Lake House Two - Stair
Photo: Ben Benschneider
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Use light to your advantageThe light source you choose affects how colours appear in a room, but so does the way you use the light. On this project, the gold leaf wall is washed with light from a bright LED strip. This combination gives off a warm glow. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are the longest-lasting bulbs out there, and they cost the least to operate. They have a greater up-front cost, though. Though the lifetime savings are worth the investment, if you don’t like the quality of the light, it’s all for naught. Go to a lighting showroom where you can see different bulbs in action, or buy one and use it in the basement or garage if you don’t like the colour. If you like the yellowish light cast by a traditional incandescent, try the Philips Ambient LED. At 8 watts, it uses 80 percent less electricity than an incandescent 40-watt bulb.