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How to Find Screen Projects that are the Quietest Ever?

 

Not all projectors are the same, and there are not too many reasons why a projector could all of a sudden begin to sound noisy. Like any other electronic device, you need to carry out regular maintenance of your system if you want it to serve you a few good years before packing up. But before you even think of caring for your device, you have first to ensure you do well to get a quality product. And you can start by shopping for screen projectors that operate quietly.

When shopping for a screen projector, the first thing you want to do is conclude on how much you are willing to spend on one. You see, price is an important decision-maker when in the market for a product, and you could quickly find yourself spending money you don’t have, so you first want to consult your wallet before visiting the store or checking online. Once you know how much you can afford, you can now begin by looking out for the features below to help you arrive at a noiseless product.

What is the Noise Rating?

Since you are shopping for a projector that isn’t noisy, it makes sense to check the noise rating to confirm just how loud it is. Many of the top brands include an estimate of how much noise the device gives off when it is operating. And for a good product, you should settle for not more than 40 decibels if you want the machine to run smoothly. LCD projectors tend to have a lower rating compared to DLP models, but that is not to say that you can find exceptions if you do a thorough search before settling for one. You can learn more here on how to limit the noise from your projector.

What Type of Projector do you Need?

You should have an understanding of the type of projector you need to fit in your gaming room or home theatre. Some factors you will need to look at when deciding on a kind of projector is how much picture quality do you need? For me, I love to get the best image quality from any of my video devices, and you can also bet that I won’t sacrifice that for anything, not even size. The common types of projectors available in the market are the LCD and DLP type, but you can equally find others that are equally worth checking out.

DLP 

The DLP projector makes use of a reflective technology instead of reflective technology like that of the LCD. The mode of operation makes use of multiple micro mirrors and a spinning color wheel to produce its image. By so doing, they tend to let out faint noises due to the rotation of the inner parts. But while they may be a little noisy, they produce a better contrast than the LCD projectors. I don’t find many comparisons between LCD and DLP projectors, as the difference can’t be noticed when you check out the two devices with the same rating.

LCD 

The Liquid crystal display projectors display images, videos, or computer data on a screen or flat surface. It displays images by sending light from a lamp through a prism or number of filters that separate the light into the three different color panels (RGB). They are popular because of the excellent picture quality that it produces, thanks to the color-coding on the filters that increase the brightness. But they can also lack in contrast when compared to the other types of projectors. The good thing is they are easy to maintain and don’t gives off a lot of heat compared to DLP projectors.

But if you want me to pick one, I would go for an LCD projector over the direct light processing projectors. My reason is that, as I said earlier, I love a clear crystal picture quality, and the LCD does that for me. It doesn’t matter if it is for a TV, mobile phone or projector, I always consider the resolution and image quality, and I think you should too. You can find a comprehensive guide to understanding the different types of projectors from this link: https://electricalfundablog.com/projector-types-works/

Is it Easy to Maintain?

One thing I take seriously when shopping for gadgets is how easy it is to maintain. I do like to end up with a product that requires minimum care, and if need be that it requires regular cleaning, I have to ensure that it is something I can do without stress. For projectors, you want to check that the vent can be cleaned with a dry rag or better yet with a hand vacuum brush to get rid of dirt and dust that gather around there.

You may also need to clean around the fan every two or three months if you use it under dusty conditions. It would help if you researched how to maintain your projector so you can carry out minor repairs to ensure that it lasts long, and you can find more info here on projector maintenance.

Final Notes 

Projectors are devices that project an image on a flat surface, and for you to get the best out of your image experience, you have to consider the resolution, and noise levels, so you can get the best out of gaming or movie time. You should also remember that they cost quite a lot, so it is best you go for a product that is both durable and easy to maintain, so you don’t have to replace it after a few months after purchasing it.

Why You Should Invest In Real Estate This Year

 

Real estate investment can be an incredibly good business decision and a lucrative way to invest in your future life. Property is a commodity that will always be needed and as the world’s population grows it is only needed more and more.

