Lightings: By Room-Foyers, Stairways & Hall Lighting
Use The Perfect Lighting Fixture to Transform Your Home Decor
Lighting is one of the key elements that helps make your house a home. The proper lighting enables you to perform tasks easily, makes you feel safer and more comfortable, and allows you to enjoy your home at its full potential. Each room, however, has specific and unique General and Accent lighting needs. We've laid out some tips and ideas to consider when planning your lighting needs for each room in your home. If you are uncertain about what type of lighting fixture you need, or you're just looking for inspiration, take a few minutes to browse through our guide!
Foyer, Stairways, and Halls
The foyer conveys the first impression of a home's interior. Center a traditional chandelier, contemporary pendant, or transitional close-to-ceiling fixture, in your hallway to provide basic illumination and create a welcoming atmosphere. When choosing lighting for your foyer, hall, or stairway, consider the following:
For General Lighting, make sure to size the decorative fixture to the space. Not all foyers can accommodate a large chandelier, so make sure the size proportions are correct. Likewise, if you have a larger space, you'll need a larger fixture. If you'll be able to view the fixture from above, make sure to select a foyer chandelier, or pendant that looks attractive from second story viewing.
Remember that stairways and halls must have good general lighting for safety. To prevent accidents, stairs should be lit from top to bottom with switches in both places. For safety in hallways, place lighting fixtures every 8 to 10 feet. Tie in the fixtures you choose by matching your foyer chandelier or pendant with semi flush ceiling lights for hallways and smaller chain hung lights for stairways.
For Accent Lighting needs, use matching wall sconces to complement the hanging foyer pendant or chandelier. Always mount a wall sconce above eye level (approximately 66" from the center of the fixture to the floor) so that the lamp source is not visible.
Make your artwork come to life and illuminate it with halogen light from track or adjustable recessed down-lighting
Pinning Down the Bowling Shoe What's so special about them?
If you are an avid bowler, you know that having the right bowling shoe can indeed make or break your game. Most people dread renting the community shoes when they partake in a game of bowling. However, many lanes require bowlers to wear proper bowling shoes. If you are on a bowling league or if you love to bowl often, you probably will want to invest your own personal bowling shoes. This will allow you to be more comfortable and avoid having to rent community bowling shoes. When it comes to choosing bowling shoes, there are a few things to know. Check out these tips and bits of information to help you along with your search.
Good Bowling Shoes When you are shopping for bowling shoes, there are several things you should look for. First, you should always check out the grip or tread of the shoe. On your non-slide foot, you will want to make sure the grip is good. You can get bowling shoes that have slide patches on your slide foot as well. Experts will tell you that the grip or slide your shoes offer can affect your game. While some experts prefer a tighter grip, others like a little room to move. It really all depends on what you like. Most professionals will get their shoes customized and designed to fit their bowling needs and personal style. Comfort is a large part of choosing bowling shoes as well. Proper bowling shoes should be comfortable. Bowling is a professional sport, but it is one that should be fun as well. You will not have fun or likely be able to bowl well if you are wearing uncomfortable shoes. Most bowling shoes are extremely comfortable however, so you might have trouble finding an uncomfortable pair. You will need to try various pairs however in order to see which ones suit you the best. Most stores that sell bowling shoes are located in a bowling alley, so you will be able to walk out on the traditional bowling lane floor to feel the difference between the shoes. If the store is not in the bowling alley, it may have a patch of bowling floor so you can try the shoes out.
Who Needs Them If you only bowl once a year, you probably won't need your own bowling shoes. If you only bowl three times a year, you probably won't either. However, if you bowl at least twice a month, you might want to consider the purchase. Most people who bowl professionally or on a bowling league will purchase their own bowling shoes. Professionals and league bowlers are always trying to help their game and the proper bowling shoes can make a difference. If you don't want to spend a lot, consider getting an inexpensive brand or a middle of the line brand to begin with. Those will give you an idea of what you want and a place to start. Trendy Style When it comes to bowling shoes, they are not only great for the sport of bowling, but fashion experts are also seeing them pop up on the street. The great thing about the look a pair of traditional bowling shoes offers is that sense of nostalgia. It is a look that can take you back to another place and time. Many people associate the look with the 1970s, but some may take it back even further. Shoe manufacturers are beginning to design many different types of shoes with a bowling style in mind. They are looking more and more like alternative tennis shoes, but they still have that distinct bowling look to them. The thing to remember however is that these shoes are not really intended for use when bowling. They don't have specialty grips or slide patches on them. You might be endangering yourself by using them for bowling.
Bowling shoes are not exactly necessary for those who bowl infrequently. However if you are spending money weekly renting community bowling shoes, you should consider purchasing your own. You will not only be saving money in the long run, but also get a better shoe with more comfort, grip, and slide capabilities. Your game may even improve with your new shoes!
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