How to Upgrade Your Home to LED Lighting

Nov 10, 14 How to Upgrade Your Home to LED Lighting

It’s finally time.  After weeks of thinking it over, you’ve decided to switch from incandescent to LED lighting for your home.  You want to save on your electric bills and get more out of your hard-earned paycheck, but even with newer and cheaper LEDs, they are still more expensive than incandescent bulbs.  How can you be sure you’re getting the best in upgrade costs?  I recently went through my own home and replaced all of the lights (minus the fridge light) with LEDs and it has been well worth it.  Let’s take a look at where to start and how to finally make the switch to LED lighting. 

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Lighting Tips for Home Photography

Oct 27, 14 Lighting Tips for Home Photography

Photography is a very difficult and competitive field, but it’s possible to improve your own home pictures with a little training and some clever lighting techniques.  “A trick of the light” is more than just an excuse; proper application of soft light, hard light, shadows, and positions can bring your home photography to life.  Be warned, once you improve your own pictures, you’ll be handed the camera at every event with friends and family.

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How to Set Up a Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) System

Sep 08, 14 How to Set Up a Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) System

Drip and DWC systems are good options for beginners, but advanced growers may want a more formalized system for growing crops regularly. For larger scale projects, let’s take a look at the Nutrient Film Technique.  NFT systems use a very shallow stream of water and dissolved nutrients flowing over the roots of your plants to feed and water them.  The partially exposed roots and constant moving water keeps them oxygenated as well .  This shallow stream is little more than a film of water flowing via gravity down to the bottom of the channel, which gives the technique its name.

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The 4 Best Places for Backlight Accents in Your Home

Sep 01, 14 The 4 Best Places for Backlight Accents in Your Home

The simplest way to show depth is by placing one object behind another object to show space between them.  When you place light behind an object, you gain depth and a combination of beautiful shadows with a warm glow that highlights the object for stunning displays or haunting beauty.  However, not every design uses – nor should use – the same lighting techniques and principles as every other.  So let’s take a look at 4 places to use backlighting that aren’t Instagram pictures.

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Direct Water Culture (DWC) and You

Aug 25, 14 Direct Water Culture (DWC) and You

So you’ve taken a look at how to set up a drip irrigation system and decided that it’s not for you.  Well the good news is that there are plenty more hydroponics systems for you to experiment with.  So let’s talk about direct water culture (DWC) today.  DWC systems – also known as deep water culture systems – submerge the roots of your plants in a nutrient solution.  This sounds, at first, like a bad idea since you can overwater plants, but that’s where the all-important aeration component comes into play.  Aeration is simply the act of adding oxygen to the water to sustain the roots.  The way you aerate your system defines the type of DWC it is, whether you use a bucket reservoir, prefer bubbleponics, or enjoy a re-circulation system.

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