Today we are going to talk about why you should take action today and change the way you make money. Investing in property and renting it out can be a wonderful method of income and we are here to convince you to give it a shot. 

  1. Passive Income 

One of the main reasons you should invest in property this year is the ability for you to make some passive income alongside your job. Getting started in property investment is a challenge and you may need help from a service like Visio Lending, but as soon as you do you will be able to reap the rewards and make income without having to actively do anything. As soon as a tenant moves into the property you will have a consistent source of income. 

  1. Diversify 

If you already invest in other commodities or things such as currency and stocks, it is always good to

Diversify your portfolio and spread your eggs between multiple baskets. When it comes to investment it is important for you to spread your money between multiple things because this gives you a sense of stability and safety. Doing this will make all the difference to you and your ability to make money and keep it. 

  1. Use Market Cycles 

The beauty of the housing market is that it is always changing. As an investor you can make a huge profit on property if you time your investment and sale correctly and this is a great way to earn some capital very quickly. Use your knowledge and trust your instinct to utilize these market cycles and understand when to buy and sell. This can be a great activity for you and it will allow you to really learn what impacts the price of housing. 

  1. Up Your DIY Skills 

One of the fun parts of real estate investment is getting hands on with your property and renovating it ready to be rented out to your tenant. This is a great chance for you to brush up on your DIY skills and begin to understand how you can save money on a renovation. This is not only a good way to learn more skills but it is also an amazing way for you to gain skills to bring with you when you get home. 

  1. Tax Advantages

One of the good things you might manage to see when you invest in real estate is tax advantages. You could gain tax reductions and even breaks by working in this way. 

  1. Cash Flow

Of course, the most obvious benefit of investing in property is the money you will make right away and the cash flow you’ll be able to bring home with you every month. You’ll be able to build a more stable life for yourself and what can be better than that? 

10 Best Healthy Home Lighting Tips

 

There is no room for quibbles in the matters of the “importance” of healthy lighting at home. To begin with, it prevents eyestrain, keeps a healthy circadian rhythm over the years, and even improves your mood.

Bought a new home and plan to design a healthy light accentuated space? Or stabilize your deteriorating circadian rhythm with renovations and redesign?? You have stumbled into the right blog, we have compiled 10 best healthy home light tips for you.

Adjust to Even Light

In the matter of renovations, going from strong/bad lights to weaker/dim/good lights requires its fair share of time in re-stabilization of the circadian rhythm. One of the good lighting rules is to emphasize “even light distribution” for a healthy home.

Moving from the living room’s extremely bright light to a dimly-lit dining space can have repercussions on eyes – eyes tire easily.

Healthy Lighting rules:

  1. Adjust to a relatively even distribution of light sources across the various rooms in your home.
  2. Opt for LED panels to illuminate wide expanses of the ceiling. It aids in even light distribution in your home.

Dimmer Light, Healthy Home

It goes without saying that, harsh lights have the potential to damage your eyes.  Strong lighting is good at home when you are in-house working or performing tasks that require it. However, minimize the use of strong light sources during the evening to save your eyes from strains and fatigue.

Not to mention, adaptation to Circadian rhythm lighting is the best solution. How to go about it? Easy-peasy! Opt for dimmer lighting sources into your living room and bedroom to invoke a relaxing and calming mood.

Get a healthy dimmer light that is compatible with the room design.

Task Lighting, Improved Productivity

 

For reading, writing, and other brainy activities, desk lamps and other task lighting sources work as saviors. Task lighting vanishes the concept of ‘tiring eyes when it is used over a prolonged period of time. It increases the focus of vision.

Desk lamps, in a smaller shape, with arms or swivels, do wonders for spot illumination. You can direct light to the exact spot you need. The best practice is to place task lamps in the near vicinity of desktops, work spaces, reading areas. In the kitchen, go for under-cabinet lighting.

Stay Safe, Install Safety Lights

Home is a safe haven, install safety lights at stairs and dark hallways. Path-finding lights at different darkened corners are an effective way to thwart accidents. People who are not accustomed to navigating the house at dark, say children or visitors, can easily move around.

