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Lighting Is Furnishing Your Home
by Monica Hawkins
With some careful planning and implementation, lighting can become an integral part of the comfort level in your home. Today there are so many lighting schemes and products available that it will make your head spin. At least there shouldn't be any trouble finding an appropriate lighting solution for almost any home, provided you don't leave the planning half way.
The comfort of living- and bedrooms can be influenced in many ways, simply by the way the source(s) of illumination is controlled. The need for special switches and dimmers is something one should ideally take into account when planning the room. It will also be easier to add lighting afterwards if the electrical outlets also have their own switches.
It may also be a good idea to install multiple switches, so that the lighting can be controlled from places other than the traditional spot just inside the door. So that you don't have to get out of bed in order to control all of the rooms lighting, for example.
Many newer electrical systems are installed in a fashion that allows for more flexibility when it comes to complementing the existing lighting scheme. And it is possible to have programmable switches that allows for easy control over different combinations of use for the entire lighting system. Usually it is also an option to personally program certain switches so that they even control the lighting in other rooms, so that the lights in the stairway and in the bathroom can be controlled from the control panel in the bedroom, for example. (Although this is beginning to sound like the point is to never leave your bed, the examples are just for the sake of argument.)
Different kind of lamps
The life of an ordinary light bulb is about 1000 hours, and the best thing about it is it's low price.
The light of halogen lamps is usually a bright white, and is best employed as a spotlight or for effect and decorative lighting - in addition to the more generic lighting system.
Fluorescent lamp and mini fluorescent lamps are typically much more efficient producers of light that halogen lamps, and they are ideal for areas where an artificial light source is constantly needed.
An element of interior design
When choosing lamps the most important thing is that they are suitable for the intended task. Before most people simply got a traditional light bulb on all occasions, but nowadays various low-energy lamps have overtaken Mr. Edison's basic invention.
More and more people are also discovering that lighting can do wonders, purely as a decorative element and natural part of the homes other furnishing.
Monica Hawkins may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view more of their articles.
Writes about home improvement and she is currently fascinated by lighting. Visit her website at: http://www.lightingcentral.info
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