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Turn Back the Clock on Age-Related Muscle Loss

1:24 PM 06/04/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Did you know age-related muscle loss starts when you turn 30? Whether we like it or not, muscle starts to deteriorate with age. This age-related muscle loss is known as sarcopenia. Sarcopenia springs from many factors, including inactivity, inadequate protein intake and increased levels of the regulatory protein myostatin, which regulates muscle growth. Clinical studies have shown that high levels of myostatin can lead to reduced muscle mass.
Sarcopenia impacts overall health as well. Age-related muscle loss can limit the ability to perform everyday activities and increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity as well as cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic diseases.
However, there are steps to take to help mitigate the effects of sarcopenia.
Exercise
Moderate physical activity, plus resistance training, may help promote muscle growth and reduce the impact of sarcopenia.
Eat right
Adequate protein intake is an important part of a healthy diet, especially with age, to help maintain muscle health.
Nutritional supplements
R? Muscle Health products feature the revolutionary bionutritional supplement Fortetropin, described on MYOS Corporation's website as "the only safe and naturally occurring myostatin inhibitor available with clinically demonstrated positive effect on both muscle thickness and lean body mass compared to placebo."
MYOS' R? Muscle Health nutrition products are formulated to help protect and preserve lean, healthy muscle tissue. The product line includes bars, powders and meal-replacement shakes designed to be used daily to supplement a sensible workout regimen, or simply as part of a regular, healthy diet to help promote muscle health and lean body mass. The products contain a 6.6 gram full serving of Fortetropin along with 20 grams of protein.
In clinical trials, Fortetropin, the active ingredient in R? Muscle Health products, was associated with a reduction in myostatin levels, as well as an increase in lean body mass and muscle thickness.
Dr. Buzz Aldrin, astronaut and member of the company's board of directors, uses the products daily.
"I am pleased that R? Muscle Health is tailored to the aging population as well as athletes and the fitness community," noted Dr. Aldrin, a former intercollegiate athlete and pole vaulter, in a company press release. "MYOS is doing important, groundbreaking work in muscle health, and I rely on R? Muscle Health products to help me maintain my lean muscle. They taste great and I've seen tremendous results," Dr. Aldrin said.
You can learn more about R?
Muscle Health by visiting www.remusclehealth.com.

Spit Happens: Get Active This Summer With New Portable Spittoon

1:22 PM 06/04/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Summertime means outdoor barbecues, baseball games and time at the beach or pool. Outdoor activities are plentiful and often, but for the 9 million smokeless tobacco users, they can present a conundrum.
One of the problems for smokeless tobacco users is the unsightly, telltale "spit cup." For one, it can make others uneasy seeing a clear bottle sitting in a car, by the beach chair or on the deck in the backyard, never mind prompting uncomfortable conversation. Carrying a large chew-ing tobacco spittoon doesn't seem like a viable option either, nor does using a dip cup, which could spill and make a mess that can be challenging to clean up, depending on where the spill occurs.
So, what's a smokeless tobacco user to do this summer?
According to Everett Dickson, CEO of FLASR, an Atlanta-based tobacco accessory producer (OTCQB: FLSR), this scenario is just one of the many reasons his company created the portable spittoon.
"The small size of the FLASR portable tobacco flask allows users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively in public without unwanted attention," said Dickson. "Whether you are fishing, at-tending an outdoor sporting event, heading to your company's picnic or enjoying a ballgame, FLASR is great for a variety of summer activities."
According to its website, the company's new 4-ounce pocket spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution to take anywhere while providing the user with "an elegant and easy-to-use solution for taking your favorite tobacco products along wherever your travels lead you."
For those who work or play outside more than they're in, the FLASR -- the original tobacco flask -- has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles.
The company plans on designing variations of the product to give consumers a greater choice of design options, including but not limited to, brands of sports teams, hobbies, interests, and more. FLASR is available in 400 stores across 10 states, as well as online.
For more information, visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR)

