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High-pressure workdays, household chores and raising your kids are simply guaranteed to cause you a lot of stress. But so much stress can seriously affect your overall well-being. Heart diseases, cirrhosis of the liver, aging and fatal accidents are all linked with increased stress level. That’s why it’s very important that you do whatever you can in order to reduce stress. And is there a better way to start than turning your home into a real stress-reducing place? The following 5 tips will help you do so.

De-Clutter the Entire Place


It’s no secret that clutter is super stress-inducing. Not being able to find something you need can always cause some additional stress, especially when you are in a hurry. That’s why decluttering your house is one of the first things you will have to do is you want your home to become a real stress-reducing place. Of course, you don’t have to do it all at once. Take 15 minutes a day and try to find some new places for all the clutter that is just lying around your home. Also, make it a goal to fill at least one trash bag with the things you no longer need.

Add a Touch of Nature

We all know that spending time in nature can help you reduce stress. So why not try to bring the outside inside and make your home as green as possible? Potted plants are always a good option. What’s great about them is that most of them are quite easy to take care of, which means they will cause you absolutely no stress at all. If you like doing yoga, this can be a great setting for your meditation. Bromeliad, philodendron and spider plants are easy to maintain and they are guaranteed to make your home stress-reducing. You can also combine these with some nature-inspired designs to your décor.

Try to Create Symmetry

Another important thing you will have to do when trying to make your home more stress-reducing is to try to create symmetry. Symmetry can lead to a feeling of peace and help you relax. This is the case because symmetry prevents your eyes from bouncing from an object in the room to the other. Of course, things don’t have to be perfectly matched, but sticking to symmetry in the terms of color, proportion and light is always recommended. Just let your creativity flow and you are definitely going to come up with some new ways to add symmetry to your home.

Consider Your Lighting Options


Overhead lights are known to cause headaches which is another stress inducer. Therefore, if you want to be relaxed all the time when you are at home, you should make sure there’s a lot of natural light. Consider installing a new window or two as well as glass doors if possible. Still, you will need some lighting options for the evenings as well. That’s where desk lamps might come in handy. Halogen bulbs don’t cause headaches as much as incandescent bulbs do, so make sure you use them for your desk lamps.

Keep the Air Fresh

Your stress level can also depend on the air quality inside of your home. This is especially the case if you or any other family member is a smoker. Getting an air purifier is always the best option for eliminating the stale air. If you decide to get one for your home, make sure you find one that will fit into your interior. Using scented candles will also help you keep the air inside of your fresh. Some of the scents such as lavender, chocolate and cinnamon can be used as a part of aromatherapy and help you reduce stress.

All of these tips are guaranteed to help you change the atmosphere inside of your home and make it a real stress-reducing place. Even if you do all of these things, bear in mind that getting at least 2 hours of rest per day is an absolute must if you don’t want stress to cause you some more serious health conditions.

 

Many of us have been spending some extra time at home during these last couple of months due to the Covid-19 pandemic and for some of us, that can be a weird experience. If you were used to being at work all day and now you’re forced to work from home, this can change your perspective on some of the aspects of your home.

Lighting is one of the main things most people realized is suboptimal in their homes during this bizarre period. Should you upgrade your lighting right now, however, or should you wait? Here are 9 reasons why you should upgrade your home’s lighting now.

Changing your home’s lighting fixtures or bulbs is usually only done out of necessity – the bulbs have burned out or the lighting fixtures themselves are so old they’ve become unsafe. There are quite a few other good reasons to upgrade your lighting, however.

Extra brightness

LED lights are usually touted as the best lighting option on the market right now and they are indeed. However, even simply getting a newer fluorescent or incandescent light bulb will likely increase the brightness of your lighting fixture considerably. Plus, if the brightness was particularly insufficient, some lighting fixtures are optimized for maximizing the brightness output of their bulbs too.

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Energy-efficiency and lowering expenses

While all light bulbs can be bright, where LED light bulbs really surpass all other types is their energy efficiency. There’s plenty of research done about this such as this lighting comparison guide by the Natural Resources Defense Council (2) and many others (3) and it all points to LED bulbs as the most cost-effective option. High-quality LED bulbs, on average, recoup their costs through the energy they save after ~3 years.

Lower maintenance costs and efforts too

LED bulbs are cost-effective not only because of the energy they save but because of they last longer. This means that you’ll need to replace them less often and save more time, effort, and money from constantly changing your light bulbs.

Possible tax deductions

Depending on the specifics of your home or building, you may very well be up for a tax deduction as much as $1.80 per square foot or at least $0.60 depending on when your building was built, what its size is, and how much you’ve managed to cut off your energy costs (4).

