Choosing The Right LED Bulbs For Your Home

If you want your home to be a green one, then it is wise to make sure that you are not wasting electricity. To help with this endeavor, consider choosing LED light bulbs. LED lights have a high luminous efficacy. This means they produce a good deal of visible light when compared to the amount of electricity they consume. In general, a common LED lamp has a 78 efficacy rating, while an incandescent one has a rating of 15. If you do want to fill your home with LED lights, then you will need to purchase the right ones for you. Keep reading to learn about a few things you need to consider. Light Color LED lights do not automatically come in white light varieties. In fact, the lights require diodes of red, green, and blue to create white light. In many cases, you will be able to purchase a wide variety of different LED lights in many different color variations. While you may not want a red or green light for your home, you can pick an LED that is slightly tinted. This allows you to choose lights in varying degrees of warmth. Soft, neutral, and cool white are three tone and warmth varieties that are offered. A soft tone is produced by an LED that transmits more orange or yellow light, and a neutral LED will emit light that...

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How Your Prescription Glasses Can Protect Your Eyes

Many people need prescription glasses in order to see the world clearly and operate easily within it. However, many people don’t know that their prescription glasses can not only improve their vision, but can also protect their eyes from damage. Here are two ways that prescription glasses can protect your eyes if you take action. 1. UV Coating UV rays, or ultra-violet rays, can seriously damage the rods and cones in your eyes, resulting in you losing some of your ability to see. This can be a huge problem because it results in your vision getting worse and increases the chances that you are going to need stronger lenses over time. However, you can request that your glasses provider add a coating that will help deflect the UV rays and decrease the chances that your rods and cones get damaged. This coating is not a substitute for wearing sunglasses and is not enough to protect your eyes if you look directly at the sun. Instead, the coating is designed to protect your eyes should you happen to go outside. UV rays are still present on cloudy days, so even if it is not bright enough to warrant sunglasses, your eyes can still get the protection that they need through the UV coating. UV protection coated lenses can have a similar effect to wearing makeup that includes sunscreen. It’s not...

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Hire Party Supplies To Make Your Event Stand Out

Organizing a party can be quite the task, especially when handling a large event where the stakes are high. In addition, there are no second takes when planning a wedding, corporate gala or even a birthday party. It therefore pays to incorporate a touch of professionalism so that your event goes right every time. An easy way to do this and not have to worry about the endless details is by hiring party supplies from an event planning company. Read on to see why. Hiring is cheaper than buying Think about it, why go to all the trouble of buying tents or expensive tableware that you will hardly ever use again or can’t afford? It makes more sense to hire the fine things you want for your party and not have to worry about maintaining them or selling them thereafter. Also, because you’re hiring rather than buying, you only pay a fraction of price, meaning you get to afford beautiful chairs or lighting that you would otherwise not have been able to pay for. Event rental companies are also in a position to offer you party supplies at lower rates because of economies of scale. They buy their inventory in wholesale unlike you who would have to buy a few pieces on your own at higher prices. Quality products will make your party stand out The unwritten rule of...

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Are You Making Your Halloween Costumes? Five Fabrics You Might Consider

Part of the fun of Halloween is making the costumes, especially for the little ones. Adults also like the idea of creating something original to wear for the big night. If you’re on the lookout for some fun fabric for costumes from a store like Gala Fabrics, perhaps you might take a look at these. Tulle This is the nearly sheer, net-like material used for ballet tutus and princess costumes. It is named for Tulle, France, known for it s lace work. It comes in a variety of colours and can be dyed if you don’t find something that matches your costume perfectly. Since it is so thin, you’ll need several layers to give that ballerina the “puffy skirt” look. Corduroy Corduroy is often used for making durable shirts, jackets and trousers. Its napped surface makes it a good substitute for wool or velvet when making costumes. It works well for scarecrows, Dracula outfits and witches’ dresses. Corduroy is fairly thick and will keep the little ones warm when they are out trick-or-treating. Corduroy also makes authentic looking Victorian era men’s suits. Jersey Jersey is a knit fabric, made of wool, cotton or synthetic fibres. The single-ply variety is often used to make T-shirts because it stretches nicely. It’s named for the town of Jersey in the Channel Islands.  Double knitted Jersey doesn’t stretch as much, but it does...

