Published at Tuesday, March 06th, 2018 - 15:38:38 PM. The Kitchen. By Aidan Payne.
Eco-friendly Lighting: When it comes to going green in the kitchen, you should choose your lighting carefully. When you choose the lighting for your new or remodeled kitchen, you can use products that will keep to the green theme. First, look to the types of bulbs you will use. Fixtures that have CFL bulbs rather than incandescent bulbs use one quarter of the power. LED lights can reduce energy consumption by 80-90%. Lamps and fixtures that use LED lights are usually built exclusively for that type of bulb. CFL bulbs can be used in any fixture that accepts a regular incandescent bulb. In addition to artificial lights, also consider the use of skylights and sufficient amounts of energy efficient windows in your plan. By making natural light readily available in your kitchen, you can significantly reduce the need for artificial light sources, at least during the day. You may also want to consider solar powered options for lighting.
The television in the kitchen has also evolved beyond a budget 14 inch box perched on top of the refrigerator with funny rabbit ears. With the cost of LCD and plasma TV's coming down in price, the smaller ones are becoming highly favoured for use in the kitchen. The new technology screens are so flat that they can easily be mounted anywhere, where there is a vacant space. There are also water proof versions available. The kitchen TV can be mounted directly onto the wall in a fixed position or onto a hinged bracket that can be swiveled for optimum viewing. If available wall space is a problem, then there are kitchen TV models that can unfold from the ceiling and swivel. Technology has also solved the overall size issue and extra stuff is packed into a small package. You can now get a television that has a built in DVD player. Optional extras can be hard drive storage to USB connections for mp3 players or ipods. Because of the kitchen TV there is no longer a need for a hifi system. The sound quality on most kitchen televisions has enough volume and quality for even the discerning ear.
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