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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10 Ways to Use LED Lighting to Make Your Garden Glow

Light emitting diode (LED) lights are changing the way homeowners illuminate their back yards. These compact, affordable and energy-efficient lights are so versatile, they can be used for everything from fixed patio lighting to whimsical hanging lights. How you use LED lighting in your yard is really only limited by your imagination. 10 ways LED lights can enhance your outdoor spaces 1. To illuminate a patio or deck. One of the most useful things you can do with LED lights outdoors is to light up your patio or deck. Use these lights underneath the railing, atop the posts or wrapped around the individual rails to add a little sparkle and a lot of romance to your back yard. 2. To lead the way to a secret garden. Do you have a portion of your garden that's tucked away in a corner of your property, a space where you go to get away from household stress? LED lights can be used to mark the way. 3. To highlight your landscaping. Wrapping LED lights around the trunks an…
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LED Light vs Incandescent Light

The development of the incandescent light bulb was one of the most revolutionary inventions of the 19th Century. And yet, in the present, this lighting source does not hold up to modern competition. Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights are the newcomers to the industry. And, though LED lights are still more expensive than the traditional incandescent lights, in nearly every way, they prove the superior choice. Construction Although LED light bulbs and incandescent light bulbs fulfill essentially the same purpose, their construction is significantly different. Incandescent light bulbs rely on old technology. A metal piece attaches to a filament. The glass bulb surrounds this apparatus, and encases either a vacuum or gas. Electricity (or turning on the light) causes the filament to glow. Incandescent light bulbs produce more light if they command more electricity. By comparison, LED light bulbs use a semiconductor to release that electricity as light. Efficiency When…
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6 Modern Ways to Use LED Light in the Bathroom

Bathrooms are one of the easiest areas in any home to give a quick facelift. Today’s savvy homeowner can make even the smallest, windowless water closet feel like a modern throne room with the clever use of LED lighting. LED lighting is both flexible and environmentally friendly – providing a vast array of styles and low-energy options for virtually any requirement. Today we’ve lined up six top tips for using LED lighting in your bathroom to inspire you on your next home decorating adventure. On Task! LED lighting can provide an excellent alternative to those kitsch globe lights your aunt Hilda had above her vanity mirror in the bathroom. By choosing a pair of lower-wattage sconces to grace the sides of the mirror over the sink, you’ll be thankful for the more balanced lighting and the healthier look that greets you in the mirror every morning. Accentuate the Details Accent lighting is often overlooked in smaller spaces in the home – but a smaller room, like the…
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LED Color Temperature 101

LED lights are an energy-saving and efficient light source that come in an array of colors to liven up any environment. Because LED lights are such a new technology, though, some people have questions about how the intensity or color temperature of LED lights compare to their incandescent counterparts. What is Color Temperature?  LED Color temperature tells you the amount of pure white and other colors present in an LED light source. Although color temperature can range from roughly 1500 kelvin to 8000 kelvin, for most intents and purposes the range is 2000 to 6000 kelvin. The light being emitted from a candle, for instance, is just under 2000 kelvin whereas the indoor light you're used to seeing every day is probably closer to 4000 kelvin. The color temperature of most LED lights is thought to be around 4600 kelvin, which is bright enough to give you a full palette of coloration. The eye perceives the color temperature of LED lights as natural white. Color t…
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Using LED Lights to Create a Relaxing Mood in Your Living Room

LED (light emitting diode) lights are a very efficient, durable and incredibly long-lasting light source. In addition to these benefits, LED lights have much more versatility than traditional incandescent lightbulbs. An LED light can be packaged in small sizes, large sizes and everything in between. LED lights also come in an eclectic range of colors and can be arranged to decorate and enliven any living space. Many people use LED lights to create atmosphere and lend a certain flare to their living rooms, hallways and bedrooms. LEDs aren't as costly to keep going as incandescents and it's almost impossible to overheat an LED light. LED Strip Lights  A string of LED lights is an excellent way to create atmosphere in your living room or office. LED strip lights come in a variety of vibrant colors, sizes and lengths. A strip of LED lights could go right along the trim of your doorway or along the length of window sills. Most LED lights are very low voltage and t…
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