Do-it-yourself Home Lighting Projects

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DIY Outdoor Lighting Tips for Beginners
Are you a beginning DIY-er who wants to try his hand on updating your outdoor lights? Then you are in luck. This article from The Family Handyman offers outdoor lighting tips that are easy enough to do – even for those without any electrical experience. This is because most outdoor lights use a small voltage, making it easy and safe enough. The article outlines the parts of a low-voltage lighting system and explains how these parts work together. Aside from tips involving a wire stripper, installing underground wiring and buying lighting kits, the article also explains the importance of changing halogen lights to LED lights, which cost more but use less energy.

You Must Be Able to See in Order to be Seen
The members of a small band find themselves playing in dark corners more often than they are comfortable with, so the problem becomes how do they build a portable lighting grid that not only allows them to see what they are doing, but which allows the audience to see them in a flattering light as well? The information found on this site can be adapted to a number of lighting needs. Such things as size and type of bulbs, the proper indoor lighting fixtures to secure the bulbs, transporation of the system and the bulbs for maximum efficiency, plus bulb color, proper lighting height, and a discussion of the proper controller or dimmer for low voltage lighting. The site ends with a discussion of the proper cables and the final prices for the completed lighting grid.

Designing a Home Lighting Plan
Lighting is one of the most important aspects in a home; it is also the most overlooked part. We turn lights on and off with nary a thought, but without them, we would not be able to work or do what needs to be done around the house. In this article from HGTV, Jill Connors gives a brief history of lighting - from animal oil lamps to today’s LED lights - and provides a link to HGTV’s Planning Guide to Lighting. The guide is a helpful resource for anyone who wants to embark on a lighting design project - from setting goals, gathering ideas for lighting schemes, down to the selection of lighting fixtures that one can use.

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 which 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 which can create different effects and moods.

Collection of Lighting DIY Ideas and How-to Articles
If you need some DIY ideas and how-to articles about lighting, the section at Curbly.com has tons of them. Among the projects you can do yourself are a modern brass chandelier, a minimalist wooden tripod table lamp, a set of modern concrete pendant lights, a set of mini marquee lights, and a modern tube light. You can also learn how to make your own geometric pipe pendant light, a sponge> lamp made from masking tape, a modern geometric lampshade, and others. There are also a separate post containing 20 outdoor wedding ideas that cover everything you need, from outdoor lighting projects and unique decors.

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