Efficient Solar Lamps

The Benefits of Solar Lamps

Solar Lamp

Undeniably Efficient. (Photo Credits)

Solar Lamps, whether it is professionally made, or home crafted via DIY, are undeniably efficient and environment friendly.

And this is the reason why more and more individuals are trying to harness its power even via the Do-It-Yourself route.

For instance, Hometalk shared an instructional post on how to make a solar lamp that can alternately be used as a House Number Sign and Porch décor. Temecula CA click here 

“Is it a lamp? Is it a planter? Is it a house number sign? Yes, yes, and yes.”

Check out the tutorial here.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

Science Alert for its part encouraged its readers to upcycle their old mobile phone batteries into Portable Solar Lamps.

“To test the idea out, Diouf hooked up a single lithium-ion battery from a mobile phone and used it to run a 1 Watt solar lamp for just over three hours. When he swapped the LED bulb for a 0.5 Watt one, which still provides enough light for reading and writing, the system lasted for six hours. Diouf also took things one-step further and built a 12-volt system out of three batteries, a 5 Watt lamp, and a solar panel for less than US$25. That provided enough power to light a room five hours a day for three years, without needing any maintenance.”

Read the whole article here.

Two-in-one Finds

Gadget Flow meantime featured a Solar Lamp that also works as a bug zapper, making it perfect for gardens.

“Say goodbye to those flies and mosquitoes while you camp outdoors with the help of this Solar-Powered UV Bug Zapper & LED Garden Lamp. It can attract and entrap flies, mosquitoes and other flying insects thus keeping your outdoor camping experience free from the annoying “buzz”. This lamp consists of 8 bright LED bulbs which can easily light up a garden, patio or even a walkway. The integrated solar panel will power up zapper from the sun and helps you save energy that way. Staying outdoors post sundown wouldn’t be that difficult anymore.”

Check it out here.

Will you buy a solar powered lamp?



Living Room Lighting Tips

Lighting Design Inspiration for the Living Room

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Tips to light up and accentuate the living room. (Photo Credits)

The living room is one of the first parts of the home that can be seen by family and guests upon entering a home.

The lighting design in a living room will do so much in making it appear more elegant and bright.

Impressive Interior Design gave tips on how to light up the living room. Electrical Genius Company

The right living room lighting options help to add a new dimension, a new style, and a new ambiance to its home-styling purpose. Modern day living room lighting decorating ideas, involves everything from wall sconces, floor lamps, dimmers, table lamps, skylights, fireplaces, chandeliers, and other unique accent lighting ideas.”

Check out the lighting design inspirations here.

More lighting tips

HGTV also shared more ideas in installing accent lighting in the living room.

A good living room lighting scheme uses different kinds of light, set at different levels, that work together to make the space warm and attractive. Allen says if you want people to linger, use dimmers that allow you to control the level of light to suit the activities that take place in the space.”

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New Hotel Blog has more lighting tips.

“The lights are elements that cannot be separated from the beauty of minimalist home. Although the profit actually used light source of illumination when the nights draw in, but there is no denying that if the lights are one of the contributors to the beauty of the appearance of the house. Various lights of various shapes can be found in almost all buildings and public places, ranging from ordinary light up decorative lights. Nowadays, there are many models of lamps, whether chandelier or decorative lamps with a variety of models, designs and beautiful colors. The use of living room lights will have a major role in shaping the model of your living room. Besides being able to make your living room more beautiful, light generated from the lamp can also give a dramatic effect on your living room.”

Check out the rest of the article here.

Are you thinking of re-designing your living room lights?


Inspiring Home Lighting Ideas

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Lighting up the home to make things bright. (Photo Credits)

Home lighting is important especially in accentuating the designs and features of a home.

It can be simple, it can be complex, it can even be radical.

HGTV shared the latest home lighting design ideas.

“Lighting can quickly make or break a room, so when shopping for HGTV Dream Home 2016, he focused on the ceiling fixtures, table lamps and floor lamps, making sure each room had an original mix of shapes, finishes, textures and design styles. “

Check out the inspiring ideas here.

Inspiring Lighting

Architectural Digest meantime gave wonderful bathroom lighting ideas.

“Finding the right lighting for your bath can be a challenge. Do you opt for delicate sconces to flank the mirror? Make a statement with a large lantern or chandelier? Or go for a simple ceiling flush mount? For those of you in the midst of a bathroom renovation (or just a slight refresh), we’ve compiled some illuminating inspiration from the AD archives and revealed the lighting sources used in each space. That way, whether you prefer Naomi Watts’s sleek New York apartment or Madeline Stuart’s Santa Barbara retreat, you can get the look at home.”

Take a look at the photos here.

For others, string lights can be used for lighting the home even beyond the holidays. ElectricalGenius Electric Repair

“A little bit of twinkle can transform an entire room, and we have a collection of perfect ideas to achieve this look! String lights are no longer just for the holidays; these sparkling lights can be used all over the home year-round. They can accent decor, light up a small space and transform any space into a cozy spot. “

See the lighting designs here.

How do you light up your home?


Why you should switch to LED Lights

All about LED Lighting

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The advantages of LED lighting. (Photo Credits)

LED lights are a buzz word nowadays because of the many advantages that it offers to home ad business owners.

