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       Are LED Downlights A Good Option For Your Home?


                Creative Uses For LED Strip Lights


   Four Reasons Why You Should Install Outdoor House Lights


    Four Ways Outdoor Garden Lights Can Benefit Your Home


      How Can Using Pendant Lighting Benefit Your Home?


  How To Choose The Right Kind Of Ceiling Lights For Your Home


        Thinking of Using Crystal Lighting in Your Home?


Set the Mood for a Relaxing Soak with the Right Bathroom Lighting


            Tips For Placing Wall Lights In Your Home


          What Are The Benefits Of Using Ceiling Fans?


                          Are LED Downlights A Good Option For Your Home?

Over the years, more and more people have been trying to engage in green living, a movement resulting
from growing awareness concerning the effects of man’s activities on the environment. If you are an
avid supporter of this cause, then it’s likely you have already traded commercial materials that
contribute greatly to the destruction of the environment for more natural alternatives with less impact
on the health of Mother Earth. However, if you feel that using homemade detergent, cloth diapers, and
reusable bags is not enough, you can promote your cause further by making your home much more
Earth-friendly. Why not start by using LED downlights?

Like most homeowners, you probably already have a completely finished house that offers little or no
room for nature-friendly modifications. If that’s the case, don’t worry; you can still change a few things
in your home to help you go green. Lighting fixtures are one example, and LED downlights offer a truly
green option for the following reasons:

Longer lifespan: A typical LED bulb can last as long as 50,000 hours even with regular use. This is in stark
contrast with an incandescent light bulb, which lasts for only 1000 hours, or even halogen lamps whose
lifespan is only twice that of incandescent lighting. LED bulbs can even last much longer than the
commonly used fluorescent lamp, which can typically be used for about 6000 hours. By placing LED
downlights in your home, you can have good lighting without the need to replace the bulbs frequently.

Very durable: LED light bulbs are made with tiny light-producing units that are even smaller than
medicine capsules. Because of their compact structure, they are less prone to breakage unlike their
glass-shelled counterparts. When you combine the long lifespan of a LED bulb with its superior
durability, you end up with a lighting fixture that can last for ages. With few replacements, you can keep
your trash at a minimum while keeping your bills low at the same time.

Low environmental impact: LED downlights consume very low amounts of power despite their
brightness; such a light bulb uses about 80% less energy than incandescent or even halogen lighting. And
as dedicated environmentalists would tell you, lower energy consumption directly translates to a smaller

carbon footprint. In addition, LED light bulbs do not contain any mercury or other highly poisonous
substances. This makes them not only a safe option for you and your loved ones, but a decorative home
fixture that has a very low impact on the surroundings as well.

                                    Creative Uses For LED Strip Lights

With the right kind of lighting, you can create a certain atmosphere for your home or increase the
usability of a specific area in your house. Outdoor lights can highlight your garden’s best features;
chandeliers can lend an opulent air to any room; recessed ceiling lights deliver ample ambient light
without taking up so much space; and pendant lights and wall sconces offer good task lighting while
accentuating the design of the house. LED strip lights, however, take it a notch further. Listed below are
some ways you can use a strip of LED lights to turn your lovely home into a stunning abode:

Enhance functional spaces: Avid moviegoers can now easily recreate the feel of a movie theatre for their
own entertainment rooms at home. You can do this by placing dimmable LED strips along a recess in the
ceiling; blue coloured lights work best for this setup. Rooms with alcoves can also make better use of the
areas within these recesses by lining the length of the alcove with strips of LED lights. Bookshelves and
cabinets given the same treatment make for interesting storage spaces that do not require you to turn
on a light when you need to find something.

Accent lighting: A strip of LED lights can make a particularly impressive accent light in the bathroom. Line
the entire back perimeter of a mirror with LED strip lights, attach to a wall, then stand back and watch as
the lights at the back give the mirror a halo-like glow. You can also attach strips of LED lights to a mini-
bar at home; the soft glow on wine glasses and bottles can lend the area a vibrant yet sophisticated

Outdoor lighting: For a garden party, you can attach lengths of LED lights to tables, railings, chairs,
windows… or pretty much anything you fancy. Such attachments not only illuminate the area, they also
accentuate the beauty of the setting. Garlands of lights above tables make for an interesting light
source, and if you want to get even more creative, you can place clumps of light strips in bottles and
lanterns for a rustic outdoor look; this is particularly suitable for LED bulbs since they do not produce
heat and can withstand outdoor elements.

