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Many people look forward to summer as it brings warmer temperatures, outdoor activities, and a more relaxed atmosphere. Hot summer temperatures can also bring about a sharp increase in energy bills as air conditioning is turned up high to counter the heat and humidity of the season. Luckily, there are ways to keep your home cool without running up a massive energy bill by constantly running an air conditioner. Even if you choose to use an air conditioner periodically, there are steps that can be taken to save energy and in turn save money.

Interested in learning how to take indoor pictures like a professional? If you have yet to purchase an indoor photography lighting kit, have no fear. You can still take amazing photos with some simple home furnishings. Consider using the adjustable table lamp sitting on your bedside table or office desk for adding light to your set. Below are a few additional indoor photography lighting tips you can use to help get the most out of your indoor photos and take pictures like a pro.

According the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), residential electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. The numbers nearly double during the busy holiday season. Being well-informed about electrical fires can help you and your family prevent any injuries and damages. Examples of electrical fires include: an improperly wired chandelier, overloaded outlets, faulty or frayed wires, and more.

Is there anything more elegant than a beautiful, sparkling chandelier hung in just the right spot in your home? We think not. Now that you've found the right size chandelier, it's time to install it where everyone can admire it.

According to ENERGY STAR, lighting accounts for 12 percent of home energy costs. If you’re using inefficient light bulbs, this can really add up. Switching from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs can decrease your energy use and reduce your energy costs. See how incandescent bulbs stack up against LED bulbs in the infographic below.

A+ Study Lighting

By Mara Bermudez in All, Learn

It’s back to school time. If you’re a parent, this means shopping for school supplies like paper, pens and pencils. Don’t forget to add adjustable task lighting to the list. Yes, lighting. Good lighting improves attention span, accuracy and productivity. Here are three tips for illuminating your homework or study area.

Top Five Tropical Ceiling Fans

By Marjorie Simonetti in All, Learn

Summer is in full swing and the heat may have you trying to seek solace in a cooler climate. There’s no better way to cool off than grabbing a fruity, frozen drink and relaxing beneath the cooling breeze of a tropical ceiling fan. The right ceiling fan will take your mind off of the scorching summer temperatures and have you completely relaxed while you watch the sunset on your back porch or take a snooze in your outdoor hammock.

Smart home automation is no longer a quirky phase of the 1950s. You can control the lighting, temperature and a plethora of appliances in your home from your smartphone or tablet. Now add the humble ceiling fan to that growing list. The Haiku SenseME by Big Ass Fans promises to revolutionize the ceiling fan with built-in occupancy and temperature sensors.

Outdoor lighting adds beauty and dimension to a home. Lighting is also an integral part of an effective home security system. Outdoor security lighting discourages would-be intruders from targeting your home by increasing the risk of being caught. The best lighting design allows physical detection and facial recognition, minimizes hiding spots, and increases your sense of safety.

Light-emitting diode (LED) technology is advancing rapidly, leaving other energy-efficient lighting technology in the dust. Future LED bulbs will cost less, consume less energy, last longer, and do much more than illuminate your home. The LEDs of the future will be able to create lights in multiple colors, stream music, and communicate alerts and data. You do not have to wait much longer to experience this technology, here are eight LED bulbs lighting the way to a brighter, healthier and more convenient future.

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