Extending the living space outdoors – working with colorWritten by Malcolm Kay
As suburban gardens become smaller, outdoor areas have evolved into more of an extension to our interior living space. Much more thought needs to be given to decorating available space so that it becomes a totally integrated area. Colour in particular greatly affects our moods and changes feeling of space within which we relax, play and entertain. And for plant lovers there's a plant that’s suitable for every colour scheme and every location.
If you already have a dominant architectural or color theme indoors that brings you pleasure, try to extend this to outdoor area so it becomes a natural extension of indoor living area by using same cushions, pots, furniture or other decorative features. If you have a wooden floor you can extend this theme to outdoors by using interlocking wood deck tiles which are simply laid over any existing concrete or wood surface. There’s a range of wood species available so you should be able to find a color that comes close to your existing flooring. And if you have ceramic or porcelain tiles indoors, there’s now a range of similar interlocking tiles available with ceramic tiles on top which also comes in a variety of colours and styles.(see for example www.ezydeck.net)
Experiment by using neutral colours for walls, fencing and paving and then by changing decorative accessories and garden plantings, you can create a different look for each season until you've found what works best and give most pleasing result.
The Many Types Of Light Available TodayWritten by Antigone Arthur
The Many Types Of Light Available Today
What's in a light bulb? For most people, an incandescent light bulb comes to mind when discussing "light". The incandescent light bulb has traditionally provided homes with light into wee hours of night. Most incandescent bulbs produce life for 750 hours. Not bad for some filament and a glass dome.
As times have changed so too have consumers needs for different types of light. Fortunately researchers have kept up with demand, creating many different types of bulb to suit almost anyone's needs. Think you need only a traditional light bulb? Think again. Once you discover endless possibilities, you may change your mind.
New Discoveries in Incandescence
Today consumers can choose from many specialized forms of light bulb. Depending on your needs you will find one that suits you. Here are some of more common light bulbs available today:
- Full spectrum light bulbs - These light bulbs produce specialized light called "white light". They may help relieve disorders resulting from inadequate exposure sunlight. Most produce light at an intensity equal to outdoor daylight.
- Automotive LED bulbs - Automotive bulbs are specialized bulbs often used in automobiles. These light are small lights you might see when you turn your signal on in your car.
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs - Compact bulbs produce a softer light than incandescent bulbs. They also use less electricity and last much longer than standard light bulbs.
- Halogen light bulbs - Halogen bulbs are expensive but provide more light than traditional bulbs and last much longer. They are good for household lighting needs.
- Projector light bulbs - Wouldn't you know it, there is a specialty light bulb for everything. These bulbs are of course, for use in projectors.
- Tanning bed bulbs - Of course tanning bulbs produce ultraviolet rays to help tan skin. Most beds need up to 30 tanning bulbs.
- Specialty light bulbs - These include all light bulbs in any category not listed above.