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    How do you know if your home’s pipes burst during the freezing weather? Here’s what to check for – - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    We're waking up to sunshine to get the weekend started right as much of our state finally gets out of the deep freeze zone but many of us still have concerns.

    HOUSTON As the sun comes up across Texas and we come out of yet another hard freeze from overnight, a lot of us will be cautiously with anxiety looking over the walls and floors around our home for water where it shouldn't be.

    That's because we have all seen the reports of thousands of water pipe breaks in homes and businesses after the 2021 arctic blast swept through the state earlier this week.

    The wintry weather dropped Southeast Texas into near-historic low temperatures and left snow and ice that stayed for days statewide. It also knocked out power for millions, which left homes colder than usual, allowing more pipes to freeze.

    How do you know if you have a problem with your pipes after a freeze?

    Pipes break during wintry weather because the water freezes and expands inside the pipe, similar to putting a bottle of water or a can of soda in the freezer and watching it expand outward.

    Often the pipes can't take the stress, and they break. This could happen inside your home's walls, in the attic, under your home or on the pipes outside your home.

    Your best option ahead of a freeze: shut off your pipes

    When freezing temperatures are predicted, especially temperatures below 30, there are ways you can protect your home's pipes and water system beyond just a drip or opening cabinets.

    ...before you go to sleep, go out and turn that main turn off, turn some faucets on so your pipes can drain. They cant burst if theres no water in them to freeze," Director of Public Works for the City of Houston Carol Haddock says.

    Master plumber Even Villasana says that is what he does "I would not take a chance."

    Im going to be draining the system down at my house," he said.

    The best option is to shut off the citys valve at your curb, its usually in a covered box. Simply turn the handle to where it's perpendicular to the pipe. If you cant get to that one, the valve on the side of your house will also work. But before you do that, Villasana says theres something you should do first.

    What people should do is while they have their water on if you have accessible water. Go ahead and fill up your bathtubs, if you have buckets to have some water supply to be able to flush toilets," he said.

    Its better to be without water for 10 to 12 hours than it is for 10 to 12 days. Say a pipe bursts and you are waiting for insurance and the adjusters and all that," Villasana said.

    You can turn the water back on once temperatures get above freezing, but make sure you open your faucets and do it slowly. Plumbers suggest using a clock and turning a little more water on each minute for five minutes and make sure to have someone inside watching for any leaks.

    Busted pipes are keeping Texas plumbers and hardware stores busy

    The Home Depot off the Gulf Freeway and the Beltway 8 in southeast Houston was pretty busy Thursday morning. People were there for one thing: plumbing supplies.

    The manager said theyve also been busy with people looking for materials to fix their walls and lights that might have been damaged by the water from broken pipes. Read more here.

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    2021 Insights into the Global Led Indoor Lighting Market by Market Research Store The Courier – The Courier - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    The $120,000 Audi RS 6 Avant has some of the fanciest light features on the market check them all out – Business Insider - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    There's always been something about Audis and LEDs.

    Audi was among the first if not the first automakers to adopt light-emitting diode, or LED, daytime running lights. They debuted in 2004 on the Audi A8 W12 sedan as five LEDs in each headlight.

    The look quickly trickled through the rest of Audi's lineup after that. Soon, everything from the cheaper A4s up had the scintillating detail a sparkly, checkmark-shaped strip of LEDs flanking the signature four rings. Nothing like it had ever been seen before and, for a while, you could pick out an Audi heading toward you from afar just based on that pattern of LEDs.

    In 2009, the Audi R8 V10 became the first car fitted exclusively with LEDs. Its headlights, turn signals, and daytime running lights all used the technology, which Audi claimed reduced CO2 emissions and was more efficient than the widely used halogen light bulbs.

    It's now 2021 and nearly everything on the road uses LEDs of some kind, but Audi's still found a way to distinguish itself. Recently, I tested out a 2021 RS 6 Avant read the review here! and stumbled across a neat little light show it puts on when you lock or unlock it. For your viewing pleasure and convenience, I have GIFed the experience below.