Seniors Stay Mobile While Undergoing Oxygen Therapy

11:49 AM 06/02/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Growing old gracefully can be a challenge, and rarely is it kind. It can be made more difficult if you need to be tethered to an oxygen tank just to breathe. For those who suffer from respiratory problems, every step is an effort and living life independently is nearly impossible.
According to the American Lung Association, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in America (heart disease and cancer take the top spots, respectively) and affect more than 12.7 million adults aged 18 and over. A 2011 study found that of the 4.7 million Americans ever diagnosed with emphysema, 92 percent are 45 or older.
While portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) have come a long way from the cumbersome nuisances they once were, seniors say there is still a stigma attached to carrying one around in public.
"Freedom is my life," says Carol Holland, a woman who relies on oxygen just to get through her day. "So being tethered to an oxygen machine is not my favorite thing. It's an unpleasant reminder of your disability."
One company is helping people like Holland live as independently as possible, even with the need for supplemental oxygen or oxygen therapy.
Inogen, a home health care provider, has created the Inogen One G3, a lightweight POC that is easy to use and can be taken anywhere. The Inogen One G3 continuously purifies the air from the atmosphere by removing nitrogen to deliver oxygen-rich air through a nasal cannula. The system is powered by a rechargeable battery or an AC or DC source. The Inogen One does not require oxygen refills or heavy tanks, can travel easily in a pack or on wheels and requires only minor maintenance.
Why should seniors spend another day feeling trapped by their oxygen therapy devices? All it takes is a simple phone call to 1-800-496-8120 to find out more. For more details about Inogen One, visit www.inogen.com.

Wedding Gifts for Grooms: A Tradition Brides Shouldn’t Ignore

9:13 AM 06/02/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - The answer is: Yes, it's expected.
But it's also a chance for all you brides out there to truly show you know that not everything is about you on your wedding day. That there really is another person involved (that would be the groom) who deserves a bit of recognition, too.
We're talking wedding presents -- specifically, yours to your husband-to-be.
Tradition does, indeed, hold that both you and he exchange gifts. And while it's true that some guys are initially shocked to learn your engagement ring doesn't also count as a "present," that's no excuse for you to waver.
"Giving him something that's just for him will make him feel really special," advises BrideBox.com.
Here's what you need to know now that it's prime time for weddings:
* When to exchange them. Etiquette dictates that the hand-off occurs at one of three times: the night before the wedding, the morning of the ceremony, or right before leaving on your honeymoon. Think it's bad luck to see the groom before the nuptials? "Many couples choose to courier gifts via bridesmaids or groomsmen just before the ceremony," says Brides.com.
* There's a thin line between "romantic" and "mushy." Some of you may be tempted to compile a "love notes" journal of every bit of correspondence you've ever sent your groom. Even assuming he's the type who wouldn't consider that a bit "over the top," there's always the chance he might be left wondering, "Okay, where's my real present?"-- especially if his gift to you is a serious piece of jewelry.
* The consensus choice. There's a reason a watch invariably makes everyone's short list: It's the perfect statement of who he is or aspires to be. (It's also a lot more impressive than a flask, which for some reason also gets a few votes).
No less a taste arbiter than MarthaStewartWeddings.com favors Baume & Mercier's Clifton line -- as elegant as the original 1950s model that inspired it -- for the way it "easily transitions from big day to every day." Like the Swiss watchmaker's timelessly charming (and affordably luxurious) Classima line, it comes with a choice of straps, dial faces and a variety of what's known as "small complications" that go way beyong just telling the hour. You can shop them at the Baume & Mercier e-boutique or by calling 1-800-MERCIER, where free engraving and wrapping are available.
* Fun fact. One writer at AskMen.com says he's "heard of women giving their husbands watches in the ceremony instead of a wedding ring." If so, the answer is: No, just like your engagement ring, that wouldn't also qualify as a wedding present.

