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The Proper Insulation for Your Home, Office, or Commercial Building


The number one problem of many buildings — particularly older buildings — is the fact that they waste enormous amounts of energy. To some extent this is not surprising, since in earlier days energy was much cheaper and in more plentiful supply. However all of that has changed — and your home, office and commercial buildings must be properly insulated — this is not an optional thing; we must all do our part to save precious energy.

So where do you begin? A good place to begin is to learn about the different types of insulating products that are available. One of the newer types of home insulation products is bubble foil insulation. You know what bubble foil is, don’t you? Sure you do — you’ve often seen it used as packaging filler. Now take some of that bubble wrap, and imagine a piece of aluminum foil glued on both sides — that’s bubble foil insulation. It is an insulator against radiated heat energy — it will bounce those heat waves right off, helping your room to stay cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter.

A slightly older technology is that of blown in insulation. I have seen everything from small pieces of cork to wood chips to rock wool used — but it is always installed in just about the same way — by blowing the insulation behind your wall cavities or in your attic through flexible piping. Blown in insulation is very energy efficient and safe — and it doesn’t cost as much as other types of insulating materials, meaning that you can use it to insulate large areas such as attic crawl spaces that may span your entire building roof area.

Of course some insulation products are better for specific applications than others — for example, if you need to insulate around a lot of electrical junction boxes and plumbing in your wall cavities, you can choose expanding foam insulation. This stuff is really great as it relies on a chemical process to actually expand and fill every nook and cranny in your walls and ceilings. The newer types of expanding foam insulation products are much safer to use and have in your home than the older products.

However, if you are looking for a very simple and straightforward method of insulating your home or office don’t forget an old standby — foam insulation board. Many homeowners like to use this as it can be easily cut and shaped to fit your wall cavities, or around electrical outlets, etc. Foam insulation board also helps to trap noise and voices — providing a soundproof barrier to keep out street noises, or perhaps just an over-loud TV in the family room or den.

Where should you install insulation? While you certainly should not overlook obvious places like crawl spaces in your attic or overhanging ceilings (by the way, crawl space insulation can be difficult to put in), you should also look for less obvious places. For example, have you ever thought about insulating your water heater tank? You can purchase panels and wraparound blankets to help trap heat so that your water heater will not have to cycle on and off continuously.

Or you can even choose to insulate your garage doors — simple garage door insulation kits can be purchased which will allow you to complete this job quickly and efficiently in just a few hours. Imagine the energy savings in your home that can be achieved by simply keeping your garage area warmer, or if you can reduce the amount of heat standby loss from your hot water heater?< structures which are being made more energy efficient — businesses, office buildings, shopping malls, even farms — all can benefit from increased energy savings. For example, farmers with livestock such as cows, horses, or chickens will install radiant barrier insulation to trap and hold heat in the wintertime, and reflect dangerous high summertime heat. Even those who own and operate warehouses are investing in good-quality metal building insulation products to provide a healthier and more comfortable working environment for their factory workers and warehouse employees.

So we invite you to take a look at your existing building — particularly if it is a bit older — could you, too, benefit from the comfort and energy savings of a properly insulated environment? It’s a question worth pondering…

Comparing Insulation

September 2, 2017

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The word ‘insulation’ is a very broad term. It can refer to any object in a building used to buffer the inhabitants from noise, cold, heat, fire or impact. Here, we will take a brief look at the pros and cons of each kind of insulation.

Thermal Insulation

Thermal insulation is that which is used to achieve and maintain climate control in buildings, vehicles, trains and airplanes. It decreases heat loss or gain, in turn reducing the cost of using heating and cooling systems. There are many different kinds of thermal insulation, each with its own set of pros and cons. Batt insulation, or blanket insulation, is usually made from glass wool, rock wool, natural wool or polyester. This is the most common kind of insulation, usually pink or white in color and about a foot thick. It is used in most building applications by cutting long strips and fitting the batt in between wall studs. A vapor barrier is often used over top of the batt on outer walls or in spaces with a lot of moisture, such as bathrooms. Rigid board insulation is made from either extruded polyester or foil-faced expanded polystyrene. Despite its name, rigid board insulation is not actually rigid. It looks like a thin layer of batt insulation covered in paper or foil. It is actually waterproof, flame retardant and can be more easily installed. Loose fill insulation involves blowing loose particles of fibers or pellets of fiber in cavities. Walls and ceilings that already have their drywall secured would be a good place to use loose fill insulation. Spray foam insulation is fast becoming the leader in thermal insulation choices because its chief advantage is the ability to effectively block every point of air infiltration. So many dollars are spent on extra heating and cooling due to the nooks and crannies found attics and soffits. Spray foam blocks the gaps and keeps cold air out and warm air in. Additionally, it is easily installed by the moderately handy homeowner.