    When you unlock the car, the front daytime running lights light up in sequence, almost like a welcome greeting. When you lock the car, the rear lights fade out in sequence, like a curtain closing after a show.

    As far as I can tell, this choice was purely an aesthetic one. It certainly doesn't make the car drive any faster or better. It just gave me, the driver, some small delight in seeing it. There doesn't seem to be any other reason to include such a feature.

    (And before you email me to yell at me that this is old news and I should get with the program: The internet isn't all about you. Not everyone knows this about Audis.)

    But that's not all! I invite you to check out two more things.

    First, the RS 6 Avant's door sills light up in the dark and the car projects "Audi Sport" onto the ground, lest you forget what sort of vehicle you have.

    The wagon seats five, so five buckles are encased in a ring of light for you to locate more easily. Anyone who has felt around in the dark for their buckle no longer has to if they're riding in one of these.

    The rest of the cabin lighting gives off a very futuristic, Tron-like aesthetic. If you looked at the interior during the day, you'd see that the light fits perfectly with the minimalist design.

    But those seat-belt buckle indicator lights. That's some real MVP stuff right there.

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    Illuminations: Tracking trends in lighting – Home Accents Today - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Eurofase offers modern, colored glass lighting options in its Caledonia collection.

    Theres lots to love in lighting this season.

    The industry is gearing up for Lightovation next month a show postponed from its usual January timeframe to March 23-26 this year. Many companies participated in Dallas Market Centers Virtual Lighting Show in January or released product on their own, so there is a bevy of introductions to explore and consider.

    Trends in the category have also evolved, and designers Libby Langdon of Libby Langdon Interiors and Shay Geyer of IBB Design shared their observations in a video on DMCs website.

    Langdon outlined the trends she sees in fixtures:

    Eco-Style Mix

    A curved black frame complements the airy open weave of the mocha-colored rattan shade of Progress Lightings Lavelle pendant.

    This trend is all about grounding ones self in nature, Langdon said. Think twine and jute rope in varying thicknesses, bamboo and wood as frame materials, and burlap and other chunky-textured linens being used to soften the visual feel of the fixture and the light itself. They key to this trend is the mix of natural materials on a single fixture.

    Colored Glass

    Colored glass in lighting has gotten a little bit of a bad rap because it seems dated (like your grandmothers Tiffany-style lamp). But new uses of color in lighting are modern and well-suited for todays interiors, Langdon said. Workhorse finishes like silver, brass, copper and black may feel safe to the consumer, but they lack a little zip and personality that a fixture with color can really inject into a room. She said to look for fixtures with multiple colored spheres in circular chandeliers and glass shades that are tear-shaped or elongated. Colors can be bright and bold or toned down and subtle. The glass is smooth, not textured or seeded. The show stoppers will be the two- and three-tier chandeliers that make a big statement in entryways and other large spaces.

    Oversized fixtures

    Although it seems contradictory, an oversized fixture can double as a design solution in a small space, according to Langdon. It draws the eye upward, makes the room feel bigger and adds drama (lower ceilings call for wide, rather than high, fixtures.) Large globes and lanterns come into play here, along with elongated arms or linear designs. They are usually finished in silver or brass so they are not too busy or overwhelming.

    Vintage Chic

    Speakeasies and eclectic, cool vibes are what come to mind with the Vintage Chic trend, which offers a mix of alloy materials and metals, sometimes combined with frosted glass or updated with leather, black shades or dark-stained wood for a clubby feel, Langdon said. Its a masculine, tailored look, not to be confused with Industrial Chic, which tends to be heavy on the metals. Its a fresh look because of all the materials mixed together, she said.

    White and Gold Combos

    White combined with brass or gold and used in spherical or globe shapes brings on the bling yet works in a number of settings.

    Geometric Shapes

    Honeycomb designs, such as The Hive fixture from Kingshaven, will be big this year, according to designer Libby Langdon.

