If you have a home with incandescent recessed lighting, you may consider using LED downlights. As with other LED lights, you get the benefit of reduced energy usage as well as a longer lifespan compared to other lighting technologies. Installing and LED downlight is a simple upgrade you can do on your own and doesn’t take very long. Continue Reading
“I’d garden but I live in an apartment,” “I can’t grow my own food, this house is too small,” and “this city is too packed for me to have enough space to grow anything properly” are all common reasons people think they can’t grow their own flowers and vegetables. Yet people have grown herbs, vegetables, and beautiful flowers in closets and on window sills for a long time. If you’ve a mind to garden, there’s a place and a way to do so. And now that you aren’t limited to a box of soil, the options available to you are even greater than they were before! Hydroponics equipment has been designed, often by necessity, to fit in small or harsh environments, and it is this strength that will benefit you most in your small-space frontier. Let’s take a look at a few of the options you have for growing in tiny spaces. Continue Reading
Let’s be honest, we’ve had quite a few things to say about compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and what makes them different from other light sources, such as traditional incandescents or newer light emitting diodes (LEDs). CFLs, for example, take around 30 seconds to attain full brightness because they use a phosphorescent coating paired with ultraviolet radiation to generate light. As far as rated life hours, they last between 8,000-15,000 hours. While CFLs don’t last quite as long as LEDs, they do last longer than incandescents. Regardless, whether you’re shopping for one of these bulbs or you’re just interested in being the light of the party, here are a few CFL terms to add to your collection.
For those of you who don’t already know, SXSW (South by Southwest) is a week-long music, film, and interactive art festival held in Austin, Texas every March over the average college student’s spring break. This year’s festival will be held next week, from March 13 to March 22. If you’re planning on attending (or are otherwise interested in interactive lighting design), be sure to check out the 2015 Eco Light Garden, set to take place on Sunday, March 15 through Saturday, March 21 from 7:00pm to 2:00am each night at Republic Square Park.
You’ve finally decided to suck it up and make a go at it: you’ve spent the last few weeks retrofitting the lighting in your garage. It’s not the easiest task in the world, but you’re confident you can follow instructions from DIY videos. After installing new wiring, sockets, ballasts and light bulbs, the job is finally done. With a large grin and sweat dripping down your face, you go over to flip the switch and, to your dismay, some of the lights are significantly dimmer than others. Throwing up your hands, you decide that lights are evil. But, before condemning them all, let’s go over a common problem with voltage drop and how it may be the guilty party here.
With St. Patrick’s Day a week away, many are thinking of different ways to get into the spirit of cheer associated with this day. Some will dress up as leprechauns while some will spend some time at their local pub sipping a pint with friends. For those with a much more subdued idea of celebrating, lights can be an interesting way to change things up at home or around the office. There are lots of different types you can use as your St. Patrick’s Day lights but here are a few ideas to consider. Continue Reading
Welcome to Part 3 of our Guide to ceiling fans. While Part 1 and Part 2 covered the technical aspects of ceiling fans, here we’ll cover the reason you buy a ceiling fan in the first place: function and style! How do you effectively use a ceiling fan, and what’s available to make sure you don’t wind up with an eyesore hanging from your beautiful ceiling? Manufacturers have given a wealth of ratings and specifications to help guide your choices, but they also offer many features and styles.