Works of art: Artist Lee Jung recently took a series of landscape photographs with haunting messages
spelled out in LED lights. You don’t have to go for something ambitious even; why not just loosely drape
LED strips at the head of a bed for a creative headboard? Or how about using LEDstrip lights to
illuminate stencilled designs on canvas? With a flexible, submersible, weatherproof string of lights that
come in a virtually any colour, the only limit to how you use light is your imagination.

                      Four Reasons Why You Should Install Outdoor House Lights

Whenever people build a house, part of the plans includes specific locations where lighting fixtures will
be placed inside. And because of all the attention and excitement that the interior space generates,
most people tend to forget about the areas outside. In a few cases, some people would add outdoor
house lights at the end of the construction process, almost as if it was just an afterthought. This isn’t
really wise, and listed below are four very important reasons why you should never overlook your
house’s external lighting:

Personal safety: Of course, there’s only one obvious reason why people need lighting fixtures in and
around the house: too see things clearly. However, you don’t really install lights just for the sake of
seeing; you place lights so you can go about doing things throughout the day comfortably and above all,
safely. Just because you don’t regularly do important or dangerous tasks — such as bathing or chopping
up food — outside your home, it doesn’t mean you don’t need lights there, especially at night. A rock, a

decorative gnome, or protruding tree roots can seem harmless during the day, but without ample
illumination from outdoor house lights at night, these can become terribly injurious.

Security: Time and time again, you will hear people warning others never to go into dark alleys or other
shady places alone because you never really know what lurks in the shadows. It’s actually no surprise
that dark places make suitable settings for crime: victims will never know what hit them or even get a
glimpse of the perpetrator’s face. Bright lights outside your home can discourage prospective intruders,
vandals, and other vile personalities — like those shifty rodents that have been hanging out around your
trash lately. Don’t turn your house into a dangerous dark alley; install a few outdoor house lights and
you can rest easy knowing your home is a haven of safety.

Aesthetics: Of course, there is nothing quite like the bright, warm rays of the sun that can bring out the
beauty of your garden and front lawn. However, a few strategically placed fixtures that light up at night
can enhance your house’s external appearance, lending an otherworldly beauty to your garden that is
not evident during the day.

Practicality: As mentioned previously, ample lighting lets you see clearly so you can do things in comfort
and safety. Even if you do spend a lot of time indoors, there are still a lot of things you can do outside:
barbecue with your loved ones, have drinks with friends, listen to music… the list goes on. By installing
outdoor house lights, you can enjoy life in your home from sunup to sundown, whether you’re inside or

                       Four Ways Outdoor Garden Lights Can Benefit Your Home

Lighting is a very important element that can influence not just the atmosphere of your home, but also
how well you can perform tasks. While it is true that the most important things you have to accomplish
are usually done inside your home, this doesn’t mean that the exterior of your house does not need as
much light. Installing outdoor garden lights can help enhance your home’s beauty and give you the
following benefits at the same time:

Ensure safety: The most apparent reason for installing lights in your garden — or anywhere for that
matter — is so that you can see things clearly. Being able to see well, especially at night, allows you to
complete whatever chores you have to do in the safest possible way. Simply walking along a garden
path can become a dangerous activity without ample light; pebbles, stair steps, and tree roots that seem
harmless during the day can become health and safety hazards in the dark of night.

Enhance your home’s security: There is a reason people keep warning each other not to walk into dark
alleys at night; the absence of ample lighting in such places makes it very easy for delinquents to
perform their evil deeds since it would be hard for anyone to see, especially the victim. Don’t invite
suspicious characters to your home. Install outdoor garden lights to discourage not just burglars and
vandals who mean to steal or destroy your property, but also animals that can ruin your garden or bring
illnesses to your loved ones.

Increase usability of outdoor spaces: Your garden is an extension of your home. This area, with its wide
space and lovely backdrop of decorative plants, can serve as the perfect location for gatherings and
other fun activities. You can hang out by the garden with your kids and simply relax, or you can host a
barbecue for your friends. However, without abundant lighting, you can only use this area during the
day. Don’t put a damper on everyone’s good mood by ushering them indoors as soon as the sun sets;
you can keep the fun going simply by turning on some lights.

