Wine Glass Lamp Shades

Wine Glass Lamp Shades

These small table top wine glass inspired accent lamps make the perfect addition to dinner parties and celebrations, their petite size fits just about anywhere and their disposable qualities fit the bill. Most wine glass lamps are composed of three simple materials: a wine glass lamp shade (either DIY or pre-bought) an LED tealight and a wine glass Simply place the LED tealight into the wine glass, turn it on and then place the preassembled wine glass lamp shade over the top of the wine glass. Wah-lah instant illumination! When the party is over use the wine glasses and LED tealights for later and dispose of the wine glass lamp shades. For more information on how to make your own visit: Good...
Pendant Lights: Hang Alone or Cluster?

Pendant Lights: Hang Alone or Cluster?

One hanging pendant light is great, but a cluster really makes a statement. How do you know when and how to pair pendant lights? Finding out how to perfectly pair your pendants will give your space more illumination as well as add another design dimension to your space. The best place to use single pendant lights is when there is a need for task illumination, such as over a desk or a bedside table. The small quantity of focused light enables small tasks to be completed without the burden of “too much” light. Consider using a group or a cluster of pendant lights together when more lighting is needed. Such as a larger area like a kitchen island or an entertaining area. Some people like to use of cluster of pendant lights that are all of the same design and color, while others like different colors, styles, textures, finshes and even hanging each pendant light at a different height. The photos on this blog post offer a peek at what some are doing, and...
How to Select a Table Lamp

How to Select a Table Lamp

Just browsing table lamps you may feel as if you are in a vortex of light and design, and questions like how do I know which lamp to choose? What size? What color? What type? What texture? This helpful article on how to select a table lamp will help you answer these questions. A good overall goal would be to find the ideal combination of function (light) and form (looks). Here’s how: Are you trying to match your current decor’s theme? By considering your own tastes and your current home decor, picking a table lamp that blends with these concepts will enable for a solid design flow throughout your space. Your living area is simply a reflection of who you are and what you like. Keep in mind there are an endless line of designs, colors, textures and styles of table lamps you are bound to find one style that is just perfect for you and your tastes. Where will you be using the table lamp? Lamps are a lot like jewelry, they should accent the space not necessarily hog all of the attention. However they do help us see, so taking into consideration what exactly they will be illuminating will help you determine the “function” part of the decision. Why are you getting a new table lamp? Determining why you are purchasing a new table lamp enables you to narrow down your buying possibilities. For example if you are replacing an outdated desk lamp, you may know that you should be looking in the desk or task lamp section. Size, style and brightness You need to calculate these three...
Does your lighting make you feel old?

Does your lighting make you feel old?

As we age so do our bodies, things may weaken and dim, and this also includes our vision.  Some ways to help control this loss of sight are to consult with your doctor, get your eyes checked regularly and adjust the light within your home to meet your vision needs. Many older people maintain see just fine all the way up into their 70s and 80s. However some research shows that many older people with good vision are visually impaired while performing their everyday tasks while in the presence of low light, changing light levels, low contrast lighting and excessive glare. With this in mind, what now? Don’t worry there are 4 easy adjustments that you can make for your lighting or the lighting of your loved ones. Increase your levels of light Just by switching out your old low watt light bulbs or adding a few new light fixtures, more light will be available. This will increase your productivity, safety and visibility. For instance if there is not enough lighting at stairways, this can leave room for accidents for you or your loved ones. If you have always used the same light bulb at your desk, but you now realize that it is no longer bright enough try switching it out for a brighter light bulb. Observe the different that it makes when you read, work on the computer or do paperwork. Reduce unnecessary glare “Bright, sparkling light and small points of light can cause so many reflections within the eye that they become problematic for the older person (Goodman & Smith, 1992)” Look around your space at...
How To Install LED Deck Lighting

How To Install LED Deck Lighting

Outdoor deck lighting, over the years with the introduction of LED lighting into landscape lighting has initiated many new products into the world of landscaping and outdoor accent lighting. The addition of LED rope lights and super flat LED strips has allowed for homeowners to create their own lighting paradise within their backyard, via color changing, dimmable, energy efficient accent lighting. If you have been looking for that less expensive, DIY alternative to hiring a professional landscaper the addition of ambient under railing lighting can turn your “nice porch” into a place that your friends will be envious of. There are many different LED strip lights available, however for under railing lighting you will need a strip light specifically for wet locations. Other details to consider should be: What color LEDs, multi-color or single color? What size railings? Dimmer? How wide are your railings? i.e. how much space will you have beneath the railing to install the light strips? Will you cover the entire porch, including stairway railings? Where will you install the power box? How will you mount the strips to the railing? Think weather resistant. Test all lighting before final installation. Watch the video below from the CyberDruidtheModGod as he prepares, tests and installs under railing strip lighting to his porch. Video: LED Deck Lighting InstallationAnd just remember you are working with electricity. Every year many DIYer’s injure themselves and their property while trying to save a few bucks. So if you get into the project and realize you don’t know what you doing, do yourself a favor and consult or hire an...
Houzz Offers Easy Way to Project Remodel Costs

Houzz Offers Easy Way to Project Remodel Costs

Easily project your home remodeling costs with the Real Cost Finder from Houzz. There new application allows for you to pick the remodel room of your choice, or choose the entire house. Lighting, cabinets, countertops, furniture and more are just some of the pieces available to figure into your costs. Houzz bases their remodel facts on data collected by Edge Research from the Houzz community. These figures are based on real time remodel costs from more than 100,000 homeowners. In addition to this, they also offer resources for determining average remodel costs within your area, handy guides and articles to educate your decision making and an in-depth guide to local professionals within your area. To check out their program visit: Houzz Real Remodeling...