A Storm Season To-Do List for Homeowners

11:48 AM 06/01/2015

(NewsUSA) - Tornado season has already taken its toll in human life and property -- especially gut-wrenching was the death of a young Arkansas couple trying to shield their 18-month-old daughter from the twister that destroyed their home -- and history tells us we're looking at more of the same, at least through June, at which point we'll be at the start of prime time for hurricanes.And for those who need reminding, 2012's Hurricane Sandy taught even New Yorkers that "the unexpected can and does happen," as Radley M. Horton, a climate scientist at Columbia University's Earth Institute, has said.So, how should homeowners prepare before the next storm hits? Read on.* Clean your gutters. Even in perfect weather, we're talking fire hazard if they're clogged with mounds of leaves, sticks and other debris. Factor in a hurricane-strength rainstorm, though, and the very roofing system component meant to control the flow of all that water -- thereby protecting your roof, walls, foundation and landscape from flooding -- can suddenly wind up being about as useful as a drugged guard dog."Gutter prevention is measured in pennies; repairs are measured in dollars," to quote Angie's List.*Trim weak tree branches. Seriously, you don't even want Santa Claus crashing into your house at 74 m.p.h.*Storm-proof your roof. Before there was Hurricane Sandy, there was 2011's Hurricane Irene. And the months that followed that $15.6-billion disaster -- Sandy caused more than four times that in damage -- was about when experts started noticing what they called "an upsurge" in storm-proofing upgrades like wind-resistant roofing."If you're going to upgrade, look for shingles that have passed UL 2218 Class-4 rating impact tests, which is the highest possible," says Jason Joplin, program manager of the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence. He likes either the Timberline ArmorShield II or Grand Sequoia IR lines of shingles from GAF (www.gaf.com), North America's largest roofing manufacturer, both of which offer numerous designer shingle options that have also met rigorous AC438 performance testing requirements.*Don't leave yourself open to con artists. "When the flood waters recede, that's when fraud comes to the surface," Neal Buccino of New Jersey's Division of Consumer Affairs has warned. Meaning, now's the time to prepare a list of reputable contractors in your area.Why? The hucksters who invariably show up in rubble-strewn neighborhoods are more interested in turning a quick buck than making sure any repairs last longer than the time it takes them to beat it out of town. If you've done your homework, you'll send them packing and avoid being fleeced.

Painting Isn’t Just An Art, It Can Be Fun Too

11:45 AM 06/01/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Who doesn't remember the iconic picture of Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair, naked in a painted-on suit? Since then, body painting has become a growing art form, as more artists become adept at using skin as their canvas, and more people have put getting body painted on their bucket lists.
To understand how this unusual take on art has made its way into the 21st century, it is important to know the history behind it. Experts believe that body painting was the first form of art used by humans, and archeological evidence is close to supporting it, according to historyofcosmetics.net. Tribes from Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia have all used natural pigments from plants and fruits as a way to celebrate their spirituality, showcase images of gods or war, or prepare for life events such as weddings, death or adulthood.
Fast-forward to the early 1900s, and the first appearance of full body paint occurred when make-up guru Max Factor Sr. exhibited a naked model Sally Rand (in full body paint) at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Suffice to say that Mr. Factor was a man ahead of his time. His art did not make the splash he had intended (or perhaps it did), but body paint as an art form in the West did not become widespread until the 1960s, when the hippie movement brought it to life.
Now, body painting has become so popular and in style that there is a new TV show where artists compete and showcase their talents.
Due to premiere its second season on June 10, GSN's Skin Wars is a one-hour competition show that seeks to find the most skilled, accomplished and innovative body artists from across the country. At stake is a $100,000 prize, an all-expense-paid trip for two to the World Body Painting Festival in Austria, and a nationally distributed Royal and Langnickel custom brush collection with their name on it.
The show is hosted by actress Rebecca Romijn, who is known both as the first-ever body painted model in Sports Illustrated's iconic swimsuit issue and as Mystique from the X-Men films. She is joined by judges RuPaul Charles and award-winning body painting icons Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina.
In this series, imagination and creativity are the only things holding contestants back, so let the games begin.
For more information, visit www.gsntv.com.