Environmental approach and safety

All light bulbs are recyclable but they are all still different. Unlike their alternatives, LED light bulbs don’t have any mercury at all which means a couple of different things – 1) they are safer to handle and dispose of and 2) they are more environmentally-friendly.

Add value to your home

Even if you’re not thinking of moving out any time soon, adding value to your home and property is still a great idea. And one of the most cost-effective ways to do that is to upgrade your lighting fixtures with newer, better-looking, more effective, and more efficient models. Replacing all bulbs with LED bulbs and installing some track or recessed lighting in place of the older chandeliers can drastically increase your home’s value.

Boost security

Most homes have really poor outdoor lighting around them since homeowners tend to view it as unnecessary. Outdoor lighting isn’t just great for improving the look of your property, however, it’s also a great security tool. Studies have shown (5) that robberies and other crimes are less likely to occur on well-lit streets and properties, so installing additional lighting like outdoor motion security lights, for example, can be a great way to improve your home’s security.

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Protect your eyesight

If you’re just now finding yourself in a work-from-home situation, you may be noticing how suboptimal your lighting is for work. Bad lighting can be really terrible for your eyes over time and can lead to things such as headaches or migraines all the way to eyesight problems.

Make your home more comfortable to live in

Last but not least, good lighting means more comfort. Regardless of how much time you spend at home, it’s time that should be spent with a blissful smile on your face. And while good lighting isn’t the solution to all our problems, it’s definitely a great way to add more comfort and amenity to our living space.

 

Author Bio:

Arthur Smith is the main editor of LEDwatcher.com, a blog on all things LED and solar lighting. With years of experience in these fields, he’s passionate about finding new alternatives to traditional lighting and learning everything he can about renewable energy.

Do you consider yourself an eco-friendly person? We should all be at least to some extent, meaning we should all take care of the environment any way we can. There are many processes that enable us to do so, and one of the things that are good for the environment are definitely LED lights. Are you familiar with all their benefits? They sure have a lot, yet here you can read about some of them. Hopefully, you will like it enough to consider using LED lights yourself.

 

This energy efficient lighting is actually cheaper in the long run

Compared to the standard lighting, LED lights are more expensive. Yet, when you think about how energy efficient they are – it is worth all the extra money. Yes, you do pay for it more at first, but it pays off eventually, so in a way, you pay less because the investment is smart.

Did you know that traditional lights use up only 20% of the electricity? Everything else is transformed into heat. LED light use up to 90%. You will be able to save up your money in the long run. And what do you get? This lighting works with the electroluminescence process. This means that the bulbs need less energy. You get a lot of light with a small amount of energy exploited. It is a good bargain, don’t you think?

 

Looking good and lasting longer are sure their advantages!

They are not just practical, but they also look good when we are talking about both bigger and smaller spaces. This is because they are small in size, and this is what also makes them look more elegant than something else. They are quite flexible because they can fit anywhere. And what is even better, with these lights you can direct your light the way you want it. If we are talking about standard lights, this is not possible because their light is emitted in every direction.

Moreover, the fact they last longer should really win you over. Actually, they are the most long-lasting, having an ability to last to 50,000 hours. Fluorescent bulbs only last for 15 000 hours. There is a huge difference between these two, and you see which one is better. Maybe you will be shocked to find out that before they stop working completely, they can actually get to the impressive 100 000 hours.

There is nothing toxic about them

Every last compound of these lights is ecologically friendly and you do not have to worry about them containing something that is toxic. Unlike in them, mercury and other materials that are hazardous are found in fluorescent lights. When it comes to LED lights, they have a lovely virtue of being 100% recyclable and you can actually minimize them up to a third of your carbon footprint.

They are quite resistant

These lights are resistant to that extent it is impressive. They can easily deal with any kind of outward threats, unlike other types of lighting. They are made that way, meaning their fixtures are shock resistant, to begin with. They are more firmly built, so any vibrations that occur are nothing to them. It is also worth mentioning that they do not break down so quickly.

LED lights are made in such a way that we should all wish to have them at our homes and workplaces. They have so many great characteristics and benefits, like being eco-friendly and more lasting than other types of lights. If you decide to use them yourself, you will have no regrets and you will be happy to know you are doing something nice for the environment.

Lighting is often overlooked when it comes to essential interior design elements, but it is vital to the overall ambiance of a space. In fact, lighting is just as important as furniture, wallpaper and paint. Besides helping you see and perform tasks in your home better, the type and position of the light fixture affect the colors in the room, and the fixture itself can serve as a decorative piece. While natural light still is the best choice (windows, doors, and skylights), it is still limited to one part of the day, and it is impossible for it to access every space. Fortunately, these days, it is possible to find light fixtures to fit any room, regardless of its décor and style.

