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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Four Tips for Optimal Lighting at Home

December 10, 2014 2:12 am

With each passing year, everyone requires more light to see properly. In a Catch-22 scenario, the amount of light required to sustain visual performance increases with age, and, over time, human eyes become more sensitive to glare – with more light often leading to increased glare, how can homeowners ensure they’re getting adequate lighting at home?

The American Lighting Association (ALA) encourages homeowners to consider user age as a factor when designing a lighting concept at home. A few simple lighting adjustments that will benefit aging eyes include:
  • Turning on one or two table lamps while watching television to reduce the contrast between the bright screen and surrounding darkness
  • Using a torchiere for uplighting along with downward illumination for versatility
  • Installing a fixture with a separate, pivoting task light attached, or one with a glass bowl at the top to shine light downward
  • Exposing yourself to bright light, such as daylight, early in the morning and sleep in a dark room at night
“As people get older, it isn’t just the amount of light – it is also when it is applied that is key to regulating things such as circadian rhythm and REM sleep cycles,” says Terry McGowan, Director of Engineering for the ALA.

Source: ALA

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Childproof Your Home's Holiday Decor

December 9, 2014 2:09 am

Decorating your home for the holidays can be one of the most enjoyable family traditions, with children often forming lasting memories of holidays spent at home. During the excitement, it’s important to remain vigilant and identify potential safety hazards while decorating.

The Window Covering Safety Council recommends these child-safe decorating tips to ensure your home remains both safe and beautiful for children this season.
  • Inspect both new and old lights for broken sockets or frayed wires, and discard any damaged sets.
  • Switch off all holiday lights when your family goes to sleep or leaves the home.
  • Place your tree or menorah away from fireplaces, radiators and portable heaters.
  • Always keep burning candles within sight and extinguish them before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, or ones with small pieces.
  • Do not use decorations that resemble candy or something a child would attempt to eat.
  • Keep hot food and liquids out of reach of children.
  • Make sure that tasseled pull cords on window coverings are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall. Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
Source: WCSC

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