Swimming pools, hot tubs and spa pools don’t have to be limited to daylight activities. Lighting options are available that make pools and hot tubs appealing long into the night time hours. Whether you are throwing a party or just spending time with the family, the right type of pool lighting can make all of the difference.
Fiber optic lighting – Fiber optic lighting can be used to accentuate streams of water or areas in the pool such as the jets or steps. Fiber optic lights can be purchased that change color or dim according to the activities of the evening.
Rope lighting – Rope lighting can be found in different colors and voltages to produce different lighting effects. Ropes can be used to outline steps, ladders or surfaces. They are easy to install and can be removed without leaving unsightly marks or holes. Rope lighting is convenient for above ground pools that may not be able to accommodate recessed lights such as those found in many inground pools. Newer versions of rope lights can be purchased that are solar powered and do not have to be plugged in to work.
Lighted jets – Lighted jets can be purchased for pools, hot tubs and spas. Most come with switches that allow for the lights to be turned on when the jets are off and vice versa. High tech jet lights can be purchased that are capable of changing colors or turning on and off according to a specific song or to a timer that has been pre-set.
Colored accent lighting – Colored accent lights can be placed in various places in the pool to create a different type of atmosphere. They can also be used for recreational activities and games and to lighten the mood during a pool party. Many accent lights have switches or controls that allow them to dim and change colors at timed intervals.
Flicker lights (candle) – Small flicker lights that resemble candles can be placed around the pool to create a soothing atmosphere. Individuals who want to plan a romantic evening around the pool or hot tub can find small bowls or candle dishes that will allow the lights to create a subtle, yet inviting environment. The small filament within the light bulb shimmers and moves resembling the look of a candle flame.
Timed lighting – Lighting systems can be purchased that allow pool lights to turn on and off at certain times. Others will automatically turn the lights on at dusk and off at dawn, depending on how they are set. Using a timed light system, will save energy and cut down on the number of hours the lights are on when no one is using the pool or spa. Timers can be found that work with older types of lighting as well as with new, technologically advanced systems.
Fountain lights – For years, fountain lights have been used in large hotels and other public areas to attract the attention of the public. With today’s technology, homeowners’ can use the same lighting systems to spruce up their family pool. Installing a small fountain and light system, allows for a visual display of water, color and light that will entertain all members of the family no matter what their age. They can be set on timers to run for a specific amount of time or they can be synchronized to turn off and on according to a certain piece of music.
Your swimming pool and hot tub no longer has to be ordinary or commonplace. With a few well placed lights and touches of color, you can create almost any type of environment. In the past, conventional lighting meant a few recessed lights spaced evenly along the walls of the pool. With today’s technology, the sky is the limit when creating your own personal pool space. From creating a romantic getaway for you and your significant other, to designing the perfect recreational area that caters to everyone from your children to your business associates, you have options to accommodate almost any type of activity. Many lighting systems are interchangeable and come with several suggestions as to how they can be used or maneuvered to the perfect lighting for any event.
In the US, 35.7% of the population suffer from obesity, and they eventually develop obesity-related health conditions. In the UK, rather in the England alone, stats have increased to an alarming extent. Moreover, obesity causes 2.8 million adult deaths each year. This is probably the main reason why the European Union has decided to fund a range of hi-tech sensors that enables people to measure their food intake and activity in order to assess levels of obesity, helping them develop a healthier lifestyle. This projects is called Splendid.
Splendid was created to urge people, young ones especially, to adopt healthier lifestyles and make adjustments to their exercise and eating habits. Professor Anastasios Delopoulos from Aristotle University’s electrical and computer engineering department says that this new development stems from the idea to “try to investigate ways to prevent obesity and eating disorders.” Trials will be conducted to two sets of secondary school students, one in Sweden and another in the Netherlands.
The sensors created for the system is designed to monitor the speed at which food is eaten and even how food is chewed, as according to Delopoulos, the time taken to consume food can contribute to obesity. The sensors will make use the mandometer method, which is used to treat eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. It includes a scale that is connected to a small computerized device or a smartphone. When eating, food will be placed on the said scale while the sensor monitors the speed at which it leaves the plate. The sensor will then alert the user if their food leaves the plate too quickly. Being able to eat food at a much slower pace actually makes people feel sated much faster.
It’s important to note that there are only two FDA approved devices on the market today and that the makers of new devices will most certainly be required to enlist the services of a regulatory consulting firm.
There are two more sensors that will be designed for this purpose. These pieces of technology are currently being developed by the Swiss firm CSEM. One of these sensors is called ActiSmile, which is a device strapped on to the user during exercise. This will reward the user with a smiley face once he or she has achieved enough exercise for the day. The other device in development is said to record how a person chews his or her food through an acoustic sensor or a small microphone. The firm is also designing an acoustic sensor, which will take the form of a wearable microphone, and record how the user chews food.