Sound Insulation

Through the use of thermal insulation, sound buffering occurs very often, either intentionally or unintentionally. During the residential building boom in the 1970’s and 1980’s, homes were built quickly and cheaply. One of the things contractors did to reduce time and costs was to omit installing insulation between the floors. Generally, new homes were electrically heated according to the room, and the thought was that interior floor spaces did not need to be insulated. The side effect here was there was zero sound insulation. Conversations that took place upstairs could be heard downstairs, and vice versa. As the homes changed hands and secondary suites became more common, homeowners found themselves having to blow in insulation between the floors, both for thermal and sound proofing purposes. Of course soundproofing does occur on purpose, and on a specialized level. Home music studios, daycare’s located in office buildings and residential buildings built close to high-noise areas are often soundproofed. Acoustic foam, noise barriers in the form of boards or glass and sound absorption materials are used in these applications.

Fire Insulation

Fireproofing involves making materials or structures more resistant to fire. In commercial buildings the floors may contain structural steel to keep temperatures from becoming too hot and igniting, thus stopping the spread of fires between floors. Traffic tunnels and underground parking structures are often lined with fire resistant concrete for this same purpose. Many residential insulations that are meant for assistance in climate control are also fire resistant, but are not meant to be an alternative to fire monitoring devices. Asbestos was used for many years as a fireproof insulator around chimney’s and furnaces. It was then found to cause cancer and its use was discontinued.

Many residential insulators offer the homeowner ways to reduce energy costs and protect their investment from fire. If in the process your house also gains protection from traffic noise, then you will have helped to create a warm and quiet oasis to return home to each evening.

Tips To Save On Roofing Repairs In Montgomery County MD

September 2, 2017

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Most roofing repairs in Montgomery County Maryland can be easily fixed. Finding a roofing company you can rely on of course is another issue completely! Most roofing companies are probably pretty busy this time of year repairing roof leaks and preventing ice dams on homes in Montgomery County Maryland.

This article will explain how most Maryland roofing companies find and fix leaks on asphalt shingle roofs, as well as maintenance suggestions for gutters and vent pipes. Make sure the companies estimating your roofing repairs have Liability Insurance, Workers Compensation and a Maryland Home Improvement License, since working on any Maryland roofing system can be a dangerous proposition!

Here is a quick run down on what most Maryland roofing companies do for repairing roof leaks on asphalt shingle roofs.

Asphalt shingle roofs are usually easy for roofing companies to fix. First they will go to the leak point, look for damaged, curled, or missing asphalt shingles. At every place where two surfaces meet and around every smokestack or vent, the roofing company will look for breaks in the flashing or caulking or for gaps in the lines of roof cement.

If they can’t see any damage to the asphalt shingles or flashing in the leak area, the roofer will have to see if the cause of the roof leak is inadequate flashing or simply deterioration of the asphalt shingles.

If the roofer finds evidence of asphalt shingle troubles, repairs are fairly simple. curled-back asphalt shingles can be reattached with asphalt roof cement or compound in tubes for use with a caulking gun. In warm weather, the roofer can easily straighten out the warped asphalt shingle. In cold weather, asphalt shingles become very delicate and must be softened before they can be flattened out.

To soften a brittle asphalt shingle, carefully use a propane torch with a flame-spreader nozzle. Make sure that this is done carefully, and that the roofer has a fire extinguisher handy, leaving the torch in one place for too long can easily catch the roof on fire! Most companies performing roofing repairs in Montgomery County Maryland know that they have to apply the flame carefully to the curled edges of the asphalt shingle; so it gets just warm enough to soften but not hot enough to catch fire. Then they will flatten the edges of the asphalt shingle.

