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Landscape Lighting IV : END

Choice your Light and Transformer

There are many types of landscape lighting equipment to put the light right where you need it. Lighting straight carries a variety of different style of each light type, for every area or task you can think of.

For walkways and driveways:

Path light such as pole lights and hanging path lights

Silhouetting, spot lighting, grazing of textured surfaces:

Spot light, Flood lights, tree or wall-mounted lights

Up-lighting through trees out of a well or pond:

Pond light, submersible underwater light

Lights for a covered patio or gazebo:

Hanging light, hanging planter light

Functional light for decks and patios:

Rail mount, column mount, step lights

Miscellaneous lights for specific functions:

Barbecue light, sculpture lights, birdbaths

CHOOSING YOUR TRANSFORMER

when you have chosen your lights, it’s time to figure out where to put them and how to power them. That’s where a transformer, a bit of sums and a touch of creativity come into

Step 1: Add the total wattage of all fixtures

The transformer must be equal to or higher than the total watts. If you think you may add fixtures to your system in the future, a higher wattage transformer is recommended. Transformers come in a wide variety of wattages from 60-1200 watts.

Step 2: Decide where you want to install the transformer

Be sure to install the transformer near a power source or outlet, and as close to your lights as possible to minimize cable runs.

Step 3: The transformer itself

Transformers vary in style and quality. It’s up to you to choose which one is right for your lighting plan and yard.

An optional photocell for dusk-till-dawn operation and timer are excellent choices, both as an energy-saving measure and as a security precaution if you should leave town.

Most transformers are installed on an outside wall and can be either hardwired or plugged into an outlet.

Landscape Lighting III : Make Your Layout Design

Now that you’ve decided to install landscape lighting, it’s time to design your layout. With careful planning, you can eliminate any problems that may arise during the installation process.

Step 1: Where do you want to light?

Take a look at your yard at night to decide where more light is needed, then make a detailed sketch of the yard. In deciding what to illuminate, consider your existing outdoors lighting. A good place to start is your walkways and other functional and transitional areas.

Step 2: What other extras do you expect from lighting?

For example, while you’re lighting the facade of a house, you very well may illuminate bushes or trees, as well.

Step 3: Pair other professional-looking techniques

There are lots of professional-looking and popular techniques that can create a dramatic and attractive design. Lighting the front of the house has a very impressive effect and can make your house inviting at night, except to unwanted guests.

A facade lawn is an ideal and easy subject for illumination.

Trees and plants can be back-lit to create a silhouetted effect or front-lit to showcase the plant itself. If you have a tall tree, place a light at the base and shine it up through the branches. You can also hide a tree mount fixture and have it shine down on a lawn or garden.

You may consider lighting other objects of interest like a birdbath or bench. It’s generally a good idea to spread your lighting out to create even illumination throughout the yard.

A word of caution: Be careful not to over-light your landscape, since too much light might prove unattractive. The secret is to be creative and light only what you want.

Lighting at Landscape (I): A Basic

Landscapes of almost any size and shape can be illuminate effectively with low-voltage landscape lighting. This is meant to show you how easy it is to buy and install this custom, yet cost-effective, outdoor lighting solution. With a little creativity and some gardening tools, your yard could be looking good day and night.

We always want to feel secure at home, and landscape lighting provides it in two very important ways.

  • The darkness itself could make your home a target for an intruder, and well-lit front and back yards provide greater visual capabilities. An intruder would most likely skip it and move onto a dark home where they are not so visible.
  • Lighting helps visitors reach your home safely. Many pathways have uneven pavers or troublesome transition spots from driveway to sidewalk, and provide many opportunities for tripping. Landscape lighting can illuminate problematic areas and protect against potential liability.

Increase the value of your home

Landscape lights adds instant curb appeal and make your landscape vision. You can create dramatic, professional-looking effects through shadows and silhouettes with low-lying bushes, or bounce the light off majestic trees.

Easily and safely installed

Low-voltage landscape lighting does not require an electrician or inspection, and, unlike some other electrical work, is safe to install. If you have passion, plants and a plan (and don’t forget a shovel), this is a rewarding and attainable do-it-yourself project

The flexibility factor

It’s inevitable. Your yard will almost certainly change its look over the years due to décors and trends, as well as growing plants that block light or that BBQ station or hot tub you have your eye on. As your landscape changes, so can your landscape lighting. Whether you decide to expand your yard’s lighting or cut back for a minimalist look, landscape lighting can be easily adjusted to fit your needs.

Makeover Your Kitchen : Mini Kitchen

mini, kitchen, dinner, make of, makeoverAccording to a new survey of Remodeling magazine, the average price of a major kitchen remodel in the Sacramento, Calif., area is estimated to cost more than $67,000—with a resale value of just over $50,000. That’s a lot of cabbage. Add the fact that homeowners NOT in the construction or building industries can underestimate the makeover’s cost by as much as 40 % the total price tag can quickly spiral out of hand.

The  trends in home remodeling is the mini-remodel—moving away from the full treatment and keeping the focus on separate updates one at a time. So, instead of gutting your entire kitchen and starting from scratch, consider the smaller projects that can refresh this space without reached deep pockets.

Faucet

This is arguably your home’s most used plumbing fixture and updating it can yield wonders for the entire kitchen. Today’s faucet of kitchen are efficient, hard working and durable. A  simplifies prep and clean-up, hot and cold dispensers provide instantaneous water and a mini bar gives you an additional option.