529 College Savings Plans Can Help Ease Your Top Financial Concern

8:26 AM 06/01/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - People who worry about financing a college education for children or grandchildren have got plenty of company. More than 70 percent of parents with children under 18 say that paying for college is their top financial concern, according to Gallup's 2001-2015 Economic and Personal Finance survey.
Young adults are worried too. Asked by Gallup to identify the top financial problem facing their families, more than one in five respondents aged 18 to 29 said it was paying tuition or college loans.
Fortunately, there's a way to put money aside for education in an investment account where the savings can grow over the years, free from federal income taxes. What's more, the student doesn't have to pay federal income taxes on withdrawals from the account, as long as the money is used for qualified higher education expenses, which include tuition, books, fees, supplies and other approved expenses at accredited institutions.
"With the costs of higher education continuing to rise, knowledgeable families are taking advantage of 529 college savings plans," says Kris Spazafumo, Vice President, Investment Services, at Los Angeles-based American Funds, which manages CollegeAmerica. It's the country's largest 529 plan, with nearly $50 billion in assets, as of March 31, 2015. "More than 1.2 million families nationwide are now saving for college with CollegeAmerica on behalf of 2.1 million future college students, and we expect that number to grow as more people become aware of the many benefits that 529 plans offer."
Flexibility is a key feature of 529 plans. Parents and grandparents maintain control of the account, decide when and if to disburse the proceeds and retain the ability to change the beneficiaries. For example, if the child originally named as beneficiary doesn't need the money or doesn't go to college, the account beneficiary can be changed to another family member who might benefit. Account owners can even use the money for their own qualifying educational expenses to obtain a graduate degree, for instance, or specialized career training.
Anyone can open a 529 college savings plan, regardless of income, and can contribute up to $14,000 ($28,000 for married couples) annually without gift-tax consequences, and that money isn't considered part of the account owner's estate.
Since 529 plans are long-term investment vehicles, it's important to choose a plan that offers a wide range of investment options and proven management expertise, says Spazafumo, who notes that CollegeAmerica offers a number of choices from the highly rated American Funds mutual fund family.
Financing higher education requires saving consistently over the long term, but it's not impossible.
"A college education is a great investment, resulting in an estimated 70 percent more lifetime income and a 50 percent lower chance of being unemployed," Spazafumo says, adding that saving for college is a much less costly approach than borrowing. "Earning an 8 percent return, rather than paying 8 percent interest, a family with a goal of $10,000 in college savings can attain that by saving a total of $7,000 over 10 years, as opposed to repaying a total of $14,000 over 10 years if they had borrowed the $10,000."
Not only is borrowing more costly than saving your way to college, Spazafumo points out that there's evidence many students aren't able to keep up with their loan obligations. According to the Department of Education, borrowers who were due to start repaying their student loans in 2011 had a 13.7 percent default rate last year, thus damaging their credit ratings just as they were beginning their working lives.
Education has always been the pathway to higher incomes and job satisfaction, and that's likely to be truer than ever in the years to come. Combining a disciplined savings program with the right 529 college savings plan can help make your family member's dreams of college a reality.

Know Which Plumbing Projects Need a Pro

2:49 PM 05/29/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Plumbing projects can seem daunting to many homeowners, and when done incorrectly, they can be messy and disastrous to your property. In addition, poorly performed plumbing repairs can be expensive. You may spend more money on a plumber who has to fix your mistakes in addition to repairing the initial problem.
Most homeowners are capable of fixing a simple leak, at least enough to prevent further damage until a plumber arrives. Early detection is the key, and several products are available that are designed to help identify small leaks before they become big problems. One such product is the FloLogic System, which monitors the water supply in your house from a single location in the main. If the water flow exceeds a preset limit, indicating a possible leak, the system acts like a circuit breaker, shuts off the water, and sounds an alarm.
There are several other plumbing projects that an energetic do-it-yourself homeowner can tackle, including:
* Hoses and shower heads. Replacing shower heads and washing machine hoses isn't difficult, but make sure you know which replacement parts to buy before getting started. If you need to replace the shut-off valves in a shower or tub, however, it's best to call a professional plumber, because an incorrectly installed valve can lead to a flooded bathroom.
* Pipe insulation. If you have the time and inclination, seek advice from the experts at your local home repair store so you have the right jackets, boards, moldings, mats and tapes. Once you have the right items, and if you are prepared for cramped spaces, you can take on insulating your own pipes.
For a major installation, such as a water heater, don't try it yourself. It's an expensive project, but once it's in place, it should last for 15 to 20 years, so it's worth having it done by a professional.
And, of course, small leaks can turn into big problems, so once you have identified and temporarily contained a leak, call your plumber to have the leak evaluated and fixed.
To learn more about FloLogic, visit www.flologic.com.

