Creating a Home Through the Use of Light

When designing and decoration a house in order to make it a home, much because and care is taken into the décor elements, making sure that they fit together well and complement each other to create well-balanced spaces and that is why the use of home lighting is so important to completing and achieving this…

When designing and decoration a house in order to make it a home, much because and care is taken into the décor elements, making sure that they fit together well and complement each other to create well-balanced spaces and that is why the use of home lighting is so important to completing and achieving this effect.

More the Just Decoration

Within the interiors of the home, the use of lights can have great advantages, not only in providing all the insufficient lighting and functionality needs for the occupants, but also in complementing the layout and design to the best of its ability, as well as the house as a whole. The use of lighting in a home says a lot about its occupants, as it reflects their needs, personality, tastes and style. It is also an important factor in creating the correct feel of the home, and is one of the most vital aspects in making sure guests feel welcome, as a bright lit room is inviting and welcoming, while a dimly lit space can be foreboding and give off the feeling of individualism and seclusion and that is why lighting is such an important aspect to consider.

The Creation of Spaces

In these modern and economically training time, more people are living together, both as roommates and larger family groups, and together with an increasing entertaining of guests at home as well as people spending more and more time living and working from home, individualism and the need for personal space can become strained and difficult to achieve. A solution to this is the utilization of lighting and through home lighting it is possible to create individual personalized spaces within the house itself, despite the close proximity of its occupants or residents. It is important to create health living spaces that encourage enjoyment and relaxation as well creating the correct utilization and mood setting for the different rooms in the house depending on its occupants' needs and that light remains an important factor in achieving this.

Creating Custom Interiors

When it comes to home lighting, the use of different types and styles can provided a great addition to the creation of interior spaces, both in complementing the décor and creating mood, but also providing functionality and giving an individual feel to the room and the house as a whole and reflecting the tastes and needs of all of its occupants.

LED Insights: Incentify the Homebuilder!

We all know that the homebuilding market has fallen dramatically over the past several years, but certainly not to the point of extinction. This market will come back as the population increases, the economy historically recovers, and new buyers come into the market. The new home market still represents a good opportunity for all types…

We all know that the homebuilding market has fallen dramatically over the past several years, but certainly not to the point of extinction. This market will come back as the population increases, the economy historically recovers, and new buyers come into the market. The new home market still represents a good opportunity for all types of energy efficient products, especially lighting. When someone buys a new home, there is a “standard” package of lighting that is offered by the builder. Sometimes there are builder upgrades available as well, but the homebuyer typically focuses most of their available funds to improve the flooring, cabinetry, and appliances first, leaving little or no money to upgrade the lighting. More expensive energy efficient lighting, such as the LED variety, may not be introduced into a new home for many months or even years, when the homeowner begins to spend money again on remodeling projects.

There is a tremendous opportunity to save energy costs associated with lighting in those new homes. On average, there are 47 medium based sockets in a US residence. Assuming 2-3 hours of use per day, that could amount to at least $ 300 to $ 400 of energy costs for those sockets alone, depending on the kWh rates in the region. In most cases, LED lighting could save the homeowner up to $ 300 annually.

Many regional utility companies make rebates available to homeowners for the purchase energy efficient lighting. These can vary from state to state. However, there are no incentives being offered directly to the builders to install energy efficient lighting in a new home up front. The homebuilder is really the decision maker on what lighting goes into those homes initially, not the homebuyer. Outside of California, where energy efficient lighting is legislated, few builders have pioneered it. There is certainly a significant cost consideration to offer energy efficient lighting in new home construction, a business where managing the cost per square foot is very important, and where the builder does not get the ultimate advantage of energy savings products since they will not own the property. Today, the benefit to the builder is primarily a marketing one as they can offer greener homes and communities which are differentiated from the competition. However, this cost is generally prohibitive to most.

If the utilities would like to achieve a reduction in energy usage from these new homes, then it may be wise for them to incentify the homebuilder instead of the homebuyer in this case. By incentifying the builder to use energy efficient lighting as the standard package in their homes, the utilities would ensure that these energy savings would be generated from the new home construction segment for years to come.

How Does an E27 LED Bulb Compare to Its 50 Watt Equivalent?

If you are looking for low energy replacements for your existing E27 light bulbs then the chances are you are going to enter into what I like to call 'comparison mode.' Simply put, you are going to begin comparing your existing light bulbs with their low energy equivalents in order to determine how much better…

If you are looking for low energy replacements for your existing E27 light bulbs then the chances are you are going to enter into what I like to call 'comparison mode.' Simply put, you are going to begin comparing your existing light bulbs with their low energy equivalents in order to determine how much better they are. Everyone does it, but the problem is not everyone does it properly. We have prepared this article to illustrate the points of comparison between an E27 LED Bulb and its 50 watt equivalent to give you a helping hand.