Escape Fluorescent Flickers

The science behind fluorescent lights flicker is because it warms up. Once the electricity flow steadies, flickering stops. However, it is not always the case. There is still flickering later, mainly when the bulb voltage flow changes.

The main cause behind eyestrain and headaches, according to research, is the strobe-like effect of flickering fluorescent bulbs. Escape this, once and for all, by choosing high-quality, healthy light bulbs & fixtures.

Glare-Free Healthy Home

Glare: Light reflected off shiny surfaces or other sources of illumination.

Humans become sensitive to sunlight glare as they reach a certain age – it accumulates. How to get a glare-free healthy home?

  1. Paint wall and furniture with a matte finish – glossy paints cherishes glare!
  2. Shop for polarized glass, curtains, or blinds to minimize/reduce the glare.

Welcome Full-Spectrum Lights

Full-spectrum lighting: Light that covers the full/almost-full spectrum of light from infrared to near-ultraviolet.

Welcome full-spectrum lights as it is the healthy artificial light for your circadian rhythm.

The benefits of full-spectrum light are immense. Let’s read without further ado:

  1. It helps in perceiving colors better. Who does it help the most? Artists & designers.
  2. Full-spectrum light simulates the effects of sunlight and its UV rays.
  3. A massive mood enhancer.
  4. A positive impact on energy levels.
  5. Oh and not to mention, it helps to create a more comfortable studying, reading and writing environment.

Paint it ALL, wisely!

Prefer lighter hues while painting your house. Glossy or eggshell finish – reflects light more than a flat, matte finish – helps in making a room appear bigger. Paint it all, but wisely in order to deliver the best coverage, smooth, and stain-resistant finish.

Mirrors, Mirrors & Mirrors!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? We all – men, the MOST! – recognize the mantra of Snow White’s evil stepmother. Male or female, we love to look at mirrors for self-appraisals!

Hang the one that crosses the limit of the over sized mirror in the worlds of the mirror – just saying – in the living room. How does it help in a healthy lighting factor? It reflects natural light and makes the room/area/space feel larger. Oh and never neglect the importance of paint color for the grand scheme of the healthy circadian rhythm.

Layers after Layers of Light

 

As we get older, we yearn for proper healthy lighting because it improves the feel and function of a home – mostly unbeknownst to our conscious. Did you know a 60-year-old needs twice as much light as his 30-year-old self? Not us talking, a research stated that.

We should have three layers of light for healthy home lighting. Let’s delve into the details:

  1. Ambient Light Layer: It helps for overall illumination from a chandelier or other canister light.
  2. Task lighting Layer: Under-cabinet LED strips in the kitchen to make eating/preparing food easier.
  3. Accent lighting Layer: Lights on pictures over a framed painting.

In Conclusion

Healthy home lighting starts the moment you pick the proper bulb.

Do the research and opt for healthy light bulbs features such as color temperature and lumens. Say, opt for Healthy LED bulbs around 2700 Kelvin temperatures – on the color-temperature scale – as they cast a warm yellow light akin to outmoded incandescent bulbs. That would be a fine start to healthy home decisions.

Check out the Giving Tree Gallery for beautiful jewelry and home decor

 

I love to shop. My hubby is not so much a fan of it, but I make sure not to go overboard or shop outside of our budget.

I’m not one to follow trends or someone who tries to “keep up with the Joneses,” so to speak. I tend to like things that are unique, whimsical and someone you won’t find in everyone’s home.

One of the many wonderful reasons why I enjoy being a blogger is because it affords me the opportunity to learn about new products, brands, services and websites. If I wasn’t a blogger I might miss out on some hidden gems. Such is the case with the company, Giving Tree Gallery.

The Giving Tree Gallery is a family-owned contemporary gift shop gallery with an extensive jewelry collection from award-winning designers and a wide range of home decor items. The Giving Tree Gallery has store locations in Sarasota, FL on St. Armands Circle and the French Quarter in New Orleans, LA. They also sells their products on their website.

I was contacted by the Giving Tree Gallery and asked if there was an item on their site I would be interested in reviewing. Ha! That is like setting a child lose in a candy store and tell them they can only pick out one piece of candy. Easier said than done!

