Lighting:101

Is the thought of selecting lighting overwhelming and unappealing? We have a few tips that could make the process a little bit easier.

When looking for lighting you need to decide what type of lighting will best serve the space. Is the lighting for ambience (mood lighting), task (such as reading or computer work), direct lighting for highlighting an art piece, or general lighting?

The next step before purchasing lighting is understanding the terminology when it comes to A19, CFL, fluorescent, incandescent and LED. Understanding these terms will help in the decision process in cost, convenience and color of light. The lighting company Sylvania has a great website to review some of these tips. www.sylvania.com

To begin the lighting palette it is good to start with ambient lighting. This is your general lighting. It is the overall light that illuminates the space. This is composed of  recessed, table and floor lamps. The type of bulb that is selected determines the mood of the space.

Incandescent lighting-best described as the standard-A19 lamps, creates a warm glow in a space. LEDs (light emitting diode) and CFL’s (compact fluroescents) are great alternatives for the A19. They can be used in a variety of fixtures such as chandeliers, ceiling fans, recessed lights and bathroom vanities. They work will with dimmer switches and 3-ways lamps which are a great way to cut back on energy usage and cost. CFL’s also create a warm, white light for any space. I have used CFLs at home in table lamps and outdoor lighting and they have lasted for a year. Below are some additional benefits to CFLs.

CFL’s:

  • Provide the same amount of light as an ordinary bulb, but uses about 75 percent less energy
  • Generate approximately 75 percent less heat, cutting home cooling costs
  • Last up to 10 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb
  • Saves about $30 in energy costs over each bulb’s lifetime.
  • (Source: ENERGY STAR®)

According to the website www.greenfeet.com, one 20 Watt CFL (replaces a 75 Watt incandescent bulb) will save you $66 dollars over the life of  the bulb (based on $.12 KWH). Replace one 100 Watt incandescent bulb with a 25 Watt CFL and save a whopping $74 dollars over the life of the bulb (hey – that’s 21 extra Mocha Latte’s).

LEDs can also be a cost effective and earth friendly alternative as well. LEDs run on an electronic chip. They are energy efficient because they consume less power by reducing the load on the electrical system. They are a low voltage light however they are rated for 100,000 hours. Incandescent lights are rated for only 3,000 hrs. LEDs are also attractive because they produce little, if any heat and can be left on for hours.

Fluorescent lights illuminate larger areas because they can achieve a higher illumination level than incandescent. Fluorescents also last 6 times longer than incandescent (A19) lamps. Fluorescent lighting does not give off heat which could help with heat savings. The only downside to fluorscent lighting is that they do flicker at times and create a low humming noise.

There are alot of options to consider when looking at lamps and what effect they have on a space. However, the more you become familiar with lamps and the type of light they emit , the more likely you are to find the pieces that will give you the desired effect you want and need.

Task lighting is as it states, it is used for a specific purpose to get a job done. A desk lamp is a perfect example of task lighting.

Direct lighting is what is selected to highlight artwork or items in the home creating a centralized focus on the pieces.

Houseworks has a large selection of unique lighting that meets todays aesthetic and energy efficient needs. Our sales people will be glad to answer any questions you may have and help you in making the decisions you need for your space.

Home Office-Dare to go there….

If you are like most people, your vision of a home office is quite different then what currently resides at your residence. Piles of bills sprinkled amongst more piles of “I’ll get to that later” papers. The thought of looking for something on your desk is enough to give you a migraine and the hopes that the maid will magically appear and organize your collection.

Although we cannot claim to change habits, we may be able to help with some ideas for home offices. What is amazing about the pieces that we carry is the ability to customize them to fit your specific needs.

The Sequel Desk is comfortable & inviting. Designed with an emphasis on ergonomics and organization, Sequel Office is a versatile and beautiful component collection offering the ultimate in style, function and flexibility for any home or small office application.

  • Magnetically attached panels conceal power cords and cables, yet flip down for easy access
  • The Return ships with a front panel only, however the Desk also includes a back panel that may be used with either the Desk or Return
  • Desk drawer combines a full featured keyboard tray w/ a unique deeper compartment engineered for charging cell phones, cameras, & other personal electronics.
  • Cables are kept organized with Sequel’s innovative wire management.
  • Drawer bottom & keyboard tray lined with black, non-slip neoprene that also functions as a mouse pad.

Custom Features without Custom Prices!

A customer may bring in room dimensions so that with an exclusive Computer assisted design system a sales associate may customize an ideal design that may be viewed in 3d prior to making the final commitment.
Whether you work at home or in corporate office, your desk reflects who you are. Jesper Office desks are made from real wood veneer and come in a wide variety of shapes including executive desks, u-shaped desks, L-shaped desks, and corner desks.
Desks are available in small, medium, large and extra large.
A wide selection of shapes fit any room.
Made with real wood veneer and solid wood edging.
Recessed modesty panel.
Choice of base including metal legs or wood panels.
Wire management solutions.
Accessories include keyboard holder.
Add the crown molding option to bring your customization to the next level!

As Seen In…..

SHOP LOCAL

It is interesting to watch shopping trends and how they fluctuate from the types of stores that people enjoy. We have spent many years shopping at the large chain stores. In this everyone has the same look as their neighbor. However the trend has started to change back where people are shopping at local specialty stores.

The items carried at the specialty stores are unique from the rest. Each piece in the store is custom selected by the owner or a small group of people who have come to know their customers and the styles that are the most popular. This gives the customer the opportunity to select what they want with being able to customize their home with different upholstery options, accessories, and lighting that you will not find at the chain stores.

Another great trait about shopping local is the value of putting money back into the local economy.

Shopping Locally has several benefits:

  • For every $1 spent, 45 cents is put back into your local economy
  • (non-local purchases only contribute fifteen cents to your local community)
  • Helps keep more jobs in the community
  • Helps keep prices lower in the area
  • Develop a working relationship with the same staff that greet you by name and remember your styles and tastes=better value
  • More tax dollars are used for schools and roads in your community
  • Cause you to travel less and spend less money
  • Continues to maintain and/or create a distinctiveness to your town/community
  • There is a good reason that Houseworks has been in business for 25 years because it continues to provide Quality, Style and Service that customers appreciate and value

Source:  http://www.thinkshopbuylocal.com/