The first thing you are going to compare is wattage. This is always the first thing everyone looks for as it immediately tells you how much power the bulb uses and therefore how cost-effective it is going to be to run. However, you should not be led into believing that wattage is indicative of brightness, especially with low energy LED Bulbs, as it is not. It is a measurement of power consumption. The E27 LED Bulb we are concerned with only uses 5 watts. It equivalent incandescent bulb uses 50 watts. The math is pretty simple, this equates to a 90 per cent energy saving.

So the E27 LED Bulb uses less watts, that that necessarily means it is brighter. You will be happy to know it does. To gauge and compare the brightnesses of these bulbs we need to look at something called the lumen output. Lumens are a measurement of the amount of visible light generated by a single light source. It is measured using a lumen metre. You will be surprised to learn that the lumen output on both of these bulbs is roughly similar. The lumen output for the E27 LED Bulb is between 390 and 430 lm, which is about the same as the 50 watt equivalent. That means they share an equal brightness, but the E27 LED uses significantly less power.

The next consideration is a lot less scientific; cost. Most customers are going to be immediately drawn to the sticker label, or up front cost, of the bulbs, which is perfectly natural. The E27 LED does cost more than its equivalent incandescent bulb, however, the true cost of these bulbs can only be calculated over time. Due to its higher energy use and short life span the 50 watt bulb will end up costing many times its originally value. The E27 LED Bulb uses much less energy and has a long life span of 30,000 hours, which means you will save money on your electric lighting bills and replacement costs.

Hopefully this article has give you some decent starting points on how to begin comparing and finding the best LED Light Bulbs to suit your purposes.

Retrofitting With GU10 LED

Retrofitting is a term that is thrown around a lot. If you are planning to buy GU10 LEDs and you've been doing your research then there is a high chance you've come across it during your online searches. But what exactly does it mean? Well quite honesty the term 'retrofit' is not as esoteric as…

Retrofitting is a term that is thrown around a lot. If you are planning to buy GU10 LEDs and you've been doing your research then there is a high chance you've come across it during your online searches. But what exactly does it mean?

Well quite honesty the term 'retrofit' is not as esoteric as everyone perceives it to be. It is a quite simple piece of jargon that refers to the size and shape of LED Bulbs. The exact definition of retrofit means to outfit a system with new components that the system did not have to begin with. So with that in mind you can think of retrofitting as a kind of upgrade. When you retrofit your home with GU10 LED what you are actually doing is updating an antiquated system, with a new system that is more energy-efficient and reliable.

The key difference between the concept of upgrading and retrofitting is that the slower takes no modification to the existing system into account, other than the straight replacement of like-for-like components. The 'new' components, which in this case are our brand new GU10 LED can be installed without the need to rewire you existing system or change any fittings. When we say that a GU10 LED has a 'retrofit' design, what we are actually saying is that they are designed to the same same specifications as common domestic GU10 Bulbs.

However, it is not usually good enough to keep an eye open for any mention of the term retrofit when you are looking to buy new GU10 LED . A lot of retailers will provide misleading information about the nature of their products, possibly noting that they are retrofit in design when in fact they are not. That is why we always encourage you to check the product specifications for the exact height and diameter of each new bulb you buy. What you will find is that in the case of some particular types of bulbs, such as the GU10 80 Cluster LED, the height of the bulb is slightly larger as the 80 individual LEDs mounted to the front face of the bulb actually protrude forward from the flat face. If you are using them in exposed lighting designs, such as on a tracking rail, then the small large size will only be wonderful. Problems arise with recessed lighting fixtures where the bulb needs to fit flush inside a cavity.

Creative Things To Do With Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are extremely popular decoration at Christmas, from colorful lights strung around the tree to icicle-like blue lights hanging from window ledges and roof edges. Everyone loves them, and they are reliably cheap to run, especially the newer LED lights, so here are some great ideas on how you can enjoy fairy lights all…

Fairy lights are extremely popular decoration at Christmas, from colorful lights strung around the tree to icicle-like blue lights hanging from window ledges and roof edges. Everyone loves them, and they are reliably cheap to run, especially the newer LED lights, so here are some great ideas on how you can enjoy fairy lights all year round, not just at Christmas.

