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8 Common Lighting Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes
A light is a light, right? Well, not quite. The truth is that when it comes to residential lighting, many homeowners mistakenly believe that any light will do the...
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DIY Lite: Easy Tiki Torches for a Bug-Free Backyard
Nothing spoils an outdoor gathering like unwanted guests, namely the buzzy ones. Enjoy summer nights free from the mo...
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How To: Make an LED Marquee Letter
Hunting for a statement piece that really speaks to you requires a certain amount of time and patience. Fortunately f...
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15 "Under $100" Lighting Solutions for Every Room
Shopping for a new lamp, pendant light, or wall sconce comes with a healthy dose of sticker shock. Who knew that lighting a home could set you back a small fortun...
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DIY Lite: A Modern Floor Lamp with a Most Unusual Shade
Any interior designer will recommend layering multiple light sources, from wall sconces to floor lamps, for both illu...
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Genius! The Easy Cure for Every Dark Hallway
When it comes to lighting, there are probably plenty of places in your home with room for improvement—basements, stai...
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Solved! What to Do About Flickering Lights
Q: Help! The lightbulbs in our fixtures keep flickering on and off. As far as I know, my house isn’t haunted, but I’m...
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Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The DIY Lighting Competition Starts Today
Most DIYers have heard that rewiring your own home is like playing with fire—unsafe and often illegal. Wiring your ow...
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DIY Copper Floor Lamp
Inspired by a Design Within Reach floor lamp, Sarah of Sarah M. Dorsey Designs decided to try her hand at fashioning ...
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DIY Tapered X-Lamp
After coming across an X-shape table lamp, Elisha of Pneumatic Addict was convinced that she could build a similar—an...
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Incredible Industrial Light Fixture
Industrial style is a major design trend right now—which also means incorporating these elements into your room's des...
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Designer DIY Marquee Sign
A forever fan of old marquee signs, Heather of WhipperBerry had been on the hunt for some Broadway-style lights she c...
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Style-Setting Sputnik Chandelier
Inspired by a fellow blogger’s hack on a popular IKEA lamp, Bethany of Dwellings by Devore decided to create her own ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Look Again at Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting has always been a discreet choice that occupies next to no space in the room where it appears. Maki...
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Bob Vila Radio: Making the Most of Your Available Natural Light
If there's a room in your home that just doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, your low-cost option is to make the most of t...
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A Man Who Remakes Vintage Relics into Modern Marvels
Jason Aleksa is no stranger to the shop. His grandfather founded a machine shop in the 1960s, which his father then t...
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Genius! The DIY Fire Pit You Can Bring Indoors
Camping season is nearly over, but the cozy season is only just beginning. Along with the urge to stockpile blankets ...
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Genius! The Emergency Essential You Can Make with Cardboard and a Can
No matter who you are—Boy Scout, first-time renter, or veteran homeowner—the small but mighty flashlight is an invalu...
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How Do Innovative Skylights Lead to Lower Bills?
There's been a lot of talk about light bulbs over the past few years. In 2012, after the new federal light bulb stand...
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DIY Lite: Upgrade Simple String Lights on a Shoestring Budget
Thoughtful lighting is key to evoking a desired ambience in nearly any space. (They don't call it "mood lighting" for...
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Discover How This Innovative Skylight Even Shines at Night
It doesn't take 20/20 vision to see the vast difference between artificial light and bright, beautiful, mood-lifting ...
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How To: Make a Concrete Bowl Lamp
Everyone knows this about concrete: It's one of the most durable building materials on earth. What's not so widely re...
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This Motion-Sensing Dimmer Fully Automates Your Lighting
If you've bought new light bulbs anytime in the last few years, you know the selection has changed dramatically for t...
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8 New Ideas for DIY Outdoor Lighting
Sure, days are longer in summer, but still not quite long enough to squeeze in all the seasonal fun. Stay out after dusk when you light the night with these 8 DIY...
