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colour rendering index
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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

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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

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5 tips lighting small room space home decor interior design
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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

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indoor grow lights
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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

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everything you need to know about track lighting
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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

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best outdoor light fixtures for your garden yard
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Spring is in the air and summer is not far behind, and for a place that only gets somewhere between 360-600 hours of sunshine in the warmest months (depending on where you’re located), we know how important good outdoor lighting is. Whether you’re trying to brighten up a gloomy day or extend your evenings in your garden, the type of light fixtures you select will have a huge impact on the look and feel of your outdoor space, as well as the impact you will have on your neighbours and nature. Knowing this, how do you ensure you make the

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Energy Efficient Lighting for Business Guide
Bright IdeasEnergy Efficient Lighting for Businesses Guide

Most commercial buildings waste an average of 30% of the energy they use. Whether you’re building a new business or are looking for ways to reduce your existing business’s energy consumption, installing or upgrading to energy efficient lighting and integrating other smart solutions is one of the most effective ways to lower your carbon footprint and your energy costs. LED lights offer a number of advantages for businesses, including: Businesses of all sizes in any industry can benefit from energy efficient lighting, including offices, retail stores, restaurants, and warehouses. These benefits are especially advantageous for businesses where lighting is used

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Outdoor Lighting Impact on Nature
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As the weather warms up and we dare to dream of spending time outdoors again, our thoughts naturally turn to our gardens and other outdoor spaces, and we begin to make plans. Whether you’re fantasizing about lazy afternoons lounging in the sun or weekend cookouts that will make you the envy of your cul-de-sac, your plans for your outdoor space may include updated lighting that will allow you to linger a bit longer after the sun sets. Whether or not you intend it to, that artificial lighting can have an impact on the wildlife in your yard. When you decide

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weee directive waste electric electronic equpiment
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As a resident of the UK, you are likely familiar with WEEE regulations, either by name, by the small symbols this legislation requires on all electrical and electronic equipment packaging, or by the changes it made to the requirements for the safe and proper disposal of electrical equipment. But you may still be wondering—what exactly is WEEE, and how does it impact you as a consumer? What is WEEE? WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. This includes: In other words: WEEE includes all electrical or electronic things that are destined to end up in the bin and, as

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are led lights safe dangers light pollution eye strain
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LEDs have been on the forefront of lighting technology for some time now. As with all hot new products, there is bound to be some questions about how good they really are, their unexpected downsides, and eventually, negative press. While LEDs are more often than not praised for their energy efficiency, lately there has been some buzz about their reported drawbacks, such as: In this post, we’ll take a look at whether these claims have any credibility, whether or not LEDs actually are dangerous, and what can be done to mitigate any dangers LEDs might pose. 1. Headaches and other

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