Singaporean website Home Reno Guru identified 10 good reasons why home and commercial structures should utilize LED lighting.

Hold on to your seat: LEDs can last up to 100,000 hours or 11 years of nonstop operation. Even if you have them on for eight hours a day, it would still take years—decades even—to replace it.”

Read the nine other reasons here.

So many advantages

Latest Solar News in fact even made it specific that Solar Power LED lights should be the lighting of choice for residential and commercial use. ElectricalGenius Electrical Repair

Compared with traditional solar lights LED lighting products are more energy efficient. First, LED bulbs require very little energy to operate than incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lamps. Second, an incredible light per watt than conventional bulbs such is created. With the increasing cost of energy today and increased environmental awareness among consumers, greater efficiency is often equated with lower energy costs and reduced environmental damage.”

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Beneficial for Businesses

Business 2 Community also identified reasons why commercial structures should be illuminated by LED lights versus the traditional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.

“LEDs can save up to 70% of a company’s energy output, says Phys.org, a research, technology and science website. The statistic is impressive, but what does it mean for a business on a practical level? Reducing carbon emissions means reducing the consumption of energy. As an example, Buckingham Palace turned to LEDs for their ceiling lights. As an example, illuminating the official residence of the Queen of England uses literally less electricity than making a cup of tea. A business that uses LEDs for their lighting needs will slash their monthly overhead budget considerably.”
Read the whole post here.

Have you made the switch?

How to Save on your Electric Bill


How to Save on your Electric Bill

Ways to lower your electric consumption

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Lower your electric bill now. (Photo Credits) 

Lowering a home’s electric bill is one of the biggest aim of any household. After all, utility bills represent a large chunk of any homeowner’s monthly expenses.

Australian Website Kidspot shared that adjusting your Air Conditioner’s temperature setting can make a huge difference.

“In her post, Sue talks about switching your aircon over to the ‘dry’ or ‘dehumidify’ option, which will not only remove the humidity in the air, making the room a much more tolerable temperature, it also runs the compressor at a lower speed, which can halve the cost of your electricity bill.”

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Conserving electricity

Little Things for its part shared ways on how to lower electricity bills during the freezing winter months.   ElectricalGenius Temecula   

“To lower the costs of heating the home, let’s first explore ways to winter-proof rooms without breaking the bank. These hacks will hopefully help you save money on hefty electric bills this winter!”

Check out the eight tips here.

More tips

Savings and Coupons also shared hacks on lowering consumption this time for the sweltering summer months.

“Turn on the A/C Fan: Before you turn the A/C down another notch, try running the fan to circulate already cool air around your home first. After about an hour, you can go back to turning down the thermostat. It may not seem like much at first, but saving your A/C that one hour every day will really make a difference on your electricity bill later!”

See the three other tips here.

How do you lower your home electricity consumption?


Home Lighting Design Ideas

Lighting up the home

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The lighting design can make a big difference. (Photo Credits)

Lighting design can make a huge difference in a home. When someone comments that a house is gloomy that may mean that it is dark and not well-lit. When a room is described as bright and cheery, most likely it has something to do with both the windows and the lighting.

Room Edit shared tips on how to light up the home during the darker winter months. Click here

“Use LED lights on the plinth to creating a floating effect, and hang a row of three pendant lights above an island. If you are positioning pendants over a permanent fixture, consider low-hung shades for an intimate atmosphere. Typically, pendants should be hung around 70 to 85cm above a worktop, or 182cm above the floor. In the kitchen you need good task lighting for preparing food, ambient lighting for everyday meals, and decorative lighting to make a style statement. Put all lights on dimmer switches so the level of light can be altered depending on the activity at hand.”

Check out the photos here.

Larger and Brighter

HGTV.com meantime featured a designer whom for his part shared great lighting design ideas for every type of home.

“He focused on the ceiling fixtures, table lamps and floor lamps, making sure each room had an original mix of shapes, finishes, textures and design styles. “

Take a look at the design ideas here.

A different feel

Simply Designing encourages the use of industrial lighting fixtures to add an interesting feature to the home.

“I love decorating with industrial touches in my home and we are slowly trying to add new, beautiful lighting to our home!  I feel that adding fun and unique light fixtures is a great way to add character to your home without spending a ton of money.”

Read the rest of the post here.

What lighting design have you adapted in  your home?

Ceramics Imprinted with Patterns of Vintage Typewriter Letters by Laura C. Hewitt

Ceramic artist Laura C. Hewitt creates a wide range of cups, plates, and other ceramic objects imprinted with letters and numbers from old typewriter keys. The Alaska-based artist utilizes fragments from mathematical formulas, programming languages, and other science-influenced designs, all carefully applied with a variety of typewriter letters in black ink to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Hewitt shares about her craft:

Most of my work has been influenced by the dichotomies and juxtapositions of rural Alaskan living. I’m particularly interested in exploring the intersections between technology and nature, art and craft, destruction and creation. As inspiration, I look for the magical within the mundane, provoke thoughtfulness with the practical and animate the pragmatic with mischievousness.

See full article: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/02/typewriter-ceramics/