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Floor Lamps - A Beautiful Lighting Alternative

Choosing the proper lighting is perhaps one of the most important facets of decorating your home and creating an atmosphere of warmth and comfort. The technology associated with home lighting today has made it easier than ever before to accomplish grand things in your home with just the flick of the switch. With the right light, you can make an average room look spectacular, disguise flaws and emphasize assets. Lighting can enhance color schemes and make odd rooms seem intimate and cozy.

When decorating a room it takes several different types of lighting to truly complete the look. In the ideal room, general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting work in harmony to create an overall effect that is comfortable and engaging. For these reasons, serious thought needs to be given to the home lighting design process, especially when it comes to floor lamps and task lighting. While floor lamps can be decorative and add an element of style to the room, they also need to be practical and able to handle the majority of your lighting issues. Here are just a couple of the different types of floor lamps available and how to they are used around the home.

Floor lamps fall into a category of lighting called task lighting. Task lighting delivers essential illumination for specific tasks like reading or cooking. This type of lighting is localized, shadow free, and easy on the eyes.

One type of floor lamps is called the Torchere. This particular floor lamp is perhaps the most popular of all floor lamps. Identified by a sleek sculptural base and flared torch-like shade, the torchere is perfect for small rooms and dark corners. The soft ambient glow of this table lamp bounces off the ceiling and offers lighting for a variety of tasks.

The Pharmacy floor lamp was developed by pharmacists in the 1920s, hence the name. The pharmacy lamp is ideal for reading and conversation areas and can be adjusted to different heights to accommodate varying needs. The shade is also movable and can be used to direct the beam of light. Pharmacy lamps can also be equipped with adjustable arms for more flexibility in lighting.

When decorating with floor lamps, you should make sure that they are aligned with your shoulders while you are seated if they are being used for direct task lighting. Taller lamps should set at least 15 inches to the side and 20 inches behind the center of the area used for tasks to create an ambience that is easy on your eyes and perfectly centered for doing tasks.

As you can see, choosing the right lighting for your home takes more thought and consideration that you may have previously thought. But if you take a little time now to select the right lighting for your space, you will create a room that is truly complete and a joy for all who use it for years to come.


The Beauty Of Outdoor Patio Ceiling Fans

Outdoor patio ceiling fans are perhaps one of the most overlooked kinds of patio furniture today. This is probably because many home owners no longer see the need to put ceiling fans in the outdoors. But the truth is: having these kinds of patio appliances around can give homeowners so much more added benefits. Many experts say that ceiling fans should be given the same importance and attention as the lighting and the decors of this part of the house. They also contribute a whole lot to the over-all look and feel of the patio and hence, should be given enough attention.

One of the best things about having an outdoor fan installed in your patio is the added comfort that it can give you and your visitors. It is great to have one of these around during hot summer nights. And for those who are conscious about the design, there are plenty of styles that you can choose from in the market that will surely fit any kind of patio designs.

One very important thing to keep in mind though, both your patio furniture and your outdoor ceiling fans should complement each other well. Design experts highly recommend the use of wood for your patio furniture since they are fairly durable but are lightweight enough to be easily moved around.

Most of the patio ceiling fan designs today already have built in lighting in them so make sure that it jives easily with your choice of patio furniture as well. For those who have wooden furniture in their patios, a diffused kind of lighting would suit your look perfectly. Stay away from outdoor patio ceiling fans with pendant bulbs which usually concentrate light only in a single area of the room.

So for those of you who are ready to head out to shop for outdoor ceiling fans, the very first thing that you need to remember when you shop is to never mistake an indoor ceiling fan for an outdoor piece. That would be a disaster. Indoor ceiling fans are not built to stand rough outdoor weather which means they may not last as long as you would like. Aside from that, it is outright dangerous to use one of the other.

It is also very important to consider the kind of patio covering that you have in your house. Is your patio roofed or is it out in the open? If the area is wide open and can easily get wet by rain, then always look for wet ceiling fans. However, if you have a covered patio, then you can afford to get a damp ceiling fan for your area instead.

And last but definitely not least: consider the area that you want your outdoor ceiling fans to cover. If the area is large, then you might consider getting the largest outdoor fan that you can find. Aside from the size, you might also want to get a more powerful motor to sufficiently over the area. If your patio is small, then look for smaller pieces to use as well.


Outdoor Wall Lanterns - Using Low-Voltage Lighting

When people are buying their house, one of the first things they notice is the curb appeal of the house. Curb appeal is defined as the way a house looks as soon as they get out of the car. The same thing holds true for visitors to your backyard. The way you have designed the landscape of your backyard will make the difference between a good first impression and a lousy one. Outdoor wall lanterns can turn your drab backyard into a wonderland of style. They can do it by also being very Earth friendly.

When designing your landscape for your backyard, most people will focus on the look and style of the lanterns themselves as well as the geography of the backyard itself. One other aspect that many people will then decide on is whether they will go with wired lighting or with solar powered lighting.

When deciding on wired lighting for your Outdoor Wall Lanterns, the choices are between low-voltage lighting and their regular-voltage cousins. Everyone knows what the regular wired lighting is so we will not need to explain how it works. Low-voltage lighting, however, is clearly the choice for those who want to minimize their carbon footprint while minimizing the hit to their wallet when the monthly electric bill comes. A low-voltage system uses a small transformer which converts the 120volts from your house to 12volts so they can be easily used by the lighting fixtures.

The components of low-voltage lighting consist of the transformer (or power pack), the low-voltage lamp (or light fixture) and the low-voltage cable which runs between the transformer and the lamp.

Low-voltage lighting is extremely flexible and very easy to use. As plants grow and the geography of your landscape changes, the lights can be easily moved. What is more is that low-voltage lighting does not require extensive electrical knowledge to install ( no master electrician needed - just following the installation guides will be sufficient). In fact, low-voltage lighting is so easy to install that most low-voltage Outdoor Wall Lantern installations can be finished in under two hours while using only a screwdriver.

One additional benefit is that low-voltage lighting is also safe around children and pets. This is due to the shockless aspect of its design.

When you take into consideration the ease of installation, low-cost and safety issues, low-voltage lighting is a very attractive option for you to consider when choosing to use wired lighting in your landscapes.


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