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Light Up Your Life

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Light is more than just a means to see the page you’re reading or the partner you’re snuggling. It can set a mood and tone for any room in your home, and even your outside areas. From the warm glow of candles to natural sunlight to bright halogen floodlights, you can send a message, change the appearance of a space, alter your own mood, and set the tone of your day or night with just the right kind of lighting.

Going Au Natural: Relying on natural light will of course save you on energy costs. If you’ve got a room with southern or southwestern exposure that enjoys sunlight all day, maximize the natural light for a beautiful glow. Plus the vitamin D is great for your mood! To maximize the natural light you receive, use light-colored paint on the walls and light furniture to reflect the sunshine. Strategically placed mirrors will also get the light into the furthest corners. Cotton and linen curtains will give the room a lighter feel than heavy velvet or dark colored damask. If you must have heavy window treatments to keep out the cold or extreme summer heat, make sure you can tie or push them back to let the most light in when you want it.

Lighting Choices: Ambient lighting is generally a low lighting level that comes from overhead fixtures. The light they produce bounces off surfaces around the room and creates an ambience that is very different from that created by task lighting. Recessed lights, sconces, and chandeliers are examples of fixtures that produce ambient lighting, which is soft and inviting (and often romantic!). Your table lamp and directed lighting fixtures like those fitted under cabinets generally create a brighter, focused light. Nearly all light bulbs are LED these days, which are up to 99% more efficient than the old incandescent bulbs that are being slowly phased out of circulation. LEDs can now be found in different colors that can temper the overly bright glow some people feel they produce. Try a blue-toned bulb for a softer light.

Lighting Up Outdoors: Perhaps you already have perimeter or security lights, but if you entertain outdoors in the evening, you will want to soften your outdoor light and set a mood on your patio or porch just as you do inside your home. Tiki lights can be fun, and some have special oils that help keep away insects, but they aren’t great if you really need to see what you’re doing, as when you’re grilling or trying to cut food on a plate. Hanging lanterns can provide a more directional light that is still soft. LED and solar lights will save you money when lighting the great outdoors. Candles are a lovely choice for setting a more intimate mood and can be combined with lanterns or even fluorescent lights, which tend to appear less harsh outdoors.

There are so many options when it comes to selecting lighting. It’s really up to you: the mood you want to set and the price you’re willing to pay will guide you in illuminating your living spaces in the best manner.


Author: Ryan Riggins (RA)

Born and Raised on Oahu my approach to the real estate business is different than most agents working in the industry today. The average agent sells fewer than 7 homes a year while attempting to manage every aspect of the business all by themselves. This approach allows them very little time working directly with buyers and sellers because they are so overwhelmed with all the busy work that is required behind the scenes. My system allows me to spend 90% of my time working directly with clients who want to buy and sell real estate today and in the very near future. Here at John Riggins Real Estate we have been helping families move since 1977. We specialize in the Aiea to Kapolei area but not limited to Ewa Beach area. To see all the great ways we help buyers and to view what differentiates us from the typical realtor in the area, visit http://tinyurl.com/clientsuccessstorys Because of Ryan's Military Relocation Expertise, Ryan's success revolves around that same simple principle his Mother and Father instilled in him; serving those who serve our country. His track record shows that he puts his clients first and in a high paced market, he is making VA loans work for our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. With previous clients ranging from E-5's to 04's, Ryan is ready and willing to make sure all those who have served our country, have every opportunity to own their piece of it. For the majority of people the purchase or sale of a home is their largest single investment. My goal is to guide you successfully and easily through the contractual, investment, and emotional decisions involved in the Real Estate process. I am committed to providing you, your family and your friends with superior service and expertise and to make it the most memorable purchase of your life.

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