Boost real estate value: If you are planning to sell your house, installing outdoor garden lights can make
your home look even more attractive, especially for buyers who come in to view the house at night.
Well-placed lighting fixtures can highlight distinctive features about your home and reveal an ethereal
beauty that is not evident during the day. Sufficient lighting around your house can also assure buyers of
the safety of your home, and this, combined with your home’s enhanced allure can convince anyone
that they’re making a good deal.

                          How Can Using Pendant Lighting Benefit Your Home?

There are basically three types of lighting: ambient or general lighting, which simply allows people to see
comfortably in a particular place; task lighting, which lets people carry out specific activities, such as
reading or writing, without suffering any eye strain; and accent lighting, which serves to create visual
interest or highlight certain features in a room. There are also many kinds of fixtures that can deliver the
kind of lighting a room requires; however, among all these, pendant lighting is the best at providing
ambient, accent, or task lighting — or even all three at the same time!

Pendant lighting is probably the most versatile among all the types of light fixtures, both in terms of
style and functionality. Simply put, a pendant light consists of a bulb that is suspended from the ceiling
using a cord. The materials and designs used to cover the bare bulb can vary, producing a myriad of
styles that can complement any home. In addition to the wide range of styles to choose from, a pendant
light’s simple, no-fuss structure offers the following benefits for your home:

More control over the kind of lighting that you want: The size of the area covered by light from a bulb is
directly proportional to the distance of the bulb from the floor. And since pendant lights are simply hung
by a cable from the ceiling, all you have to do to alter the spread of light is to raise or drop the light to
the height that you need. If you want more ambient light, you simply shorten the cable; for task lighting,
you just have to do the opposite.

More options for placement: Since pendant lights are suspended from the ceiling, they do not obstruct
any of your home furnishings. This way, you can place them anywhere you want, whether in a corner or
in the middle of the room.

Easy maintenance: Pendant lighting usually hangs low enough for people to reach, making it easy to
dust or wipe it with a moist cloth. The ease of cleaning a pendant light remains the same, even if it’s
suspended a little higher beyond your reach; you only have to add one extra step to the cleaning
routine, and that is simply to get up on a ladder.

Enhance a room’s design: In some cases, a room can adhere so much to one design that it looks dull. The
addition of pendant lights can break this monotony, especially since the vertical lines made by the light
provides an interesting contrast to the horizontal spaces in a room. For rooms with very high ceilings,
these vertical lines can also add depth. And if you use interesting designs for the bulb covers, the lights
themselves can serve as the room’s focal point!

                    How To Choose The Right Kind Of Ceiling Lights For Your Home

Every room in your home serves a different function, and as such, requires different kinds of lighting.
Before looking into the many varied options for ceiling lights, you first have to understand the three
basic kinds of lighting needed in your home: general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.

General lighting helps you see things clearly, allowing you to do regular activities, such as walking and
moving about, without much difficulty or threat to safety. On the other hand, task lighting can help you
see better for activities that require more focus and work from your eyes, such as reading and sewing.
Accent lighting, as its name suggests, simply draws attention to special features in your home. Keeping
these kinds of lighting in mind, you can now easily choose appropriate ceiling lights for different rooms
in your home:

Living and dining areas: These rooms serve not only as a place where your family can relax, but also as a
receiving area for guests. Choose soft lighting to create a warm, relaxing atmosphere that is also very
welcoming. Wall sconces and recessed lights offer enough ambient light, while chandeliers can add a
dramatic touch to the room. Ceiling fans with decorative lighting attachments provide enough light
while keeping room air in circulation.

Kitchen: Ambient light is also important in the kitchen since this place can also serve as a location for
intimate gatherings. However, in this room, task lighting takes centre stage. Areas such as the kitchen
island, sink, and stoves are heavily used for food preparation and cooking, tasks that can become unsafe
without proper lighting. Recessed ceiling lights above stoves and sinks illuminate the area without
obstructing your view; attractive pendant lights can light up a kitchen island and also serve as an
interesting accent in this busy room.

Bedroom: You can create a truly peaceful atmosphere in this haven for rest by installing recessed lights
for ambient light or by placing a gorgeous yet discreet chandelier in the middle of the room. Lamps on
side tables can provide enough light for those who like reading in bed.

Bathroom: All three kinds of lighting are needed in the bathroom. Ambient lighting through ceiling lights
can prevent slips, bumps, and cuts in this accident-prone room. Task lighting through wall sconces and
pendant lights by the sink and shower can aid in bathroom rituals such as shaving or putting make up.
Accent lighting can set the mood for a relaxing stay in this room; chandeliers and mirrors framed by
incandescent lights can lend a truly opulent and glamorous feel to your bathroom.