Know Which Plumbing Projects Need a Pro

2:49 PM 05/29/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Plumbing projects can seem daunting to many homeowners, and when done incorrectly, they can be messy and disastrous to your property. In addition, poorly performed plumbing repairs can be expensive. You may spend more money on a plumber who has to fix your mistakes in addition to repairing the initial problem.
Most homeowners are capable of fixing a simple leak, at least enough to prevent further damage until a plumber arrives. Early detection is the key, and several products are available that are designed to help identify small leaks before they become big problems. One such product is the FloLogic System, which monitors the water supply in your house from a single location in the main. If the water flow exceeds a preset limit, indicating a possible leak, the system acts like a circuit breaker, shuts off the water, and sounds an alarm.
There are several other plumbing projects that an energetic do-it-yourself homeowner can tackle, including:
* Hoses and shower heads. Replacing shower heads and washing machine hoses isn't difficult, but make sure you know which replacement parts to buy before getting started. If you need to replace the shut-off valves in a shower or tub, however, it's best to call a professional plumber, because an incorrectly installed valve can lead to a flooded bathroom.
* Pipe insulation. If you have the time and inclination, seek advice from the experts at your local home repair store so you have the right jackets, boards, moldings, mats and tapes. Once you have the right items, and if you are prepared for cramped spaces, you can take on insulating your own pipes.
For a major installation, such as a water heater, don't try it yourself. It's an expensive project, but once it's in place, it should last for 15 to 20 years, so it's worth having it done by a professional.
And, of course, small leaks can turn into big problems, so once you have identified and temporarily contained a leak, call your plumber to have the leak evaluated and fixed.
To learn more about FloLogic, visit www.flologic.com.

Know Which Plumbing Projects Need a Pro

2:49 PM 05/29/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Plumbing projects can seem daunting to many homeowners, and when done incorrectly, they can be messy and disastrous to your property. In addition, poorly performed plumbing repairs can be expensive. You may spend more money on a plumber who has to fix your mistakes in addition to repairing the initial problem.
Most homeowners are capable of fixing a simple leak, at least enough to prevent further damage until a plumber arrives. Early detection is the key, and several products are available that are designed to help identify small leaks before they become big problems. One such product is the FloLogic System, which monitors the water supply in your house from a single location in the main. If the water flow exceeds a preset limit, indicating a possible leak, the system acts like a circuit breaker, shuts off the water, and sounds an alarm.
There are several other plumbing projects that an energetic do-it-yourself homeowner can tackle, including:
* Hoses and shower heads. Replacing shower heads and washing machine hoses isn't difficult, but make sure you know which replacement parts to buy before getting started. If you need to replace the shut-off valves in a shower or tub, however, it's best to call a professional plumber, because an incorrectly installed valve can lead to a flooded bathroom.
* Pipe insulation. If you have the time and inclination, seek advice from the experts at your local home repair store so you have the right jackets, boards, moldings, mats and tapes. Once you have the right items, and if you are prepared for cramped spaces, you can take on insulating your own pipes.
For a major installation, such as a water heater, don't try it yourself. It's an expensive project, but once it's in place, it should last for 15 to 20 years, so it's worth having it done by a professional.
And, of course, small leaks can turn into big problems, so once you have identified and temporarily contained a leak, call your plumber to have the leak evaluated and fixed.
To learn more about FloLogic, visit www.flologic.com.

Know Which Plumbing Projects Need a Pro

2:49 PM 05/29/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Plumbing projects can seem daunting to many homeowners, and when done incorrectly, they can be messy and disastrous to your property. In addition, poorly performed plumbing repairs can be expensive. You may spend more money on a plumber who has to fix your mistakes in addition to repairing the initial problem.
Most homeowners are capable of fixing a simple leak, at least enough to prevent further damage until a plumber arrives. Early detection is the key, and several products are available that are designed to help identify small leaks before they become big problems. One such product is the FloLogic System, which monitors the water supply in your house from a single location in the main. If the water flow exceeds a preset limit, indicating a possible leak, the system acts like a circuit breaker, shuts off the water, and sounds an alarm.
There are several other plumbing projects that an energetic do-it-yourself homeowner can tackle, including:
* Hoses and shower heads. Replacing shower heads and washing machine hoses isn't difficult, but make sure you know which replacement parts to buy before getting started. If you need to replace the shut-off valves in a shower or tub, however, it's best to call a professional plumber, because an incorrectly installed valve can lead to a flooded bathroom.
* Pipe insulation. If you have the time and inclination, seek advice from the experts at your local home repair store so you have the right jackets, boards, moldings, mats and tapes. Once you have the right items, and if you are prepared for cramped spaces, you can take on insulating your own pipes.
For a major installation, such as a water heater, don't try it yourself. It's an expensive project, but once it's in place, it should last for 15 to 20 years, so it's worth having it done by a professional.
And, of course, small leaks can turn into big problems, so once you have identified and temporarily contained a leak, call your plumber to have the leak evaluated and fixed.
To learn more about FloLogic, visit www.flologic.com.