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The World's First and Only $99 Light Bulb
Light bulbs didn't change for decades—arguably for a full century. But then, somewhat all of a sudden, a confluence o...
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Quick Tip: Restore Shine to a Light Fixture with... Denture Tablets?
[bobsays_inset] Time has a way of proving the old adage "out of sight, out of mind. " Case in point: Whether your ce...
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Bob Vila Radio: Flashlights Get a Little Flashy
If you're in the dark about some of the latest advancements in flashlight technology, here's a quick summary. mp3 fil...
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8 Bright Ideas to Boost Natural Light
Bringing natural light into your home is both economical and enjoyable. Here are seven ways to let the sun shine in throughout your house.
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Bob Vila Radio: Get the Right Recessed Lighting
Whether you're building a new home or remodeling the interior of an existing residence, recessed lighting offers to a...
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Quick Tip: Make Your Candles Last Longer
[bobsays_inset] To coax a candle into burning more slowly so that you can enjoy it for a longer period of time, try o...
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7 Life-Changing New Home Technologies for 2015
With each passing year, our houses are getting smarter and smarter. It's no fantasy; appliances that mix drinks or cook dinner at your command—a simple touch on y...
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So, You Want to... Install Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting has been around since the 1930s, and even though its popularity seems to have waned in recent years...
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Genius! Copper Pendant Light
Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention—but so is thriftiness. When a $2,000 light fixture was out of the que...
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The 9 Best Lighting Picks for Your Bedroom
Though bedrooms are primarily for sleeping, they aren’t meant to be dark all the time. A bedroom should have a combination of both portable and installed lighting...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Bright Ideas for a DIY Lamp
I continue to be astonished by the retail cost of most light fixtures. If you, too, have been subject to sudden bouts...
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7 Ways to Transform String Lights from Holiday to Every Day
When it's time to take down the tree this year, you might want to hold off on packing up the holiday lights. With a bit of effort and a dose of inspiration, you c...
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7 Totally Unique Table Lamps for a Modern Home
Family-run company Worley's Lighting makes modern-minimalist lamps with fine craftsmanship and quality woods. Take a look at just some of their many makes and mod...
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Meet the Brightest Woodworkers in the Carolinas
Meet the duo behind one of the trendiest lighting companies around. Shelli Worley and her husband Seth started Worley...
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Bob Vila Radio: Troubleshooting Tips for Motion Sensor Lights
Motion sensor lights are a must for any home security system, but sometimes they get out of whack, turning on and off...
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How To: Choose an LED Bulb
If you've gone out to buy a light bulb recently, chances are you've hesitated over the unfamiliar selection. Traditio...
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Your Guide to Navigating the New World of Light Bulbs
January 2014 signaled the final stage in the phaseout of standard incandescent light bulbs in the United States. As of January 1, traditional incandescents are no...
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10 Steps to Paradise in Your Own Backyard
Any outdoor living space, be it a compact apartment terrace or an expansive poolside patio, becomes much more inviting once it’s been outfitted with a few creatur...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy and Creative DIY Lamps
In any room, in any house, lighting is key. Besides its practical importance, lighting is one of the main factors inf...
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DIY Concrete Lamp
Concrete is one of the most versatile materials. And unlike many raw materials, concrete can be molded into any shape...
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Bob Vila Radio: Track Lighting Trends
If the mention of track lighting conjures up visions of bulky white cans jutting out awkwardly from a thick rail, you...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Crafty Paper Lanterns to Create Quickly
To add a delightful detail to your home, you need not invest heavily in the effort, either financially or in terms of...
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Hanging by a Thread: 9 Inventive Ways to Hang Pendant Lights
Whether you've bought a new pendant light or sacrificed your weekend to DIY one of your own, deciding how to hang the light is just as important as the light itse...
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10 Enchanting Landscape Lighting Solutions
Lighting the outside of your home is just as important as lighting the inside. And the same principles apply—you want to provide a combination of overall, task, a...
