Using LED Lights This Holiday

LED lighting can be used anywhere and everywhere this holiday season and throughout the year. LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode, the technical description of the energy-saving lighting products. LED lights emit very low heat and carbon dioxide and they can be recycled. This reduces the risk of fire and keeps the air inside and out much cleaner. They use up to 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and they last for years. A 50-light string of incandescent tree lights uses an average of 250 watts while a 70-light string of LED lights uses about three watts. New technology The light bulb's color is in the LED's semiconductor chip. The light's outside case can be clear or colored. In contrast, the incandescent lights are all clear white or yellow with the casing carrying the color. Those colors can fade over time while the LED colors do not change. LED lights come in all sizes and shapes. This includes round bulbs and the standard C5, C6, C7 and C9 …
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How Lighting Affects a Person’s Mood

Lighting has more of an effect on your mood than you might initially think. It's actually been shown in study after study that brighter lighting improves your mood while dimmer lighting (or lack of light altogether) results in a drop-off in mood or even depression. Mood Lighting: It's All in Your Head  The intensity of light has such a powerful effect on our moods since light alters our hormones and limbic system, which is the part of the brain that controls emotions. Brain chemicals like melatonin and serotonin are affected by dim lighting. Your brain is essentially gauging the amount of light in the environment minute-to-minute and deciding whether its nearing bedtime - as your brain detects less light, melatonin shoots up and your circadian rhythm gets your body ready for bed by making you tired. This whole process can definitely be a problem if you're in a dimly-lit environment during the morning, or a brightly-lit environment during nighttime. Although you'…
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