Know Which Plumbing Projects Need a Pro

2:49 PM 05/29/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Plumbing projects can seem daunting to many homeowners, and when done incorrectly, they can be messy and disastrous to your property. In addition, poorly performed plumbing repairs can be expensive. You may spend more money on a plumber who has to fix your mistakes in addition to repairing the initial problem.
Most homeowners are capable of fixing a simple leak, at least enough to prevent further damage until a plumber arrives. Early detection is the key, and several products are available that are designed to help identify small leaks before they become big problems. One such product is the FloLogic System, which monitors the water supply in your house from a single location in the main. If the water flow exceeds a preset limit, indicating a possible leak, the system acts like a circuit breaker, shuts off the water, and sounds an alarm.
There are several other plumbing projects that an energetic do-it-yourself homeowner can tackle, including:
* Hoses and shower heads. Replacing shower heads and washing machine hoses isn't difficult, but make sure you know which replacement parts to buy before getting started. If you need to replace the shut-off valves in a shower or tub, however, it's best to call a professional plumber, because an incorrectly installed valve can lead to a flooded bathroom.
* Pipe insulation. If you have the time and inclination, seek advice from the experts at your local home repair store so you have the right jackets, boards, moldings, mats and tapes. Once you have the right items, and if you are prepared for cramped spaces, you can take on insulating your own pipes.
For a major installation, such as a water heater, don't try it yourself. It's an expensive project, but once it's in place, it should last for 15 to 20 years, so it's worth having it done by a professional.
And, of course, small leaks can turn into big problems, so once you have identified and temporarily contained a leak, call your plumber to have the leak evaluated and fixed.
To learn more about FloLogic, visit www.flologic.com.

Light Up Your Landscaping Like a Pro

2:47 PM 05/29/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Summer months are quickly approaching, and many homeowners are getting lawns prepared for cookouts, family gatherings and entertaining late-night porch hangouts.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), proper outdoor lighting is just as essential for a beautiful landscape as are a lush lawn, bright flowerbeds and manicured shrubs.
Jeff Dross, corporate director of lighting education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting, recently explained that homeowners are opening up to new ideas with landscape lighting.
Use Indirect Light
Dross says homeowners have begun to shift toward indirect light for their landscaping, which essentially uses a source to reflect the light emitted by the light fixture. This creates more of an atmospheric tone, allowing the light to spread across a wall off the side of a house more effectively. Indirect lighting will illuminate flower beds, gardens, bushes or other decorative landscaping art. Additionally, the light will bounce off the ground and create a nicely lit walkway around flowerbeds.
The Shift Toward LEDs
LED light bulbs are beginning to dominate the landscape lighting industry. For the majority of homeowners, outdoor lights and landscape lighting are typically left on longer than other home lighting, which makes LEDs the more affordable and logical option.
Additionally, LEDs can be manufactured in much smaller sizes, which give homeowners more options to use them in unique spaces. Dross explains that LEDs are so small, they can be used as application lighting, as well as for aesthetic purposes. Hardscape designs are easy to mesh with LEDs, because the style creates both a passageway lighting source and indirect lighting for stone or brick landscapes.
Go Simplistic
One significant trend in landscape lighting is simplicity and cleanliness. What this means is more homeowners are choosing to go with fewer ground fixtures to illuminate their entire home. According to Dross, residents who simply align their light fixtures along a walkway in a very orderly and organized fashion are providing a lot of unnecessary light and wasting energy.
Going for a more simplistic design can still highlight plants and flower beds while giving just enough light to illuminate a backyard or around a patio. Also, homeowners are moving toward fewer lumens in light fixtures. This allows the light beam to spread more efficiently and even out the overall light sources.
To learn more about landscape lighting, visit a nearby ALA showroom, or go to www.americanlightingassoc.com.

