Jan 02, 15
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.
Dec 29, 14
Water is vital for life as we know it. With the exception of certain types of microbes, everything on earth needs water to survive and requires it to thrive. But just as there are many different types of living things on Earth, the type of water needed (mostly what’s dissolved in the water) varies from organism to organism. The water you need for drinking and the water you use on your plants for nourishment are, by necessity, different. Take a look at where your water comes from, what could be in your water, and how you can find out for yourself.
Dec 26, 14
At 11:59 p.m. on December 31st, the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball will begin its descent as millions of viewers gather to celebrate the start of the New Year. Since its first drop in 1907, watching this gigantic glowing orb fall 141 feet during the countdown to midnight has become a worldwide tradition. But while you may have noticed some changes in its appearance over the years, do you know the history behind this ritual and how we went from a small iron ball to the tech-savvy LED ball we’ll be dropping at the start of 2015?
Dec 25, 14
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.
Dec 24, 14
This time of year, many of us decide to break out the Christmas lights, wrap a few strings strategically around our homes and enjoy the magic of the season. Usually, this task is not incredibly calculated and takes maybe an evening or two to complete. But, when you are part of the family that broke the Guinness Book World Record for the most lights used on a residential property, your planning process may take a little bit longer than two days.
Dec 22, 14
As we ride further into the future, everything is getting the adjective smart added to it. We have smart watches, smart cars, smart houses, and smart alecks. And now we have smart lighting for our smart homes which we can control from our smart phones. The overuse of the term smarts almost as much as this pun. But what makes a smart light bulb, and what goes into the lighting within a smart home? The short answer is: Lots of wireless connectivity and energy efficiency. Let’s unpack the long answer.