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Choosing A Cigar — Tips For The Novice

It’s a well-known adage that you can’t judge a book by its cover. But the exact opposite is true when it comes to choosing a cigar. When standing in front of a wall of cigars at a cigar shop, look closely at the wrapper, or the outermost leaf. It will tell you everything you need to know. Look for Tears and Gaps Tears and gaps in the wrapper are signs of a poorly made cigar. Avoid them. Instead, look for a wrapper that isn’t mottled or spotted. It should have a sheen that indicates it’s been well-cared-for in the shop. Look at all of the cigars in a manufacturer’s box. If you notice that the wrappers on all the cigars in the box are of a similar color, that means the manufacturer pays attention to detail. It indicates that you’ve found a good cigar.  Roll the Cigars in Your Hands After you’ve chosen a couple of interesting cigars, it’s time to test them with your hands — if the shopkeeper allows you, that is. Run your fingers down the wrapper. If it feels dry to you or bits of it flakes off or crumbles as you touch it, that’s a bad sign. It means that the cigar hasn’t been kept in the proper humidity and has dried out. As you run your fingers down the wrapper, you also should...

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Apocalypse Soon?: How To Become A Prepper

If you watch the daily news or pay any attention to world events, then you have probably become convinced that everything from crime to politics to even the weather seems to be out of hand.  That is whey there has been a growing movement called Preppers.  Preppers are people who are looking to be prepared if the worst happens, from natural disasters to governmental collapse.  Here are some of the things you will need to become a Prepper: A Bug-Out Bag One of the terms that has become coined by Preppers is “bug-out bag.”  A bug-out bag is essentially a disaster kit that you have pre-packed in the event that something happens causing you to have to “bug-out” or leave your home.  This should be a heavy backpack such as the type you can find at a military goods store like Things Military Ltd.   While you are at the military surplus store, you should also check out these items for your bug-out bag: military meal packages (MREs) canteen and water bladder iodine tablets and water filter tent for shelter poncho and plastic sheeting an emergency radio flare gun fishing pole small tool kit and sewing kit flashlight first aid kit compass hunting knife two outfits for hiking Food Stockpile Sustainability is a watchword for any Prepper.  One of the things you want is to be able to grow food...

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Not Just For Pictures: Creative Uses For Picture Frames

Picture frames have always been useful in showing off photos and artwork.  They come in many different styles and sizes from small and simple to large and heavily embellished.  Their purpose is to give a picture a finished look so that it can be hung and shown off. But, there can be more to using picture frames than showing off a pretty picture.  They can be used in various ways to show off other items without changing the overall nature of the frame.  Here are some examples of what can be done using picture frames while still using them as frames. Wooden and metal frames:   Wooden frames are very popular and generally easy to find.  Be careful when handling elaborate or vintage frames.  Metal frames are often more durable and have a more modern look to them.  They often can be used in areas where there is more humidity or sunlight.  Here are some ways to use them in non-traditional ways: Make a chalkboard frame using a hard board and some chalkboard paint Create a bulletin board using corkboard Frame a ceiling light with a decorative square or circular frame Use as a foundation for a wreath. Display jewelry or other decorative items by using a board behind the frame Create a decorative tray or small table using a light piece of wooden board and some fabric Use the...

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Back To School: 3 Gift Baskets Your Child’s Teacher Will Actually Enjoy

Back to school teacher appreciation gifts are so often cliche—apples, christmas ornaments, and school supplies (who really uses this one, the teacher or the student?). While all great teachers appreciate any gift given to them, here are ideas for three gift baskets that your child’s teacher will actually enjoy and use this school year.  Gift Card Bouquet  What is better than a gift basket? A gift basket full of gift cards.  Lets face it, teachers often do not make a lot of money, and they probably don’t get to go out to restaurants or to the movies as often as they might like. An assortment of gift cards like this will keep on giving for the whole year: restaurants Amazon or iTunes movie theaters  spas or salons  Each gift card doesn’t have to be worth a lot of money to make this a great present. A five dollar gift card for a frozen yogurt shop is perfect.  Ask other parents to contribute gift cards as well, and you can make it a gift from the whole class.  When asking others to donate, consider their careers. Does one child in the class have a mom who is a hair stylist? She could donate a cut and color. Is there a dad who is a chiropractor? He could contribute a gift card for complimentary adjustments.  Feeling crafty? Pinterest has lots of ideas for turning the gift...

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