The past year was an awesome one for Industrial Lighting Studio. We started in September 2015 with no experience and only a few products, and have steadily grown over the past 11 months to now offer a number of local and international brands, have shipped hundreds of orders and supplied lighting to every state in Australia.
And it's all because of you lovely customers! We truly would not be where we are without you.
It's time to really focus our efforts and the first step towards this was a major rebrand. Same people - same service, and an awesome new brand!
1. Relying on Only One Light Source
The key to good lighting is layering it at different heights. "Don't rely on only one kind of light source. Mix a variety of overhead and floor or table lamps," Alan Tanksley says. "Warm 'pools' of light draw people in and create intimacy."
2. Using Overhead Lighting That's Too Bright
"There's nothing worse than bright lights that make you feel like you're onstage," says Barclay Butera says. He recommends using dimmers and soft white bulbs in every room, including bathrooms. "Lighting shouldn't wash down on you: It's harsh and unflattering."
3. Not Thinking About Wattage
"Mood is everything, and who wants to dine in bright light? 60 watts for the dining room,"Barbara Barry says. "I want it bright when reading, so 75 to 100 watts for the living room. It's nice to have options — if you don't have dimmers, then have some variety from 40 to 100 watts, so you can change the mood for the occasion. The bathroom needs overhead as well as side lighting. Keep the overhead to 75 watts, with 60 watts on each side. The best lighting is at eye level, not overhead, which creates shadows. And the best light is diffused light from a white or off-white lampshade."
4. Going Overboard With Recessed Lighting
"Use recessed lighting sparingly. Too many fixtures turn your ceiling into Swiss cheese!"Anthony Baratta says. And be mindful of where you place that kind of lighting. "Limit overhead can lighting to functional areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms — the light is too harsh and flat for your living areas," Timothy Corrigan says.
5. Forgetting About Dimmers
"Lighting is everything. It creates atmosphere, drama, and intrigue in a room. The easiest way to accomplish this is with a dimmer switch. I always use dimmers, even in the powder room!" Martyn Lawrence Bullard says.
6. Light Switches Placed in the Wrong Place
"We locate light switches about 36" above the floor. That way they stay out of the way of the art on our walls. We put switches about 1½" to 2" off the side of the door casing for the same reason," Gil Shafer says.
7. Neglecting Your Closet
Your closet needs attention, too. "Some good, solid recessed lighting is clearly going to help to distinguish this pair of black trousers, from that pair of black trousers!" Scot Meacham Wood says. "We will also regularly add a gallery fixture across the header of built-in closets as a secondary light source. You're regularly working with matching colors and textures while getting dressed each morning, so having good lighting is a requirement."
Article Source: Elle Decor
The go-with-everything, go-anywhere lighting
Inspired by the smart and stylish collection of bedheads that hit The Home, we’ve compiled three looks that showcase their versatility: Luxe Haven, Scandi Lines, and Modern Feminine. Each one invites, relaxes, and impresses in its own unique way, starting with a classic bedhead. Which look do you love?
A peacock blue bedhead sets the tone for this striking look that embraces everyday elegance. Dress the bed with a mix of sumptuous textiles and confident patterns such as cosy knits and floral motifs. Royal blue and glamorous gold touches are soothed with grey and cream shades for a look that won’t date.
Play all the right angles with this look that offsets a dark coloured bedhead with dazzling geometrics. It’s a bright and playful kick for a bedroom that likes its plumped-up comfort with fun! Make the fashion-forward look timeless with the addition of classic shades in grey and cream. Add a few simple curves such as a round side table or circle rug to ground your angled look.
A confident mix of pattern brings a cosy look to this modern bedroom. The key to each motif working here is the colour combination used throughout. The bedhead, throw cushion, rug, and quilt cover complement one another in a palette of warm sunshine gold and moody blues, while a touch of neutrals and provincial side table softens the bold patterns.
Article Source: thehome.com
‘Tis the season to spruce up the spare bedroom. With family and friends travelling from far and wide to celebrate the holidays with you, put your best foot forward with an inviting space that ticks all their boxes.
1. ORGANISATION & STORAGEDon’t let visitors walk into a mess. Regularly organise and tidy the guest room if you’re using it as a study or storage room. And don’t forget to clear some drawers and closet space so guests can hang and fold their clothes.
2. FRESH LINEN & PILLOWSAlways have spare linen and pillows stored and ready to go. Plan your schedule so you’re left enough time to wash and air them out prior to the visit. Consider the weather and choose bedlinen accordingly.