                           Thinking of Using Crystal Lighting in Your Home?

Whenever you enter a fancy hotel or a grand ballroom in an impressive mansion, it is very likely that one
of the things that will immediately greet you when you step in is a magnificent chandelier. In most cases,
the chandeliers used in such elegant places are made of crystal, and why not? Among all the possible
materials that you can use for lighting, crystal is perhaps the one that truly radiates a delicate kind of
beauty — and placing a light bulb alongside a piece of crystal can only enhance its unique glow.

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While it is true that crystal lighting evokes wealth and opulence, this doesn’t mean that they are
appropriate only for plush hotels and mansions. With the right style and size, you can bring to your
home the same kind of ambience that a crystal chandelier lends to these luxurious places. Just make
sure to choose a piece that will not seem out-of-place in a particular room. For example, your kitchen is
not the place for an intricate chandelier with cascading strings of crystal dangling four feet from the
ceiling; for such a busy setting, a set with simple flower-shaped crystals covering just two or four light
bulbs is enough.

Most people also tend to think that crystal lighting is very expensive. And it’s no surprise, really; since so
many glorious chandeliers can only be seen in the most upscale places, it’s only natural for people to
think that such accents cost a lot of money. However, this is not entirely true. With a little patience and
effort, you can actually have a splendid lighting fixture without paying thousands of dollars. How is that
possible, you wonder? Through flea markets and good old do-it-yourself projects, of course!

More often than not, people miss out on the many hidden treasures in flea markets, and only because
they are exactly that — hidden. But if you set aside some time to explore and look into the many
knickknacks being sold at such places, you can find pieces that have the potential to become wonderful
crystal accents in your home. Take note of the word “potential” however: because flea markets don’t
always sell new things, you’ll most likely find old materials that need a little scrubbing and fixing. This is
especially true when it comes to crystal lighting — but then again, the beauty you can add to your home
at such a smaller price is pretty much worth the effort, right?

Creating your own crystal chandelier is also the perfect time whip out your craft materials. This not only
helps you save cash, but also lets you create a piece that suits your preferences. It’s not really necessary
for you to have a lot of money or a very big house to enjoy the beauty of crystal lighting; creativity,
resourcefulness, and effort — these are all that you need.

                   Set the Mood for a Relaxing Soak with the Right Bathroom Lighting

The bathroom, for a lot of people, is the most sacred room in a house. The bedroom may provide a
haven for restful sleep and the kitchen and living room may offer spaces for lively interaction with the
family, but the bathroom is where a person can truly relax; in the bathroom, you shed not just your
clothes, but your inhibitions and anxieties as well. While the bathroom’s primary function is for hygiene,
its secondary function for relaxation is what truly makes it the favourite room of a lot of people.

There are many factors that you have to consider to achieve an ambience that encourages restful
thoughts, and one of the most important is the kind of bathroom lighting that you install. To create the

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perfect mood for a relaxing soak, here are some tips to help you cast the right kind of light in your

Use natural light: Even if your bathroom has no window, the light fixtures in your bathroom will be able
to provide enough ambient light for you to perform your hygiene rituals comfortably. However, a
bathroom that has no access to outdoor light can seem like a stuffy underground chamber — and thus
make you feel claustrophobic. This is, of course, not conducive to relaxation. Having a window or a glass
door that opens to the outdoors can make even a small bathroom look spacious; this also permits the
entry of lots of natural light and fresh air.

Provide sufficient task lighting: One way you can guarantee a peaceful stay in the bathroom is by
providing enough light for you to do the things you need to do there. After all, squinting to find your
lotion or feeling your way around the sink when you want to open the faucet will only result in
frustration. And if you end up tripping or cutting yourself on things every time you’re in the bathroom,
you’ll eventually dread going there. Don’t just get good bathroom lighting to set the mood; provide
enough light for functional purposes as well.

Consider what and where you place light fixtures: Recessed lighting behind a large mirror can provide a
dramatic accent to your bathroom, while framing the mirror with incandescent bulbs can make you feel
like you’re in a Hollywood star’s dressing room. Reduce obstructions and make your bathroom look
bigger by using LED downlights for ambient lighting… Or go for an opulent atmosphere by placing a
crystal chandelier. The kind of bathroom lighting that you choose, as well as where you place it, will
dictate the kind of mood your bathroom will have.