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DIY Outdoor Chandelier
I just love candles in mason jars. A few summers ago I bought a package of half-pint jars and some light wire and mad...
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DIY Blue Mason Jar Chandelier
I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this project with you. I’m so in love with blue mason jars. I’ve been want...
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DIY Mason Jar Solar Lamp
When the words mason jar and solar lamp come together in the same sentence, I don’t care who you are—you get excited....
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Bob Vila Radio: New Designs for Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting has always been efficient, since it takes up no space at all in a room. Over the years, as a variet...
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Choosing the Right Bulb (and Dimmer)
Up until recently, buying a light bulb was probably as routine for most people as buying a carton of milk. But new li...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Unique and Easy DIY Pendant Lights for Any Room
Nobody wants to spend time in a room with bad lighting, but how do you avoid it? Well, there's strength in numbers: O...
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Bob Vila Radio: CFL Bulbs
With incandescent light bulbs on their way out, shoppers who had been reluctant to buy alternative bulbs are realizin...
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13 DIY Lanterns to Illuminate Your Porch, Patio, or Garden
When the weather gets warm, outdoor living heats up, and porches and patios become the place to be. As your sunny days shift to balmy nights, add some atmosphere ...
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Bob Vila Radio: High Hats
Choosing the best lighting can be a bit of a challenge.   Some rooms need cozy, subdued lighting to create ambience; ...
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New & Notable: 15 Lighting Solutions to Brighten Up Your Outdoor Decor
Few activities are more relaxing than spending time outdoors with friends and family—and the fun doesn't have to stop when the sun goes down. There are plenty of ...
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5 Reasons Why Recessed Lighting Is Still Cool
Since the technology arrived in the 1930s, installing recessed lighting has become de rigueur in new construction and...
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Lighting Goes Industrial: 14 Factory Looks That Work at Home
Industrial elements are currently a huge trend in interior design. Decorative details inspired by the factories and warehouses of the industrial age can be introd...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make a DIY Floor Lamp
When it comes to lighting, form and function are equally important. You want your fixtures to let you see what you're...
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Shopping for a New Chandelier? Here Are 4 Things to Consider
Nothing epitomizes decorative lighting quite like a chandelier. A chandelier is the jewelry of a room, accenting the ...
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Top Tips for Troubleshooting Holiday Lights
If you want to avoid frustration and preserve your holiday spirit, I don't recommend that you spend time figuring out...
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8 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights
If you're planning to string your yard with holiday cheer, bear in mind these few simple guidelines and precautions.
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10 LED Holiday Lights to Brighten Your Holiday Nights
It's the most wonderful — and darkest — time of the year, so check out all the ways you can use LEDs to light up your life and keep the holidays bright.
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Bob Vila Radio: Closet Lighting
If you’re lucky enough to have large walk-in closets in your home, you probably already know the importance of good l...
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Which Lighting Where? 9 Pro Tips for Improved Illumination
There's much more to lighting your home than just picking out a few attractive decorative fixtures. With these helpful tips from the experts at Bellacor.com, you ...
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How To: Install Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting fixtures have become very popular these days.  They have to be roughed in. Here's how to install on...
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11 Desk Lamps to Lighten Any Task
Just because a desk lamp needs to be functional doesn’t mean it can’t look good, too. Here are 11 of our favorite "taskmasters."
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11 Eye-Popping Chandeliers Made from the Everyday
From soda bottles and bicycle chains to cutlery and toothpicks, these dazzling chandeliers illuminate the value—and fun—of putting unremarkable old stuff to brill...
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Track Lighting 101
In the evolution of illumination—from torches to torchiers—track lighting is a relative newcomer. While originally us...
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Pendant Lighting 101
[bobsays_inset]Of all the various forms of light fixtures, pendants may offer the greatest opportunity to make a stat...
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Landscape Lighting 101
Landscape lighting can turn a visitor from feeling wary to welcome. It can change the rest of the yard from Nightmare...
