If you`re preparing for a renovation or outdoor update, you may want to consider choosing outdoor lights that meet certain environmental standards. A growing number of states and localities are adopting regulations that mandate energy efficient lighting or Dark Sky lighting. Even if your area doesn`t have specific requirements yet, it may be well worth your investment.
The size you choose is very important. When deciding on size, you need to leave room on the patio for people to move around. This is most important if you entertain regularly. Your guests should be able to freely mingle. A good idea is to make a diagram of your deck to scale and then cut out some pieces of paper to represent your furniture. By placing these cut-outs in various positions on the patio drawing you will be able to see if you have sufficient room. Choose furniture that will not clutter the area. If room is limited then choices like extendable tables and fold up chairs can be the answer. Excess chairs can be folded and stored until needed. Tables can be extended when necessary.
Dark Sky. Dark Sky approved fixtures are designed to reduce "light pollution," a growing concern in urban areas. Light pollution disrupts human circadian rhythms, disturbs ecosystems, and reduces the visibility of the night sky.
A pendant light is also known as a drop or suspender. It is a lone light fixture that hangs from the ceiling, suspended by a cord, chain, or metal rod. Used by themselves, pendant lights present a striking feature to a room. More often they are hung in multiples in a straight line over countertops, dining tables, or bathrooms. They can also be hung in a group at varying heights to create an artistic lighting look in the corner of a room. Modern pendants are energy saving low voltage models using halogen, LED, or fluorescent bulbs. They come in a huge variety of sizes and vary in materials. They can be metal, cloth, glass, or plastic.
Metals, cane or rattan, and plastics have their place, particularly for outdoor and patio furniture. However, none of these has the look of high quality solid wood furniture. For accent pieces, yes, metals and even ceramics and glass can look great. A smoked glass top on a coffee table can be very attractive in the correct setting, but for a main dining table you cannot beat solid wood.
Nightstands and mirrors complete the setting of a master bedroom. A master bedroom normally has a nightstand with one or two drawers. The nightstand is usually placed by the side of the bed. Mirrors are placed over the dresser, and a master bedroom may have one or two mirrors.
Pendant kitchen lighting fixtures are decorative fixtures. They typically suspend from the ceiling and offer general as well as task lighting. Most kitchen designers prefer placing them over counter areas or over islands where dining, conversation, baking as well as food preparation occurs. A good example of pendant lighting fixtures is the mini-pendant, which is usually used for small kitchen spaces and is approximately 12 inches or less. Another example is the island light or multi-light pendant, which works well bigger spaces that require more lighting.
Single handle faucets can be operated by one lever for hot, cold as well as volume control. Whereas the double handle kitchen faucets are operated on an individual basis, with separate valves for hot water and cold water. Which of these kitchen fixtures to choose depends mostly on the feature that is preferred by the user as well as which of the functions is more convenient.
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