A Rundown of the Basic Led Lighting


23 February 2016

Home & Garden


“This blog shares some basic options available for LED lighting a house.”

What is LED?

The term LED refers to “Light-emitting diodes”.

When these lights first made their appearance in the market, people were skeptical about their use as they emitted a bluish-white light, a bit unconventional for homes.

But things have changed now. Advancement in technology and continuous researchers have made this high-efficiency LED lights to produce, the warm yellow hue that homeowners prefer in their interior.

Read also: Secrets to the Perfect Bedroom Light

People, worldwide have now shifted from the traditional incandescent bulbs to LED lighting in spite of their high initial cost, because of their efficiency. This high efficiency LED home lighting, ensures lower power bills, better quality of lighting and last much longer than a normal lamp.

The other feature of these lamps is their versatility, which has made people switch from traditional bulbs to LED lighting. These lamps offer a varied range in lighting- from soft, cool lights to warm and crisp ones. They come in a wide range of designs and lets you play with the interior lighting scheme. Some of the variety in which LED lights are available for home décor are:

 Tape, Ropes, Smart Bulbs, Pucks, Panels, and more.

Here is a quick rundown of the basic options that you get with High-Efficiency LED Home Lightings inside your home:

 LED Tape Lighting

A flexible lighting option that can be used in two shades to create a light and shadow ambiance in a room, preferably bathrooms and kitchens. Use the usual “white” LED tape above the kitchen cabinets for a bright glow and stick “soft and warm” LED tape under the cabinets for warm illumination.

LED tape light is a flexible tape of circuit boards with LED chips come with a self- adhesive back for easy installation anywhere. The tape can be cut according to preferred size. The chips are the lights that come in a range of brightness options.

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LED Panel Lights

The LED Panels are multiple of LED light chips, enclosed within a metal channel covered by a transparent acrylic case. They are brighter than the LED tapes as more LED chips are included in one space. The Panels come in a wide range of color options and can be dimmed and brightened as preferred.

The LED Panels are of great use in bathrooms, for illuminating a bathroom vanity. Attached along the entire length of the mirror below and above, they give a soft, dramatic look. These panels are ideal for bathroom use as they are protected additionally by the acrylic case.

LED Smart Bulbs

The latest technology has brought LED Smart Bulbs in the market. The “smartness” factor in these bulbs comes from their management through smartphones, and other similar gadgets or the Wi-Fi network of a home. They allow the use of a wide spectrum of colors in lighting and also the control of the light warmth.  Use LED Smart Bulbs with Industrial Steampunk Pipe Light fixtures and change the look of your home.

Ideal for a kitchen with a modern, minimalist look. Create a dramatic atmosphere by using these Industrial Steampunk Pipe Light Fixtures above the kitchen island to brighten up space and highlight it as well. You can also use this light fixture to lighten up the kitchen working space. Other than a kitchen, Industrial Steampunk Pipe Light Fixtures with LED Smart bulbs can also be used in studies as well as the poolside with appropriate interior planning.

LED Puck Lighting

LED lights create a pool of light in an area and let off less heat than Xenon puck lights. They are ideal for illuminating inside the cabinets and small corner spaces. The discs are ideal for creating a drama with light and shadow as the areas that fall outside the light focus, are left in the dark. You can get LED Puck lights in individual units or in kits as well.

LED Ropes

Ideal for outdoor lighting of a home, for patios, poolside, walkways LED Ropes to offer a soft bluish light. These are actually LED chips encased in a round plastic tube. The durability of the plastic and its waterproof nature makes LED Rope a better option of outdoor lighting.

Read More:

  1.  Create A Stunning Outdoor Space With These Residential Landscape Lighting Tips
  2. Secrets To The Perfect Bedroom Light

Lucia Patterson is the woman behind TheLegalGuides, a blog solely focused on legal guides, tips, and advice. Lucia loves essay writing and blogs at EssayWritingGuides from her college days.