To repair asphalt shingle roofs, the roofing company will apply roof cement generously to the bottom; a good dollop of cement at each corner is usually enough. Then the roofing repair company will press the asphalt shingle firmly into place.

If asphalt shingles are torn, rotten, or missing, they should be replaced with new ones. Any asphalt shingle that lifts right off the roof with no effort should always be replaced.

If the roofer finds a large area of crumbled asphalt shingles, the roofer may need a whole new roof. If so, consider calling a few roofing companies to get comparable estimates. Otherwise, just have the roofing company replace the damaged asphalt shingles with shingles left over from the previous roof installation.

When most Maryland roofing companies replace damaged asphalt shingles, they follow this procedure:

Part 1: Remove damaged asphalt shingles, lift edges of surrounding asphalt shingles, and carefully remove nails with pry bar, then they just slide out old asphalt shingle. If there’s loose or brittle roof cement left under it, they will scrape the area clean. When asphalt shingles are blown off by a storm, the roofing company will remove any protruding nails left in roof. Nails that don’t stick up can be left in place.

Part 2: Next the roofing company will round off the back corners of the shingle to make it easier to slide new asphalt shingle into place, this is usually done with a utility blade.

Part 3: Then the roofing company will slide new asphalt shingle into gap, with its front edge aligned with asphalt shingles on each side and its back edge under asphalt shingles in row above it.

Part 4: Finally the roofing company will lift the corners of overlapping asphalt shingles and fasten the top of new asphalt shingle with galvanized roofing nails, about 1″ in from the edge but driven through the corners. Good roofing companies will always cover nail heads with roofing cement, then smooth down any overlapping asphalt shingle edges.

Remember, when hiring a Maryland roofing company to repair roof leaks, or missing shingles on your home do some research. I would also recommend that you get a copy of my free guide on hiring contractors for roofing repairs and other services. Make sure any roofing repair companies you hire have a reputation for doing the job right, and will warranty the work they do for at least 90 days.

I Am Interested In Solar Power – But Not Sure Where To Begin

September 2, 2017

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Solar Power shows the most potential as a form of Renewable Energy. It’s also flexible enough to be used for very small personal tasks, or as the solar power source for a large Electrical Power Plant. One of its many good points is that, it does not require an infrastructure to be functional.

As a homeowner, you should have a basic understanding of this Solar Panel technology, so you can make intelligent decisions about how you may use it. Solar Panel Power can be made complicated and expensive, yet it does not have to be either of these. There are opportunities here, and you don’t want to miss them.

There are just a few basic components you will need to put the sun’s Solar Energy to work for you. The main component is of course, the Solar Panels. How you intend to use the Solar Power, will dictate the balance of the equipment you’ll need. Initially, let’s look at a stand-alone system that will not be connected to the power company or the AC voltage of your home. This system will require at least one Solar Panel, a Battery and a Charge Controller. You can always add additional Solar-Panels in the future.

The Charge Controller prevents overcharging, protecting the batteries. Uncontrolled this can reduce battery performance or lifespan, and may pose a safety risk. It can also prevent us from completely draining a battery, or perform controlled discharges, depending on the battery technology. This device is simply a small box that connects between the solar panels and the batteries.

A Charge Controller typically does this by limiting the rate at which electrical current is added to or drawn from batteries. It’s often intended for use with 12 or 24 volt solar panels, and it’s sized to handle a specific amount of amperage, and wattage of solar power. The Charge Controller is the ideal for protection for your Solar Panels and batteries.

Controllers using Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) and Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT) technologies are more electronically sophisticated, adjusting charging rates depending on the battery’s level, to allow charging closer to its maximum capacity. Charge controllers may also monitor battery temperature to prevent overheating.

If you want to operate AC products with your Solar Power, you’ll need an Inverter. The Power Inverter is an electronic device intended to take a low-voltage DC power from a solar panel and its battery, converting it to standard 115 volt AC power like the current you have in your home. This conversion process thereby allows you to use many of your household appliances and your electronic products virtually anywhere.