Create a Sparkling Flower Display

You can create a stunning visual display using silk or real flowers laced with beautiful fairy lights. Find an unusually shaped branch or two and pop them in an eye catching vase. Then wrap around some colorful lights and fill in the gaps with a multitude of fake flowers. Choose battery lighting if possible with the battery case hidden inside the vase, which will look much better than having a cable trailing from the vase to the wall. For an elegant display, you could try white flowers with clear or pale blue fairy lights, or for something altogether more eye-catching opt for a spray of multicoloured blooms with equally colorful fairy lights.

Drape over Paintings

Add a unique touch to your home decor with sparkling lights draped around works of art or your favorite ornaments. The fairy lights will draw attention to the decorations and are the perfect alternative to a bright ceiling light in the evenings, to create a warm and homely atmosphere. LED fairy lights are very cheap to run and so can be used as decoration all year round.

Create your Dream Wedding Venue

Fairy lights add magic to any event and there are plenty of ways that you can incorporate them into your wedding decorations for an unforgetable venue. If you are planning to marry outside, pick a location surrounded by trees, fill them with twinkling fairy lights and have the ceremony in the evening for best effect. Alternately, if you are going for a more traditional wedding you can still create a stunning reception venue with the help of some fairy lights. Choose a marquee or other indoor venue, dim the lights and cover the ceiling with a spread of net lighting. You will have all the warmth and comfort of the indoors but with a very beautiful, starry sky above your head.

Decorate the House for a Party

Fairy lights can be enjoyed at any age so if you are organizing a birthday party for your daughter or for your partner, there is no need to splash out on an expensive venue for the event when you can easily create the same atmosphere at home. Pick out one room, tidy it to perfection, add some nibbles on a table and string multi colored, flashing fairy lights around the walls for your own mini disco at home. Battery lighting can also be used to decorate tables, chairs and anything else that takes your fancy, and the fact that these lights do not need to be plugged into a wall means there is no danger of guests tripping over cables.

Bring the Stars Indoors

Children will love to fall sleep watching the stars on their bedroom ceiling. A large sheet of net lighting is the perfect choice for bringing the outdoors in, while the fairy lights will also work as a nightlight for children. It is the perfect solution for children afraid of the dark as the lights have a low energy consumption so can be left on overnight, while providing just enough light for the child to sleep easy.

These are just some of the many things that can be done with fairy lights. From red lights to set a romantic mood at Valentines to sparkling white lights at Christmas, they are perfect for any occasion and purpose. When you want to decorate the ceiling net lighting is ideal and very quick and easy to install, creating the effect of a starry night sky right above your head. For outdoor events when there will not be a power socket to hand, or if you simply want to minimize the number of cables on show, battery lighting allows you to bring the magic of these twinkling lights to any celebration, in any location, at any time.

The Eclectic GU10 LED

Remote Controls, motherboards, digital clock displays, television and computer screens; These are just a few of the many applications that the eclectic LED (Light Emitting Diode) serves. Now we can add lighting to this list, as the development of more powerful LEDs has made them a viable, energy saving substitute for our traditional incandescent and…

Remote Controls, motherboards, digital clock displays, television and computer screens; These are just a few of the many applications that the eclectic LED (Light Emitting Diode) serves. Now we can add lighting to this list, as the development of more powerful LEDs has made them a viable, energy saving substitute for our traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs.There are a huge variety of LED Bulbs available on the market which are designed for a large range of applications including, ambient lighting schemes, interior design lighting, architectural lighting and outdoor lighting, but by far some of the most popular and impressive are GU10 LED.

But what is it that makes GU10 LED a popular choice? Well, among other things, they are versatile, ubiquitous and offer a wide range of applications without failing to be completely user friendly in both design and usability. Most people are familiar with the GU10 twist-lock bi-pin bayonet mount as almost all homes in the UK now have them. They fit into place with a simple push and twist, and do not require a transformer as they run a standard voltage.

What makes GU10 LED a particularly good choice is that they offer two primary advantages over conventional halogen bulbs that make them well worth the extra money up front. The first is that they are very, very energy efficient. To give you an idea of ​​how efficient they really are we will select a bulb at random. A GU10 4W High Power LED Bulb, as the name suggests, only uses 4 watts in power. However, the bulb still achieves the same lumen output (visible brightness) as a 45 watt halogen bulb. That's over 90 per cent more efficient! As a result users of GU10 LED will significantly lower the running cost of their household lighting.

