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General Kitchen Lighting: Types

Kitchen lighting

In almost every room of the house, we use both general lighting and task lighting. One room where many of us particularly want to have both types of lighting is the kitchen.

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What's Old Is New Again

Monday April 14, 2014
Making gas -- natural gas -- from coal is suddenly in the news again. With the desire to shift from "dirty" sources of energy to cleaner ones that create less pollution, there's renewed interest in coal gasification. That's the process of using the coal we have in abundance, plus water, to make synthetic natural gas.

One interesting thing about this is that the gas that we used to light our homes, workplaces and streets during the 19th century was made this way. Another is that the process is not carbon neutral. It's likely to require some improvement before we can use it on the scale we need. But it's interesting to think about, and the work on this round is just beginning.

Natural Lighting and Us

Monday March 31, 2014
The Olympic Torch at Stonehenge, 2012As human beings, we've lived in environments with only natural light alternatives for far longer than we've been able to manipulate our environments with artificial light.

Consider some of the basics about how we relate natural light to time and space, and how that might affect how we light our interiors.

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Cool Light? Warm Light?

Monday March 31, 2014
Living room with warm lightWhen figuring out which bulbs to buy or which tints of shades to use on fixtures, how do you know whether you want cool or warm light? What are the factors to consider? Here are a few, plus the explanations of the differences between cool light and warm light:

Senior Lighting?

Monday March 31, 2014
Man painting Golden Gate BridgeOur vision and our habits change as we age. As we get older, eyes need more light to see and may have more difficulty distinguishing blues because of yellowing lenses. We're also more likely to be home more during the day. What does this mean about how we light our homes?

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