Different power inverters are made to produce different types of AC power. Some sophisticated electronics do not function properly using a square wave AC, which the type of power produced by some inexpensive Inverters.

On the other hand, if you want to power solar lights, motors like fans or the compressor in your refrigerator, this type of inverted power is just fine. You’ll want to use a Pure-Sine Inverter to power some of the more select items.

 

Grid Tie Inverters can feed solar energy back into the distribution network, the power company’s wires. They produce Alternating Current with the same wave shape and frequency as supplied by the distribution system. This is type of Inverter you would use if your going to connect your Solar Panels energy to the power company.

How does a Solar Panel work? It’s just pure magic, you put the panel in sunlight and it magically produces electricity – it’s marvelous! Actually, the semiconductor material in the Solar Panel must absorb photons in sunlight. This absorption in turn releases atoms, which begin to flow through the semiconductor to create an electrical charge, put simply.

Today, you have a choice in solar panel technology, as the industry is evolving. There is the traditional, which to most, would appear like a framed picture with glass. Another is referred to as, thin-film. Which you will find presented in the typical glass frame approach, as well as a flexible non-breakable material. Both offer different levels of sophistication and efficiency.

One of the more recent techniques that is being used today to improve efficiency are solar panels that react to more than one frequency of light. This permits the panel to gather more energy from the sun, and even perform in times of clouds. A Triple Junction module for example, combines three separate tuned PV layers for red, green and blue light.

There has been lot of innovation that has gone into improvements in recent years of Solar Panels. All the components involved are becoming more efficient, and costs have come down significantly. It’s important to understand the sizing or the amount of power you can get from a Solar system. It can be misleading, for example a small Solar Power System may offer 650 watts of energy. You think to yourself, I can’t even run my coffee pot on that! Actually, that is not the case.

That 650 watts is per-hour of solar energy collected from the sun. If you live in an area that has an average of 6 hours of sunlight per day, that’s 3,900 watts per day, or 117,000 watts per month. Almost everywhere across the country we have 4.5 to 6.5 hours average annual daily sunlight. Your coffee pot may actually draw a 1000 watts per hour, and in reality only consume 160 watts to make a pot of coffee. Based on that, you’re good for 731 pots of coffee per month from a system that small. I hope you like coffee!

In small systems, the extra solar power is stored in deep cell batteries. In larger systems, you can connect directly to the power company. They use the extra power, and provide you power in return during hours of darkness. This is credited against your electrical costs. A favorite past time of some Solar Power owners is to watch the electrical meter go backwards. There’s something about this phenomenon that amuses them.

More than Just a Window in the Ceiling


During the 16th century it was very common for large estate homes to have a conservatory as part of the main building. All the walls and ceiling would be constructed of glass in an effort to provide sunlight to (primarily) citrus plants at all times of day. Perhaps the conservatory was the origin for the idea of a ‘roof lantern’, but what is undoubtedly true is the overabundance of condensation, leaks and heat loss prevalent in these structures. Up until the mid-1990’s, the same effects were being experienced in homes with just a simple skylight, let alone a full sized conservatory.

In the interest of bringing everyone up to date on skylight technology, those who have not seen or been around skylights since the 1980’s are in for a pleasant surprise. Gone are the days of domed panels of plexiglass that seem to amplify every noise within a 20 mile radius. Single paned skylights that weep with condensation when the hot water is on for ten seconds are the dinosaurs of the homebuilding industry. Those leaky units that marked the drywall and caused the precise placement of buckets during the rainy season are also long gone. Having a skylight in the bedroom no longer means cranking the thermostat to account for heat loss. Yes, the skylight is definitely a different beast than it was 30 years ago. Let’s take a look.

Placement of a skylight is important to its overall performance. The general climate, altitude and type of skylight are of course important factors to consider but the rule of thumb with most circumstances dictates the skylight should equal no more than 5-9% of the floor area. More than the 9% will mean the inability to control the level of temperature transfer from outside. Less than 5% will not significantly impact the indoor area in ambiance, electricity savings or offer useful daytime lighting. To be clear, a skylight is any horizontal window – that is not something installed in a vertical manner which inevitably provides a whole host of other uses and benefits.