In addition to this LEDs have phenomenal operational life expectancies. Depending on the model you buy a GU10 LED could last you anything from 30,000 to 50,000 hours in total, which, with normal daily usage, works out to in excess of ten years on average. Equivalent halogen bulbs will only last a fraction of this time; if you're lucky you will be able to squeeze about 1,000 hours out of a normal halogen. That means you will need to change it a couple of times a year at least.

Both of these factors, life span and efficiency, combine to make up one of the most important, and attractive, features of GU10 LED ; their cost. Upfront they are admittedly cost a lot more than a traditional incandescent bulb for example, but overtime they save you a lot more money in both replacement costs and utility bills. Plug yours in today and begin saving money.

Different Types of LED Kitchen Lighting

LED stands for light emitting diodes, and these lights are widely used for kitchen lighting purposes. LEDs are often used to illuminate some areas in a kitchen which can be difficult to light with standard bulbs. For some types of LEDs it just requires the simple replacement of fluorescent or incandescent bulbs with new LED…

LED stands for light emitting diodes, and these lights are widely used for kitchen lighting purposes. LEDs are often used to illuminate some areas in a kitchen which can be difficult to light with standard bulbs. For some types of LEDs it just requires the simple replacement of fluorescent or incandescent bulbs with new LED bulbs. In some other situations, LED units are specially mounted under cabinets or even inside furniture pieces to give focused illumination. LED illumination can vary, not only in cost, but also in the quality of light. These differences can be found in LED bulbs and also the fixtures.

Today, most kitchens have at least one ceiling light fixture, that is mounted on the kitchen's ceiling surface or is recessed in the ceiling. These lighting fixtures often use compact fluorescent light bulbs or standard incandescent light bulbs. A number of manufacturers now make bulbs that work with these standard sockets. Replacing the standard light bulbs in these lighting fixtures with LED bulbs is definitely the most basic way to achieve kitchen lighting. There are bulbs that can be used in recessed light sockets too. LED bulbs are a good replacement option because they produce less heat and save energy.

An additional kitchen lighting option consists of the installation of LED lighting elements inside or under kitchen cabinets. There are small LED light fixtures, as well as, LED strips that are made for this type of installation. These light fixtures have a number of diodes mounted on the lighting strip so it is easily installed under the vast majority of kitchen cabinets. This sort of lighting supplies soft illumination for kitchen counter work areas. These LEDs are usually available in sections that can be linked together to fit under different sizes of cabinets. Such lighting may also be installed inside kitchen cabinets.

LED is often installed inside of kitchen furnishings too. The smaller size and electrical requirements of LEDs means that they are able to be easily mounted inside of kitchen display cases or cabinets. This type of display lighting works well for illuminating beautiful and elegant dinnerware, or other types of kitchen decorations.

Every type of lighting features distinctive characteristics. A number of them give very economic lighting but sometimes these products only give a little light that has a rather narrow spectrum of light. The more expensive LEDs uses more diodes that have a wider spectrum of light. This particular kind of lighting is typically more effective, as a wider spectrum of light tend to make colors appear even more natural and it is also easier on a person's eyes. It is definitely a great idea to look at the quality and quantity of light that is produced by a certain lighting fixture before purchasing and especially when designing a kitchen.

LED kitchen illumination is an eco-friendly choice for illuminating a kitchen. These lights consume less energy, and their usage time is longer. Because they are so versatile it makes them an ideal choice for the kitchen.

Important Tips That You Must Learn – Why Is A LED Spot Lamp Your Best Choice Nowadays?

A LED spot lamp is used as a replacement for a small halogen spot lamp. These halogen spot lamps are ordinary sources of light, designed to enhance a limited space; they offer a focused beam. These used to be seen as alternatives to incandescent bulbs. Still, these lamps have some serious drawbacks, consisting in the…

A LED spot lamp is used as a replacement for a small halogen spot lamp. These halogen spot lamps are ordinary sources of light, designed to enhance a limited space; they offer a focused beam. These used to be seen as alternatives to incandescent bulbs.

Still, these lamps have some serious drawbacks, consisting in the fact that they generate massive amounts of heat, they must carefully be taken care of and kept away from vibrations, in order to prevent them from failing prematurely, and they have reduced lifespan, varying between 3 and 4 months. This is why halogen spot lamps needed to be replaced with better lighting sources, which, so far, are the LED ones.

Spot light bulbs are usually placed in small areas, which are difficult to reach, so you would not want to replace them very often. If you choose to lighten those small areas with a LED spot lamp, you will not have to consider returning them for a long, long period of time. It is common knowledge that LED lamps are many times more efficient than conventional halogen lamps, since they are many times longer and they use only a small amount of electricity.

