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Be Distinctive With Designer Lighting

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.


Led Lights: The Next Generation Of Home And Outdoor Lighting

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


Switchplate Covers - A Small Item With Big Impact

Light breathes life into any room filling it with warmth and color. All it takes is the flip of a switch and your décor 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 décor 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 décor, 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.


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