Skylights today are no longer domed and single paned. They are double paned, flat and made from thicker more durable glass that has been highly engineered to be energy efficient. The high tech glass is designed specifically to prevent heat loss in winter and retain cool air in summer. Plus, some of the newest features include electric venting which ultimately transform the skylight into a passive air conditioner. Another great feature is the rain sensor, whereby the first few drops of rain on the skylight will cause it to close automatically. What could be more convenient?

A state of the art skylight with all the bells and whistles is not worth very much if it wasn’t installed properly. The glass itself may be energy efficient, but what about the areas immediately around the skylight? Was the unit just nailed in place and caulked around the edges? If it was, that could be a problem. The cavities surrounding the skylight should be insulated, preferably with a closed cell spray foam which has the ability to seek out and fill in every little crack. Spray foam insulation will not only close up all gaps and prevent heat loss, it is also mildew resistant just in case there is some eventual moisture penetration.

On the subject of energy savings, consider the use of daylight instead of an electrical light – especially during the spring and summer months. In a home with many windows as well as a few strategically placed skylights, an electrical light would not be needed for most of waking hours each day. Also, with energy efficient skylights properly installed and insulated, heating and cooling costs can be greatly reduced. In the long term, one could even surmise that the mere presence of these high tech features could increase the overall value of the home and make it more desirable to buyers.

Today, the word conservatory means more than it did during the 16th century, and the word skylight means far more than it did 30 years ago. A conservatory is no longer just a greenhouse, it can also be a music school – and not necessarily one enclosed in glass. A skylight is no longer associated with leaks, condensation and pockets of cold air. Now, in this 21st century world of technical engineering and higher building standards, the skylight is associated with daylighting and energy efficient home design. It isn’t just a window in the ceiling anymore.

3 Essential Items for Your First Home


When you first move into your new home it can be pretty overwhelming. What do you do first? How do you make this space, yours? What do you need for it all to be functional, and how do you take care of it all? How do you make a good space for guests? All of the questions, and more, come into the minds of many new home owners, and that’s ok. Don’t panic, you’ll find answers in time. In the meantime here are three essential items for your first home to help set up the space for the guests that will be coming once word gets out that you have this new house and people come to visit.

Setting up some nice lighting is one of the first thing you’ll want to do in your new home, because it will make such a huge world of difference. Setting up proper lighting will make your home look a lot better and set the mood in your new home. Bad lightening can make the place feel dark and your ceilings feel lower, while great lighting can make the ceilings feel higher and your home happier and more spacious.

When your new guests stop in, as they inevitably do, do you have a sleeping arrangement in mind and ready to go? For this reason it’s always great to keep an air mattress on hand. They don’t take up space in your home when you’re not using it, and they’re a comfortable easy to set up option. They’ve improved a lot in recent years with a bunch of comfortable (and affordable) options out there like raised beds, flocked tops, etc. There is bound to be something that will work for you.

The other items to keep on hand in your new home for those unexpected guests are things to entertain them with. This may be games like apple to apples or cards, a table set up with some chips and dip, video games, a movie watching area, a bbq in the backyard–it doesn’t so much matter what it is you do with them, just as long as you’re prepared.

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Homemade Electricity


Daily, we all consume electric energy, whether by using handy Audio players, notebooks, music systems, television sets or even significant home heating system as well as air conditioning systems. Most of us have and consume electric power, however many people haven’t thought about producing “homemade electrical power.”

Is it possible to build your very own electric generator? Is that even probable? Yes. However just before we check out the “hows” and “whys”, let’s discuss electricity.

Electricity is a form of energy exactly like heat plus light. Naturally occurring electric sources, nevertheless, are hard to find, and most just produce very little electrical power. Take for instance the static electricity that produces your arm hair stand up in an air-conditioned area. Fortunately, one simple law regarding energy is that it can be converted from one form to another. Thus, our electric energy is only a product of transforming any energy source to electrical energy. And because of this, we could miniaturize electric power generation.