Light Up Your Landscaping Like a Pro

2:47 PM 05/29/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Summer months are quickly approaching, and many homeowners are getting lawns prepared for cookouts, family gatherings and entertaining late-night porch hangouts.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), proper outdoor lighting is just as essential for a beautiful landscape as are a lush lawn, bright flowerbeds and manicured shrubs.
Jeff Dross, corporate director of lighting education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting, recently explained that homeowners are opening up to new ideas with landscape lighting.
Use Indirect Light
Dross says homeowners have begun to shift toward indirect light for their landscaping, which essentially uses a source to reflect the light emitted by the light fixture. This creates more of an atmospheric tone, allowing the light to spread across a wall off the side of a house more effectively. Indirect lighting will illuminate flower beds, gardens, bushes or other decorative landscaping art. Additionally, the light will bounce off the ground and create a nicely lit walkway around flowerbeds.
The Shift Toward LEDs
LED light bulbs are beginning to dominate the landscape lighting industry. For the majority of homeowners, outdoor lights and landscape lighting are typically left on longer than other home lighting, which makes LEDs the more affordable and logical option.
Additionally, LEDs can be manufactured in much smaller sizes, which give homeowners more options to use them in unique spaces. Dross explains that LEDs are so small, they can be used as application lighting, as well as for aesthetic purposes. Hardscape designs are easy to mesh with LEDs, because the style creates both a passageway lighting source and indirect lighting for stone or brick landscapes.
Go Simplistic
One significant trend in landscape lighting is simplicity and cleanliness. What this means is more homeowners are choosing to go with fewer ground fixtures to illuminate their entire home. According to Dross, residents who simply align their light fixtures along a walkway in a very orderly and organized fashion are providing a lot of unnecessary light and wasting energy.
Going for a more simplistic design can still highlight plants and flower beds while giving just enough light to illuminate a backyard or around a patio. Also, homeowners are moving toward fewer lumens in light fixtures. This allows the light beam to spread more efficiently and even out the overall light sources.
To learn more about landscape lighting, visit a nearby ALA showroom, or go to www.americanlightingassoc.com.

Light Up Your Landscaping Like a Pro

2:47 PM 05/29/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Summer months are quickly approaching, and many homeowners are getting lawns prepared for cookouts, family gatherings and entertaining late-night porch hangouts.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), proper outdoor lighting is just as essential for a beautiful landscape as are a lush lawn, bright flowerbeds and manicured shrubs.
Jeff Dross, corporate director of lighting education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting, recently explained that homeowners are opening up to new ideas with landscape lighting.
Use Indirect Light
Dross says homeowners have begun to shift toward indirect light for their landscaping, which essentially uses a source to reflect the light emitted by the light fixture. This creates more of an atmospheric tone, allowing the light to spread across a wall off the side of a house more effectively. Indirect lighting will illuminate flower beds, gardens, bushes or other decorative landscaping art. Additionally, the light will bounce off the ground and create a nicely lit walkway around flowerbeds.
The Shift Toward LEDs
LED light bulbs are beginning to dominate the landscape lighting industry. For the majority of homeowners, outdoor lights and landscape lighting are typically left on longer than other home lighting, which makes LEDs the more affordable and logical option.
Additionally, LEDs can be manufactured in much smaller sizes, which give homeowners more options to use them in unique spaces. Dross explains that LEDs are so small, they can be used as application lighting, as well as for aesthetic purposes. Hardscape designs are easy to mesh with LEDs, because the style creates both a passageway lighting source and indirect lighting for stone or brick landscapes.
Go Simplistic
One significant trend in landscape lighting is simplicity and cleanliness. What this means is more homeowners are choosing to go with fewer ground fixtures to illuminate their entire home. According to Dross, residents who simply align their light fixtures along a walkway in a very orderly and organized fashion are providing a lot of unnecessary light and wasting energy.
Going for a more simplistic design can still highlight plants and flower beds while giving just enough light to illuminate a backyard or around a patio. Also, homeowners are moving toward fewer lumens in light fixtures. This allows the light beam to spread more efficiently and even out the overall light sources.
To learn more about landscape lighting, visit a nearby ALA showroom, or go to www.americanlightingassoc.com.