    Geometric shapes in lighting have been popular for a while but they are taking on a new look with clusters of balls, spherical structures and honeycomb designs (expect to see a lot of honeycomb designs, Langdon said.) Cone and cubic shapes are in, as are spiral chandeliers of varying lengths.

    Geyer shared what she views as the top trends in portable lighting:

    Natural stone

    Materials such as malachite and quartz mixed with brass and polished nickel lend a timeless look.

    Mixed finishes

    Mixed finishes create a collected look, said Geyer. Mixing warm and cool tones is encouraged.

    Colored bases

    The Fitzwater Table Lamp from Currey & Co. has a faceted aqua glass base reminiscent of an antique blue sapphire ring.

    To see color in lamps is so exciting, said Geyer. It gives depth of contrast to a space. She said she is seeing blues and jewel tones and is getting lots of requests for various shades of pink. She is also seeing more black lamp bases mixed with neutral upholstery.


    Texture layered into a design adds visual interest, particularly in a monochromatic space, Geyer said. Materials like shagreen, stone, cement and petrified wood offer texture. One-of-a-kind, artisan-quality products are particularly desirable.


    Functionality in portable lighting has come a long way, Geyer said. Features like built-in plug outlets and USB ports, once the province of hospitality products, are now more available for residential settings.

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    Year-Round Holiday Lights Are a Thing. Here’s Proof – PureWow - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    There are many, many worse things in life than taking down Christmas lights: this we know. But that doesnt change the fact that its still one of our most dreaded tasks of the entire year. Which is why it should come as no surprise that leaving exterior holiday lights up year-round has become a definitive trend, thanks in part to necessity (one less holiday hassle to worry about), but also the rise of companies that specialize in patented, permanent year-round lighting systems, like Trimlight.

    Trimlights programmable lights are barely visible during the day because of color-matching diodesthat part of the twinkle lights where the bulb is actually nestledthat blend in with any roofline, hiding the wires from view and holding the lights securely in place. They can also go anywhere, not just your roofline: around patios, pergolas, gazebos and decks, as well as functioning as added security lighting. Theres an accompanying app for preset holiday color combos, plus the ability to customize with millions of colors, thousands of patterns and animations, and a built-in timer/calendar feature so you can truly set it and forget it.

    Here, six occasions that prove you can (and should) leave your lights up all year long.

    No patriotic backyard BBQ is complete without a little red, white and blue (and those iconic flag T-shirts, obviously). In case youre wondering if Trimlight has the lifespan to make it this far into the year, the answer is a resounding yes: Those diodes we mentioned above are rated for 50,000 hours and come with a lifetime product warranty. Thats 20 to 30 years, depending on how often you turn them on.

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    Automotive Interior Ambient Lighting MarketOutlook 2020 | Development Factors, Latest Opportunities and Forecast 2028 NY Market Reports – NY Market… - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Automotive Interior Ambient Lighting Market Helps in providing scope and definitions, Key Players, Growth Drivers, and Various Dynamics.

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    Some of the key players mentioned in this report are OSRAM GmBH, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., SCHOTT AG, DRXLMAIER Group, and Grupo Antolin..