Know the three types of lighting

Bedroom with different types of lighting

The trick for creating the perfect atmosphere in any room is layered lighting. Here are the three layers you need to know about:

  • General or ambient lighting is the ceiling fixture which makes up to 75% of the light in the room. In larger rooms, there is a need for several ceiling lights.
  • Task lighting helps accomplish specific tasks (e.g., reading a book or preparing food).
  • Accent lighting serves as a decorative element by enhancing certain features of the room (e.g. artwork, bookshelves, decorative trim).

Your guide to lighting: Room by room

Every room has a different ambiance and function. Therefore, every room requires different lighting solutions. The foyer is the perfect room to go grand with the lighting fixture. Install an oversized, single-light fixture or a large statement chandelier. For a small, dark space, use a full-length mirror to double the amount of light. General lighting in the living room is usually provided by a modern or a traditionally ornate chandelier, but you can also use several big pendants. Wall sconces will help you create a theatre-style atmosphere, and you can use accent lights to draw attention to artwork or bookshelves. As for task lights, you can spotlight the entertainment area with LED tape lights and place a floor/table lamp near the reading chair.

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Functional lighting is the key in the kitchen. A striking ceiling fixture will provide ambient light, but you will also need task lighting for specific areas (e.g. mini lights for the kitchen cabinets) and accent lights in the form of pendants above the kitchen island. The dining room lighting depends on the shape of the table. For long, rectangular tables choose multiple pendants or linear chandeliers. For round tables, go with mini chandeliers or staggered pendants. Task lights are the most important in the bathroom, and the lighting around the mirror is the most essential here – bathroom sconces and vanity lights are the best choices. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you might need more than one ambient fixture (e.g. one in the center of the room and the other above the bathtub). Bedroom lighting needs to create a relaxing atmosphere. Don’t place the general fixture above the bed to avoid glare. It would be useful to have dimmers to be able to control the light intensity. If you have a reading nook, use a table/floor lamp or a pendant to provide adequate light for reading.

Lighting fixtures as style statements

Two lights over the table

Finally, lighting fixtures need to fit into the overall style of the room. It is not the same if your home is decorated in Mid-century modern or vintage fashion. So here are the most frequent interior design approaches and fixtures that fit them best:

Arts and crafts: Fixtures made of thick and solid materials, usually of rectangular shape.
Contemporary: Clean, uncluttered lines, complete absence of ornamentation.
Country: Rough-hewn woods, heavily textured surfaces and natural forged metals.
Traditional: Elegant, gentle curves and restrained ornamentation.
Transitional: Earth-tone finishes, traditional lines, light ornaments.
Scandinavian: Simplistic, often bell-shaped pendants in neutral or metallic hues.

Oscar de la Renta said that the most important thing is “perfect lighting at all times”, and he couldn’t be more right. Take these tips and use them to create the home you deserve.

Lighting is one of the most important elements to consider when planning the design of your kitchen. Not only does it add a touch of magic and personality to the space, but it can complement and even transform the overall feel and energy of your kitchen. Options range from fluorescent lights to modern-day LED ceiling lights and chandeliers. All which you can use in different parts of the kitchen to create visual appeal and increased efficiency.

Hanging Lights

These conversation starters are ideal for an open plan kitchen, especially if you have high ceilings. They attract attention and add a dramatic feel to the whole space. You can even have them colored to suit your décor palette, or keep them simple if you’re going for a clean aesthetic.

There are plenty of options to choose from here, with the most popular being glamorous chandeliers and colorful pendants. Whichever style you go for, just make sure to match the size of the light fitting to the scale of your kitchen so that it looks aligned and attractive.

Task-specific Lights

As I mentioned earlier, you can mix and match lighting options in your kitchen for efficiency and aesthetic appeal. However, the most important thing about task lighting is that it’s meant to make life easier for you in the kitchen. That’s why you’ll find task lights in places like above the hob area, over the sink, below cabinets and over the central island.

These are the areas where you’ll be preparing your food, mixing things, washing up or just eating and hanging out with loved ones. You can even add lights inside your pantry as well, as this will make it easier to find things when cooking at night. Sensor lights work great for the pantry, while fluorescent tube fittings and strip lights are stunning options for the other task areas mentioned.

Accent Lights

Accent lights can be a sensational addition to an entertainer’s kitchen. They’re typically utilised to highlight or bring attention to beautiful objects like artwork and sculptures, but you can also use them to emphasize other areas like the stairs leading to your pantry or wine cellar (if you have one).

