The Lamp, then, and now; a very old commodity

In earliest times all kinds of light giving things and methods are recorded.  The earliest, of which the Sun and the Moon.  Our heavenly light givers.

From as early as Bible times, lamps are being mentioned.  There were the maidens waiting for the groom with their oil lamps, filled with oil and ready for the arrival.

Much later we have Florence Nightingale, on her rounds, with her lantern, visiting sick patients.

From then to now lamps have come a long way.

In 1879, Thomas Edison and Joseph Wilson Swan, patent the Carbon-thread, Incandescent light.

3 Reasons why the light bulb is considered the Greatest Invention

  1. Electrical light is available at the flick of a switch.
  2. Electric light opened up the night.

There were no more limitations on what you could do after dark.  Populated areas are brightly lit 24/7, enabling work and play, when and where you want.

  1. Manufacturers could expand their work hours and productivity, and, therefore, their income.

A whole lot of lamp evolution took place from that first electric lamps and light fittings.

Creating light for others naturally creates light for the creator, too.  Expanding on this light creating business a lot of inventions took place, and still continues to find new ways to lighten up our lives every day.

Lamps do not come in only one shape or kind anymore.  A big revolution in lighting took place and opened up wide areas to employ new ideas, and invent more ways and uses for lamps.

Nowadays a whole lot more is expected from lamps or lights, than just giving light.

There is a saying: “Where there is smoke, there must be a fire”, as for that matter, you can say, “Where there is light, there should be people”.

A number of things lamps do, and how they light up life.

  1. Light can be many things. Light can be sensual.  Light can be comforting.  Light can even be dangerous.  You can create atmosphere with different lamps, and different colours, etc.
  2. Light can take many forms. In architecture and even art, the use of light, can allow light to become form.
  3. Light can be a powerful substance. It is not only the Suns’ light that can be physically felt; you can feel a lights presence walking in a room.  You cannot only see it, it fills up space, lighting every corner.

By the words of photographer – Aaron Rose: “In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”

The use of lamps inside our homes creates light in the darkness, patterns in the shadows and you can express different moods.  Almost like the Sun and Moons’ light changes throughout day and night.

A lamp does not only light up our lives, it can also beautify it.

We can create beautiful spaces with modern lighting ideas and a myriad of new technological lighting inventions.

Arlo Guthrie –singer, songwriter, and author said: “You cannot have a light without a dark to stick it in.”

Well, with all the choices of light we have available today, we can vanquish the dark.

Top 4 Lighting Tips for Interior Design

When it comes to home interior designs, nothing beats the look and feel of a room than the lighting. Choosing the perfect lighting design must be considered as functional, attractive, and flexible to your space. From deciding on the best light bulbs to taking the most out of your space, check out these top 4 lighting tips for interior design.

Determine the lighting needs for each room

You should provide a mix of light sources that vary in different levels of creating a smooth ambiance. The living room allows more options as you can light three out of the four corners and focus on a usable area of the room. The dining room must make the table the highlight of the space. You can choose a pendant or chandelier above the table. Kitchen lights should be focused on the overhead as well as add lower sources of light to brighten the workspaces. For the bedroom, opt for a cozy space with reading lamps and sconces near the bed.

Work on the Placement

Bedroom lamps should be placed below the line of sight. On the other hand, your kitchen lights should be placed on the ceiling and not obstruct any views of the members of the household. Dining areas look best with a three-quart hanging light. Depending on the design, you can choose the lower number of height for intimacy and higher for brighter features.

Understand the Wattage

The activities you choose to use the lights for will make all the difference. If you plan to use your lamp for reading, you should choose a lamp that will be placed between the head and the book. This will prevent undesired shadows. For a computer desk, prevent sore eyes by keeping the light in the room no brighter than the actual screen. A soft ambient light will do wonders for the room.

Take Advantage of Dimmers

When it comes to illumination, dimmers are your best friend. They allow you to adjust the feel of the room with different levels of light. You can use dimmers on overheads, lamps, and even table lamps with just a single switch. Not only do dimmers help save on energy, they also extra bulbs.

What lighting fixture are you planning to add into your home? Comment below and let us know!

Learn the Basics of How to Wire Your Home’s Electrical System Safely

If you’re planning to build or remodel your home, there are some things you need to learn about your electrical system. It is more than a bunch of wires as your electrical system is a complex system that must be carefully designed to home your home access to power in the safest way possible. Learning the basics of how to wire your electrical system will help you become a more knowledgeable homeowner.

Components in the Electrical System

The electrical system consists of a line from the main pole to where the electrical usage is metered. There are usually separate wiring circuits to all rooms of the home and outside.

Meter

The meter is connected to the main line of the pole. Meters are usually installed outside the home where they utility company can read the meters for precise usage. Most meters are mechanical, while some meters are digital and display an LCD screen. The meter will measure the amount of electricity used in the home in units to determine the amount for your next monthly bill.

Main Breaker Panel

While most homeowners have a weather-proof breaker panel, most are installed inside the home. The maximum amount of electricity is stated by the size of the main breaker. Today, modern homes have 200 amp services, while older type homes only have 100 amps.

Circuits

All bundles of wires have at least three wires within the circuits. The red and or black insulated wires are hot while the white insulated wires carry the current to and from the electrical source at the panel. When you turn on a switch or plug a device into an outlet, you will complete the circuit and allow the electricity to activate.

Conclusion: Install a New Electrical System

Due to the high risks involved with installing an electrical system, there are many new building codes and regulations that must be followed. It is important to communicate your electrical needs and consider your electrical design with an electrical engineer. Consider the needs of your home to enhance the safety and access throughout the space.

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