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How To Grow Tomatoes From Seed

If you are an avid tomato grower you're probably envious of all the different varieties that other growers talk about, but that you can't find transplants for in your area. In many cases, those growers are growing tomatoes from seed. Growing tomatoes from seed really isn't that difficult, as long as you understand a few basic things. Well, I will walk you through this process below. Read on. Why is it necessary to start tomato seeds early? Tomato seeds planted in the garden won't germinate until the ground is warm enough. What's the ideal ground temperature? They germinate best at temperatures in the 70-80 degree range. If you plant seeds directly into the ground, odds are the summer will be too short for tomatoes to become productive before the end of the growing season unless you live in one of the warmest climates in the US. The days to harvest number that is on a packageof tomato seeds assumes that you are using transplants. To decide if your area is warm enough to plant directly in the ground, add 30-50 days to that number. So if it says 90 days you would need 120-140 days of temperatures above 70 degrees to get your first ripe tomato if you plant the seeds in the ground! When should I start my seeds? Most people who are growing tomatoes from seed start 4 6 weeks before the last expected spring frost date in their area. You need to wait to plant the seedlings outdoors about 2 weeks after that date when the soil has warmed up to at least 50 degrees. The date you start growing tomatoes from seed can vary depending on the space you have available and the length of your growing season. First, you need to gather some important items: Containers: Start with clean, sterile containers to grow your tomato transplants in. Your local garden center or big box store should have seed starting kits that consist of a black plastic tray with peat pots or plastic inserts and a clear plastic dome cover that fits over the top. If you're only starting a few seeds, you may want to just plant them in paper or foam cups with holes punched in the bottoms. Many of us like to save money and reuse flats or recycle containers like plastic milk jugs for starting seeds. This is fine as long as you wash them thoroughly and then sanitize in a 10% bleach solution (1 cup bleach in 10 cups of water). Note: Be sure whatever container you use has drainage holes in the bottom so that excess water can drain out. Lights: You cannot grow a healthy transplant without proper light. Even a sunny, south-facing window is not really adequate. Using a led grow light or fluorescent light on a timer that it is on for 12 hours and then off for 12 hours, will ensure that when you are growing tomatoes from seed your plants get all the light they need to grow properly. You will need to plan a way to raise the lights so that the top leaves of the plants are 2- 3î below the lights. One method is to use a wire shelving unit. The chain that comes with a fluorescent shop light works perfectly to hang it from the shelf above your plants. Growing Media: Use fresh, sterile germination mix labeled for seed starting. These mixes are usually peat-based and do not contain garden soil. Tip: More than 50% of people who are growing tomatoes from seed for the first time lose their seedlings to damping-off disease. This fatal disease can literally wipe out your seedlings overnight. Starting with sterile containers and soil mix will greatly decrease the chance of your seedlings becoming infected. Read also: How To Choose The Right Containers For Your Container Garden Growing tomatoes from seed are the only way to have the very best tasting and old fashioned heirloom varieties which are not usually available as nursery started plants. Read also: Does Organic Gardening Improve Soil Quality?

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The Best Time and Method to Harvest Cilantro for Maximum Flavor and Aroma

