The latest trends and breakthroughs in home lighting and home automation present dynamic design, lighting and convenience options to brighten up every room of your home. Today’s transitional styles in home interiors, combined with new products and advances in home lighting are shaping today’s living spaces.
Home interior designs have evolved, and decorative lighting has followed. Design statements in lamp designs include bold and beautiful colors in slick glass, ceramic and acrylic elements as well as brass, chrome and platinum accents that add bling and sophistication.
Lighting evolution from Edison to today
Technology has given us more choices than ever before starting with the light bulb.Thomas Edison’s incandescent bulb invented in the late 1800’s is being phased out because of its less efficient use of electricity. Over 95 percent of incandescent bulb energy is given off in heat. A good example of this would be harking back to childhood to recall the great cakes my little sister made in her Easy Bake toy oven heated with a 60-watt bulb.
New developments in lighting include the swirling designed compact florescent light bulb CFL that is cool to the touch. The CFL has an increased lifetime use of 10,000 hours versus the incandescent bulb’s 1,000 hours. While the CFL is more effective in energy use, it doesn’t provide the most flattering light source because it has a blue tint of florescent. More importantly, toxic mercury is used in the bulb manufacturing making disposal an issue. The current shining star is LED lighting that emits a diode light source. LED lighting does not generate heat, and provides a clear, white light. It can be dimmed, and has a life expectancy of more than 30,000 hours. Cost of these bulbs is now more affordable, and they also provide savings by lowering energy use.
Home automation has arrived, offering convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security. Computer and information technology makes it possible to remotely control and pre-set appliances, shutters, windows and sliding doors and more with the touch of a finger. Home automation systems integrate your electrical devices with one another, and can change lighting levels to welcome you home or create a romantic mood for dinner.
Use your imagination
From the first time you use a remote control to dim the light across the room, you will be hooked on automated lighting systems. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Lighting control is the cornerstone of the home automation industry.
— Norris Home Furnishings designers are prepared to assist you as you consider some of the elements of transitional design, new lighting styles and automation for your home. Learn more about home automation at today’s design seminar, Lighting Your Way to the Future, at 11 a.m. in the Norris Fort Myers showroom. Seminar attendees will also learn how to incorporate home automation into a new or existing home from guest speaker, Chris Burke, owner of Hidden Technology. The seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. The Norris Fort Myers showroom is at 14125 S. Tamiami Trail. Call 690-9844 for reservations.
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Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:35 p.m.
Flagler and Volusia counties have several festivals planned to celebrate our beloved sea turtles over the next couple of weeks.
April 4th at Flagler Beach, the Volusia Flagler Turtle Patrol conducts its 8th annual Turtle Festival. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. There will be live music, activities and entertainment as well as environmental exhibits.
For more information, visit the Turtle Patrol’s website at turtlepatrol.com
On April 11, Volusia County’s Marine Science Center plans its 13th annual Turtle Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 100 Lighthouse Drive in Ponce Inlet. Visitors can see endangered sea turtles, birds and other marine life.
Also on April 11, the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach plans an open house. The schedule of activities includes a bird rescue clinic, marine touch tanks, a kayak clinic and kids crafts, including the opportunity to get photos taken with a “mermaid.”
The open house is free and is planned to take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach. For more information, call 386-428-4828.
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While individual results may vary, most high-quality paints will hold up between seven and ten years. However, if you have leaking gutters or other moisture problems there’s a good chance your paint will wear out sooner.
Interior designer Skye Kirby Wescott gives us the inside scoop on what we’ll be seeing in homes this year.
unique small spaces
Intimate areas, such as a powder room, can evoke a captivating essence — regardless if it’s in a large home or a tiny studio.
Bold colors and interesting patterns are perfect for making a space feel special.
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HUNTINGTON – Giving a kitchen a new look may be as simple as installing a new backsplash between the counter and cabinet.
The choices are infinite and the only restraint will be the budget. From vinyl wallpaper to granite, one only need to decide on the material and color to begin this project.
The first step before making a choice is to measure the desired area to be covered. Basically you need the square footage to figure out how much product you should buy. If you are not handy with home projects and you have hired a professional they will take care of this detail for you.
There was a time when choosing backsplash material was pretty much limited to tile or an inexpensive reproduction. Today the choices are infinite and creative. It is interesting to note that on an episode of HGTV’s “Texas Flip and Move” a designer made use of old license plates to panel the walls between the cabinets and counter. This probably wouldn’t be to everyone’s liking, however, it does reinforce the idea anything goes.
Choosing a tile backsplash is economical and the variety from which to choose is generous. Ceramic tile comes in all colors, sizes and designs and always looks appealing. It is pretty easy to install, particularly if you follow steps listed by one of the do it yourself sites on the Internet. Most of those sites will even list the tools necessary to do the job. If you have to buy a bunch of tools you might investigate hiring someone who is already equipped to install your tile.
Glass is becoming quite popular in the backsplash world. It allows a body to be creative and make a statement with their choice. It is shiny and sparkly which gives depth to the walls and expands the space as it reflects the light. There is also a method available in this genre that will allow one to paint a color and design on the wall and cover it with transparent tile to get a one-of-a-kind look. Finally, glass won’t mildew and it is considered a ‘green’ product. On the downside it is more expensive, hard to install and difficult to repair.
Metal backsplashes can be the most expensive to buy and install unless you buy the prefabricated metal laminate panels at the big box stores. Whether it is stainless steel, copper or tin, it will be easier to clean and keep up than the glass and ceramic versions. It will have an interesting appearance, however, it is not resistant to dings and dents that usually can’t be fixed. Some of the metals like copper will change color as oxidation takes place so you should make sure that look is what you want. Installation is costly because it has to be cut exactly and there can be no mistakes to give a decent appearance.
By far one of the more expensive options is granite and that is one of its big drawbacks. It is a natural stone product so it should last a very long time with proper care. Proper care means it needs to be sealed every now and then and it is subject to staining. Even so, it is beautiful and offers a look like no other product.
A backsplash will spice up your kitchen and update its look. It can be reasonably priced or over the top. Part of the cost will be installation, so if doing it yourself is an option consider it as a cost saving measure. If you can’t tolerate the imperfections a homeowner installation might render, hire a professional and consider it money well spent.
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Mallory Lykes Dimmitt 3/17/2015
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition has been on the trail for 900+ miles and nearly 70 days. On March 19th, they will complete their epic journey which led the team through some of Florida’s most beautiful ecosystems including the Rainbow River Springs made famous by the recent congregation of hundreds of manatees.
Although the Glades to Gulf Expedition is almost complete, the work of Florida Wildlife Corridor is far from over. The passage of Amendment 1 and the awareness of the need for wildlife corridors is just the beginning.
In 2014, more than 93 million people traveled to see the natural beauty we have here in Florida. We are more than just beaches. Florida is home to coral reefs, oyster beds. dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood hammocks, mangroves, pinelands and scrubs. With Florida becoming one of the most populated states in the country, the journey has not ended in connecting, protecting and restoring corridors of conserved lands and waters that are essential for the survival of Florida’s diverse wildlife.
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