Accent lighting - Adding the right touch to your home lighting

Written by Nicole Martins

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For social areas such asrepparttar living room you can both soften lighting and gently accentuate an area. For example, adding a couple of down lights inrepparttar 144787 ceiling over a living room sofa, toned down with dimming options, can cast gentle pools of light. This can accentuaterepparttar 144788 focus to this area while providing spillover light torepparttar 144789 walls and washingrepparttar 144790 whole room with pleasant light.

Accentuate and decorate a kid's room with string lighting

For kids rooms string lighting can create wonderful accent to a nicely decorated bedroom. You can buy them in shapes and themes such as: submarines, cars, hearts, stars and more. Not only will this add a nice accent and touch; colorful lights can be used at night for children afraid of sleeping in complete darkness. For more information about home lighting, please visit

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Installing Lighting Safely In The Bathroom

Written by David Smith

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Fixtures with diffusers (shades or glass covers) arerepparttar best to avoid glare, while fixtures with bare bulbs can produce glare in your eyes from mirrors. Ceiling fixtures above mirrors should be directly overrepparttar 144703 centre ofrepparttar 144704 mirror and be in proportion torepparttar 144705 mirror size for best results. Recessed downlights haverepparttar 144706 benefit of being unobtrusive, but will produce shadows underrepparttar 144707 eyelids, nose and chin unless placed close torepparttar 144708 mirror, spaced well apart and above a light coloured surface they will bounce light back upward to removerepparttar 144709 shadows. General lighting from recessed fixtures will serve to illuminate spaces, cupboards andrepparttar 144710 bath, where some people like to read and relax. There are also waterproof lighting fixtures now available suitable for showers. Bathroom lighting, including fluorescent lights @ SelectLighting UK.

Installing dimmer controls for these fixtures is useful as they give attractive low levels of lighting forrepparttar 144711 evening and allow you to adaptrepparttar 144712 lighting to your mood and requirements. Candles can be added for that extra relaxing bath to soothe awayrepparttar 144713 daily strains and add intimacy.

Safety Lighting and Lights for Bathrooms

Firstly it is important to understandrepparttar 144714 rating by which bathroom and some outdoor lights are classified. IP rating stands for 'Ingress Protection' and is always followed by two characters. The first character specifiesrepparttar 144715 degree of protection against particles or solid objects. Starting with 0 for no protection to 8 for a light which may be totally submerged in water up torepparttar 144716 specified depth. The rating which interest us are IPx4 (x is used in this case because there is no requirement inrepparttar 144717 regulations for a level of dust protection). Lights sold as IPx4 will have been tested for protection against water splashing from any direction.

Zone 0 is insiderepparttar 144718 bath or shower itself and any fittings used here must be low voltage (max 12V) and be rated IPx7 which is total protection when immersed in water.

Zone 1 is aboverepparttar 144719 bath to a height of 2.25m. A minimum rating of IPx4 is required here.

Zone 2 is an area stretching to 0.6m outsiderepparttar 144720 bath and aboverepparttar 144721 bath if over 2.25m. An IP rating of at least IPx4 is required here.

Zone 3 is anywhere outside zones 0, 1, and 2 (subject to specific limits) and where no water jet is likely to be used there is no IP rating required.

The IEE Regulations do not make specific reference to wash basins but inrepparttar 144722 opinion of The Lighting Association they should be treated as Zone 2 (i.e. IPx4).

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