3. CREATURE COMFORTSFit the side table with an alarm clock, water jug, and lamp, and ensure your guest has easy access to power points for charging mobile phones. It’s these thoughtful details that will make your guests feel at home.
4. FINISHING TOUCHESPlace essential towels and toiletries in the room, and brighten up the space with fresh flowers. Burn a scented candle or spritz with room spray before they arrive for an inviting scent.
5. GUEST GOODIES
If you’re by the beach be sure to leave a beach bag in the room with sunscreen, beach towels, spare hats and after sun care. For those embarking on the city sights, provide information on local attractions, boutique stores and your favourite eateries.
Some rooms are lucky to have lots of natural light. Others not so much. Make sure there are options so no one is waking up (and trying to walk around) in the dark.
Article Source: thehome.com.au
For all electrical work in your home, beyond changing a lightbulb, it is vital that you consult a licensed electrician. For the safety of homeowners all states and territories require all electrical work to be carried out by a licensed contractors. Unlicensed electrical work is illegal and may also be unsafe. There is also more information about the licensing of electricians on licensetrades.com.au.
No matter what electrical job you need doing around the home, an electrician will be able to help you.
What an Electrician Does?
Electricians work with all of the electrical components of the house. Electrical services they provide include but by no means are limited to:
Electrical rewiring: Your home may need to be rewired, either partially or fully, if electrical circuits or power points need to be replaced. This is more common in old buildings and properties which were poorly wired during construction. Due to limited access, brick buildings tend to be costlier to rewire.
Electrical repairs: From time to time, the electrical outlets in your home will need to be repaired. a licensed electrician can assist with all electrical repairs including replacing power points and repairing wiring.
Safety switches: These protect you and your family from power surges, faulty appliances and damaged wiring. The safety switch works by monitoring the flow of electricity through a circuit and trip when the electrical current escapes from the system.
Lighting: If you need lights installed or repaired in your home or commercial premises, a licensed electrician can help. Whether you have LED, track, fluorescene, neon, halogen or flood lights or would prefer downlights or garden lights, an electrician can help with installation and repair.
Wiring a new home: If you are building a new home, you will need a construction electrician for wiring and installing all the electrical elements and outlets. Proper planning and consultation will ensure you have an electrical system that suits the layout and design of your new home.
Power points: Due to legislation, only electiricans can undertake power point repairs and replacement. They will be able to consult on the amount of power points you need and their placement in the home.
Switchboards: These route electricity around a building and are designed to protect you from electrocution. Switchboards can also help to isolate faulty wiring and appliances.
Test and tag: This involves testing and labelling electrical equipment so that the electrician can identify and repair faulty items. Electrical test and tag equipment can also detect insulation deficiencies and earth leakages.
Renovations: If you are renovating your home or commercial premises, an electrician will need to be consulted to install or remove power points, sockets and lighting. They can also assist with routing new wiring and installing switchboards in the newly renovated rooms and additions.
Solar Power: Installing a solar power system can help improve the energy efficiency of your home and reduce your energy costs. Electricians who specialise in installing solar power units can advise on the most suitable option for your home.
Back Up Generators: It can be a good idea to install a back up generator to provide a back-up source of electricity in your home. You should buy a back up generator depending on how often you will need it. Your electrician will be able to advise on a suitable generator to suit your needs.
Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS): A UPS is a back-up system used to protect electrical equipment from surges and power failures. The system provides backup power to equipment such as modems, fax machines and computers.
Selecting an Electrician
It is essential that your chosen electrical contractor is fully licensed. Ask to see the license and make sure that it is valid. By law, all electrical work must be done by a licensed professional and having a valid license means that you will be protected legally if there are any problems with the work carried out. The professional must also have the correct insurances such as Worker’s Compensation insurance and General Liability Insurance. Ask to see certificates of insurance.
Will the professional provide a certificate of electrical safety or a similar certificate? This states that the work that has been performed has been done by a licensed professional, has been tested and is safe. It acts as a guarantee to you.
Also, ask for several quotes before selecting a professional and remember that the cheapest quote is not necessarily the best. It is more important that you are comfortable with the person or company that is performing the work. Finally, ask if they provide a emergency electrician service should something go wrong unexpectedly.
How Much Does an Electrician Cost?
Hourly rates for electricians can range anywhere from $40 to $100 per hour depending on location and experience. Also expect to be charged a call out fee which can range from $30 to $100. Some electricians will also have a flat rate for defined tasks such as installing a power point or light fitting. Expect to pay more for an emergency 24/7 electrician who is able to provide a service outside of normal trading hours.
