Do-It-Yourself Lighting Projects

Home Improvement Lighting
This is a site for the Do-It-Yourselfer. This site has a wide range of articles describing in detail how to design and install a wide variety of light in all parts of the house and grounds. There are articles on choosing and properly installing under-counter lights, track lighting, installing a dimmer switch, designing and installing wiring and lighting for a deck or patio, articles on how to properly light your garden and yard and even articles on buying, installing and using solar lighting. There are several articles on designing and installing yard lights, porch lights, low voltage lighting, sensor lights, shop lights, rope lights, landscape lights, outdoor security lights, even vanity lights in your bathroom. This site covers different types of lights and which type is best for which application, how to repair faulty lighting, and even tips on how to purchase lighting and stay within a budget. If you are into do-it-yourself lighting projects, this site is a must-see.

Lighting with Energy and Efficiency in Mind
An article from the State of Michigan's website discusses the enormous energy savings to be had from use of energy-efficient equipment, controls, and careful design. It talks about how it is a high return, low-risk investment for commercial concerns like hotels, and that it enhances quality and reduces impact on the environment. The facts on incandescent lighting, fluorescent lighting, high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting and low-pressure sodium lighting is outlined, along with the basics on using dimmers, occupancy sensors, timers, photo cells or snap switches. Tips on designing a space to make better use of daylight is included, along with instructions for proper maintenance of interior lighting fixtures to improve output.

The Four Steps to Designing Your Track Lighting System
Track lighting adds beauty and style to any home lighting design. There are several steps to choosing and installing a contemporary track lighting system. Step one is choosing the track. According to this site there are three standard lighting tracks, plus several proprietary tracks. A light that fits one lighting track will not fit the others, so it is important to know which lights you wish to use before purchasing your track. Step two in installing your track lighting is Layout and Power. Choosing the proper track layout is the key to creating a contemporary lighting effect. An important aspect of your track lighting is how to supply power to the system and there is an in-depth discussion of various power supply units. Step three is choosing your lamps, whether low voltage or line voltage. This site discusses the different types of lamps and will help you decide which is best suited for your home lighting needs. There is also an in-depth discussion of bulb types, connectors, track suspension kits, and special lenses that can create different effects and moods.

Christmas Lighting Safety Tips
Tips include using extra low voltage equipment, following manufacturer instructions, avoiding temporary decorative lighting above or around your pool, using a plug board with overload protection if the installation requires high-powered lights such as flood lights, using weather proof outdoor connections, not altering or modifying light kits, keeping lights and equipment clear of overhead power lines, securing outdoor lights to avoid breakage and connecting lights with a safety switch. More safe outdoor lighting tips are also included.

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