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Lighting Up a Seniors Life - Baby Boomer Alert!
Lighting for seniors requires attention to some specific details. When planning a lighting design for aging baby boomers we want to provide both adequate light to see clearly and a safe environment. With a combination of recessed, pendant, track and wall fixtures, these needs can be met. It is very important that certain areas be well lit. Areas like stairs and bathrooms where so many accidents occur or basements, which are usually dark. Kitchens require a great deal of light so food can be prepared safely.
It is fact that as we age our eyes needs change and we need more light to see properly. What may be suitable at 25 may not be good enough at 40 and what may work at 40, just won't cut it at age 60. Task lighting can help in a kitchen by installing under cabinet lights. A good choice for under cabinet lights is fluorescent for the simple reason that they require very little maintenance. This is another important aspect to consider. We want to try to choose lighting that requires very little maintenance and does not require tools to change bulbs. Placing the light fixtures in a location that makes it easy to reach to change light bulbs is also a good choice. Wall sconces are a good choice to solve this problem. A wall sconce placed in a stairway for instance can provide light as well as eliminate the need for a ladder to change the light bulb.
Wall sconces can be a solution in other rooms as well. Two wall sconces; one on each side of the vanity does a great job of illuminating the room and ease of bulb replacement. Just be sure when choosing a fixture that the wall sconce has an open top or bottom so the bulb can be replaced without having to remove parts. A bar light above the vanity with exposed bulbs is another good alternative. The fixtures you want to try and avoid are those in which small screws need to be loosened or removed to get to the bulb.
Another point to consider is outdoor lighting for security. Be sure to provide plenty of light at all entrances and exits. These lights should also be on a timer or photocell so that they are on when needed. Someone may leave expecting to be home before dark and get delayed. In this case having the lights come on automatically will allow them to enter the house safely. Motion detectors can also be used in places that we don't want to keep the lights on for extended periods. Areas like walkways along the side of a house or a path where the garbage is taken out. Driveways are another good location for a motion detector light.
In fixtures where changing a bulb is a little difficult, using a compact fluorescent is a good choice. With a compact fluorescent, the bulb will last as long as 3 years and sometimes longer. A great place for one is in a shower light, just be sure to get a big enough bulb to light the area adequately. Outside light fixtures are also a good choice unless you live in an area where the temperature gets below freezing a lot. Another place for fluorescent fixtures are closets, which can be extremely dark for an elderly person.
The key points to remember are to make sure all areas are adequately illuminated and use fixtures that require a minimum of maintenance.
Your Heritage and Personal Decorating Style
Ethnic traditions, customs, and attitudes carry forward our family values. Paying tribute to family heritage and tradition also gives our children a strong sense of family ties.
A Guide to Wood Stove Inserts
A wood stove insert serves several purposes. First of all, they can keep heat from escaping through the fireplace.
Reasons to Consider a Professional Designer for Your Interior Decorating Project
When one is considering a new look for an existing room the question always arises, "Do I need to hire a designer for my new project"? This depends on you and on your available free time, patience, creativity, resources and many more factors.---You might want to hire a professional designer if:Your time is at a premium with little free time for such a product.
A Guide to Bathroom Vanities
The basic bathroom vanity includes a mirror or medicine cabinet above, a sink or basin and counter or 'top' below, and a cabinet beneath. In some cases the sink and top are one unit.
A Sofa Slip Cover Will Add New Life To Your Tired Furniture!
A sofa slip cover may be just what you need to add some life to that old, tired looking couch of your. There are many advantages to owning a sofa slip cover.
A Look at Edible Fruit Baskets
By their very nature, all fruit baskets, especially the original ones, qualify as edible fruit baskets. After all, when a fruit basket was filled with nothing but fruit, by definition everything in them was edible and therefore qualified as an edible fruit basket.
Tiffany Lamps - A Timeless Treasure
Among the varied accomplishments of it's inventor, the lamp was among Louis Comfort Tiffany's least favorite. The brilliant artist and cunning businessman took far greater pride in his work in areas such as interior design, painting, stained glass creations, and even ceramics.
The Importance of Home Air Filters
Many people are not aware that the air inside our homes is five times harmful than the air outside. Because of airtight home and office building constructions, the airborne pollutants are trapped inside, making the contaminated air unable to escape.
Dining Chair Slipcovers - A Great Way to Impress Your Dinner Guests!
Planning a dinner party but worried what your guests will think about your tired looking furniture? Stop worrying, because dining chair slipcovers offer a simple and effective solution. Rather than going to the hassle and expense of getting all your chairs reupholstered or buying brand new ones, why not just buy some inexpensive slipcovers? You'll be amazed at the difference a new slipcover set can make to the look and feel of your room.
Antiques, Collectibles, & Memorabilia: Do You Know the Difference?
The world of antiques can be confusing. What's the difference between an antique and collectible? Aren't collectibles and memorabilia really the same thing? In this month's column, I'll de-mystify these terms, so that you'll be appropriately armed for your next antique adventure.
The Touch of Tiffany - Unsurpassed Quality and Excellence By Dale Tiffany Inc.
Dale Tiffany Inc. has set out to bring the "Touch of Tiffany" back into the world.
Tuscany Style Decorating Ideas
Earthy colors and natural materials are two basics for the "old world" style of decorating. To get an idea of the colors we're talking about, go for a walk outside and take notice of the beautiful colors around you, the blue sky, the golden sun, even the chocolate brown of mud in the springtime.
How To Measure For Window Treatments Like a Pro
When measuring for custom window treatments be sure to always use a steel tape measure, never use rulers, yardsticks or cloth tapes.? Always measure to the nearest eighth of an inch, never round up or down to the next whole inch.
A Look at Shower Curtain Rods
Shower curtain rods give you a unique opportunity to showcase your sense of style. There are many different styles of shower curtain rods available.
A Look at Custom Roman Shades
Roman shades are a classic window treatment. They are simple, elegant, and can fit in any style of room.
A Guide to Shower Curtains
Bathrooms do not always offer many opportunities to make style statements. Sure, you can paint the walls or change the flooring.
Preserved Flower Candles
Putting flowers in your candle will add a unique look, while preserving your favorite flower.Written by Expressive CandlesWe have been asked many times, how to put flowers and other objects on the outside of a candle.
A Look at Waterbed Sheet Sizes
Just like conventional beds, waterbeds come in a number of sizes. It is important to buy the appropriate size sheet for the bed, or the sheets will not fit properly and make it difficult to sleep on the bed.
The trend these days is to discover extremely innovative ways to decorate interiors on a budget. The tips provided below are just a few of the many ways one can inexpensively achieve a truly original look for a room.
Children's bedroom furniture and nursery furniture can help turn a bland and boring bedroom into a fun and cozy retreat. Since there is a wide range of designs and materials available, you can find the perfect children's furniture for your child's bedroom, whether you prefer a whimsical decorating style or practical, sturdy pieces.
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