While they only consume limited amounts of electricity, the LED ones offer a high level of lumen output. So, as such these lamps will offer enough brightness to illuminate the limited area surrounding them, while saving you money on the electricity bills. In addition, these lamps also have different beam angles (you can find a lamp with 15, 30 or 45 beam angles). They will deliver better lighting than halogen lamps for the small area that need lighting.

Unlike a fluorescent lamp, a LED spot lamp does not function on heated filaments or gas materials, so it does not make use of mercury in order to provide light, this making it very safe to use.

These LED ones are extremely valuable also because they can be used in the proximate of delicate objects, such as jewelry, ornaments, photos or merchandise exposed in the display case. These sources of light do not cause heat damages over time, and neither do they cause fading. This is one of their greatest properties of such a lamp.

But their qualities do not stop here. Apart from offering focused lighting and being easy on delicate items, they are also the perfect alternative for people concerned about protecting the environment. These LED lamps offers the lowest CO2 emission, being better than an incandescent, halogen, as well as a fluorescent lamp in this regard.

LED generates less heat than ordinary sources of light, operating at low temperatures (less than 60 degrees C). This is why they are gentle with the skin, they are also safer for the surrounding space, while, at the same time, they do not generate any UVs. This means that they are excellent for illuminating precious pieces of art, such as paintings or artifacts.

No matter the point of view, a LED spot lamp is definitely superior to all other sources of light.

Decorating With Custom Lighting Fixtures

One of the simplest ways to change the look of a room is to add or replace existing lighting fixtures. You can spend countless hours shopping for the “perfect” fixture and not find the proper piece. If this is the case in your search, consider ordering a custom lighting fixture that will satisfy all your…

One of the simplest ways to change the look of a room is to add or replace existing lighting fixtures. You can spend countless hours shopping for the “perfect” fixture and not find the proper piece. If this is the case in your search, consider ordering a custom lighting fixture that will satisfy all your criteria and enhance the look of your project. You may be surprised to find that ordering from the correct manufacturer will not be as costly and difficult as you may suspect.

Before inquiring as to a quote, you should have the following information ready in order for the estimate process to be as fast and smooth as possible.

1. Know your quantities- Since you will be inquiring about a custom lighting fixture you will want to provide at least a close approximation as to the number of fixtures that you are considering in purchasing. Many times in the manufacturing process there are substantial costs that can be saved from simply going from one fixture to two. These economies of scale can be achieved as many vendors often include “set up” charges in their pricing despite quantities ordered. For example, glass that will be shaped to fit a particular fixture often requires custom molds to be made. These molds carry a fixed set up charge regardless of whether one or one hundred pieces will be ordered.

2- Know your finish- Finishes can change the price of a fixture dramatically. Many times customers and manufacturers do not speak the same language which can result in unneeded costs. Most people want to see a “patina” style finish on their fixtures. These finishes can often be achieved by using paint without having to utilize a chemical process to achieve a true patina. The cost of finishing a fixture with paint versus a chemical process can be dramatic. Be sure to ask for all your options and respectable pricing.

3. Ask for cost reducing alternatives- Often times manufacturers can pass on savings if you are willing to compromise on a few size or design alternatives. Yes you are shopping for a custom light fixture but if you are willing to concerne a few design or size alternatives you can still achieve a look with which you will be happy without compromising your original intent. Be sure to ask what options are available to you that will help offset costs.

As you remember to ask the right questions and as you spend a little more time in your wrought iron lighting fixture selection you too can achieve the look that you want. Remember that you are in charge and that there are plenty of options available to you from the right manufacturer.

Improving Your Kitchen Without Renovating

The kitchen is the heart of your home, and a room you should take pride in and keep up to date, not only so you can cook, eat and socialize in a special area but also to increase the price the property should you choose to move one day. The kitchen is the first room…

The kitchen is the heart of your home, and a room you should take pride in and keep up to date, not only so you can cook, eat and socialize in a special area but also to increase the price the property should you choose to move one day. The kitchen is the first room potential buyers will look at, and if it's up-to-date and looks good, buyers will not have to worry about splashing out on any renovations.

If your kitchen is fairly up-to-date with appliances and furniture but you want to spruce it up, there are plenty of ways you can modernize your kitchen without a full renovation. Take a look below at some of our lighting tips to help give your kitchen a new lease of life.

Change the lighting

The lighting can really change the overall look of a room so why not speak to a lighting specialist to give you guidance on the best type of lighting for your kitchen? You'd be surprised how lighting can give the illusion of more space in your kitchen and create just the right ambiance for different tasks in the kitchen.

