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Be “In the Know” About LEDs: the Future of Lighting

Lighting fixtures and bulbs containing LEDs (light emitting diodes) are growing in popularity which is causing more products to be produced and offered in the market to meet demand. Both residential and commercial lighting needs are improved by LED lighting for a wide variety of reasons. It is extremely energy efficient, puts off little heat, […]

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Nifty Tricks for Adding Light to Your Home

Natural sunlight beaming through the windows of a home and basking everything in its light is a pleasure to the eyes as well as the mind. However, when the sun goes down, the need for artificial light arises so activities can be continued. If you’re looking to add more light to your home, or are […]

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Tips for Choosing the Right Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are not only great lighting ideas, but they also add an artistic splash of beauty to your home. Sconces can be used as aesthetically pleasing placements of wall art as well as for casting playful shadows across walls, furniture and room decorations. Adding a dimmer switch increases the effect of varying moods according […]

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Light Sources for Outdoor Home Use

When it comes to actually choosing outdoor light fixtures, you will find that there are various selections available. Which fixtures you choose will depend on several factors: energy conservation, power, safety, ease of use and low maintenance. Following are the major kinds of lighting fixture sources, how they operate and the guidelines which each entails. […]

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Outdoor Home Lighting Tips

Outdoor lighting holds a great deal of importance in many ways. First of all, outdoor lighting creates the mood for the exterior of your home and is the first impression provided to those passing or visiting your home. Secondly, key lighting fixtures provide both safety for those approaching your home and security from those infringing […]

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Tips for Turning a Dark Den into an Enjoyable Space

A den is normally a place where relaxation in many forms occurs. It can be used by the family to watch TV or movies and play board games, or it can be a quiet escape to read a book or do a crossword puzzle. Dens are also commonly used to entertain a few guests or […]

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Liven Up Your Hallway with These Lighting Ideas

Hallways, like entranceways, are often ignored when it comes to proper and attractive lighting. Usually, they are equipped with only a single, traditional bulb or small fixture placed in the center of the long expanse which is meant to light the entire space. This is a problem because hallways are often either one of the […]

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Illuminate Bedroom Work and Leisure with Task Lighting

Once ambient lighting has been established for the bedroom, the next step is to determine areas which require task lighting. Task lighting provides more direct light to an area that is being utilized for reading, sewing, or other forms of close work in order to better illuminate the task and to help reduce eye strain. […]

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Considering a Bedroom’s Ambient Lighting

We have looked at how a bedroom is often used for numerous activities besides sleeping such as romance, dressing and grooming, relaxing, reading and even working. Due to its diversity, the bedroom requires various sources of light. Proper bedroom lighting is particularly important because most activities carried out in the bedroom are done during dark […]

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Determining Overall Bedroom Lighting Requirements

As we saw in the last post, there are many more possibilities for lighting requirements in a bedroom than a simple overhead fixture and a couple of table lamps set on either side of the bed. The bedroom can be an area for multiple activities and properly lighting this space for these activities can be […]

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Creative Lighting for Native World Rooms

The Southwestern style of home décor is very popular. However, with today’s intertwining of world cultures, other native based decorating styles have risen in popularity. The exotic decoration features of African tribal décor as well as the South American cultural styles of the Aztec, Maya and Inca are similar to the Southwestern Native American décor […]

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Illuminating Texture is the Idea behind a Rustic Retreat

Rustic Defined Rustic home design has become a popular trend over the years with many people indulging in this pleasant style. The appeal of rustic furnishings is that it brings a little nature into the home, creating a peaceful and soothing atmosphere. Natural items such as stones, water fountains, woods, animal skins, rugged metals and […]

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Proper Ways to Illuminate Your French Country Home

French Country Defined The French Country style of décor is a cross between the elegant and the rustic. This attractive style adds bright, happy colors, like pinks, yellows, oranges, lavenders and light hues of blue and green, to walls, curtains and other furnishings. Floors and walls are often tiled in patterns utilizing these colors. Also, […]

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Bring Your Victorian Home to Life with Light

Victorian Defined

Victorian home design relates specifically to the elegant tastes of Queen Victoria of England, a period which lasted from 1837 to 1901. Because the Queen’s reign lasted so long, the Victorian period is actually broken down into early, mid and late periods.

Materials like velvets, intricately woven brocades and lace, both in doilies and fringe, are common for Victorian design, as are hues of gold, royal blue, burgundy, mauve and green…

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Decorating Your Traditional Setting with Light

We’re going to side track from specific room lighting and explore several popular decorating styles. Since lighting plays such an important part of creating a pleasant and inviting atmosphere, we will look at how to use lighting effectively to bring out the best in these particular styles. We’ll start out by looking at traditional home decorating and how to apply lighting to enhance that style…

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