The thought of a kitchen makeover may seem very daunting. The vision of the busiest spot in your home being torn apart with no flooring, cabinets off their hinges and mounds of sawdust probably has you reeling. Before you simply put the thought of a kitchen makeover out of your mind, there are several ways to transform your kitchen inexpensively and without the backbreaking mess usually associated with such a change.
One quick and easy way to instantly add some “oomph” to a space is to add an accent wall. Choose a bright and bold color near the entry to create a warm welcome. Not only will it add excitement to your kitchen space, it will create an instant color scheme to build the rest of the room around with your decorating.
Another inexpensive way to amp up the style of your kitchen for cheap is to spice up your backsplash with new tile. Easy-to-use peel and stick tile is available at most home improvement retailers and offers a chance to add a bold pattern, modern metallic finish, or subtle color in a snap. Tile is an easy inexpensive way to alter the look of your kitchen and it’s very user-friendly. Most homeowners feel they can handle the installation of this project without hiring a professional.
Adding glass fronts to your cabinets not only adds dimension to your kitchen but it creates a whole new look to the space. Painting the cabinets is also a thought that might make most homeowners cringe when they think about it, but it instantly revives a space. Paint is inexpensive and offers a quick alternative to all new cabinetry. So before you begin tearing out your old cabinets, seriously consider painting the exterior. If painting is too intimidating, then try replacing your cabinet hardware and give them a new look that way. Relatively inexpensive, this easy fix will overhaul a dated kitchen in no time at all.
Maybe your appliances are looking a bit tired. They still work just fine, but they look a bit dated. You aren’t necessarily ready to invest in new appliances either. Consider ordering new doors or face panels for your appliances from the manufacturer. Also, many dishwasher panels are white and black on the other side. It can also be as easy as removing a couple of screws and flipping the panel over. Suddenly the appliance will have a whole new fresh look.
Most kitchen spaces are comprised of many hard surfaces from countertops to flooring, so fabric doesn’t typically come to mind right away. But, many kitchens today include breakfast bar areas where barstools offer a spot for casual dining. Reupholstering the seat or adding padded cushions in a new exciting print can instantly create new visual interest with little investment.
One more easy and economical way to take your kitchen’s style to the next level is adding crown molding to the space. Simply paint the pieces to match your décor and use a nail gun to hang them at the wall-ceiling seam. This do-it-yourself project should only take an afternoon at the most, but the added degree of style will make your kitchen “hotter” than it ever was before!
Implementing one or all of these suggestions not only will transform your kitchen, but it will update its look in an economically responsible way that will leave your kitchen full of style with lots of bang for the buck. Turn this high-traffic space into a place that breathes new life with these simple tips.
Article Source: Easy Kitchen Decorating
Make sure that the floor lamp is at least 68 inches tall; this way whether standing or sitting the shade will hide the bulb and keep it from looking tacky. With correct placement, light can be evenly distributed throughout any room.
What Type is Needed?
Whether there's a need to brighten up a random space with overall brightness there is a floor lamp for that. On the flip side, one may be searching for some mood lighting, or focused lighting for a favorite reading spot.
When it comes to ambient lighting one will want to choose an upward facing globe style, for directional lighting near a desk or to accent a space a lamp with a shade is best, and it should be opaque.
It's also best to be sure a lamp is proportionate to the room it's being placed in, or the furniture it will be close to. Being visually appealing is just as important as having ample light.
Types of Floor Lamps to Choose From
There are several types of floor lamp, and knowing the names and styles before shopping will make things much easier. Below are the various styles for consideration.
Console - This is the basic style, however they are typically just referred to as floor lamps and not console. They will have a round base and feature a cloth or globe shade.
Torchiere - More lavishly presented, the torchiere is usually around six-foot tall and features a bowl-shaped shade that casts light upward. Since the light reflects off of the ceiling this is a perfect choice for indirect lighting.
Arc - The Arc floor lamp features a bent pole making it perfect for a reading space. Place them by a single chair or couch for the best effect.
Swing Arm - The Swing Arm features a triple-joint that allows the user to direct light wherever they please be it vertically or horizontally.
Track Tree- Three or more sockets branch off of a single pole on the track tree floor lamp. The sockets are housed in interesting globes or shades in various colors and styles. This adds a very fun element to any room.
Tray - Tray floor lamps feature the classic console style with a built in tray for anyone that wants to save floor space and forego an end table.
Floor lamps are extremely easy to care for. Most just require a regular dusting, and modern bulbs last so long that one will be surprised when it's time to replace them.