The first step is to make sure your kitchen is getting as much natural light as possible – natural light makes a room appear larger and gives it a light and airy feel. Keep your windows uncluttered so you're letting in as much natural daylight as possible.

You should then think about practical lighting – for example, over the cooker and over food preparation areas so you have enough light to perform all of your usual tasks with ease. You should also consider feature lighting (if you have the budget for it) – feature lighting is aesthetically pleasing rather than practical, although it can create different tones to the kitchen, which can give the illusion of more space. It would be worth speaking to a lighting specialist if you want to implement feature lighting. You could add feature lighting to your cabinets or a focal area of ​​your kitchen to give it more emphasis – for example, add feature lighting to a breakfast bar to make it stand out and show it off. Pedant lighting always gives a grand impression, think hanging lighting over the dining table to make your kitchen look luxurious.

Lighting is a brilliant way of transforming a room without fully renovating it – and it does not have to cost the world. Some lighting fixtures can be pricey but you can also find cheaper, low budget budget, which still looks fantastic – it all depends on the budget you have.

You should consider using low energy light bulbs for your kitchen as you will be preserving energy to help the environment and also saving yourself money on energy bills, which as you probably know have gone through the roof recently.

It's easy to give your kitchen a bit of sparkle without fully renovating but if you do choose to renovate or remodel, make sure you plan though to avoid any costly mistakes at a later date. Try using kitchen design software to plan your room to its exact dimensions so you can be sure your kitchen will look exactly as planned. You can also use home design software for planning any other rooms in your home.

How Does a GU10 80 LED Compare With a Compact Fluorescent Lamp?

Switching from an old incandescent light bulb to an energy saving bulb should be a no brainer. However, selecting what type of energy saving bulb to use is a different matter. For many years the CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) was the immediate choice for anyone who wanted to reduce the energy consumption of their household…

Switching from an old incandescent light bulb to an energy saving bulb should be a no brainer. However, selecting what type of energy saving bulb to use is a different matter. For many years the CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) was the immediate choice for anyone who wanted to reduce the energy consumption of their household lighting. The advent of super energy efficient LED Lighting has complicated this matter as consumers are forced to weigh up the pros and cons of both of these bulbs. But which in fact is better? Commence the battle of the bulbs!

Power

A typical CFL will use between 9 and 11 watts in power. This is a good improvement over traditional incandescent bulbs, but not as good as an LED. A GU10 80 LED Bulb uses 4.5 watts in power, which is not only a vast improvement over the old incandescent, but is also better than the CFL.

Life Expectancy

Most CFLs have a quoted life span of about 5,000 hours, but you need to be wary. Most retailers will exaggerate this figure and most CFLs will use a large percentage of their luminosity before the end of their life span. On the other hand a GU10 80 LED has a rated life expectancy of 30,000 hours, about 6 times longer, and they will remain consistent bright for their entire life span.

Disposal

One of the largest issues with CFLs is their safe disposal. CFLs can not be included in normal household waste or recycling because they contain a small amount of a harmful substance called mercury, which is important in their operation. If a CFL breaks this substance is released and can cause serious environment damage. In order to recycle them safely they need to be taken to designated recycling centers for hazardous waste. GU10 LED contains no harmful substances at all. They also do not heat up. This makes them very safe to handle and recycle. Even if they break, which is unknowingly as they are quite durable, they can be swept up and thrown away. Most retailers also provide their own recycling service under the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive. Contact them to find out.

On time

A notorious issue with the CFL is the time it takes to reach full luminosity. Some models may take a couple of minutes to reach full brightness, which can be a real headache. Some new models have overcome the issue, but the light they produce is still quite unnatural and achieves poor color rendering. GU10 LED light up instantaneously. They also produce a clear, natural looking light.

Versatility

CFLs are available in a limited range of fittings, shapes and sizes. In addition to this, research and development into CFL technology is much slower than LEDs. LEDs are available in a huge range of styles.

Price

Finally, the all important factor; price! CFLs are still cheaper than typical GU10 LED , but the price of the latter is gradually coming down, and it will not be long until it reaches a level that is viable for both domestic and commercial consumers.

How to Choose the Right Lighting Fixtures for Your Kitchen

Nothing sets the mood in a room like the right choice of lights does. This especially applies to the kitchen. Multiple functions are contained in the kitchen: from preparing meals to entertaining friends and family that come through your home. This is why it is crucial to make the right decision when it comes to…

Nothing sets the mood in a room like the right choice of lights does. This especially applies to the kitchen. Multiple functions are contained in the kitchen: from preparing meals to entertaining friends and family that come through your home. This is why it is crucial to make the right decision when it comes to choosing lighting fixtures for the kitchen; Whether these are Tiffany ceiling lights or modern wall sconces. Before anything else, decide on the type of atmosphere or mood that you want to create in your kitchen. Once you are sure about what you want, making the right decisions regarding the type of lighting fixtures that you are going to use is sure to be a breeze.

