Back before the world lived and worked by electricity, candles were the extent of lighting options. For those who find themselves wishing for simpler times, System Studio Design has found the perfect way to recreate the soft lighting of candles while sticking to the light bulb’s functional design.
The Light Bulb Candle may seem self-explanatory in title, but it should be pointed out that this design isn’t purely aesthetic. Its shape is used to ensure that once the wax is liquefied, it drips down into the base and actually keeps the outer shell intact. The bulb also allows the flame to give off that same soft light offered by a low-wattage bulb. ...read full post →
January 12th, 2010 in Electrical
Check out AA Studio's lighting masterpiece in this only-in-your-dreams Scenography Apartment in Bucharest.
The condo was actually a melding of two individual units. Now its space is divided into day and evening areas with lighting to suit each. Even when the many windows are curtained, the lighting inside can be adjusted to make it just as bright and airy as before. But, of course, it’s the mood lighting that sets this place apart. If there’s any merit to chromatherapy (we’ve seen this lighting in bath design a lot lately), then this homeowner should be feeling right as rain. ...read full post →
November 23rd, 2009 in Electrical
Check out Beverly Ng's Solar Spark Lamp, an amazing solar-powered energy monitor. The reason it's so cool is its user-friendliness and three color choices (think of a stoplight) to tell you how well you are conserving energy. The user loads their target energy consumption into the onboard computer, and the smart lamp does the rest.
This clever invention is inverted during the day to charge via the solar panel on the back, and then flipped right side up at night, when it establishes a WiFi internet connection, which allows it to track the home's energy consumption. Then it glows the corresponding color - can't get much easier than that. Once you know how you're doing, it functions like a lamp and nightlight. Clever, huh? ...read full post →
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As of June 12th all analog broadcasts from television have been eliminated. This long awaited switch came after about two years of planning, debating, and educating the public. Yet even after that much time many of the results and implications of the DTV switch are unclear.
What this change really amounts to is a sort of concrete, all inclusive transformation to the new digital age; a societal switch in which our most basic information and entertainment infrastructure officially joins the internet, mobile electronics, and the entire new wave of technology.
The main reasons for the switch are practical, with benefits for both consumers and government. Digital signals are much more efficient than analog ones. They provide clearer pictures while taking up less space. That is, a broadcaster can fit several digital channels in the space required to send just one analog channel. That opens up airwaves for governments to use for emergency services as well as commercial communication services.
What It Means For You
The time of the rabbit-eared antenna is gone. In many cases so will be the channel numbers for your local television stations. Rather than UHF numbers like 12, 24, even 47 -- just for the three channels you get with an old antenna -- you'll find digital numerics reading 5.1, 7.2, etc. You might find the same station broadcast over two or more channels. Typically at least one of these is high-definition (HD).
If you haven't already, you will need to pick up a digital converter box (or new TV) from a local retailer. Best Buy, Target, other department stores and online sites like Amazon.com all carry them. The federal government has also been offering coupons to put toward purchasing a digital converter, find out more at www.dtv2009.gov. Boxes range in price from $40 to over $100 depending on its features. ...read full post →
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder -- and how the eye beholds is largely a function of lighting. Almost any subject can be made to appear more beautiful if it is lit effectively.
A home, a dining table, a painting, a nighttime patio setting, or a child’s homework desk -- consider these examples, and it’s instantly obvious that how each one is illuminated will make a huge difference in the overall ambience and utility of each one.
Residential electrical contractors can support your lighting creations with efficient placement of power outlets. This is just one of many important considerations that a skilled electrical contractor will take into account when you’re improving your home.
Take a look at how some of CalFinder’s electrical contractors incorporate light into their projects:
Handyman Connection specializes in electrical work as well as bathroom remodeling. This bathroom remodel shows effective use of natural light in conjunction with natural tile and glass blocks. ...read full post →