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    Create the perfect home ambience with Cromptons ceiling lighting solutions – Times of India - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    For homeowners looking to enhance the aesthetics of interior spaces, the options can be varied and many. Choosing a new coat of paint, changing the upholstery of the furniture or adding new pieces of furniture, glamming up the walls with artwork, adding indoor plants, revamping the floor etc. can be some of the intelligent ways to save your space from the design rut. However, if you don't have time for too much homework and want an easy solution to upgrade your design aesthetic, consider a change in your homes lighting.From enhancing the architectural scheme to uplifting the mood of your home, lighting can work wonders for you. Any flat or uninteresting room can be immediately refreshed by installing lighting fixtures at the right places. In fact, the colour tones of your home and the various accessories that you must have installed to take up the design quotient are dependent on the light decor of your home. If lighting is such a deal-breaker, why not pay more attention to it? Generally, a quick weekend lighting installation is all it takes to change your entire home in a jiffy. But one major blunder that we end up making is missing out on the ceiling and roofs while renovating the lighting in our homes. Because of the usual focus on eye-level lighting, ceiling lighting often isnt considered by many people. Truth is, gorgeous ceiling lights can effortlessly perk up the dullest of rooms and give your home a whole new vibe.'; var randomNumber = Math.random(); var isIndia = (window.geoinfo && window.geoinfo.CountryCode === 'IN') && (window.location.href.indexOf('outsideindia') === -1 ); //console.log(isIndia && randomNumber To help homeowners turn their interior inspirations into reality, Crompton, one of Indias leading consumer electrical durables companies, is here with its Star Lord and Star Striko range of LED Panels. Set to make home ceilings sleeker, brighter, and stylish, these two ranges come with a slew of aesthetic and functional features. Recognized widely for its innovative lighting solutions, Crompton with these two ranges, takes into account homeowners need for maximum style in their ceilings. Both Star Lord and Star Striko also score high on energy efficiency and uniformly distribute light to help people perform tasks more productively.

    Lets take a look at the top features of Star Lord and Star Striko that can instantly improve your homes ambience.

    Maximum Brightness

    In addition to uplifting the aesthetics of your home, good lighting can affect your mood, energy, and mental health. Installing smart and sleek ceiling lights can keep all these factors in check and help you add the right vibe to your home. Star Lord LED Panels come with 100 Lumens per Watt and provide maximum brightness. All you need to do is install these ceiling panels intelligently so that every spot in your house is bright and cheerful. These panels are also extremely energy efficient, thus helping you make conscious aesthetic choices for your home.High on style

    To ensure that your ceiling oozes glamour, the Star Lord range comes with an ultra slim rim that blends perfectly with the false ceiling for maximum style. From the looks of it, it will be hard to even guess that you have installed panel lighting in your ceilings. The Star Striko range has a superior diffuser which ensures that the light output is uniformly spread with a wider beam angle. The presence of an ultra slim rim further accentuates this effect as it helps in even dispersal of light across the house. This minimalist and modern approach to ceiling aesthetic can lend a very unique appeal to your overall decor.

    Easy installationLike we said earlier on, installing new lighting to accentuate the decor of the house is only a quick weekend activity. The Star Lord and the Star Striko range make ceiling lighting installation extremely quick and easy as they are both easy to fit. By just drilling two holes, these panels can be efficiently fitted across ceilings of various rooms. Star Lord further comes with the right cut out size ensuring that the sizes are standardized. Installation is thereby a hassle-free process for electricians.

    Energy efficient

    Any form of home decor should be as sustainable as possible and should reduce your carbon footprint. The Star Striko and the Star Lord range have taken this into account and are offering LED panels that are energy efficient. Both the ranges have a power factor of 0.9 and this ensures minimal power loss. Usually, in panels and lights with lower power factor, there is a higher current flow for a given load, which also results in a lower voltage at the equipment. Star Striko and Star Lord eliminate these issues by bringing forward the most intelligent lighting solutions to homeowners. Further, both Star Striko and Star Lord come with an inbuilt Surge Protector which evens out sudden peaks in AC voltage, thus protecting against unstable voltage fluctuations as high as 2500V. This goes a long way in enhancing the shelf life of the panels.

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    Smart things you need when youre living in a tiny home or small space: Storage, light and luxuries – OregonLive - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Builder M.J. Boyle of Empty Nest Tiny Homes in Sherwood designs mini mansions that may have less than 200 square feet of space but theyre packed with comfort, light and luxuries.

    Every indoor inch of her self-contained, small-scale abodes is carefully considered. Objects serve multiple functions. Something as small as an unusual coat hook can add style. And smart storage makes it work.

    More than a novelty, tiny houses on wheels appeal to people who want to create a shelter they can afford and take with them when theyre on the move.

    Interest in tiny houses, as well as RVs and cargo van conversions have spiked during the coronavirus pandemic, where routines were tossed out as businesses and schools closed.