Consider how much light you will need in your kitchen

Some kitchens take up a reasonable amount of space while other kitchens cover smaller areas. The amount of light necessary to illuminate the room plays an essential part in determining what type of lighting fixtures you need and how many you need to purchase. Overhead lighting can be used in smaller kitchens as it is useful and functional. Kitchens that are slightly larger may require task lighting fixtures in addition to overhead lighting fixtures. This is something to consider if you or any of your family members like to perform activities in the kitchen such as doing homework or reading a book. Accent lighting can also bring attention to specific features, cabinets or spaces in your kitchen.

Perform research on the different types of light bulbs

Doing your homework before making your purchase will help you understand the kind of light that each light bulb emits. For instance, a galley kitchen is long and narrow. With that in mind, you may want to use fluorescent tubes in order to ensure that the light illuminates every area of ​​the kitchen. Fluorescent lights are quite bright and therefore, they are very useful for this purpose. On the other hand, a kitchen that is large and square and has an island in the middle would work well with multiple single lights installed overhead. Hanging lights can also be positioned on top of the island. Single screw-in type light bulbs or compact fluorescent lights can be used for the aforementioned type of lighting. These last up to ten times longer than regular incandescent light bulbs. They are also a more environmentally friendly option as less electricity is used in comparison to incandescent bulbs.

Visit local home lighting design stores or browse online

Set aside a weekend or two to canvas your local hardware, home improvement, or home lighting design stores to pick up ideas on the various styles and colors of the lighting fixtures you can choose from. You can ask sales personnel to provide you with lighting catalogs that you can browse through. If you are especially pressed for time, you can surf the Web for ideas that you feel will go well with your home decor. Once you may have made a choice, it may be best to hold off on making a purchase and take a picture home with you so you can make a certain and informed decision on whether that specific lighting fixture is really what you want. One good way to do this would be by envisioning your kitchen with the lighting fixture in it.

Lastly, you can also consider installing lighting fixtures that come with a dimming option for task zones. This is highly convenient as you can simply dim the light once you are finished cooking and want to create a more laid back mood and ambiance. Of course, you also have the option to turn the light off completely. These are only a handful of the numerous tips that you can keep in mind as you choose the right lighting fixtures for your kitchen. At the end of the day, what is important is that you are satisfied and content with your choice.

3 Ideal Places To Hang Your Moroccan Candle Lanterns In Your Home

Many people end up buying a few Moroccan candle lanterns after falling in love with their rustic and beautiful look. These Moroccan lanterns are really ideal for any home but they would look really good if placed in certain areas of the home. Here's a quick run down on where they would look good in…

Many people end up buying a few Moroccan candle lanterns after falling in love with their rustic and beautiful look. These Moroccan lanterns are really ideal for any home but they would look really good if placed in certain areas of the home. Here's a quick run down on where they would look good in your home.

The Living Room

Whether as a decorative piece placed on a side table or hung from the ceiling as a center piece, you will be very pleased with the lighting that they give out. It will make your entourage room feel cozy and warm. And for those couples who prefer a more romantic setting, these lanterns are high up on their list of must-haves in their homes. Whether you want to use scented candles to aromatic ones, you are bound to enjoy lighting them in the evenings. Better still when you have guests over for a meal, they will be very intrigued by the lighting and design of the lanterns. This is because these Moroccan lanterns are hand made completely from metal with intricate designs and cut out patterns.

By The Pool Or Patio

Talk about inviting friends over for an evening swim or just to have a nice relaxing barbeque. Just light up these Moroccan lanterns by the pool area or at your home patio to get that relaxing atmosphere. They are great for outdoor dinner dinners. In fact, you could have a nice table spread out and place a few of these lanterns around for lighting. Your guests, family and friends will end up wanting a few for their own homes at the end of the night. Beside, they are also quite portable to bring around in case you need to move them from inside the house to outdoors. All you need are your candles so make sure you get some good quality ones that are able to burn for long hours.

In The Bedroom

If you are in the mood of being a bit creative, you could get a candle lamp stand to hang your one or two Moroccan candle lanterns in your bedroom. However, make sure that they are not located anywhere near other items like curtains or beddings which could catch fire fast. Other than that, they would set the right romantic mood for any couple as long as you keep them away from the fan or air conditioner.

