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Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

The holidays just wouldn’t feel so magical without the special sparkle that festive lighting sheds on the busy short days of the season. Be it the kids getting excited by the glittering Santa sleigh (complete with reindeer and a pile of presents!) that lights up a neighbour’s roof or the adults basking in the indoor twinkle at an evening party, we all love the wonder and ambiance that seasonal lighting brings.

But poor holiday lighting choices can pose serious safety risks. No worries though, this tip list is all you need to keep your home and family safe.

A fresh and safe Christmas tree

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Lighting Your Home Office

When setting up their home office, most people tend to focus on the big purchase items–the desk, chair, and filing system. Lighting often comes up as an afterthought–and yet, poor lighting can cause eyestrain, headaches, and is most certainly not a mood enhancer. Pay attention, fellow workaholics, because considering the high percentage of time we spend toiling away, it makes sense to create a setting with optimal lighting.

Here’s what you need to know:

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5 Things to Know about Recessed Lighting

No matter how well-designed your home, bad lighting can easily kill the mood. Recessed pot lights are a great option that when used strategically can effectively remedy that—but they can turn your ceiling into Swiss cheese and shroud your quarters in dull light.

The goal of recessed pot lighting is to not only add visibility but also interest and ambiance to the environment. To that end, layering your lighting is vital: Combine recessed pot lighting with a variety of other types (such as decorative pendants, table lamps, sconces, or candles) to make rooms feel well balanced and inviting. This applies to both modern spaces, where recessed lighting is most often used, and to more traditional settings, such as old townhouses, where mindfully placed recessed lights can work wonders.

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How to Layer Lighting in your Home

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Lighting a home might not be quite as simple as you’d think—but it doesn’t have to be overly complicated, either. Comfort, utility, and beauty can be obtained by using layered lighting: Ambient light to provide general illumination and repose, task lighting for utilitarian jobs and accent lighting to adorn any room. Layering your lighting just means going beyond the basic overhead general lighting and purposefully arranging different types of lighting to form a cohesive and functional light-scape. Here’s how!

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Pot Lighting Buyer’s Guide

For a clean look and ample illumination, recessed pot lights are what you want for nearly every room in your house. Knowing how to choose the right lights is the first step to a lighter, brighter space.

Recessed lighting can be one of the quickest ways to update and illuminate a house. But if done wrong, it can result in uncomfortable lighting or a dated appearance. It can be a daunting project to take on in your home, but not to worry: Here, we’ve answered the most common questions from our customers.

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