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                               Tips For Placing Wall Lights In Your Home

In the past, sconces — functional wall decorations that can hold lighted materials such as lamps,
torches, and candles — were a common fixture in houses. These days, however, most homeowners
choose to use ceiling lights instead. While using chandeliers, pendant lighting, and recessed lights does
offer a lot of benefits, wall lights are not necessarily inferior when it comes to illuminating a home. In
fact, with proper placement, you can achieve not only adequate lighting, but also accentuate areas and
ultimately make your home look even lovelier. Listed below are some tips on how you can use wall
sconces for various rooms in the house:

Kitchen: Wall lights are great for lighting the countertops near the sink and stove where food
preparation takes place. Since most kitchen counters are usually stacked with lots of cooking
implements (utensils, plates, food ingredients, etc.), lighting these areas can help make cooking a

Nursery: Wall sconces with LED bulbs on either side of a baby’s cot can serve as an effective yet cost-
efficient nightlight. Such bulbs can produce a soft glow that provides sufficient illumination without
being so bright as to disturb the little sleeper. Wall lights are also bright enough so that parents can
easily check on their kids, feed hungry babies, or change diapers in the middle of the night.

Bedroom: Placing a pair of sconces beside the bed can provide enough ambient light to allow
comfortable movements in the room. At the same time, a wall light emits a warm light that is conducive
to relaxation, making your transition to sleep even smoother. For people who prefer to read a little
before sleeping, lights on the wall beside your bed provide enough illumination for comfortable reading
while freeing up space on side tables, which can then be used to hold more books, a glass of water, or
other important bedside implements such as alarm clocks and phones.

Living and dining areas: Chandeliers in these rooms can effectively provide a focal point that illuminates
the room. However, these lighting fixtures have the unfortunate downside of taking attention away
from other decorative items, such as paintings or statues in the room. Wall lights can complement such
items, giving them more emphasis and allowing guests to give the art piece the appreciation it deserves.

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Bathroom: A pair of wall sconces beside the bathroom mirror not only accentuates this item, they also
provide enough light for tasks such as shaving. Lights beside the bath tub or in the shower can help
prevent slippage while drawing attention to the beauty of the area itself.

                              What Are The Benefits Of Using Ceiling Fans?

There is hardly a place on earth that has weather so perfect you’ll never need fans, heaters, air
conditioners or any other device that helps alter temperature. However, among all these devices, ceiling
fans offer the most benefits. Installing a fan on your ceiling is a better choice than using a standalone fan
or one that is mounted on the wall, especially since a ceiling fan is more versatile and can be used during
both the summer and winter season.

If you think that fans are only meant to cool a room, then think again: in the winter, a ceiling fan is still
useful because it helps distribute warm air. This is because warm air has a tendency to rise, and since a
ceiling fan is located, well, on the ceiling, it’s already at the perfect position to access the warm air and
distribute it. Using ceiling fans to circulate warm air in winter can also help reduce your energy bills,
since heating facilities won’t have to work so hard to warm cold rooms.

Using a ceiling fan in the summer can also help you save on energy. If you use an air conditioning unit
during hot summer days, a ceiling fan provides an effective way of circulating the cold air that is
produced, keeping air conditioners from working twice as hard. However using the fan alone is an even
better alternative because it allows you to experience the fresh summer air as well as enjoy the scents
and sounds of the warmer seasons. Using a ceiling fan also permits you open the windows, which allows
warm air to escape your home and make way for cooler air from the outside.

Ceiling fans are a superior choice to standalone and wall-mounted fans primarily because they don’t
take up precious floor space. Removing even just one obstructive fan from your room can make it look
incredibly spacious, and when a room looks bigger, it’s somehow more refreshing than one that feels

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cramped. In addition to freeing up space, a ceiling fan can also be decorative. These fans are often
crafted with intricate designs; you can also choose fan blades with colours or wood finishes that suit
your taste. Contrast that with standalone or wall-mounted fans that exude an industrial feel.

Lastly, ceiling fans can also be much safer than regular fans, especially if you have small children in the
house. These fans, since they are located overhead, are usually inaccessible to small curious hands that
can easily pry into regular fans. And because the big blades are exposed, all you have to do is dust or
wipe them with a wet cloth, making fan clean up a breeze.

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