A+ Study Lighting
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.
Task Lighting 101
Task lighting is an important component of any study area. Task lighting is lighting that focuses on a specific area, making it easier to complete tasks such as reading, writing or viewing a computer screen. Good task lighting reduces eye strain and mental fatigue, and can increase task performance by 16 percent.
Desk and floor lamps are ideal sources of task lighting. Consider this adjustable George Kovacs table lamp with metal shade for the right amount lighting. The metal shade prevents glare while the pivoting head allows you to customize the direction of the light to where you need it most.
Effective task lighting depends on the placement of the lamp. Place the desk lamp on the opposite side of your dominant hand so the light sweeps across the study area without creating shadows.
How to Buy a Ceiling Fan for Your Home
A ceiling fan is a must-have home appliance for summer. Whether you’re a first-time ceiling fan buyer or you’re looking to replace an existing one, the choices can be overwhelming. Here are 7 tips to help you avoid buyer’s remorse and help you buy a ceiling fan for your home.
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Staff Feature – Colby Harris
At Del Mar Fans and Lighting, our employees are our most valuable asset. Each month, we'll be featuring a different employee to highlight his or her value and find out what makes him or her tick. This month, we're featuring Colby Harris, one of the founders of Del Mar Fans and Lighting.
Colby is the in-house health and yoga guru. Here's what he had to say about working at Del Mar.
1. What do you like most about your job?
Being able to express my creativity in a team environment.
2. What 3 words best describe you?
Driven, analytical, helpful.
3. If you won a shopping spree at Del Mar Fans & Lighting, what would be the first thing in your cart?
4. When you’re not at work, where can we find you and what are you doing?
Surfing or hanging with my wife.
5. What is your hidden talent or super power?
Smart, Automated and Modern: the Haiku SenseME
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.
The Haiku SenseMe is one of the most unique ceiling fans in the market because it adapts to your unique behavior and environment. The innovative SenseME technology detects when you enter or exit a room and turns the fan on and off automatically. The device also monitors the room’s temperature and automatically adjusts the fan’s speed when there's a change in temperature and humidity. The Smart Mode learns your preferences and automatically adjusts the speed to what you find most comfortable.
Drift Off to Sleep with Smart LED Lighting
What does a warm bath, a good book, and a smart LED bulb all have in common? They all prepare your body for a restful night’s sleep. The Drift Light by Saffron promises to help you fall asleep naturally by casting warmer lighting and mimicking the setting sun.
Some screw-in LED bulbs can help you save on your monthly utility bills, but they could also rob you of a good night's sleep. The energy-saving bulbs emit a blue hue that suppresses melatonin production, a hormone that promotes sleep and activates only when it's dark. Sleep or lack thereof affects mood, productivity, and health.
The Drift Light emits less blue light than traditional LED bulbs, producing instead a warm incandescent-like light. This allows users to enjoy the beauty of incandescent lighting and the energy savings of LED lighting without compromising their sleep.
The Drift Light features an innovative auto-dimming function that sets it apart from other smart LED bulbs. The bulb slowly dims over a period of 37 minutes, the average time of a sunset, gradually transitioning a room from light to dark. The idea behind the faux sunset is to encourage relaxation and increase melatonin in preparation for sleep.