    Boyle, a longtime occupant of a small home as well as an advocate for living simply, knows how to wisely edit out anything unnecessary to make way for something cherished. A unique wall sconce replaces a lamp that needs a table, for instance.

    People who want to see well-designed tiny houses before investing in one can check into vacation rentals such as Boyles My Tiny House Village in Sherwood. Her dwellings include:

    Here are experts tips to make a space efficient and attractive, whether its a room in your home or your entire dwelling.

    If youre considering building a tiny house, know that youll need almost everything required in a standard home. Here are the basics:

    Skip ahead: Amazon sells tiny house kits, including a 9-foot-by-six-foot cedar garden retreat and a 176-square-foot studio cabin kit. See more tiny houses for sale.

    High ceilings, large windows and light make a small space look and feel spacious. But too many windows can make you feel like youre in a fishbowl and they take away walls better used for precious vertical storage, says Boyle.

    She recommends double- or triple-pane windows for their energy efficiency. Milgard, with a Portland facility, makes triple-pane windows. For added energy efficiency, install insulating window treatments.

    Cladding a ceiling with reclaimed wood or cedar adds texture and it smells amazing, says Boyle. Salvage Works in Portland has barn siding and other repurposed wood, plus antiques and handmade furniture.

    Floors can be covered in durable laminate or Marmoleum.

    Paint walls soft colors to reflect the light and make the space seem brighter and roomier. An accent wall with a vertical feature breaks you out of the standing-in-an-all-white-box feel, says Boyle.

    A white trim or a lighter color around the doorframe and where the walls meet the ceiling can make a space look roomier. Some design experts say colors or patterns on the ceiling draw the eye upward and add an illusion of height.

    Be mindful of overcrowding a room. The fewest pieces of furniture make a space look bigger. Select space-saving sizes and furniture thats low to the ground.

    Glass-top tables and acrylic or lucite chairs let your eyes see through them. Mirrors on a wall or door expand the sense of space.

    I dont use overhead cabinets or bulky furniture that is visually heavy and makes the space feel closed in, says Boyle.

    The first acts to make any space look larger and more inviting: Remove clutter and organize everything else. Read more tips on flexible storage, textiles and clever lighting to create a smart, airy space.

    Strategically placed ambient, functional and dramatic lighting is key to making a space feel bright and open, says Boyle. Find lighting choices at Amazon, Home Depot and Walmart.

    Build a wood ladder to the loft. In My Tiny Hideout, the ladder is in front of the coffee bar, dining table and work space because you cant have enough multipurpose areas in 119 square feet, jokes Boyle.

    A ceiling fan helps evenly distribute warm air throughout the space. Boyle likes ceiling fans with LED lights, reversible blades and different speed settings that can be remotely controlled. See more ceiling fans.

    Ceiling fans keep air moving, while air purifiers take out smoke and other impurities. Dyson is having a sale on air purifiers; Sharper Images has some, too.

    Mount a TV on a wall so the screen can be tilted away from glare and for the best viewing angle.

    The Container Store has practical design ideas for a small kitchen and teeny pantry. Make the most of a mini fridge with stackable storage drawers.

    Instead of cabinets and cupboards, use open shelves or storage containers and rolling carts that slide under a counter and behind fabric curtains (see more ideas at Jo-Ann Stores).

    A two-burner electric stovetop or propane stove can be found at Home Depot.

    Dont let hidden, empty space go unused, especially under the bed. Slide storage bins under the mattress platform. See more bins, baskets and storage ideas at The Container Store.

    Select linens, pillows and electric blankets in lighter, brighter colors and subtle, coordinated patterns. Theres no room in a small space to have something busy looking beyond a small decorative pillow.

    Do you really need a headboard? Or drapes? Instead of a heavy window treatment, try insulating shades or sheer, white drapes.

    Install a wall light near the bed.

    Natures Head composting toilet was designed for close quarters. While on the go, the Tushy Travel squeeze and spray bidet bottle lets you use less toilet paper to reduce your carbon footprint.

    Towel warmers and a heated bath mat take the chill out of stepping out of the shower.

