|RE: lighting for common house||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: truddick (truddickearthlink.net)|
|Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2006 06:59:18 -0700 (PDT)|
Good ideas so far: here are two more- Re: compact fluorescents: they're improving year by year. CF bulbs are now made in full-spectrum varieties, which will provide a comfortabler light atmosphere for most eye. For max. energy savings, use the type of bulb that matches the use of the space. Fluorescents take more energy to turn on intiailly but then use far less while in operation, so you want them for most of the lighting in the common house. But bathrooms and pantries and other places where the lights will go on and off frequently should use incandescents or halogens. Personally, I find that mixing the type of bulb in a room (mostly CF) does wonders for my seasonal affective disorder. Re: overall design. I am just a little light-sensitive, and sitting in places where I can see a direct light source-e.g., an unshaded bulb of any kind-is misery to me; I have suffered through many conference panels where the hotel placed those cheesy decorative "flame" bulbs in wall fixtures directly behind the speakers, I have fallen asleep during amateur theatrical performances due to the strain of squinting through poorly placed floodlights. There are people who are far more light-sensitive than I, and friends with partial blindness I've known have told me that such little bright light sources as a single candle can effectively cancel out what vision they might normally enjoy. Consequently, whatever bulbs you choose, make certain their light is diffused in some way-I greatly prefer indirect lighting, so that the light is reflected from a ceiling or other surface rather than traveling straight to the eye. ___ ! _ Thomas E. "TR" Ruddick ! !_) Nunquam Vadis Levis! ! \
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