Sunday, May 23, 2010

Let There Be Light...and It Was Good!

One of the best ways to add natural light to any room in your house is by a skylight. There is no more natural light available than the sun itself. If you happen to have a room where it could use some extra lighting why not put one in? So long as the person installing the skylight is a licensed professional it is an easy procedure. The most important aspect of the installation is the proper application of the flashing. If this is done wrong you'll not only have some great lighting but you'll also have an indoor ceiling shower and mildew pit. On the other hand, maybe you have too much light coming into your house. The answer for this would be window film. I don't mean like you see on automobile windows. The household type is barely visible but it stops quite a bit of the suns radiant energy from getting into the house. On some newer homes the film is already part of the window. Which ever way you go you'll be doing your home a favor. The skylight allows vertical ventilation and light while the film keeps out the hot sun and the fabric bleaching UV rays off your furniture and carpeting.

When this isn't an option you must look into alternative methods of lighting, such as electric. I know, that was a no brainer. I'll bet you were trying to think of something more exotic, weren't you? Do your research because if you're trying to emulate natural light you'll want to know all your options. I've been relying on the Wiki sites for a lot of my 'inspirations' ever since they became the standard for information on the web. I even found out about what the tea I've been drinking is primarily used for and where it's not consumed anymore. I digress...

Indoor lighting is categorized so much that it falls into two basic groups, consumer or electrician installed. Consumer type is typically the kind of light that you simply plug and place and doesn't involve exposing any wiring. Installation is usually no more that putting a couple of screws in a counter to mount it. Electrician installed is pretty self evident, the exposure of potentially 'live' wires that could fry you pretty good if you don't know what you're doing, like an electrician does, that's why they have to have a license to do these things. Typically, an electrician will do more involved installations such as recessed lighting in ceilings, track lights, and wall switches and outlets as well as upgrading existing fixtures to newer code demands.