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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Light Up Your Life

Here's a bright idea! Let's make your rooms shine with LED lighting.

 

I'm here to help.


Here are the good points.
LED lighting is brighter than other lights and uses less wattage;
can be used with dimmers;
they cost less to use than incandescent and flourescent lights – you'll see the savings in your electric bill;
bulbs last a long time so you don't have to change them, sometimes for years;
and, LEDs don't create heat.

What's not to like? Some people object to the cool whiteness of the lights, although there are now warm lights on the market. Others say the light is too bright. But you know what? They are buying the incorrect wattage for their needs. And this point may be my favorite – they replace flourescent lights – you know, those flickering long bulbs that are hard to change and burn out frequently? Yes!

“YOU CAN FEEL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROOMS 
           WHERE LIGHTING IS APPROACHED AS A UTILITY
        AND THOSE WHERE LIGHT SCULPTS THE
          SPACEAND DIRECTS THE LIGHT THROUGH IT.”
~designer Windsor Smith


In many of my clients' homes, the lighting is seriously inadequate. Here is a living room about 16 by 22 feet. That's a large room and it had only two very small floor lamps! I guess they thought the glow from the TV added enough light. But, it didn't make the room very pleasant at night!


Every room needs three types of lighting.
Task Lighting so you can see what you are reading,
Ambient Light, which during the day is often sunlight, an effect we create atnight with properly placed lighing.
Accent Lighting, such a lights over a painting, or wall washers, to highlight some pretty spots in the room.


What's trending now?
Many exciting ways of lighting our rooms coming soon.  
A drive toward human-centric lighting (HCL) – the designing and tuning of LED light's biological, visual, and emotional effects to foster human health, wellbeing, and performance.  
Advanced optical techiques which will bring an enhanced lighting environment to offices, schools, shops, and commercial and industrial facilities.

This is exciting stuff! I'd be happy to help you light up your life!

Author: Rissi
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