Accent lights come in different styles, including wall scones, wired lighting and directional eyeball fittings. All of these create a 3D effect on the object, transforming your kitchen into a completely different space during the evenings.

Ambient Lighting

If you want your kitchen to feel light and cheerful throughout the day and night, then ambient lighting is the way to go. Ambient lighting carries the tone of natural light which comes into your kitchen, often incorporating ethereal looking LED strip lights or cheeky puck fitting under the cabinets, to create a buoyant atmosphere.

Using semi-flush and recessed light fixtures is ideal for achieving ambient lighting in large areas, while LED tape lighting provides non-invasive light to smaller areas like under the sink and cabinets. My personal favourite is to just let nature do her thing, by incorporating natural light from the sun through glass doors and skylights.

Decorative Lights

Decorative lights in my opinion, are great for accentuating particular details that you’re most proud of in your kitchen. Like that marble countertop on the island, or special fixtures on the cabinets. Either way, decorative lights can add some serious whimsical effects to a kitchen when done right. Your options here include striking chandeliers, a mixture of differently shaped and colored pendant lights, as well as flush mounts or beautifully designed lamps.

Layered Lighting

With layered lighting, you can use a combination of ambient, accent and task lighting solutions to create an effortlessly comfortable space. Having a combination of lighting solutions is the way to go if you want to get the most out of your kitchen, and the idea here is to ensure that the fixtures you choose actually complement one another.

Era Specific

You can easily incorporate a light fixture from the roaring 20s to a contemporary kitchen, not only to create an interesting contrast, but also to pay homage to that particular era. This detail also brings an eclectic feel to the kitchen, while the fixture itself can easily become a conversation starter in a space with otherwise clean lines.

Conclusion

As you can see, the devil is in the details when it comes to kitchen lighting. There are plenty of options to choose from to help transform an ordinary kitchen into ‘the heart of the home’, where everyone feels welcome and comfortable.

Choosing the right lighting solution for your home can be almost as important as the choice of furniture itself. If there is one thing that can be said as true about home decoration it is that harmony is the key. What good is even the most carefully planned design if you are going to wreck it all with a massive, out-of-place chandelier? For this reason alone, it is probably your safest bet to go with a pendant light as a great universal solution. Regardless if you decide to go for modern, avant-garde or classical design, pendant light somehow always seems appropriate. However, you would need to find the perfect pendant light first. Here are some tips which we hope will help you make the right choice.

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Harmony is the key

We said it once and we shall do so once more. In order for your room to look good, everything must be in its rightful place. Because of this, our first advice in choosing pendant light would be to always look at the bigger picture. Your choice of light should never depend on the design of pendant alone, but of the rest of your room as well. For this reason, when buying, always try to envision what it will look like in your room and stop thinking about how good it looks in the shop.

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Choosing the right material

Now, choice of material will decide on many things. First of all, if you chose to go with the glass pendant, the input of light that your room will get will be vastly different than if you make up your mind for plastic or metal one. Next, it goes without saying that metal or glass pendant will go better with modern design while cloth will look better in a more classical surrounding. Finally, different materials require different maintenance. This alone is a reason enough to pay special attention when choosing the pendant light.

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Size and height

When it comes to the choice of the perfect pendant light there is one more thing that requires your full and undivided attention. This thing is special positioning of the lighting solution in question. Whether ceiling light should be up high or a bit closer to the rest of the room is no small matter. Also, the choice of the size of pendant light affects everything so it should not be decided upon lightly. The decisions you make here will have a great impact on the entire room which is why you need to be extra careful when making it.

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Plug-in: pros and cons

As far as connecting pendant light goes, there are basically two solutions. Plug-in or hardwiring. Although it is undeniable that hardwiring looks a lot better there are some serious advantages of plug-in method as well that simply need to be addressed. First of all, plug-in is much simpler and less expensive way so solve this issue. Furthermore, even the “negative” effect it can have on the room’s visuals can be nullified in many creative ways. In the end however, the choice is all yours.

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Going green

One more thing you can do (when lighting solution in your home is in question) is decide to go a bit more green and planet friendly. All one needs to do in order to achieve this is replace the regular light bulbs with the LED ones. Even though they might be a bit more expencive to purchase. The energy savings are alone suffice to make this investment worth your while. Doing a favor for your planet and your budget as well is an idea that is almost impossible to top.

Remodeling of your home is not something you do every day, so when the time comes for this lengthy and elaborate project, give it your best. This means, paying attention to every tiniest detail and every aspect of your homes design, especially your lighting solution. In this way, even a thing as tiny as the choice of the best pendant light for your home can make a world of difference.