Mobile homes, double-wides and triple-wides are being built using state of the art technology in an attempt to make them safer and more energy efficient than previous models. HVAC units, insulation, windows and appliances are all being manufactured to operate at peak efficiency while still providing maximum comfort and functionality. Rapid advancements in the field of technology allows for many different types of appliances and products that can be used to lower energy costs and save money on utilities.
Energy efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to manufactured housing. Companies that specialize in mobile homes and double-wides are using state of the art forms of insulation that have an “R” rating of 33 or higher to provide maximum protection against heat loss. Combining adequate insulation with energy efficient windows and a technologically advanced solar powered heating and cooling system provides the best options for saving both energy and money.
Newer models of manufactured homes are being equipped with solar power technology. Increased efficiency is a must with new environmental regulations being placed on the construction industry. With advancements in the HVAC industry and the use of energy efficient windows, making a home more electrically efficient is the next step. Solar power has been used for years as an accessory to many homes. As homeowner’s become more energy conscious, many are requesting the addition of solar panels and components to be installed during their home’s construction.
Technology is not only being used to improve the amenities of mobile homes and double-wides, it is also offering benefits during the homes’ construction and placement. Highly sophisticated CAD programs are being used to draw and design sectional homes. Manufactured homes are being designed to include three or more sections for individuals who need added space with the convenience of a “mobile” home set up. In some cases, four or more sections can be added to provide the amount of space a homeowner is looking for.
CAD programs can be used to design each section of the home separately and to the exact specifications of the owner. Once each section is complete, they can be put together, in much the same way as a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece can be adapted and maneuvered to create a unique, one of a kind home. The advanced nature of the software also helps when the home is being transported and built onsite. The same specifications used during the creation of the home are once again used to help place the home in its desired location.
The precision of the design program allows the home to be assembled with little or no alterations or adjustments. Sections are placed together, secured and sealed to meet the required specifications of the manufacturer. The advanced technology being used in the creation of today’s mobile homes, double and triple wides also reduces the risk of damage during severe weather. The stronger the homes’ construction, the more stable and secure it is during a severe storm or tornado.
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A house is a system of unified parts. When it comes to sustainable building, most of us are coming back to review on the physical properties of air, energy, and water. Green building practices, and the selection of the right building materials, rotate around the basic principles of science. Science can guide you every step of the way. Why materials are chosen, and what makes each procedure special needs a breaking down of the science behind building techniques. Many building materials and practices are taken for granted by builders and homeowners, but there is an amazing science behind how building materials perform and interact like they do, how they are installed, why products are chosen, and how they defend us from the elements. Deconstruction looks at the enthralling science underneath the surface, explains confusing concepts in an entertaining way and test materials to their limits.
Deconstruction takes spectators everywhere from a home construction site in different stages of development to official manufacturing and testing facilities where complete tests of different materials being performed. Some contractors use to show up and explain the science and technology behind the materials that go into house construction—why concrete used foundations and what a rebar is, and why houses are framed with wood, how modern lumber is milled and how builders design homes to endure tornados and earthquakes.
Viewers see science as a way to make a house a comfortable home, including the facts as to why double-paned windows are packed with gas and how the wallboard is constructed and why it is used in new construction. The demand for both old and new homes that use less energy persists to grow from a niche market into an emerging section of the conventional remodeling industry and residential building. Now traditional builders and contractors can apply scientific techniques in creating more energy efficient homes that provide greater durability, comfort, safety and health. Best of all, they can do it in an affordable and practical way using building performance techniques and technologies. This means seeing how all the components work together including the cooling and heating equipment, thermal shell, ventilation, appliances and windows and doors.
For those contractors who have embraced the building science philosophy, there is always more to learn. The industry is continually evolving with best practices shared among building science professionals. Thanks the conferences and an expanding variety of education initiatives and training, builders and contractors across the country are trained to utilize a “whole-house” systems approach to new home improvement and construction. That means more people are getting an overall home environment when contractors integrate comprehensive measures to address health, comfort, safety, energy efficiency and durability.
Some contractors have access to energy efficiency programs, including ENERGY STAR. The ENERGY STAR Qualified New Homes offer certification assistance, technical training, marketing support and financial incentives including cash back, low-interest financing, and tax credits for customers investing in eligible energy efficiency improvements.
As the demand for efficient and high quality homes gains momentum, more builders will look into building performance to add significance to conventional homes, setting a new standard in residential new home improvement industries and authorizing their customers to make better choices for themselves, the environment and the economy.