    LuminAID has solar-powered, compact, collapsible and portable lanterns ($25).LuminAID

    Living in small home means more time outside. Here are entertaining ideas:

    LuminAID has solar-powered, compact, collapsible and portable lanterns ($25).

    Woods Heritages eight-piece cast-iron camping cook set lets you fry, bake, stir-fry and roast with a Dutch oven, skillets and a griddle.

    Solo Stove has fire pits, camp stoves and grills plus outdoor cookware and accessories. Take up to 25% off fire pits and bonfire kits.

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    Coronavirus Scotland: Care home visiting given green light to restart from March – Edinburgh Live - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Scots who have relatives in care will be able to restart indoor visit from early March, the Scottish Government has announced.

    The move into lockdown at the start of January so all routine visits halted amid fears the virus could be brought into care homes.

    But the government have given the go ahead for relatives and friends to begin visiting loved ones again under plans to restart routine indoor visiting.

    From early March care providers will be able to support residents to have up to two designated visitors each, with one visit a week for each visitor.

    The government say the "wide range of protections" now in place for care home residents mean meaningful contact should be made easier for the wellbeing of residents and their loved ones.

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    Under current rules, visits can only be arranged in exceptional circumstances such as at the end of resident's life.

    The roll out of the coronavirus vaccine has now seen 99.9 per cent of all residents in elderly care homes vaccinated, alongside 92 per cent of staff.

    And new data shows the number of outbreaks in care homes has improved, with the latest National Records of Scotland data showing deaths from coronavirus in care homes have fallen by 62 per cent in the last three weeks.

    Guidelines on the restart will be published on February 24 to allow care home operators to support visiting. Visitors will need to wear face coverings and any PPE requested by the care home, and are strongly encouraged to take a Covid test on-site.

    Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman said: The decisions regarding restrictions on visiting for care home residents have been some of the most difficult we have faced and I have the greatest sympathy for those who have been unable to see relatives and loved ones in person for so long.

    Care home staff have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support continued contact between residents and their loved ones but these restrictions have been hugely challenging for them, as well as for care home staff and colleagues.

    We deeply regret the deaths and other harm caused by coronavirus in our care homes, but we also recognise the harm caused to the wellbeing of residents and families as a result of an inability to see those they love.

    We must remain vigilant about the risks but with multiple layers of protection now in place the balance is in favour of allowing visits. Everyone, including visitors, has a responsibility to ensure that visits take place as safely as possible by continuing to follow safety advice.

    The additional protection in place includes infection prevention and control measures (IPC); personal protective equipment (PPE) in care homes and testing of staff and visiting professionals to care homes, which have developed processes and protocols for safer indoor visiting to take place.

    The guidance we are publishing sets out an expectation that providers will put in place arrangements to enable regular visits to resume from early March and from the discussions I have had with providers, I now expect all care homes to have embraced this guidance by mid-March.

    Cathie Russell of Care Home Relatives Scotland said: We look forward to working with care home providers, public health and oversight teams to ensure that the new guidance allows residents to enjoy meaningful contact with their closest relatives and friends once more. It has been a very difficult year. The deepest ties of love are important and we can never thrive without them.

    Donald MacAskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, said: The Covid pandemic has presented frontline care home staff and managers with many challenges but undoubtedly the hardest has been keeping residents apart from family and friends.

    We have now reached a very different place and with a range of Covid-19 protections in place, including vaccination and testing, combined with the use of PPE and IPC, we are at a stage where we can re-introduce safer indoor visiting to Scotlands care homes. This day has been long-awaited and we understand that it will be an emotional time for many.

    Scottish Care is committed to supporting staff and managers, residents and family, to make sure that these guidelines succeed in their aim of reconnecting individuals.

    "We commit to working together to overcome any challenges and difficulties we might face and to support those who may still be anxious and fearful, so that together we can ensure that a painful period of separation can be replaced by greater togetherness.

    Gabe Docherty, on behalf of Scottish Directors of Public Health, said: Theres not been a day when these very human considerations havent weighed on the minds of my colleagues and I as weve endeavoured to safely negotiate all the challenges COVID has presented.

