Light it up beau­ti­fully with this LED brand

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DEB­BIE TRAVIS

DEAR Deb­bie: We are putting new light­ing in our kitchen and also our mo­torhome, and want to use the most en­ergy-ef­fi­cient lights we can find. We have seen LED lights but don’t like the harsh light they throw off. Have you any ideas on low-en­ergy light­ing that would work for un­der-and-over cab­i­nets?

Brian Dear Brian: For years, we put up with the cold, blue-white light cast by flu­o­res­cent light­ing in of­fices and un­der kitchen cab­i­nets. It was more en­ergy-ef­fi­cient than reg­u­lar in­can­des­cent light bulbs, but the harsh am­biance was a chal­lenge. LED lights use even less en­ergy, but they also cast a bright, sharp light that is not con­ducive to in­te­rior rooms. The man­u­fac­tur­ers of flu­o­res­cent lights came out with a softer, warmer light to meet the chal­lenge, and you can now find LED lights that have been colour-cor­rected to pro­vide a beau­ti­ful in­can­des­cent light.

There is a Tape­light sys­tem by Con­nexx that is de­signed to be eas­ily in­stalled, flex­i­ble around cor­ners, and its com­pact size al­lows for al­most in­vis­i­ble mount­ing us­ing ad­he­sive strips (no screws), so that you see the light, but not the source. You can add up to 24 Tape­light strips to one trans­former to cus­tom­ize the length to your own sit­u­a­tion. Great news on the en­ergy front: One Con­nexx strip uses less than one watt of power, and the bulbs last about 25 times longer than con­ven­tional in­can­des­cent bulbs.

Un­der-counter light­ing and lights that il­lu­mi­nate cup­board in­te­ri­ors truly build on the de­sign el­e­ments of any kitchen. The Con­nexx Tape­light sys­tem is fea­tured in the kitchen shown here, light­ing the plate rack and the back­splash. Light­ing is a prac­ti­cal com­po­nent for coun­ters to help in food prepa­ra­tion. You men­tion you have a mo­torhome. This easy-to-in­stall sys­tem is rec­om­mended for boats, mo­bile homes, work­rooms and the of­fice. Their web­site shows you how to in­stall. www.tape­light.com

Thank-you to all my read­ers who send in tips and sources for many of the fab­u­lous prod­ucts you see in these col­umns. Shar­ing knowl­edge about the de­sign and dec­o­rat­ing field is a great way to keep us all up to date, and it’s also very in­spir­ing to see and hear about what’s new and ex­cit­ing in your home. Dear Deb­bie: About 10 years ago, I bought an ex­pen­sive Ital­ian din­ing room set and af­ter a few months the var­nish coat started to go yel­low. The store re­placed it with a set from an­other man­u­fac­turer and the same thing hap­pened. Now the store has closed. We have asked dif­fer­ent fur­ni­ture re­fin­ish­ers and they don’t want to touch it. The set has beau­ti­ful rounded lines and is white, and the yel­low­ing ru­ins it. What can we do? You are our last hope.

Roland and Louise Dear Roland and Louise: Oil-based lac­quers do have a ten­dency to yel­low over time, but I don’t have an an­swer to why your set would have dis­coloured so un­evenly or dra­mat­i­cally. Your only re­course is to re­paint, and again, I am puz­zled that your fur­ni­ture re­fin­ish­ers “would not touch” the job. From the photo you sent, the fur­ni­ture looks to be in good shape and has beau­ti­ful lines. The process would en­tail sand­ing the sur­face to give it tooth. Then ap­ply a good-qual­ity oil-based primer sealer and let this dry for 24 hours. This will af­ford a clean, fresh sur­face for you to paint. Use a low-lus­tre acrylic paint and ap­ply two coats, al­low­ing dry­ing time be­tween coats. Fin­ish with a few coats of wa­ter­based var­nish in your choice of sheen. This won’t yel­low.

Tape­lights use low-en­ergy LED lights to en­hance kitchen’s clas­sic de­sign el­e­ments.

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