One of the most used herbs in the world, cilantro, is also referred to as Chinese parsley or Coriandrum sativum. Fresh and zesty, cilantro gives your recipes a flavor boost. Mexican, Middle Eastern, Indian, Mediterranean, Chinese, African, and even Scandinavian cuisines use it extensively. Even cilantro microgreens are grown from it! Since cilantro itself doesn't keep well and loses aroma and flavor once dried, most people prefer to use it fresh. To have cilantro on hand, you should also have a few plants in the garden. You can harvest the plant for its flavorful cilantro seeds, also known as coriander, even if you don't use the leaves in your recipes. The leaves of the cilantro plants come throughout the spring and summer. Allow them to go to seed at that time since they grow easily in the garden! You must know how to harvest cilantro properly if you want to have a steady supply. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about harvesting cilantro. Harvesting Cilantro: Overview Most people either love or hate the flavor of cilantro leaves. However, you should still think about cultivating a few coriander plants in your garden and saving the seeds for a range of culinary uses. Most people in the US grow this delicious herb for its leaves. But the tasty coriander seeds are also worth harvesting. They have a distinct flavor from cilantro leaves. This fragrant herb of the cool season, cilantro, quickly goes to seed in the long, sweltering summer months. As the plant reaches higher in the sky, its rounded, lobed leaves become feathery. Pretty clusters of tiny white blossoms quickly emerge. Many pollinators are drawn to these nectar- and pollen-rich blossoms, particularly syrphid flies and honeybees. Little round coriander seeds with a kelly green color emerge as the blossoms start to fade. What To Expect from Cilantro? The distinctive flavor of coriander is citrusy and slightly nutty. It goes incredibly well with rice, beans, lentils, and roasted or grilled veggies. You can pick the seeds while they are still young and vibrant green. Or you can wait until they start to turn brown. Since green coriander seed is only found in gardens, it is better to harvest them when they are still green because of their stronger, more distinct flavor. You will not find them in the farmers’ market or the grocery store. If the seeds are kept in a glass container with a lid, then they can be refrigerated for several weeks and frozen effectively as well. Wait until most of the seed turns brown if you want to harvest the mature brown seed for winter grinding or planting next year. Next, trim off a few inches of stalk and the seed heads, then hang them upside down in a brown paper bag. The seeds will drop out of the heads and land in the bag's bottom once they are completely dry. The dry seed should be kept in a dry, cool place in a glass jar with a lid. For optimal flavor, grind it just before using. The flavor difference between freshly ground coriander seed and the pre-ground variety typically found in stores will astound you. Try adding green coriander seeds to dressings and marinades. Frequently adding an equal amount of ground coriander to recipes that call for cumin makes the flavors of the two go particularly well together. How to Harvest Cilantro? The most exciting aspect of growing plants is undoubtedly harvesting. Pick individual cilantro leaves if you plan to use a small amount. It is best to leave at least 1-2 inches of stem above the soil's surface when harvesting larger quantities of cilantro. It is preferable to leave a few lower leaves on the plant to support the herbs until they grow back. To cut the stems cleanly, use harvesting snips, long reach harvesting snips, or sharp, sterilized garden shears. To guarantee that your herbs regrow, it is best to remove only a small portion of the plant at a time. Furthermore, when the cilantro plant blooms and sets seed, the herb may start to taste bitter. So, when wondering how to harvest cilantro, it is preferable to harvest before the plant bolts because the leaves will be less appetizing at that point. When is The Best Time to Harvest Cilantro? When the morning dew has cleared and the sun hasn't set, it's the ideal time of day to harvest a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including cilantro. This way you can lessen the stress on your cilantro plant and give the fresh stock cuts enough time to dry before dusk, which lowers the risk of illness. Before it bolts, harvest cilantro when it is 6 to 8 inches tall. The flavor of cilantro leaves significantly decreases after they have bolted. The lifespan of the cilantro plants can be increased by careful and routine harvesting. It is crucial, though, to wait for your plant to become established before beginning to harvest. The plant develops numerous long, thin stems as it grows. They are ready to be harvested when the stems are long, and the leaves have a lacy appearance. The cilantro herbs are about ten to twelve inches tall at this point. Gather your cilantro in the spring and into the first part of the summer. Your plants may bolt to seed if summertime full sun conditions prove to be too hot for them. The best time to harvest cilantro is early morning. You can either choose to harvest it once a week or source just individual leaves whenever you need them. Most of the time, it takes about 2-3 weeks for regrowth, so you must harvest accordingly. You must remember that regular cut-and-come-again harvesting is the most ideal while the plant keeps producing foliage. How To Store Fresh Cilantro? Part of knowing how to harvest cilantro is also knowing how to store them. It's best to know how much you should take from the garden before you harvest. You will need to learn how to store cilantro if you do not intend to use the leaves right away to extend its shelf life. There are several approaches to try. Storing Cilantro in Water To keep the cilantro leaves dry, wait to wash them after harvesting. For storage purposes, store the stem ends in a glass or jar with 1 to 1.5 inches of water and refrigerate for a few days. At a minimum, change the water once a day. Use a plastic bag to cover the top loosely to preserve the humidity surrounding the herbs. Storing Cilantro in The Freezer Freezing