Walking through hundreds of exhibits at the international builder show (IBS) can be overwhelming, so it’s relaxing to stop and explore products you recognize but don’t know much about. Thus my visit at the
Home Lighting to Enjoy Life at Home
Home lighting is one of those features we notice more than plumbing, especially when you're walking into a dark house. Not only do we see the various light fixtures in our home, we enjoy the light they shed when we hit the light switch.
How LEDs are Changing Lighting
Lighting is going through something of a revolution with new LED technology. Look at all the different rear lights on cars when you're out driving some evening. The changes are amazing.
Our tips on lighting and fans cover new innovations along with tried and trusted ways to pick your lighting fixtures.
- Surprising Ways LEDs are Changing Lighting
- Kitchen Lighting Key to Good Kitchen Design
- Outdoor Home Decor with Creative Lighting
- More Lighting with Creative Solutions
Lighting Affects Color & Your Mood
Lighting also affects paint colors. That includes both natural sunlight and light fixtures, which is why you always want to audition paint colors in your home to see how they change through the day. You might want to do the same thing with LED light bulbs which come in a variety of colors. Today the most popular LED colors are warm/soft white and bright white. Who knows what tomorrow will bring for home lighting.
House Fans Provide Light & More Comfortable Air
Fans are an amazing solution to moving air inside your home, with benefits year round. They can save you money increasing or lowering temperature more cheaply than running your heating or air conditioning system. And today, many ceiling fans come with integrated lighting.
There is so much information on the Internet that it can be overwhelming. And it’s often misleading because most web pages are selling something so learning how to pick the right types of lights isn’t easy.
Where do you go to buy new desk lights? If you need the light right away, you’ll drive to a local store based on how much you want to spend. For a child’s bedroom you might go to Walmart. If you’re putting LED desk lamps in a living room or your home office, you might visit … Read More
As LEDs change the lighting landscape, the role of lighting in our home is expanding. In addition to lighting up our homes by flipping a light switch, LED technology is enabling lights to alter our moods and protect our houses. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have entered the residential market slowly due to higher purchase costs than the CFLs (compact … Read More
Kitchen lighting isn’t the first thing you think about when you’re planning a kitchen remodeling project. Except for the light fixture(s) over the kitchen island, you’ve probably never noticed your kitchen lighting until a bulb burns out. Or if the kitchen design wasn’t done right, you might be frustrated that there’s never enough light for what … Read More
We’re spending more time outdoors, and that usual involves adding features for the activities you want to enjoy in your backyard. Outdoor kitchens are popular along with more creative furniture for eating and entertaining. If you’re going to spend time outdoors, you’ll also need lighting. Here is this week’s Fabulous Friday Find, backyard lighting that’s … Read More
Everyone knows how to replace light bulbs, right? These days it’s a challenge and here’s why I’m mad. We grew up knowing how many watts each incandescent light fixture needed, and kept a supply of 40, 60, 75 and 100 watt light bulbs. In the past when I found a burned out 75 watt bulb, all … Read More
Lighting plays an important role in our lives so how do you know which lights you need in your kitchen? One of my pet peeves is websites (and stores too) selling products based on their look and feel. To show you how silly this is, think about how much time you spend looking up at … Read More
What does a light bulb look like? That might appear to be a silly question but the subject of light bulb technology is hot one these days. That’s because the federal government is requiring light bulbs to become 30% more efficient by 2012 (law was passed in 2007) and that’s driving huge changes in the … Read More
Why are there so many different types of lightbulbs? We all know what light bulbs look like don’t we? Not really as the traditional, incandescent light bulb pictured on the left wastes 90% of the energy generated because it’s as heat while only 10% of the energy actually produces light. We’re Wasting Too Much Energy … Read More