Decorative vase fillers: totally unnecessary. Why buy a box of manufactured pine cones or plastic stones to fill a decorative vessel? A better and more cost-effective idea is to use something you've collected or scavenged personally, like corks from wine opened in celebration or shells collected during a coastal vacation. Or, for someone who's modern, industrial, and maybe just a little bit steampunk: used light bulbs.
It may seem like a weird thing to, ahem, fixate on, but when there is an exposed light fixture in a home, it can be an opportunity to add a touch of character by adding a unique light bulb. I noticed the unusual diamond bulb above while researching how to create a wooden pendant tutorial over at a favorite blog and it got me on the hunt for a few other options...
Buying light bulbs used to much simpler: light fixtures were listed with a maximum wattage and buyers would simply purchase a corresponding bulb. Not anymore. Newer LED, CFL, and other energy efficient lighting have completely changed the values of wattage or eschew the ratings system entirely. Here's a handy guide to shine some light on how to choose the correct light bulb in this new age.
We are well into the era of a wireless world, in which every task or whim is attached to an app counterpart. But it's only with the widespread availability of LED bulb technology that we've started to see home lighting evolve beyond the days of mostly static illumination, and into the next generation where you'll soon ask yourself, "What type of light am I in the mood for?"
Replacing an incandescent or compact fluorescent bulb for a new LED unit is the way to go: they're extremely energy efficient, operate cool, contain no mercury, cast pleasant warm light, and are now finally within the realm of "affordable". The current batch of LED bulb offerings can provide comparable brightness to previous lighting options, but unlike compact fluorescents, LEDs provide instant light without needing to warm up, with even lower energy requirements. But which one to choose?
Anyone who has browsed the online neighborhoods of Tumblr and Reddit knows animated GIFs are a popular visual currency for amusement. But what if you could take your favorite image or animation from online and take them out onto the streets to share while pedaling your bike?
Funny how in cartoons a bulb over a character's head represents a good idea when incandescent bulbs are pretty dumb and outdated. But LED technology has opened a whole new realm in home lighting. Example: LIFX is a wi-fi enabled, multi-temperature LED smart bulb controllable via smartphone app, providing 900 lumens of RGB-W light. Don't like how the bulb looks out of the box? No problem, the LIFX permits adjustment control of lumens, color temperature, and range for anyone with an iOS 5 + or Android 2.2 + device. Now that's a good idea.
At first I thought this was a futuristic-style doorway illuminated by LED as a visual indicator for an entrance/exit. But upon closer inspection of the photos (and description) from this IKEA Hackers project, the light-framed passageway revealed itself to be a dramatic reflection of style...