cilantro is another low-maintenance way to store it. Shake off any extra moisture and rinse the leaves to get rid of any garden soil. Tear the leaves into small pieces and stuff them into ice cube trays, covering the herb with just enough water to barely cover. You can pre-measure if you'd like to ensure that you know precisely how much is in each cube for recipes in the future. After the cubes are completely frozen, place them in a freezer bag. Add as needed to marinade, smoothies, soups, and sauces. You can freeze cilantro for up to six or eight months. Read More: Everything You Need To Know About Harvesting Basil How To Dry Cilantro? There are two methods for drying cilantro. You can use the oven to dry cilantro. Since hot air can greatly affect the flavor of the finished and dried herb, you might want to avoid using heat if you want to enjoy flavorful dried cilantro. Air drying or hanging drying is a better way to dry cilantro. Gather the stems of the herbs into a small bunch and secure them with a string. Place the bunch in a dark, well-ventilated area and hang it upside down. Alternatively, you can wrap the bunch in a brown paper bag to keep the cilantro from getting dusty. After the bunch has been hanging for about a week, begin to check its level of dryness every day or two. It's ready to be crushed or powdered and stored for later use when it crumbles when touched. Cure the cilantro ahead of time to reduce the possibility of mold growth. Put the dried cilantro in a glass mason jar to cure. Open the jar and give it a good shake every day to let fresh air into it and mix the contents. This will assist in achieving moisture content parity. If you'd like, you can also include a moisture-absorbing packet. How To Harvest Cilantro Seeds? You can harvest the coriander seeds even if you don't like cilantro leaves. The plant can grow to 20 inches when it flowers. This requires temperatures above 75 degrees. Pods will form once they have flowered, and the flowers will fade. Before being harvested, these should be green to brown in color. These pods release the mature seed when it's ready. Tie the stems with the seed pods still attached into a bunch. Next, hang them upside down in a paper bag in a cool, dry place to harvest the seeds. With time, the seeds will sprout and drop into the bag. Store your seeds in a dry, cool place in an airtight jar. Unground dried seeds can be kept for three to four years in storage. Before using dried seeds in your recipes, grind them for the best flavor. How To Harvest Cilantro So It Keeps Growing? If you sow cilantro seeds every two weeks from spring until late summer, you can be sure to always have fresh leaves available. We advise chopping them up and firmly packing them into an ice cube tray filled with water. Then, just place the tray in the freezer. These can then be added directly to hot pans when preparing soups or sauces. Or they can be dropped into hot or cold water for cooking or drinking. What To Do If Cilantro Bolts? It's time to collect and preserve your own coriander seeds once your plant produces seeds. Picture each of those tiny white blossoms turning into a flavorful spice for your cooking or seeds for the following year! In addition to being aesthetically pleasing and tasty, cilantro flowers are also excellent pollinators.  There is a short window of time when the growing seasons of cilantro and tomatoes coincide. This proves they go well together. It usually happens that my tomato and pepper plants are just starting to take off when my cilantro plants bolt, sending forth gorgeous white flowers. To maximize the amount of fruit your plants produce for you, beneficial insects that are feeding on your cilantro flowers will collide with your fruiting plants, vibrate their leaves, and assist in pollination. Ladybugs, butterflies, and bees all love cilantro flowers. It truly is a win-win! Choose Slow Bolt Seeds Seek out seed packets labeled "long-standing" or "slow bolt cilantro," as these varieties have been cultivated to endure longer in the garden. You can find your go-to slow bolt seeds that are 100% certified organic from Seeds of Change. Finding a local seed producer is another smart move. Buying local seeds means you'll be growing a climate-adapted variety of cilantro, which increases the likelihood that you'll keep it longer. Harvest Cilantro Regularly Regularly chop your cilantro leaves. This preserves the health of the plant and guarantees that the leaves of this herb are fresh when you use them. Your cilantro will continue to produce new leaves from the center of the plant if you regularly harvest it by chopping off the older outer leaves. Additionally, your chances of cutting off those immature flower stalks increase with the amount of cilantro you harvest. This will aid in postponing any bolting.  Since cilantro is incredibly obstinate, you can delay as long as you can. Cut that thick center stalk as soon as possible. After that, the plant will start to send outside shoots, giving you a little extra cilantro before it eventually bolts completely. For sun protection, surround your cilantro with tall plants. Plant Taller Plants Around Cilantro for Sun Protection Encircle your cilantro with large warm-season plants (like tomato or pepper plants) so that the taller plants can shade your herbs slightly and help keep the soil cooler as the temperatures rise. After all, four to six hours of sun is sufficient for cilantro to grow. To increase the lifespan of your cilantro in the garden, interplant it with larger plants. Wrapping Up You will need to have patience if you want to collect the seeds for your cilantro. Before seeds can be harvested, cilantro needs to blossom. Before harvesting, the resulting seed heads need to be allowed to dry on the plant for a while. Harvesting the seeds is then as simple as shaking them into a paper bag or chopping off the entire seedhead and placing it inside the bag. If you have thoughts to share or questions to ask about how to harvest cilantro, please leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you! Read Also: Asparagus 101: When, How, And How Often To Harvest? Some Facts You Need to Know About Rainwater Harvesting How to Harvest Lettuce: A Step-by-Step Guide for Fresh and Crispy Salads


