Aug 08, 14
Chandeliers have come a long way from their traditional dwellings in dining rooms and foyers. In the past, it was unusual to see chandeliers beyond the “power” positions of a home, such as at the entrance or over the dinner table. It also used to be uncommon to see chandeliers outside of an upscale home. But times have changed. Now, chandeliers are staking their claim in homes of all price ranges and in many types of rooms, adding elegance to common areas and intrigue to unexpected spaces. Although chandeliers are comfortable in many locations, here are five increasingly more popular places to use them.
Aug 01, 14
I’m sure we’ve all heard growing up that reading in poor light would ruin our eyes. Later on when many of us got glasses, we even felt guilty about the time we spent under the covers reading bedtime stories by flashlight. But was poor reading light really the cause of our vision loss?
Despite all the eye strain and headaches we may have endured, the answer is no. Contrary to popular belief, reading in low light does not ruin eyesight. Most eyes worsen simply as an effect of aging. However, while doctors agree that there is no evidence of poor reading light being detrimental to vision, good reading light can reduce uncomfortable short-term effects as well as make reading more enjoyable. The guidelines below will help you choose the best reading light for your eyes.
Jul 25, 14
Although incandescent light bulbs typically have lifespans from 1,000 to 3,000 hours, many people have light fixtures in their home that burn through bulbs at a much faster rate. If you’ve had to replace light bulbs in the same fixtures time and time again, this week’s entry is for you. While burned out bulbs are sometimes the fault of defective products, often this blame is misplaced. Why not rule out other causes and possibly save yourself the expense of a new light? Below are a few common reasons light bulbs routinely burn out.
Jul 18, 14
Metal halide (MH) bulbs are a popular type of high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp. Metal halide bulbs emit very powerful, bright white light and generally have a higher color-rendering index (CRI) than other HIDs. They can be used either indoors or outdoors but are best used in applications that take advantage of their energy efficiency and high CRIs, such as parking lots, sports game lighting and automotive headlamps. There are many kinds of metal halide bulbs, along with many industry terms that may make it difficult to select the bulb you need. That’s why in this week’s entry, we define and discuss some important factors you should consider when purchasing a new HID metal halide light bulb.
Jul 11, 14
With Christmas in July promotions in full swing, now is an opportune time to purchase LED Christmas lights. But why should you use LED Christmas lights as opposed to traditional lights? For starters, one of the best times to take advantage of LED savings is over the holidays. Leaving regular Christmas lights on for 10 hours a night over 2-3 months can cause your energy usage, and thus your electricity bill, to noticeably rise. However, LED Christmas lights demand far less electricity than incandescent lights—up to 33% less, according to Consumer Reports. But LED Christmas lights not only use less energy and cost less money; they also offer several other advantages over their incandescent predecessors. So let’s take a look at the reasons why you should upgrade your Christmas lights to LED this holiday season.