The most common approach to generate home made electricity is by way of using a solar panel. Solar panels consist of photovoltaic cells, or basically, light energy to electricity converters. Light rays coming from the sun trigger the photovoltaic cells which create voltage. The voltage created from each cell is relatively small. As a result, cells are either hooked up in sequence or parallel to be able to produce the desired voltage amount. Obviously, solar panels have downsides. First is they are extremely costly to purchase. Next, they have a low effectiveness ranking compared to various other electric generators. When you want to create your home made electricity using solar panels, simply ready your wallet.

Another frequent method to make home made electricity is to turn wind to electrical power. A wind generator is utilized for this approach. Fundamentally, a wind generator is a dynamo (the general term for any kind of motor or generator) attached to a turbine that’s rotated through the force of the wind. The turbine collects the wind power, as the dynamo changes the mechanical force of the wind to electrical energy. As reported above, a dynamo is a basic term for a motor. If a dynamo turns electrical energy to mechanical energy, it is a motor. If it turns mechanical energy to electrical power, it is a generator. When compared with solar panels, wind generators provide a reasonably larger effectiveness. However, the wind turbine must be focused where the wind flow is most powerful for better electric development.

Both solar panels and wind generators will not make electrical power if there is no sunlight plus wind respectively. Keeping their generated energy in a battery pack is a answer to this dilemma. Care has to be appropriately observed when using batteries, particularly those with high “mAh” ratings. When short-circuited, they might generate dangerous amounts of current.

There are many viable options for developing your own home made electricity. This is a matter of some on-line research, a little bit of trial-and-error, and lastly a little bit of endurance before you may yield valuable amounts of electric energy. Remember to take basic safety guidelines when working with electrical power. You do not desire to fry your Ipod device, or even more serious – fry yourself!

Performing an Energy Audit- How to tell if your home is efficient or not


If you are committed to making sure your energy bills are as low as possible, you may want to perform an energy audit. This will involve having experts examine your home in a number of ways and make sure that you are not losing energy that can be retained through updates and retrofitting. By making sure that your home is as energy efficient as possible, you can reduce your heating and electricity bills and enjoy a home that is comfortable and affordable to live in.

Windows and door
Your home can lose an excessive amount of energy (in the form of heat) through windows and doors. If your windows are older or if you are noticing any drafts or cold spots you definitely want to make sure that your windows and doors get examined carefully. Experts will be able to tell what kind of windows you have and whether they are in good condition. If they are not, they can recommend products to use that will increase the amount of heat that is retained by your home.

Modern windows are usually made up of multiple panes of glass that have a layer of air or gas sandwiched between them. By installing new windows, heat will be trapped and your energy bills will often decrease as a result.

Insulation
An inspection will tell whether your home has enough insulation to properly retain heat. Older homes may not have sufficient amounts of insulation in areas such as the attic and may also need more insulation in outside walls. Newer forms of insulation are more efficient and can retain heat much more effectively. Increasing the amount of insulation in your home can prevent the loss of heat through walls and attics and can make your home much more affordable to heat.

What kind of inspection will you get?
There are different levels of inspections that you can get. At their simplest, inspections can involve having a contractor come into your home and perform a visual inspection. This can alert you to issues such as whether your windows and doors are losing heat and whether there is enough insulation in an attic.

Other inspections can involve more sophisticated technology. Some specialists will be able to take pictures of your home using heat-sensitive imagery to tell where a home is losing heat. By getting a clear view of your home you will be able to tell what improvements need to be made in order to ensure it is as energy efficient as possible.

Bedroom Cabinets And Storage

September 2, 2017

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For many of us, the bedroom is a sanctuary and an important part of our house. Thus, it is crucial to have complete organization and a clutter-free space to relax and enjoy. Aside from the closet itself, bedrooms can employ the use of cabinets and cabinet accessories both for furnishing dcor and function. A bedroom should be functional and free of mess. The best way to keep this maintained is by having sufficient and even ample storage.

There are many options for cabinets and accessories specifically for the bedroom. Aside from the closet, cabinets can be used to dcor and furnish any type of bedroom. There are many furniture sets on the market that match bed frames with armoires, chests of drawers, desks, side tables, and more. These storage types are stained to match color, as well as match details and styles for a cohesive look. For bedroom sets that want a less matching aesthetic, different storage accessories are available. From ready to assemble cabinets, to customized bedroom cabinets, there are different styles for any type of budget.