First I went through their marvelous home decor section. They have wall art, sculptures, figurines, and the most beautiful snow globes I have ever seen, just to name a few.

The Giving Tree Gallery carries one of THE COOLEST clocks I have ever seen. It’s called QLOCKTWO. This very unique and innovative clock tells time using words, not numbers.

The Giving Tree Gallery sells these clocks in different sizes and colors (face plates).

The time displays in words vertically and horizontally.

I have never seen these before. I would love to have one in my home.

I had mentioned that the Giving Tree Gallery carries beautiful snow globes. In fact, they have several designs to choose from, including snow globe sets.

Here are a few examples from their website.

Stunning. Simply stunning.

We have a collection of Christmas snow globes.  I wouldn’t mind collecting ones for other seasons. The autumn one with the dog’s is my favorite.

Here are just a few more examples of the unique and beautiful home decor items you can find at The Giving Tree Gallery.

Kinzig Table Lamp

Wooden Nautical Maps

Cricket Forge Furniture

Greg Creason Mix Media Canvas Wall Art

Fabulous home decor is not the only thing you will find at the Giving Tree Gallery. The brand also sells jewelry including rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more. These are artisan jewelry, which means you most likely won’t find them in stores like Walmart or Target.

Here are a few examples.

Alex Sepkus Candy Dome Ring

Elizabeth Garvin Cyclone Earrings Diamonds

Patricia Locke Aero Necklace

I finally selected one of the Giving Tree Gallery’s meditation rings.

I don’t necessarily meditate, but it’s something I am working on this year. I’m hoping that it helps me to de-stress and unwind each day. I tend to be stressed out and exhausted all the time. I’m always too tense. For that reason, learning to meditate and to utilize it daily in some manner is a goal of mine for the year.

I also liked the meditation rings because they have a piece on them that rotates. Think of it as an adult version of a “fidget spinner.” Whenever I am feeling stressed out, or I think I need something to do with my hands, I find myself spinning the ring I was sent to review.

The ring arrived beautifully packaged in a nice tin that I can reuse to house the ring in, or I can find another purpose for it. Currently I keep the ring I was sent to review in it as well as two other rings for safe keeping.

The ring I received to review is their Devotion Meditation Spinner Ring. It’s available in sizes 5 – 10. I have a chubby finger, so I got the size 10. It’s actually a wee bit lose on me, so I put a ringer sizer thing on it.

Beautiful intricate oval and marquise spinning channel set band with clear Cubic Zirconium. Stack them any way you like, these versatile fun Meditation Rings can be worn in many different ways.

The above photo is a close up view of the ring (more detailed). Here is how the ring really looks.

Please disregard my wrinkly old lady hands.

This ring is a lot nicer in person than it appears on the website. As you can see, there is a lot of sparkle to this ring. It’s also a nice size (I placed it next to a regular pair of scissors to give you an idea of the size).

This quickly became my favorite ring because not only does it give me some sparkle for my hand (my wedding ring is white gold and bland looking), but it also gives me something to play with when I’m at work or out and about.

The center part of the ring spins around. As per the booklet inside the tin the ring came in, spinning the ring can help give you a sense of calmness. As odd as it sounds, it does! I may not be totally blissful, but it does help me to de-stress a bit. I guess it’s because when you focus on spinning the ring and the sensation of spinning it, it refocuses your attention and takes you away from things that might be stressing you out.

The Giving Tree Gallery has many meditation rings to choose from in a variety of shapes, sizes and color combinations.

If you would like to learn more about the Giving Tree Gallery, visit TheGivingTreeGallery.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Those links are found on the bottom of their website.

Kimberly

*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Freshen up your space for the New Year with Byrd Prints

 

It’s a new year. It’s this time of year that most people are looking to make major (or minor) changes to their life. People resolve to do things like eat better, drink more water, eliminate toxic people from their lives and generally be happier. Those are very good goals to have.