Summary

Home owners could be as creative as they like when it comes to placing these beautiful and authentic Moroccan lanterns around their home be it indoor or outdoor. They are bound to enjoy the lighting it gives out. Have a good one!

A Convenient Way To Decorate And Illuminate The Night

There are only so many hours of natural light in a day. Thousands of years ago, people had to rely on fire to light their way. Luckily, most people no longer need the illumination of flames in order to light up the night. However, there is still a need, for many, to see in the…

There are only so many hours of natural light in a day. Thousands of years ago, people had to rely on fire to light their way. Luckily, most people no longer need the illumination of flames in order to light up the night. However, there is still a need, for many, to see in the dark.

These days, it's easy to flip a switch and instantly have a well-lit room. Most people have become used to this modern convenience and rarely ever think twice about it. Not only is having easy access to light something that is considered as a convenience, in today's world, it is a necessity. Just because the sun goes down, for many people, it does not mean it is time to call it a night.

There are many different ways people use light. Without it, life at night would certainly be a challenge. You may not have to worry about protecting yourself from wild animals, but a well-lit room can still provide a great deal of comfort. From simple nightlights to intricately designed lampshades, there is a wide selection to choose from.

A lamp is not just something that is used to light up a room, it can also be a great work of art. Having light may be a necessity, but when it comes to decorating it's all about choice and personal taste. For those who do not have a lot of extra room on the floor, a beautiful sconce can easily be fastened to the wall of your choice.

Flipping a switch may be easy and convenient when you're moving around your home, but once you climb into bed, reaching the switch is not always easy. This is one of the main reasons people keep a lamp or two next their bedside. Whether on the wall or on your nightstand, these beacons allow you to climb into bed safely and flip the switch whenever you're ready.

A lot of times, although a room may have light, it might not be sufficient for your needs. For the times when a single fixture on the ceiling is not enough, a lamp can add more light just where you need it. Be it in your office, living room, or bedroom, you are free to add as much new light as you wish. Coverings that go over light fixtures can also be changed to fit whatever your decorating needs may be.

Tips for Protecting Your Home With LED Security Lights

Adding security lighting is the number one step homeowners can take to protect their property from unwanted intruders. Statistics show that burglars bypass targets that are difficult to access without being noticed. A well-designed security lighting system can make would-be robbers think again before approaching your property. This guide will show you how to create…

Adding security lighting is the number one step homeowners can take to protect their property from unwanted intruders. Statistics show that burglars bypass targets that are difficult to access without being noticed. A well-designed security lighting system can make would-be robbers think again before approaching your property. This guide will show you how to create an effective, low-cost LED security lighting system for your home or business.

Use many smaller lights rather than fewer, more powerful lights

Big, powerful flood lights are good for open spaces, but can sometimes leave shadows if there are obstacles on your property like buildings and trees. Using a combination of LED flood lights, area lights and wall packs will reduce shadows and blind spots that intruders can use to hide.

Keep lights high and out of reach

It's important to make it difficult for burglars to tamper with your security system. Many thieves will plan heists for several weeks and finding a way to disable security lights is often a top priority. Even the best security lighting can be rendered useless if an intruder is able to incapacitate the system. Keeping lights high and out of reach will make it difficult for your system to be tampered with. Placing lights high will also soften the light for a pleasant look and increased coverage.

Use Motion Detector Lights

Motion detector lights are an effective way to scare off intruders. Burglars will be on edge during a robbery and having a light flick on as they walk by is often times enough to scare them away. A good combination of LED spotlights and motion detector lights will work to keep intruders off of your property and scare away those who choose to enter.

Focus on Entrances and Exits

Most criminals seek out targets that can be accessed at night without being seen. Ensuring excellent light coverage at all entrances and exits will deter criminals from planning a robbery at your property.

Why LED?

Efficiency: LED lights offer exceptional efficiency and are more cost-effective in the long run. An LED light fixture will use 90% less electricity than an equivalent incandescent. This is also important if your security lights are forced to run on a backup generator. Less energy draw means your lights will last longer on a limited supply of power.

Longevity: A quality LED bulb can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more. This is more than 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. Safety: LEDs run cooler than conventional light sources and are therefore less of a fire hazard. Durability: LEDs lack filaments or glass enclosures, making them more durable than traditional alternatives. Same colors as traditional bulbs: LEDs can realize the same colors as traditional bulbs. Use the Kelvin temperature color scale below to help identify the hue a bulb will produce.