The Benefits of Under Cabinet Lighting in Your Kitchen

Installing under cabinet lighting in your kitchen has many benefits. Under cabinet lighting uses low-voltage bulbs to make tasks easier and safer by delivering directed light to a specific area. Under cabinet lighting can provide two functions in your kitchen. It can provide task lighting for countertop food preparation and accent lighting to highlight your countertops and backsplash. Although under cabinet is also useful in workshops, garages, and basements, here we will focus on the kitchen.

Benefits of Under Cabinet Kitchen Lighting

1) Energy efficient – Can save energy by eliminating the need to light up an entire room.

2) Variety of bulbs – Energy efficient lights bulbs are most often used for under-the-cabinet lighting fixtures. Common under cabinet light bulbs include fluorescent, halogen, LED, and xenon bulbs.

3) Eliminate shadows – Under cabinet lighting reduces the shadows created by wall cabinets and overhead ceiling lighting. Proper spacing of under cabinet lighting eliminates the dark shadows under your countertops. To eliminate shadows, install one light for every 20-30 inches of counter space.

4) Add unique style and distinction to your kitchen – Many kitchen countertops are made from granite or marble. A kitchen under cabinet light can make your stone countertops shine.

5) Simple installation – Many DIYers can install under cabinet lighting in just a few hours.

Types of Under Cabinet Lighting: Strip Lights, Puck Lights, Linear Lights

Strip Lights: These are rectangular shaped fixtures and they work well with fluorescent bulbs. They are great for providing diffused light to the kitchen.

Puck Lights: These are round fixtures that got their name from their round, hockey puck- like size and appearance. These lights are best for highlighting countertops and backsplashes. Puck lights work with LED, halogen and xenon bulbs. Puck lights can be mounted in different positions to either aim downward or at the backsplash. As an alternative, puck lights can usually be recessed into cabinets.

Linear lights: Linear lights are often used with fluorescent bulbs. They are the most popular types of fluorescent under cabinet kitchen lighting because they are thin, which allow them to be concealed behind the cabinet trim.

Types of Bulbs Used: Fluorescent, Halogen, Incandescent, LED and Xenon.

Fluorescent bulbs – These are commonly used for under cabinet lighting fixtures. They create a bright work area by providing clear light. The disadvantage of fluorescent lights is that they cannot be dimmed and they sometimes flicker.

Halogen bulbs – Homeowners seeking a bright, white light choose halogen bulbs. The light emitted from a halogen bulb is warm and bright and provides a nice amount of light from under the cabinet. These bulbs have an extremely long life, lasting up to 2,000 hours.

Incandescent bulbs – These bulbs are the least popular under cabinet bulb type as their light is not very bright. Incandescent bulbs are not energy efficient and they emit heat. They last half as long as halogen bulbs.

LED bulbs – These bulbs are becoming a more popular choice among homeowners as they become … Read More

Progressed Moon

The Progressed Moon. There are many ways of calculating a chart – everyone has their favourite. Personally, I use the Solar Chart (which puts the degree of the Sun as the 1st house cusp) in this way we take away the ambiguity of the Ascendant (which requires the exact time of birth) in using this system –and there are many systems – your Progressed Moon is calculated. No matter which system you use – the sign of the Progressed Moon will always be the same but the house will be different! As mentioned I have found this system helpful, beneficial and accurate for I’m endeavouring to make the complex art/science of Astrology accessible and available to all, taking away the jargon…

In order to know or ‘experience’ the background of your life for any period by understanding the concept of the Progressed Moon let me say this: your overall mood is symbolised by the Progressed Moon’s Sign. [For example: my Progressed Moon is in Aquarius – giving my temperament to be somewhat Aquarian in nature!] However, the House position is where I’ll be responsive or, able to focus my thinking. Another example: My Progressed Moon (no matter which system I use) is Aquarian now in the 3rd House (Using the Solar Chart) having come out of the 2nd It will remain in the 3rd House for approx 2 ½ years but will change ‘sign’ during this time and become a Pisces Progressed Moon – thereby altering my disposition and response to 3rd House activities. It’s in the understanding of this concept you’ll come to understand the essence of your Progressed Moon.

The House position of your progressed Moon indicates areas of life where you’ll be ‘pulled’ or, become more ‘conscious.’ The ‘journey’ of the Progressed Moon often causes or manifests a decisive event or experience (more so when entering or leaving a house or changing sign) re-shaping your life in some way- taking you up and outward or, down and inward! Focus your attention on where your Progressed Moon is located (by sign and house) in order you become conscious (in control) of the process and not unconsciously reacting (out of control) to the process going on within…

The Progressed Moon triggers reaction, awakens memories and awakens your potential – ‘activating’ any planet in any house it enters. Your Moon will be experienced in your own way, channeled by the sign and house placement and any aspects it makes with other planets and points in your chart. No one can have a pure experience of the lunar archetype because nothing exists in isolation. The information offered will give you some idea as to what kind of experiences – peak or otherwise – you’ll encounter. Even though there are many born to the same date of birth we are all different – not having the same mother, nurturing, life-style, education or background, etc.

This is the ‘secret’ of understanding Astrology for we are all born to … Read More

Awnings – Learn About Awnings and All the Benefits They Can Add to Your Home

Awnings

Awnings have been used since ancient Egyptian times. As air conditioning became a standard in homes awnings became less popular. With ever rising energy cost, ways to save money at home with a few simple changes has brought them back as a simple, inexpensive home improvement project that will save you so much money on energy cost that they will pay for themselves in a short amount of time. Of course the new longer lasting and beautiful fabric choices make installing awnings on your home not only a way to save, but also a way to add value and beauty to your home.

Energy Savings & Benefits

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association has done a new study which shows awnings can save up to 50% on cooling cost. Byron Yonce, MFC, chairman of PAMA states “People don’t realize that there are more eco-friendly ways to stay cool.” “While turning up the air conditioner results in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.”

Window Awnings can keep more than just the interior of your home cool. They also protect your furnishings and hardwood floors from sun damage.Window Awnings not only are attractive but more energy is lost through one square foot of glass than through an entire insulated wall. Window Awnings will reduce the internal temperature of your home and will reduce your cooling energy bills.Solar heat gain can be reduced by 65% on south facing windows.Solar Heat gain and glare from direct sun entry can be reduced as much as 77% by adding window awnings with sides to east and west facing windows on your home.

Retractable Awnings on your deck or patio can create an outdoor living space an entertainment area for your friends that will keep them cool on the hottest of summer days. With all the color choices from Sunbrella fabrics, it can turn your backyard into a “beachy” feeling oasis retreat with a retractable awning and some outdoor furniture. Sunbrella also makes upholstery fabrics that you will find on the high end outdoor furnishings. With Sunbrella’s long lasting fabrics, the awning and furniture upholstery will give you years of enjoyment.

Types of Awnings

There are several types of awnings you can use on your home. There are different styles for all uses around your home. You will find the higher end Sunbrella Fabric Awnings, may cost a bit more to purchase, but in the long run they last so much longer they will actually cost you less per year. Let’s take a look at the different types and styles of awnings.

Retractable Patio Awnings used to be seen only on upscale homes. Now they are more affordable and can last for years without needing any maintenance. These Retractable Awnings can be easily retracted or extended with a hand crank or motor. Motors are available with remotes and wind sensors that will retract the awning automatically in case a sudden … Read More