What you need to know about lighting, before building a new home.

What you need to know about lighting, before building a new home.

The National Association of Home Builders predicts that in 2013 there will be 955,000 housing starts, a 22% increase over 2012. If you find yourself among the new home builders, experts say the time to plan lighting upgrades is now. “As the homeowner, you’re the only person who truly knows what the home will look like at completion,” says Jeff Dross, trends expert at Kichler. “Builders don’t know your sense of style or how you are ultimately furnishing the home, so it’s important to be involved with choosing a lighting package that best suits your style and needs.” Some things to consider: Energy Efficiency – Builders won’t always put energy-efficient options in their basic packages. So if you’re looking to save on energy bills, opt for energy-efficient upgrades now to save money down the line. Functionality – It’s important to know how you will use your home’s space. For example, task lighting is crucial in your high-volume activity areas. Furnishings – Your home furnishings should complement your lighting choices. Layering – Weave together task lighting, accent lighting and ambient lighting to maximize the appearance and functionality of your spaces. Read the rest of the article about lighting your new home at The Destin Log Visit Lightopia for lighting choices for your new...
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...
Make a Candle from an Orange in 1 Minute

Make a Candle from an Orange in 1 Minute

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so if you find yourself in a situation where you just don’t have access to a good lamp try making a candle out of an orange and about a cup of olive oil. It will only take a minute. This YouTube video from the HouseHoldHackers currently has almost three million views, so surely it must work, or at least smell good. The video below gives complete instructions on how to make your own orange lamp. This is a very similar method to some of the first primitive lamps ever made that used animal fat and a wick to create an indoor lamp or lantern. Video: Make a Lamp from an Orange in 1...
Little Sun: Give Light to Those in Need

Little Sun: Give Light to Those in Need

This Little Sun solar lamp has been showing up all over Milan Italy, because of one of Italy’s most popular stores la Rinascente. This is no average solar lamp though. In fact this lamps gives back, not just by the lack of battery consumption but also by helping those without light. More than 1.6 million people on our planet live off the grid, and most have only kerosene lamps for light during the dark hours. There are concerns about using kerosene lamps that include safety for the user. In return, many designers have been extending their hands to help those in need of light. The Little Sun uses solar power and once charged can shine for approximately 3 hours. Designed by the artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun was shown both at at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale and London’s Tate Modern. In hopes of giving off the grid’rs some light, new skills and tasks will be able to be accomplished at safer and faster speeds. Work, studying, cooking, and even socializing are just some of the things many struggle with, and may show drastic improvements when done with safe light sources. For more information watch the video below: Video: Little Sun in 2 Minutes In December 2012, Little Sun created a specially designed window exhibit in one of la Rinascente’s store windows in Milan. The hopes of helping others with no light and sharing the initiative, extends into the purchase of a Little Sun lamp helps to create an affordable product for off grid...