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While you may not be familiar with the term “Colour Rendering Index”, or CRI for short, you are almost certainly aware of its effect—a light that gives off a too-green, -yellow, or -blue tone, making objects under its glow appear the wrong colour. Who hasn’t been a victim of this terrible lighting in public restrooms, shops, offices, and classrooms? Early fluorescents, CFLs, and LEDs are often the culprit thanks to low CRI scores, but thankfully these highly efficient lights have improved, and they can now render crisp, accurate colours. You just need to select a bulb with the right rating
The kitchen is often the heart of a home. It’s not just where you come together to prepare and eat meals—it sometimes pulls double duty as a schoolwork station, or it can serve as a place to complete work projects or crafts. To accommodate all of these needs, your kitchen needs to have good, adaptable lighting. That means selecting the right lighting fixtures that both suit the space and provide the amount of light you need, where you need it. So, how do you choose the right kitchen light fixture(s)? Consider the kitchen When selecting a new lamp or lamps
Bulky fixtures, scarce outlets, and a lack of ceiling and wall fixtures can hinder good lighting in any space, but they can make things especially tricky in a small room. Lighting is key to making a small space seem bigger than it is, as well as for creating a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Shine some light into your cozy nooks, your vertically-challenged loft spaces, your tiny cubbyhole of a bed-, powder-, or living room with these tips: 1. Utilize low-profile wall and overhead fixtures In tight rooms, and especially those with low ceilings, limit your lamp selection to slim fixtures
On days when you can barely remember the sun, it can be hard to imagine your plants—indoor or out—ever achieving full bloom. Your outdoor plants may manage just fine with the diffused level of light they receive, especially in the summer, but sometimes indoor plants need a little more help to properly photosynthesize. Enter the grow light. If your indoor space lacks natural light, either in the winter or year-round, these specialty lamps or light bulbs can provide your indoor plants with the type of light they need to grow and thrive. How to tell if your plant isn’t getting
Track lighting is an incredibly versatile, flexible option for lighting your home, but it’s also the type of thing many people would call “practical”—with the heavy implication that it is decidedly un-fun and not sexy. Some even claim it makes them feel like they’ve stepped back into the 80s (which could actually be considered a good thing, depending on who you are.) But thanks to its flexibility and simplicity, track lighting is experiencing something of a renaissance. So, what do you need to know about this lighting staple? A brief history of track lighting Track lighting was designed by Anthony