Once you have your lighting design set up appropriately for reading, ideally with designer home lighting positioned behind your favorite chair, it’s time to kick off your shoes and curl up with a good book.   

If you’re looking for something to read, we thought we’d share some suggestions. The following books may not be about the adventures of a lighting designer or revolve around contemporary light fixtures, but they do all have “light” in the title. And we hope that might brighten your day. 

Dying of the Light A Novel

1 – Dying of the Light: A Novel

by George R. R. Martin

If the author’s name sounds familiar, it could be because Martin wrote the Game of Thrones books that the wildly popular TV series was based on. This book is something entirely different. It’s billed as an “unforgettable space opera” that presents a chilling vision of eternal night. It’s set in a volatile world where cultures clash, codes of honor do not exist, and the hunter and the hunted are often interchangeable. (And, we might add, a world that sounds in desperate need of contemporary lighting fixtures and maybe even some designer exterior lighting, for good measure.)

Light a Penny Candle

2 – Light a Penny Candle

By Maeve Binchy

Irish novelist Maeve Binchy developed quite a following. She wrote 17 novels as well as a couple of short-story collections. This book was her first published novel. It is a coming of age tale and a story about the bonds of friendship set during the years of World War II, when young Elizabeth White is sent to a small Irish town to escape the chaos and danger of London. It is there, in the crowded, chaotic O’Connor household, that she meets Aisling—a girl who soon becomes her best friend. Aisling is bold, where Elizabeth is proper – at least initially. Through the years, the two friends come to believe they can overcome any conflict, conquer any hardship—as long as they have each other. That belief will be tested before the book is over! 

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

3 – The Light Between Oceans: A Novel 

by M.L. Stedman

This one was made into a movie, but you know what they say… the book is always better. And before it was filmed, this particular book spent weeks and weeks on the best-sellers’ list. It’s an historical novel set in Australia, where Tom Sherbourne returns after four years fighting on the Western Front to take up a job as a lighthouse keeper. He and his wife have about given up on having a child when a boat carrying a dead man and a living baby washes up on the remote island where the lighthouse sits.

 

If you’re still looking for a happy end to your interior lighting design challenges, we hope you will consider contemporary lighting solutions from Sculpt Designer Lighting

There’s nothing like curling up with a good book. Of course, the right kind of interior lighting can make a big difference in the enjoyment you get from reading. For example, contemporary light fixtures such as a perfectly placed table lamp or floor lamp will bathe the pages of your book in light.

Lighting Design for Readers

If you are a reader and have a special chair or nook where you like to relax and read, it should definitely be taken into account when the lighting design of your home is being laid out, so be sure to let your lighting designer know about your love of books. 

To get the best lighting for your reading pleasure (assuming that you are reading an actual book or magazine rather than reading from a screen) it is best to position to have the light source behind you, so that the light is falling over your shoulder and on to the page. 

If you don’t currently have a lighting design that lends itself to that, you can place a floor lamp behind your favorite chair, sofa or chaise. And if that flocontemporary lightingor lamp is from Sculpta Designer Lighting, it can be both lighting and decorative accent for the room.

Appropriate Lighting for Screens

The Canadian Association of Optometrists says that interior lighting is also important if you are reading from a tablet or digital reader, such as a Kindle. “Be mindful of the brightness of digital screen vs. your reading environment,” they say. “It’s important to remember that the lighting of the area you’re reading in should be as bright or brighter than your digital device.”

You may not think you need to have the interior lights on if you are reading from a well-lit screen but reading in a darkened room can cause eye strain. “Reading from digital devices in a dark room can cause discomfort, leading to lower concentration and disorientation because your eyes are constantly adjusting between the brightness of a screen and your dimly lit surroundings.”

If you need more light for your reading, Sculpta Designer Lighting Company offers a number of decorating lighting solutions, ranging from contemporary chandeliers and bath lighting to contemporary lighting in the form of standing lamps.

Just because something is beautiful, it doesn’t mean it can’t be extremely practical, too. That holds true for a classic leather clutch, a colorful trench coat or a Camaro convertible and it certainly holds true for designer exterior lighting

When you are trying to make your home, office, warehouse or shop more secure, the pros will tell you that the key is to focus on deterrence. It’s kind of like that old saying about locking the barn door after the horse has bolted. 

Pretty and Practical Deterrence

According to Protect Your Home, a blog from the home security experts at ADT, illuminating your home is one of the best things you can do to keep criminals at bay. “Outdoor lights help make for an easy crime deterrent at night. While motion-sensing lights are by far the best option, simply leaving a porch light on along with the back door or side door lights works very well,” they say. 

By lighting up the exterior of your home or business, you make it a much less attractive target for burglars. 

Indoor lights can also work to help deter crime,” ADT says in its blog. “Many criminals are just after your stuff and often don’t want any confrontation. If they think you’re home, they likely won’t break in. Leaving the kitchen or living room light on will help provide the illusion that someone is home even when you’re not. TVs and radios make a good addition to indoor lights, because the sound will help further the illusion that someone is home. Turn them up loud enough to be heard but not so loud that the voices are distinct.”

You can make your home more secure – and more beautiful – with designer lighting from Sculpta Lights. We offer an array of decorative lighting styles, including floor lamps, pendant lights and contemporary chandeliers.

Sculpta Designer Lighting, your source for exceptional contemporary lighting, is based in Miami, Florida. Here in the Sunshine State, we are used to welcoming tourists from all around the world. But tourists aren’t the only ones who enjoy our beaches. Every year sea turtles come to our shores to lay their eggs. 

Sea turtle nesting season is just around the corner. It begins on March 1 and will last run through the end of October. Whether you have designer exterior lighting or interior lighting that shines on the beach, during nesting season, homeowners and businesses all along the Florida coast need to take steps to keep the lights down low.  

Lighting the Way for Sea Turtles

Not all sea turtles are the same. You can find seven different species living in the world’s oceans. Florida is an important nesting ground for five of those species – all of which are threatened or endangered. 

Florida’s sea turtles include:

  • Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) The most common sea turtle in Florida, the loggerhead is named for its massive, block-like head. … threatened
  • Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) …endangered
  • Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) … Critically Endangered
  • Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempi) … Critically Endangered – the rarest sea turtle
  • Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) Critically Endangered

 

All of our sea turtles have one thing in common: the problem of light pollution from cities, towns and private homes along the coast. 

As the Sea Turtle Conservancy explains, “Nesting turtles once had no trouble finding a quiet, dark beach on which to nest, but now they must compete with tourists, businesses and coastal residents for use of sandy beaches. U.S. beaches, popular with humans and turtles alike, are now lined with seaside condominiums, houses and hotels. Lights from these developments discourage females from nesting. If a female fails to nest after multiple false crawls, she will resort to less-than-optimal nesting spots or deposit her eggs in the ocean. In either case, the survival outlook for hatchlings is slim.

“Lighting near the shore also can cause hatchlings to become disoriented and wander inland, where they often die of dehydration or predation,” the experts at the Sea Turtle Conservancy continue. “Hatchlings, scientists believe, have an innate instinct that leads them in the brightest direction, which is normally moonlight reflecting off of the ocean. Excess lighting from the nearshore buildings and streets draw hatchlings toward land, where they may be eaten, run over, or drown swimming pools.”

Efforts are being made up and down the coast of Florida to reduce light pollution during sea turtle nesting season. If you would like more information, about steps you can take to help protect endangered sea turtles, contact the Sea Turtle Conservancy.

And if you would like information about how you can adapt your designer exterior lighting or decorative interior lighting from Sculpta Lights for the upcoming sea turtle nesting season, please contact us.