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The Lighting Designer
When was the last time you looked at the light bulb rack at your favorite housewares store? There are incandescent bu...
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Green Homes—Lighting
Light from the StartToday’s residential lighting considerations go beyond decorative fixtures. Lighting influences ou...
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Choosing the Right Energy-Saving Bulb and Fixture
The Power of BulbsLamp or bulb power is measured in watts. One thousand watts equals one kilowatt, and a kilowatt-hou...
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How To: Devise a Lighting Plan
The spaces that people use for social purposes are defined in part by light. Too often, however, conventional lightin...
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9 Lampshades You Can Make Before Lights Out
If you have a tired table lamp, a lackluster lantern, or a pooped-out pendant, take inspiration (and instruction) from these fresh and easy DIY ideas—and let ther...
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4 Creative Ways to Do a Lampshade Makeover
If there is a room in your house suffering from the presence of an ugly old lampshade, take heart: You can transform ...
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How To: Replace a Ceiling Light Fixture
Let’s face it: Many homes today feature inadequate, poorly positioned, and sometimes plain-old ugly light fixtures. B...
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14 Bright Ideas for Lighting Your Backyard
Make the most of long summer nights with the right kind of lighting for your outdoor space.
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Be Dark Sky-Compliant When Lighting Up the Night
Warmer weather encourages us to spend more time on the deck, porch, or patio. Of course, lighting can extend outdoor ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Garden Lights
Outdoor lighting looks great along a walkway or in the garden, but it can be a pain to install the wiring for it. Sol...
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How To: Rewire a Lamp
You bought a beautiful antique lamp but upon closer inspection, you notice there is damage to the sheathing, the plas...
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Under-Cabinet Lighting: 10 "Shining" Examples
Illuminate every corner and recess of your kitchen for maximum utility and improved aesthetics.
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How To: Add Under-Cabinet Lighting
Under-cabinet lighting can vastly improve the workability and appearance of your kitchen. For starters, under-cabinet...
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Bob Vila Radio: Types of Lighting
Did you know that a well-lit room actually has three different kinds of light? In order to create a room that’s comfo...
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Bob Vila Radio: Under-Cabinet Lighting
Under-cabinet lighting has come a long way since those old-style humming fluorescents and super hot halogen pucks, wi...
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Trending Now: Pendant Lighting
Providing both illumination and style, here are 12 helpful tips for choosing a pendant light to complement your decor.
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Flashlights
Save your eyes and shed a little light on the job you’re doing with the right flashlight. Listen to BOB VILA ON FLASH...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lighting in Layers
One of the most important things to think about when you're remodeling is lighting: It can make or break the room. Li...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vanity Lighting
Bathrooms are small rooms, but they require lots of attention to detail—and great lighting. Listen to BOB VILA ON VAN...
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Did You Know? Bulb Matters
We hear a lot about lighting and energy efficiency, but can the right light bulb really be effective in reducing mont...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Light Tips
This holiday season, don’t be the guy who sets his hair on fire stringing the lights. Listen to BOB VILA ON HOLIDAY L...
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Let There Be "Authentic" Light!
Isn’t it counterintuitive to bring a fine old house back to its original splendor, only to then hit it with modern li...
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Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Lighting
Considering the amount of time many of us spend in the kitchen over the holiday season, this is a great time to think...
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Winner! Bob Vila's First Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
From movie villains to Mickey Mouse, cannibal pumpkins to true works of art, we finally found the ultimate King of Carving—and a few honorable mentions to boot.
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Bob Vila Radio: Chandeliers
A dining room chandelier is a great focal point for one of the most important entertaining spaces in your home. Liste...
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Outdoor Wall Sconces: Lighting the Way with Style
In addition to providing necessary lighting, outdoor wall sconces can easily improve the curb appeal of your home. Here are some stylish examples to light your way.
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Sky Factory
There are home settings where windows are impractical or even counterproductive. I'm thinking about an Antarctic dorm...