Wasteful

This might be the most involved exchange of all the simple kitchen updates. Once you’ve chosen your new wastafel, you’ll have to surrender your kitchen counter for a day or two. But that’s it.

While your head’s in the wasteful, what about the garbage disposal? While some households actually function without one, installing one simplifies post-meal clean-up.

Lighting

Talk about a change of scenery. An updated light or system of lighting can change the way you see your kitchen—literally.

From an energy star-rated ceiling fixture and track lighting to a mini chandler or pendant lighting over the kitchen table, never underestimate the power of proper lighting anywhere in your home—particularly in the kitchen.

Cabinets and cabinet hardware

cabinet, kitchen, designLet’s not forget about your home’s smallest doors. Kitchen cabinets are essential for storage, and swapping furniture for old can give your entire kitchen a new look.

This is the simplest of all the kitchen updates. Just unscrew the old cabinet pull or knob and replace it with the new one..

The kitchen remodel doesn’t have to be a discouraging event. Sure, improvements like hauling in a new fridge or installing a new range and variety can be game changers, but these more significant updates require more planning and cost. Even a small update can work wonders for your home’s favorite meeting place and most popular room.

Make Over Your Living Room II

LIGHTING

Living Room Lighting is essential to your living room make over. It’s also an excellent opportunity to tie in the lighting in the dining room or kitchen. In your living room, you’ll need to provide enough lighting for every corner where people might sit, as well as mood lighting for those quieter and more relaxed times

Chandeliers are probably the most popular style of living room lighting. They can range in size from a three-light mini chandelier to something extravagant enough to make a Disney princess proud.

Close-to-ceiling lighting, also referred to as semi-flushmount lighting, combines flushmount lighting (which sits flush against the ceiling) and a low-hanging fixture.

Pendant lighting typically features one shade and hangs from the ceiling. Popular options are single-light mini and bowl pendants. But multi-light pendants also provide ample illumination, while offering a unique look.

Recessed lighting is installed into an opening in the living room ceiling. The result is a crisp, clean look and the light appears to shine from the opening.

Track lighting is set along a track (also called a run). Because these tracks can be rigid or flexible, you can customize your lighting and to work with what you already have in the living room. For track lighting basics, visit our article here

Wall sconces are wall-mounted fixtures that provide general, task, or accent lighting in the living room. They can be directional or emit substantial light, and much of the time they’re reversible and can be mounted for up or down lighting. Swing arm fixtures are more versatile than other wall sconces, since the light source itself can be moved. Wall washers flood a specific area with light, perfect for complementing other fixtures in the living room.

Lamp lighting is a rich and practical way to illuminate any part of your living room. Table, desk, and piano lamps are ideal for smaller areas where you might read or write, while floor, buffet, and torchiere lamps provide more lighting.

Picture wall lighting is specifically designed to direct a narrow band of lighting to an area of a painting or picture, usually at the top or bottom.

Accent lighting is a great way to provide ambient lighting from above. Also called spot lighting, this is a versatile way to lighting a living room, since many fixtures are available with several lights and can be multi-directional.

Lighting at Pool : Fiber Optic Lighting

light, pool, yard, spotLighting a fountain outdoor pond in a year or the spray from  avertical pump in your pool with fiber optic Is Easy outdoor lighting. Color Choices Can Be Made Quickly to change with the seasons. Can imagine Being Able to changing your fountain‘s color to alternating red and green for Christmas, or to a red, white and blue theme for Fourth of July. Your Home Can Be the envy of the neighborhood with the decorative options available to you using fiber optic outdoor lighting.
One of the biggest advantages of fiber optic outdoor lighting Is  The Lack of electric power running-through the installation. Fiber opticcables are run from Simply the light source to the destination.  The Cable Itself the light reflection from a light source or LED Such As An Other illuminator. So There’s no electric current to create the Involved Potential for short circuits or fire and There’s no heat Involved, Especially Which is safe When running the optical cable-through a wall or under water.
In adding to lower installation and maintenance Costs over time,outdoor fiber optic lighting offers the added Benefit of Being Ableto change colors in a year now. Most are Tested in extreme hot andcold weather and Can Provide lighting options in outdoor entertaining Areas Otherwise in accessible.
Setup of fiber optic outdoor lighting Should Be Well Thought out in bright sunlight as placement or high ambient lighting near the optic light Can Make APPEAR washed out and Nearly invisible. The color of the light you choose Can help with visibility. More cable strands Can Increase brightness, and the length of different cable stunning from the light source Sami Can affect the brightness of Each strand. Fibers come in glass or plastic. May you wish to choose plastic Because Of STI lower cost and Flexibility in bending and cutting.

Parquet Flooring

parquet, exotiq, flooring, Beyond aesthetics, the choice of a wood floor is also based on its qualities ”technical”. Each blade is unique and every type of wood has its own characteristics: hardness, durability, impact resistance and appearance. Entirely made ​​of wood, the name “Parquet“ is reserved for products which the wear layer (top of the blade) is composed of at least 2.5-mm fine wood.
Hardwood or parquet?
The parqueparquet, vinyl, flooringt is the result of the assembly of three layers of wood:the top layer of fine wood also known as “siding” (2) receives the finishing (1): natural look, brushed, matte, smoked, pickled, varnished or oiled the central core (3) the floor is made of slats or particle board orfiber high-density against the siding, (4) or against-swing, usually composed of a layer of resinous wood, used to stabilize the blade.
The hardwood floors are ideal for floating installation. More andmore floors are offered with “click-system” blade assemblyensuring a quick and easy installation without glue or tools.