Friday, May 27, 2016

Does Lighting Have An Impact On Your Life?

Have you ever thought about the impact light has on your life? We think nothing of the everyday process of utilizing natural sunlight and artificial light to make our time easier. Have you ever thought about the effect the light in your life is having? Lighting can affect your sleeping habits, your mood, your level of productivity and concentration, your eyes, your decision making, and so much more.

  • Sleeping Habits – Our body naturally produces melatonin to make us feel sleepy. When your body is exposed to light, it causes the production of this hormone to slightly decrease. 
  • Your Mood – Natural lighting is known to have a very calming and peaceful effect on your mood. However, a lack of light or use of poor artificial lighting can trigger a poor state of mind.
  • Productivity and Concentration – Have you ever noticed that schools and office buildings are always brightly lit? This is because it helps stimulate your brain. These are often fluorescent lights and if done wrong, can make you feel uneasy or nervous.
  • Your Eyes – All types of light can cause a great strain on your eyes. Just as you have been told not to stare at the sun, don’t stare directly at lighting. Bright artificial lighting can cause headaches and general discomfort.
  • Decision Making -  Have you ever noticed that the interrogation scenes of any show are poorly lit except the one bright spotlight on the victim? Have you ever noticed that when you are buying an emotional product, such as an engagement ring, the store has their lights on full power? Maybe the saying “everything will look different in the harsh light of day” has something to it!

Beauty Salon: Halogen Lights – Good or Bad?

Going to beauty salon can be an incredibly gratifying or a horrific experience. You could be doing a small or a major change and when you finally spin the clients chair to the mirror, the is the indicator of a happy, returning client or loss of revenue. The way you light your salon can be a huge indicator on which side of the spectrum your client will leave in.

Having proper lighting can make the biggest difference for your client. A 50-watt halogen bulb can show the true color, but that bulb might not be able to complete the job alone. By adding a 60-watt incandescent bulb at eye level, you can help remove shadows from the client’s skin. This combo will give the client the best view of their new ‘do.

Higher bills = Less New Options
Since halogen bulbs can be fairly expensive, a salon owner might have a difficult time finding budget for the costs and then, inevitably, have to cut budget for newer equipment and other fun salon items. Spending less money on an LED bulb could cut utility costs drastically, which might weigh in favor of the cheaper LED lighting options.

Happier Clients

As we’ve already stated, better lighting can show the true colors of the hair and thus make clients happier. If done properly, lighting should enhance the natural glows of the clients face and should really pull the new color in the hair. If not done properly, the face can look sallow and the colors could pull differently than it would in natural light. For those clients who are hesitant about changing their color or doing something drastic, the way the salon is lit could be the make or break point.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Need MAJOR Kitchen Envy?

City Lighting Products knows what kitchen envy feels like. We know sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing. Beware: light envy ahead!

Crimson Envy – This crimson style red and white kitchen with bell-shaped red shades are certain to make your kitchen POP!

Wooden Envy – If this kitchen is not beautiful enough as is, these silver and black shades bring it to a whole new level.

3D Envy – These stunning blue lampshades are enough to speak for themselves.

Pendant Envy – Don’t want to have a hanging fixture cluttering up your air space? With receded lighting and silver shaded pendant lights, your dining/kitchen area is guaranteed to wow!

Modern Envy – These square ceiling fixtures paired with sleek cabinetry does ALL the talking.

City Lighting Products wants to help you quench your kitchen envy. Contact us today to get started!
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