of watching TV in the dark.
Most people who like to work in their garden pay a lot of attention to its state and how it looks. They not only focus on the gardening aspect i.e. taking care of the plants, trees and bushes but also the inanimate aspect i.e. beautification, utility equipment and, most importantly, lighting. If you are an individual who has just realized that his garden needs the right kind of garden lights and are now looking for lighting options to achieve this then you should consider the solar garden light. The reason why you should consider a garden lighting system based on solar energy for your garden is that they provide many benefits. Consider the following.
1. The most obvious benefit of using a solar garden light system is that it would allow you to save a lot of money because your lights would get their energy from the sun and not the local power grid.
2. Using a garden light system that is based on solar energy would also allow you to do your bit for the environment in times when the world is slowly giving in to pollution and global warming.
3. A logistical benefit of using a lighting system based on solar energy in your garden is that the system would be completely free of wires.
As you can see from the benefits listed above, a garden lighting system based on solar power would bring you benefits in terms of your pocket, your conscience and even your comfort.
If the above mentioned benefits have helped you make up your mind that you want a solar lighting system installed in your garden then you would also have to learn a little bit about all the different types of solar garden light that are available in the market. Here is a list of five most common lights used by people all over the world.
1. Accent lights:
These are primarily used to gently highlight the beautiful aspects of a garden such as plants, fountains, and all types of garden ornaments.
2. Garden path lights:
These types of light fixtures are used for lighting paths and walkways in a garden. While these are brighter than accent lights, they are still not of the same intensity as a normal light.
3. Lamp posts:
Every garden is going to need to be lit, over and above the ornamental highlighting and pathway lights. This is where the solar lamp posts come into the picture. These are the brightest solar garden light you will find in the market. It is also worth noting that these are usually tall so as to allow them to light a larger area.
4. Utilitarian lights:
These types of lighting fixtures have a single purpose i.e. to help you navigate garden sheds or any other buildings in your garden in the dark.
5. Aesthetic lighting:
There are also the decorative or ornamental solar garden light which can be found in a wide variety of designs and styles. You should try to use these types of solar lights if you want to add that extra oomph to your garden.