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9 Easy-to-Make Garden Luminaries
Even if you are not an avid DIYer, you can easily make one of these garden luminaries to lighten your landscape.
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How To: Replace an Outdoor Wall Sconce
Updating the entrance to your home is a relatively easy thing to do. Add a pop of color by painting the front door in...
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How To: Save Money and Electricity with Fluorescent Light
Give Fluorescent Lighting Another Chance We all know that switching to fluorescent lighting saves energy and money. B...
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Smart New Choices for Outdoor Lighting
What most urban dwellers forget is that we can see a great deal entirely by moonlight. Our ability to see in low ligh...
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Outdoor Lighting: 12 Products to Light Your Way
Whether you are looking to illuminate your front entry, deck, walkway or landscape, today's outdoor lighting options are plentiful.
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How To: Install a Dimmer Switch
I like mood lighting as much as anyone, particularly first thing in the morning when the full blast of light from a 1...
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How To: Install a Light Fixture
Since my current residence is only half finished, there are a lot of fixture-less light boxes in the ceilings—which m...
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Light Bulbs: The Shape of Things to Come
Despite what you may have heard—the incandescent light bulb is not going the way of the dinosaur.   "It will, however...
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Shedding "New Light" on Recycling: Innovative Eco-Friendly Fixtures from Graypants
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City ...
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Retrofitting a Gas Light
Bob meets electrician Barry Driscoll, who is retrofitting an old gas light fixture to make a modern electrical one. Then Bob meets with lighting consultant Penny ...
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Revising the Landscaping Plan
Bob talks with landscape architect Rick Lamb about revisions to the plan. Bob points out the redesigned parking area and the plan for magically melting the snow.
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Restoring Old Double-Hung Windows using Spring-Loaded Balances
Bob meets with architect Gregory Rochlin and expert carpenter Danny Ruffini to restore old double-hung windows and replace lead sash weights with new spring-loade...
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Placing Windows on a Home's Facade
A double window is installed in the kitchen, which will let in a lot of sunlight and give a view of the back yard.
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Installing a Porch Floor and Light and Constructing a Porch Trellis
The front of the Melrose house gets finishing touches, including a new, insect-resistant porch deck, new trellises, and a porch light.
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Installing Exterior Lighting
Landscape lighting is installed in the front and back yards.
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Planning Exterior and Interior Lighting, Storage Solutions, and Interior Decorating
A high-tech lighting control system is reviewed, as well as furniture, storage, and decorating choices in various rooms.
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Reviewing the Penthouse Living Area & Kitchen
Bob surveys the interior decorating of the penthouse apartment, as well as the top-quality materials and appliances in the kitchen. Also, Bob learns about the dif...
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Installing Recessed Lighting Fixtures
Barry Driscoll (from Driscoll Electric) is installing some new Lightolier recessed fixtures specially designed for use in remodels.
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Tour of the Home's Exterior, Lighting Design, and Completed Kitchen
Bob tours the exterior of the completed Victorian restoration project house, remarking on the color scheme, breezeway, and artist's studio. Inside the house, Bob ...
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Lamp Making and Landscaping
Bob explores the practice of custom lamp making and learns more about the outdoor fireplace.
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Technology Systems in the Governor's Mansion
Bob inspects the remote device, controlling the PA system, HVAC, lighting, and entertainment systems. In the basement, Bob Ryley is exploring the wires and cables...
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Reviewing the Kitchen Appliances
Bob peeks into the "first kitchen", the kitchen in the first family's private living quarters. Todd Graves (from GE) shows Bob the Halogen oven.
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Lighting Design Discussed
Bob exhibits a complete proper lighting plan of the loft project and looks on as a suspended track lighting system is suspended in the bedroom. Also, lighting des...
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Discussing Different Types of Light
Bob meets with lighting designer Markus Earley, who explains the differences between various types of lights. Then, Bob also meets with Tony Zwain, who explains h...
