Dressing Room Lighting and Perception

Jan 21, 15 Dressing Room Lighting and Perception

It begins from outside the store. Catching a glimpse of an enchanting navy dress gracing a mannequin, a customer becomes intrigued. A few steps in, a look around, and her eyes have found the dress on the rack. Upon finding her size she grabs the garb and scurries away to the fitting room.  But in an instant, her mind could be transferred away from the beautiful navy number to the unflattering shadows being cast on her face.

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Lighting Tips for your Home Office

Jan 09, 15 Lighting Tips for your Home Office

The ways in which businesses operate are changing, with more and more people working from home. While this is often a practical solution for both employers and staff, it can sometimes be difficult for work-at-homers to separate their work and home environments. Though many people have a spare room for a home office, those who don’t or want to make their space feel more “business-like” may appreciate some tips to emphasize the barrier between the two domains. Little-known fact: changing your lighting can be key to making your home office feel a little less like “home.”

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Why Do My Lights Hum?

Jan 05, 15 Why Do My Lights Hum?

Maybe they just have a song in their wires?  In all seriousness, humming or buzzing in your lights can be maddening.  Whether it’s coming from incandescents, fluorescents, or LEDs, the problem usually stems from vibration caused by the voltage applied.  The vibration itself isn’t always the fault of the bulb either, other devices on the same electrical line can lead to noisy lines or noisy light bulbs too.  Usually, this hum is a fairly easy fix so long as you know what to look for, which is great since this is a common problem.

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Accent Lighting Techniques

Jan 02, 15 Accent Lighting Techniques

The three layers of lighting design – ambient, task, and accent lighting – are necessary to sufficiently illuminate any home. The ambient layer provides general overhead lighting, the task layer provides directional lighting for activities, and the accent layer provides creative lighting to highlight artwork, objects, or architectural features for decoration. However, while nearly every home successfully incorporates the ambient and task layers, many fail to take full advantage of the accent layer—mostly because it can be difficult to get it “right.” Nonetheless, wisely using backlighting, display lighting, uplighting, and wall-washing techniques can do a lot to enhance your home’s visual appeal.

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New Year’s Eve Party Lighting Ideas

Dec 25, 14 New Year’s Eve Party Lighting Ideas

Love it or hate it, 2014 is in its final stretch. With only a couple days of the year left, the time has come to prepare for an amazing New Year’s Eve bash. Whether your event is a small gathering of pals at home, or you’re going for something big, you will need decorations. So here are few decorating ideas to help you bring 2015 in with style.

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Stay Warm and Save Energy This Winter

Dec 19, 14 Stay Warm and Save Energy This Winter

Winter is a widely celebrated season, but unfortunately it can come at a high cost—literally. As anyone living in an area with chilly winters will know, when temperatures drop, electric bills begin to rise. While some would rather put up with a cooler home than pay the price for proper heating, others in more brutal climates may not be able to make this sacrifice. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to have your cake and eat it too. Here’s how to keep your home warm over the winter months without maxing out your electric bill.

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