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Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 3/15/2018

Choosing the right lighting for your home not only enhances it visually, but can also make it a safer and more secure place to live.

While an interior decorator or electrician can offer you additional suggestions about upgrading your home's lighting efficiency and appearance, here are a few helpful lighting tips and ideas to consider.

  • Dimmer switches can be a highly desirable feature to include in most rooms in your house. You only use them on an as-needed basis, and they're great for reducing eye strain, creating a more relaxing environment, and conserving electricity. Although dimmer switches are relatively easy to install, hiring a reasonably priced electrician is good insurance against getting an electrical shock or doing it incorrectly.
  • Flood lights strategically placed in different areas of your property can help keep away trespassers, burglars, and vandals. Motion-activated security lights are especially effective at deterring crime and sending intruders on their way. While lighting alone does not comprise a fail-proof home security system, it is one of several methods that, when used together, can keep your home, property, and family safe.
  • Adequate outside lighting helps prevent family members and visitors from falling, tripping, and getting injured on your property when approaching your home at night. This is especially important for those who are elderly or vision impaired.
  • Outdoor lighting can also be effectively used for decorative purposes on porches, patios, backyard decks, and walkways.
Light Bulb Facts

If you're wondering why old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs are becoming harder to find on store shelves, it's because of two things:

  1. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007: It was enacted to for several reasons, including eliminating wasteful energy products from the market, helping the United States become more energy independent, and reducing harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants. Although some consumers prefer the old-fashioned incandescent light bulb, it's interesting to know that they're only 10% efficient. What that means, says the EPA, is that 90% of the electricity it uses is lost to heat.
  2. Consumers want to save money on energy consumption. Here's what the EPA says on the subject: "Because lighting accounts for approximately 12% of the average household’s energy bill, more efficient options will help consumers save money on their utility bills."
Those more efficient options include compact fluorescent lights (CFL), light emitting diode bulbs (LED), and halogen bulbs. Although energy efficient lights can be somewhat more expensive initially, they last longer and typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs. That's the word from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Based on figures from the EPA, consumers can also save money by using Energy Star-qualified LED bulbs, which use at least 75 percent less energy and last 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

With its economical features and versatile uses in and around the house, there are a lot of benefits to be had from choosing the right lighting.

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Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 10/5/2017

Lighting is one of those home musts that can change the way that you feel. Ask anyone who struggles with seasonal affective disorder and you'll learn the powerful impact that light has on you. Yet, indoor lighting is often overlooked when it's time to shop for furniture and home decor. That could be because lighting isn't large like a sofa, king size bed, coffee table or kitchen island.

Lights play a bigger role in your life than you think

For what maybe the first time, pay attention to the lighting in your home. Think about which is best for you and your family, floor or table lamps. Consider LED,natural spectrum, full spectrum and linear light bulbs. Spectrum lights offer benefits similar to natural, outdoor light. They have been used to help treat seasonal affective disorder. Although the bulbs are gentle on the human system,they provide an ongoing mood boost. Stronger spectrum lights are generally only used for about one hour a day.

In addition to light bulbs, another feature to consider is whether you want a floor or a table lamp. Here are benefits and styles to weigh when considering floor and table lamp options.

Tall floor lamps reach up five feet and more. Spines on tall floor lamps are narrow, at times going straight up. Other tall floor lamps have a curving spine. Colors that floor lamps come in range from black to brown to silver and gold. Make sure that the base of floor lamps are sturdy and heavy enough to prevent them from easily toppling over should someone bump into the lamps.

Floor lamps built into a table offer storage space. These lamps are generally the same height as traditional end tables that you place a lamp upon. There are floor,table lamp combos that have a magazine rack at the bottom of the table. If you want to save space, this lamp might be a perfect choice.

Let table lamps light up your home

Table lamps come in a variety of shapes. There are round bodied and square table lamps.Clear, solid and opaque table lamps are other available choices. Some table lamps are designed with delicate detail. The height of table lamps start as short as one foot and top out at more than three feet. Choose table lamps that aren't too weighty for your end tables, especially glass end tables.

Color options for table lamps tend to be much larger than they are with floor lamps. Despite bright and soft color options that the body of table lamps come in, it's the shade that you and your guests won't miss. There are straight sided, linen,bell shaped, drum and round lamp shades. There are so many options, to make the best choice, you need to take your time shopping for indoor lighting.

Few furniture pieces impact the look and feel of your home the way that lighting does. Before choosing between floor or table lamps, think about how much room you have in your home. If your favorite furniture store doesn't have the lamp styles that you love, check flea markets, consignment stores and interior design shops.

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