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Reviewing the Lighting Plan
Bob goes over the lighting plan with designer Markus Earley, then meets with electrician Tony Zwain to learn how electricity is distributed throughout the building.
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Tour of the Completed Loft Conversion, Part 2
Collaborating architect Lisa Shire accompanies Bob, as he continues his tour of the completed loft conversion.
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Installing Recessed Lighting
Ed House (from Cliff Electrical Contractors) is installing recessed lighting.
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Tour of the Lightolier Manufacturing Plant
Bob visits the Lightolier manufacturing plant, which covers 6 acres, and receives a tour from the director of design, Bob Wetikin.
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Mahogany Deck and Kitchen Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley works on the mahogany deck, while new kitchen appliances are installed and the lighting and cabinets undergo examination.
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A Retrospective of Restoration Projects in the Elmwood Neighborhood
Bob recaps the entire Elmwood project. It was a community effort involving an array of houses, though great pains were made to adhere to the historic look of the ...
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Tour of the Completed Workout Area
Bob takes a final tour of the home workout area, discussing the tub surround and the new exercise equipment.
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Installing Rope Lights
Rope lights are installed in the ceiling of the living room. The ropes are cut to length, capped, and clipped into place. They are then covered with a stained gla...
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Installing Light Panels
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton demonstrate how to install light panels on the ceiling in the attic.
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Discussing the Zen Garden Design
Bob meets with Donald Young for a tour of the home's Zen garden. Donald discusses the plant choices and lighting requirements in a garden of this size. Slate tile...
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Plans for the Greenhouse
Bob, the architect, and the homeowner discuss plans for the new greenhouse. The exact position of the greenhouse in relation to the existing house is chosen so as...
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Stone Patio, Landscaping, and Outdoor Lighting
Bob joins landscape designer Ruth Foster to discuss her plan for a stone patio and hot tub. Low-voltage outdoor lighting will also be installed.
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Installing Track Lighting
Track lighting is installed in the automotive portion of the garage, and Bob reviews the bulbs, hardware, and mounting techniques used.
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Tour of the Completed 'Boat Barn'
Bob takes a close look at the boat storage part of the building (the 'boat barn'), highlighting interior features like the lighting and mechanical systems. Contra...
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Touring the Home Addition
The designer shows Bob around the addition, pointing out certain highlights, such as the breezeway with exposed studs and the Victorian-influenced lighting design...
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Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Tour
Bob meets with Lynn from the Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Association. Together they tour the Federal-style home, noting an Irish crystal chandelier...
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Recessed Lighting Installation
Bob lays out the lighting design for the kitchen. Electrician Steven Bradley shows Bob how to install a high-hat light fixture, from the mounting to the wiring to...
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Reviewing the Landscape
Bob meets with a landscaper to discuss the existing plantings, some of which will be removed or cut back to maximize the amount of interior light. Trees, shrubs, ...
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Installing a Box Bay Window
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley and crew install a new box bay window, which will enlarge the dining space and enhance the interior atmosphere.
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Wiring the Colonial Lantern Fixture
After taking stock of progress that's been made, Bob begins wiring a hanging light fixture for a special colonial lantern in the front hall.
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Hooking Up the Refrigerator Ice Maker
Bob has finished wiring the Colonial-style light fixture in the entryway and, back in the kitchen, the refrigerator ice maker is hooked up.
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Reviewing the Home Exterior
Bob and carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley review the exterior of the home, pointing out the new trellis and the new entryway. Next, they move inside to have a look ...
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Finishing the Basement Family Room
The circle-head window, and its accompanying window seat, are now finished in the family room basement.
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DIY Light Fixture
General contractor Ron Gan builds an inexpensive do-it-yourself lighting fixture in the bathroom.
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Selecting Light Fixtures
AJ Paron-Wildes (from Bellacor.com) joins Bob to talk about selecting lighting fixtures. Depending on the room or activity, different fixtures are recommended.
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