Light Up Your Landscaping Like a Pro

2:47 PM 05/29/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Summer months are quickly approaching, and many homeowners are getting lawns prepared for cookouts, family gatherings and entertaining late-night porch hangouts.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), proper outdoor lighting is just as essential for a beautiful landscape as are a lush lawn, bright flowerbeds and manicured shrubs.
Jeff Dross, corporate director of lighting education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting, recently explained that homeowners are opening up to new ideas with landscape lighting.
Use Indirect Light
Dross says homeowners have begun to shift toward indirect light for their landscaping, which essentially uses a source to reflect the light emitted by the light fixture. This creates more of an atmospheric tone, allowing the light to spread across a wall off the side of a house more effectively. Indirect lighting will illuminate flower beds, gardens, bushes or other decorative landscaping art. Additionally, the light will bounce off the ground and create a nicely lit walkway around flowerbeds.
The Shift Toward LEDs
LED light bulbs are beginning to dominate the landscape lighting industry. For the majority of homeowners, outdoor lights and landscape lighting are typically left on longer than other home lighting, which makes LEDs the more affordable and logical option.
Additionally, LEDs can be manufactured in much smaller sizes, which give homeowners more options to use them in unique spaces. Dross explains that LEDs are so small, they can be used as application lighting, as well as for aesthetic purposes. Hardscape designs are easy to mesh with LEDs, because the style creates both a passageway lighting source and indirect lighting for stone or brick landscapes.
Go Simplistic
One significant trend in landscape lighting is simplicity and cleanliness. What this means is more homeowners are choosing to go with fewer ground fixtures to illuminate their entire home. According to Dross, residents who simply align their light fixtures along a walkway in a very orderly and organized fashion are providing a lot of unnecessary light and wasting energy.
Going for a more simplistic design can still highlight plants and flower beds while giving just enough light to illuminate a backyard or around a patio. Also, homeowners are moving toward fewer lumens in light fixtures. This allows the light beam to spread more efficiently and even out the overall light sources.
To learn more about landscape lighting, visit a nearby ALA showroom, or go to www.americanlightingassoc.com.

Light Up Your Landscaping Like a Pro

2:47 PM 05/29/2015

Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Summer months are quickly approaching, and many homeowners are getting lawns prepared for cookouts, family gatherings and entertaining late-night porch hangouts.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), proper outdoor lighting is just as essential for a beautiful landscape as are a lush lawn, bright flowerbeds and manicured shrubs.
Jeff Dross, corporate director of lighting education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting, recently explained that homeowners are opening up to new ideas with landscape lighting.
Use Indirect Light
Dross says homeowners have begun to shift toward indirect light for their landscaping, which essentially uses a source to reflect the light emitted by the light fixture. This creates more of an atmospheric tone, allowing the light to spread across a wall off the side of a house more effectively. Indirect lighting will illuminate flower beds, gardens, bushes or other decorative landscaping art. Additionally, the light will bounce off the ground and create a nicely lit walkway around flowerbeds.
The Shift Toward LEDs
LED light bulbs are beginning to dominate the landscape lighting industry. For the majority of homeowners, outdoor lights and landscape lighting are typically left on longer than other home lighting, which makes LEDs the more affordable and logical option.
Additionally, LEDs can be manufactured in much smaller sizes, which give homeowners more options to use them in unique spaces. Dross explains that LEDs are so small, they can be used as application lighting, as well as for aesthetic purposes. Hardscape designs are easy to mesh with LEDs, because the style creates both a passageway lighting source and indirect lighting for stone or brick landscapes.
Go Simplistic
One significant trend in landscape lighting is simplicity and cleanliness. What this means is more homeowners are choosing to go with fewer ground fixtures to illuminate their entire home. According to Dross, residents who simply align their light fixtures along a walkway in a very orderly and organized fashion are providing a lot of unnecessary light and wasting energy.
Going for a more simplistic design can still highlight plants and flower beds while giving just enough light to illuminate a backyard or around a patio. Also, homeowners are moving toward fewer lumens in light fixtures. This allows the light beam to spread more efficiently and even out the overall light sources.
To learn more about landscape lighting, visit a nearby ALA showroom, or go to www.americanlightingassoc.com.