Arborists: Keeping Cities Attractive, Amazing and Beautiful

We’ve all been driving our car along the road and noticed a dead tree branch blocking the path. Driving along clear roads and being able to enjoy the beautiful scenery is a wonderful thing. Nature offers to us a variety of colorful shrubs, trees, and plants that are pleasing to the eye. How Arborists Do Their Jobs? Arborists are working long and hard hours every day to bring the beauty of the natural world to others. Arborists care for the trees in a way that poses little risk to utility lines, roads, and sidewalks. An arborist is always using their skills to keep the areas of importance looking neat, clean and organized. To help them achieve this look of “beautification,” arborists use an assortment of unique tools to get the job done. Trees and bushes that pose the greatest threat must be trimmed to an acceptable limit. One of the main tools used to grind up the large chunks of tree branches is the wood chipper. Arborists often must climb trees and cut away low-hanging dead branches using power saws. These big wood chunks are dropped right into the chippers to be pulverized. Once the large chunks of wood are broken up into smaller lighter pieces they are hauled off. Read also: 3 Amazing Flower Street Garden – How To Design Where Arborists Spend Their Time? Due to the nature of the work, arborist workplaces a heavy emphasis on outdoor activities. Read also: Gardening Tips To Improve Outdoor Space Exposure to the elements and other random factors thrill many who choose this exhilarating career path in their life. Most arborists serve the community and are often under government contracts to provide work for firms, large companies, and other government municipalities. It’s also not uncommon at all to hear that many arborists who work as independent contractors end up becoming owners of their own landscaping firms and companies. How Arborists Earn a Living Arborists work in a variety of different beautiful areas throughout the United States. The field of workers that trim and prune trees is expected to keep growing more and more each year. Most cities are now adding extra “green space” by planting lots of trees. Some skills that an arborist is required to be able to handle daily include: Hauling away stumps, dead tree limbs, and wood chip scraps. Pruning trees to limit the overgrowth and to cut away diseased or rotting branches Responding in emergency situations like storms Being able to operate heavy machinery and use hand tools for trimming/pruning Moving seedlings from site to site The Path to Becoming an Arborist The requirements to become an arborist varies depending on the location to be worked. Some hiring managers may require an arboriculture or landscape design certification. On-site training is provided almost in all cases. When it comes to using the types of machinery involved, special training is a sure bet. Working with certain chemicals may require special certifications as well. There are multiple courses you can take to increase your chances of being hired. Degrees that make potential arborists stand out can be passed with practice. Taking exams offered by great organizations like the Tree Care Industry Association or the International Society of Arboriculture are great ways to become an arborist. Let us know in the comments what you think about becoming an arborist. Have you started an exciting journey to caring for the earth one tree, shrub and branch at a time?