    To receive one WhatsApp message a day with Edinburgh Live's headlines, as well as breaking news alerts, text NEWS to 07899067815. Then add the number to your contacts as 'Edinburgh Live'.

    It is always been the focus of Directors of Public Health to reinstate visiting as soon as there was evidence that the risks of doing so were greatly reduced. So I warmly welcome and wholeheartedly endorse the approach and all that it means for care home residents, their families and Care Home staff.

    Councillor Stuart Currie, Health and Social Care Spokesman for the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, said: Local Government welcomes the forthcoming guidance on resuming meaningful contact for care home residents and recognises the impact that restrictions have had on residents, their families and friends and care home staff.

    "This guidance supports all parts of the system to ensure that meaningful contact is undertaken safely with a number of safety and protection measures in place.

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    Guidehouse Insights Report Shows Global Revenue for Residential Lighting Controls Is Expected to Near $2B by 2029 – Business Wire - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Guidehouse Insights analyzes the global market for residential LED, non-LED, and connected LED lamps and luminaires and lighting controls, providing forecasts for unit shipments and revenue, through 2029.

    LED lighting is rapidly becoming the predominant technology of the residential lighting installed base, thanks to declining technology prices, the longer life of LED lighting, increased energy savings, and building code advancements that mandate the adoption of LEDs. As LED penetration increases, digital lighting controls are also seeing increased growth, and the benefits of both technologies are driving sales and mitigating negative revenue impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, global annual residential lighting controls revenue is expected to grow from $1.3 billion to $1.9 billion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9% from 2020 to 2029.

    Dimmers represent the largest share of lighting controls revenue during this time, while connected controls are expected to grow at the fastest rate, says Daniel Talero, research analyst with Guidehouse Insights. Connected LEDs currently make up a fractional segment of overall LEDs and controls, but they are seeing strong growth driven by improved integration with broader smart home technologies, ease of use, and features such as voice control are driving this growth.

    According to the report, several barriers exist to continued LED market penetration. The higher (though declining) cost of LED lighting relative to legacy technologies is holding back adoption, particularly in the Middle East & Africa, Latin America, and in Asia Pacifics developing markets (e.g., India). In these regions, LED-based building codes are often in development, and projects are too cost-sensitive for imported LED technology. In connected LEDs, the price differential is usually larger, further limiting adoption in emerging markets.

    The report, Market Data: Residential Energy Efficient Lighting and Lighting Controls, examines and sizes the global market for residential non-LED, LED, and connected LED lamps and luminaires and lighting controls. The types of controls analyzed include sensors, timers, dimmers, and connected controls. Residential lighting, lighting controls, and connected lighting market drivers and barriers are assessed. The major global regions (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa) are analyzed, and forecasts of unit shipments and revenue extend through 2029. An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the Guidehouse Insights website.

    About Guidehouse Insights

    Guidehouse Insights, the dedicated market intelligence arm of Guidehouse, provides research, data, and benchmarking services for todays rapidly changing and highly regulated industries. Our insights are built on in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The teams research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research, and demand assessment, paired with a deep examination of technology trends, to provide a comprehensive view of emerging resilient infrastructure systems. Additional information about Guidehouse Insights can be found at

    About Guidehouse

    Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public and commercial markets with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. We help clients address their toughest challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures with a focus on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and digital services, we create scalable, innovative solutions that prepare our clients for future growth and success. Headquartered in McLean, VA., the company has more than 8,000 professionals in over 50 locations globally. Guidehouse is a Veritas Capital portfolio company, led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets, and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies. For more information, please visit:

    * The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Market Data: Residential Energy Efficient Lighting and Lighting Controls, is a summary and reflects the current expectations of Guidehouse Insights based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the reports conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Guidehouse Insights nor Guidehouse undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

    Guidehouse Insights Report Shows Global Revenue for Residential Lighting Controls Is Expected to Near $2B by 2029 - Business Wire

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