When the new year starts, people are more out to make personal changes, but what about changes to their physical space? Perhaps you plan on buying a house. Or maybe you plan on upgrading to a bigger apartment. I bet it would be a wonderful adventure to move to an entirely new city, state or country.

Not everyone has the need (of funds) to move. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make some changes around your home for the new year.

The first thing I would recommend is purging your home of things you do not need or no longer use. I would recommend starting with your closet. Go through all your clothing and accessories. If you haven’t worn/used it in a year, chances are you never will.

Last week I purged the bedroom close and donated a lot of clothing I either haven’t work in a long time, or I know I never will. It feels great to actually be able to walk inside the closet. Before my purge I literally could not go inside of it. I had boxes and clothing all over the closet.

This is some of the stuff I took out of the bedroom closet. Crazy!

Another thing I would recommend is doing things like tossing out old make up, checking the expiration dates on the things in your pantry, and give your home a good cleaning from top to bottom, including things you don’t normally do like clean out vents and make any repairs you’ve been putting off.

Organizing your stuff is also a great way to start off the new year.

Now that your home is clean and organized, there are a few other things you can do to freshen up your space. One suggestion would be to add some colorful artwork to your walls.

I personally don’t like big, open spaces on my walls. I like to make my walls visually appealing by decorating them with family photos, photos I took (I’m an amateur photographer), and colorful artwork.

I was recently introduced to a boutique design firm called Byrd Prints. They offer original, world class, museum quality products which include artwork, cellphone cases, cards and prints.

As per Byrd Prints;

Our influences include William Morris. historic Japanese textiles and woodcuts, 19th Century nature illustrations, Paul Klee, Mid-Century Modernism, 20th Century American animation, late 1960s and 1970s graphic design and advertising, Richard Diebenkorn, Hergé, Carl Barks, The Whole Earth Catalog, traditional world arts and crafts, Picasso, Marie and Otto Neurath, Matisse, Hayao Miyazaki, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Rankin and Bass’ The Hobbit.

What stood out the most to me is the artist’s use of color. All if his designs are very vibrant and colored with “happy” colors like bright reds, blues and greens. The artwork is also very whimsical.

Here are a few examples.

You will notice that Byrd Prints features a lot of nature and animal inspired artwork. There are also a lot of beach-themed products too.

I was sent two beautiful prints to review. I received the print entitled Italian Rivera Dogs.

What I liked most about this print is the use of color. Almost every color of the rainbow is represented in this charming piece of artwork. Looking at it makes me instantly happy. There is just something so joyful about it. Perhaps it’s the adorable pups frolicking in the foreground? Or maybe it’s because visiting the Italian Rivera is on my “Bucket List.” I know I’ll never get the chance to visit, but at least I can enjoy this beautiful print and imagine I am sitting at the sidewalk cafe enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the waves gently roll up on shore.

I should note that I received two print from Byrd Prints. Both of them arrived carefully packaged in a tube to keep the prints from getting creases. As of this moment in time I have not had the opportunity to get them framed. I could frame them myself, but I rather have them professionally framed because I plan on featuring them on the living room wall behind the couch, and I rather not mess things up by framing them myself.

As you can see, there is a lot of available space to frame the print. The white area surrounding the print acts as a mat/border. You can make it as thick or thin as you want.

Here is my husband carefully holding the print, as well as a close up of the print. Please note that the close up looks a bit curved. It’s just how the picture was taken.

You can see that the print looks exactly like the one from the website. I love it! I cannot wait to have it framed and hanging on the wall.

I received an additional print from Byrd Prints. Sadly, I cannot find this specific one on their website. It might not be available any longer, but I still wanted you to see how beautiful the art work is.

The bottom photo is a close-up of the print. The colors look a little more muted in my photo compared to the actual print.

I think the second print compliments the Italian Riviera Dogs print nicely. Their colors are similar. Plus they both have a water them to them, as well as adorable little dogs running about.

You can purchase the prints as only the print, or you can purchase them already framed in your choice of frame color (black, white or brown). I really like the white frame. I think the white frames make the prints colors “pop” even more.

If you are looking to change things up for the new year, why not consider adding some beautiful, colorful art to your walls.