Ready to assemble bedroom cabinets are more affordable than custom cabinets, and come in pieces that make putting them together a cinch. They can be found in a variety of stores, including chain superstores. These types of cabinets come with all necessary parts and can be assembled with basic tools. These cabinets are great additions to your bedroom because they can be bought and assembled as needed, especially with renovations and bedroom restyling or remodeling. Ready to assemble stock cabinets are usually less elaborate and more generalized in measurements and styles to better fit a wider consumer demographic.

While customized cabinets are generally more expensive, they are tailored to fit your bedroom measurements and desires more precisely than ready to assemble stock cabinets sold in stores. Depending on your budget and needs, cabinet supplies and installers are able to create a great option for your bedroom furnishing and storage needs. Whether you want a simple chest of drawers, or a complete storage cabinet and shelf unit for an entire wall, customized cabinet jobs truly work with all of your requirements.

Management of space is a crucial part of incorporating cabinets and storage accessories in your bedroom. The use of a closet and other hidden storage options is the best way to maximize space. Functional storage pieces, such as tables with drawers or hidden storage compartments can help to add style while equipping your room with more space. Other bedroom storage options include armoires and wardrobes, which alone add style and dcor, while also hiding clutter. Such storage areas come in different sizes, and can be so large to accommodate clothing and other items to double as a closet. Storage around the bed can consist of side tables, or even drawer systems placed under a bed frame, which can be custom built or bought as part of the bed frame itself. Bedroom cabinets and cabinet accessories make a large difference in the aesthetic and function of your room. Look to ready to assemble or customized cabinets to organize any type of bedroom.

Selecting LED Flood Lights for Structural and Area lighting


LED floodlights have higher reliability in comparison to incandescent and neon lights. The solid state light-emitting diodes (LED) produce a very bright light for a small amount of power. The distribution of a beam of light from an LED floodlight is “shaped” and directed by the reflector. Floodlighting is generally utilised outdoors and luminaries can be mounted on a pole, mounted onto the side of a building or installed at ground level.

Floodlights need to meet two very specific architectural requirements: they need to perform well in terms of area lighting requirements as well as being aesthetically in keeping with the function of the area. To illustrate: a marine loading dock would have a lesser aesthetic floodlighting requirement than a stadium or public roadway.

Ground level LED floodlights are often to light-up landscaping and architectural features. Such highlighting helps bring focus to specific structural details because light instinctively attract a viewers attention. It helps to avoid trying to highlight too many architectural elements at once because this creates the visual dissonance and destroys the “dramatic” appeal of focused lighting.

When choosing lighting for buildings it is important to be aware that under lighting the base and upper levels of a structure while focusing lighting on a mid-section of it can create a “floating” effect which is rarely visually appealing. A good rule of thumb would be to use smaller washes of lighting for the entire structure and to couple this with stronger LED floodlighting to emphasis desired feature or features.

Whether you are lighting a retail park, a parking lot or a small office complex you will want to maximise the amount of “usable” light (i.e.: light that falls on structures and pathways) and minimise light that spills into unused areas such as reflection to the sky or light scattered onto neighbouring areas. It is also useful to note that a high percentage of reflected light is reflected upwards. This can be exacerbated when up lighting a feature. It is best to avoid up lighting when the physical material that a structure is built on has a highly reflective surface.

Curved reflectors in an LED floodlight will result in a conical beam of light which is useful for targeted lighting. Rectangular reflectors form a more scattered bean and are often used to light up larger areas such as parking lots or sports fields. Also worth noting for such large areas: The costs of installing and maintaining secure lighting in large areas will be of primary concern because they are typically more expensive. Additional portions such as louvres and visors will also affect the shape of the beam.

For parking areas and roadways LED floodlights will usually be set atop high poles and it is best to choose energy efficient, strong scattered luminaries to maximise spacing between the units. Fewer poles incur lower installation and maintenance costs and the selected wattage (250 watt or less) will directly influence maintenance costs.

It is recommended to select a lighting supplier that can advise and substantiate the appropriate units for each individual lighting purpose.