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.
Patio MakeoversWritten by Malcolm Kay
Without a doubt, patios have now become more of an integral part of house rather than just a concrete pad sitting forlornly in back yard. But as patios are increasingly used for outdoor dining, BBQ’s or just a place to relax and enjoy outdoors, that old, dull and maybe cracked concrete pad is most likely in desperate need of a bold makeover to meet changing requirements.
A number of options are possible for transforming existing concrete pads, depending on state of concrete and individual preferences. Existing concrete can be stained, given a textured coating or a stenciled tile pattern applied. Traditional tiles are available in a multitude of colours and styles and a variety of natural stone products such as sandstone, limestone, slate or granite could be considered. Another option is to use new or reclaimed bricks or clay pavers.
Perhaps one of simplest, most cost effective and attractive options however, is to lay down modular wood deck tiles. These tiles are typically available as 12’ x 12’’ squares and are easily installed by just clicking modules into place. The tiles have special plastic tabs built in to base which keeps them firmly in place and avoids need for any particular surface preparation, adhesives or other fixings. A typical patio area can be fully laid in just an hour or so and is ready to use immediately. Some manufacturers produce tiles in a variety of different designs, so it is possible to create borders, centerpieces, feature areas etc. to suit your individual preference.