To check out all the other products and designs Byrd Prints has to offer, visit ByrdPrints.Squarespace.com. They can also be found on Facebook.

What do you think of Byrd Print’s designs? Would you like to adorn your walls with a few of these prints? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Enliven your home with essential oil room sprays from Mer-Sea & Co.

 

If you are a regular follower and reader of She Scribes, you know how much I LOVE anything (and everything) scented. Candles, plug-ins, sprays, essential oils, soaps, cleaning products… anything that can make my home smell wonderful I love.

I’ve always loved nice smelling things. Even when I was younger. I used to love to pick the lilacs that surrounded our home and keep them in my bedroom just so I could smell them and to make my room smell nice.

When it comes to my home, I like to make my home smell nice for family and friends, as well as myself.

I am also a firm believer that scents can evoke memories and change your mood. For that reason, I make sure to scent my home some way, every day.

I love all kinds of scents, especially seasonal ones (pumpkin, pumpkin spice, beach…). My all time favorite scents are lilac and that of a REAL Christmas tree. The problem is, most scented products don’t smell like the real thing. Most smell artificial. Some artificial scents are OK, but anything that smells real is so much better.

Before the holidays I was introduced to the brand Mer-Sea. Mer-Sea room sprays are made with essential oils. Their sprays are packaged in 4 ounce glass glass bottles with a spray top. I think the glass bottles are pretty, and I was happy to keep it out for all to see during the holiday season. It’s not like a regular room spray bottle.

Mer-Sea has a lovely color palette too. Their products are colored with sea-salt bleached hues of white, grey, and blue mixed with little flashes of silver and is a fusion of all the colors found in the sea. So pretty!

I was sent to review their Sea Pines scented spray.

I would never think to associate pine trees with the ocean, but I forgot about Maine. Maine does have pine trees that are near the sea. That would explain this scent.

From the rocky coast of Maine to the shores of California, pines release a fresh crisp scent that will awaken your senses. Perfect for everyday, but especially the holidays. Sea Pines will bring the outside in and stay for a nice visit.

Remember how I said I like scents that smell REAL? A REAL Christmas tree smelling scent is one of the hardest scents to come by, at least for me. Every Christmas tree scent I have found (candle, spray, plug-in) does not smell like a real Christmas tree. Some have been close, but nothing truly smelled like the real thing. That is until the first time I sprayed the Mer-Sea Sea Pines scented spray.

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!

This scent is the closest to a real Christmas tree than any other pine/Christmas tree scented product I have ever tried – and I’ve been looking for DECADES.

My husband and both of our children agree that this scent smells identical to a real Christmas tree.

I am IN LOVE!

We can’t really have a real tree in our home. Aside from our six cats, the tree would have to be placed directly in front of the sliding glass doors and would receive direct sunlight all day long. It would dry out too quickly for us to enjoy it. For that reason we need to have an artificial tree. It’s a lovely tree, but it’s not a real tree and therefore doesn’t have that real tree scent I have been dreaming of.

I sprayed the Mer-Sea Sea Pines spray on our tree twice a day during the holiday season, so we could smell it every time we walked by the tree (usually a spray in the morning and again in the evening). I also sprayed it around our home, just to bring the amazing Sea Pine scent to all areas of our home.

Mer-Sea has other interesting sounding scented room sprays (the Sea Pine is still available). Other scents include Coconut Sugar, Pique-Nique, Good Spirits, Fog, Voyager, Saltaire and Sun Kissed.

The room sprays sell for $19, which is a bit more than the kind you can find at your local department or grocery store, but remember, you are getting quality scented room sprays made with essential oils and not chemical smelling ingredients. That old expression, “You get what you pay for,” is true. You are paying a bit more, but you are getting a higher quality product too.

Mer-Sea sells more than just room sprays. They also sell sweaters, wraps, candles, soaps, lotions, bags, blankets and so much more.

If you would like to check out all that Mer-Sea has to offer, visit MerSea.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are located on the top left of their home page.

Are you a fan of scented products? Do you have a particular favorite? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.