Use lights according to the mood you want to set: to
highlight portions or for practical uses. Accent lighting
emphasizes specific details in a room, such as paintings
or decorative pieces. General lighting provides background
light in a room. Local lighting illuminates a specific
area for a specific activity--for example, reading.
(Flourescent bulbs provide cool light, lasting four
or five years).
* Low-voltage bulbs furnish a precise
beam for floodlighting or highlighting.
* Baffles, or panels, conceal bulbs for indirect lighting.
*Cornice lighting casts light downward over a wall.
* Spotlights are used for directional and accent lighting.
They can be mounted onto the ceiling, set into it or
attached to a track.
* Uplights accent objects above them.
* 'Dimmer Switches' permit a variety of lighting levels
at the turn of a knob; they save energy when operated
at a low level.
* Ceiling mounted fixtures usually refer to fixtures
dropped from the ceiling on a wire; they provide good
* Pendant fixtures give light according to their shades.
The larger the shade, the subtler the light cast.
Thick Porcelain Absorbs The Heat Of the Beverages...
The first thing you have to be sure of before you go
out to buy crockery is the amount of money you want
to spend. The price for a set of cup and saucers can
range from Rs 60 to Rs 1250.
How do you judge
the quality of crockery ?
Porcelain crockery is better if it is
thinner. For example, a cup of thin porcelain can maintain
the heat of the liquid inside for a longer time. The
thicker the walls the sooner the beverage inside loses
heat. The price depends on the finish and the artistic
work. For example, dinner plates inlaid with 24 carat
gold lining can cost you 15 times more than ordinary
crockery. Artistic work with colours like purple, red
and pink cost more because the lacquers used are more
expensive. Bone China is more expensive because the
materials used, both bone ash and China clay are very
expensive. A slightly thicker variety of Bone China
crockery is more durable.
Always check that the edges are smooth and rounded.
A greenish tinge more towards the bottom of the glass
indicates inferior variety of glass.Check for air bubbles
in the glass, this indicates processing has not been
Taking care of
Fine silverware should be used frequently, not packed
away for special occasions. Constant wear actually enhances
the beauty of a solid silver piece. Rinse silverware
in clear hot water, especially so if they have been
in contact with salt, eggs, olives vinegar, fruit juices
etc. Dry items with a towel.
Do not use hot water on antique silverware and oxidised
silverware. Hot water loosens hollow handles on the
former and dissolve the decorative pattern of the latter.
To polish silver, gently rub the item length wise with
a soft, dry cloth. Clean crevices with a cotton swab
or a natural bristle brush. Wash and rinse the item,
then buff it with a soft cloth. Keep rubber bands and
plastic food wrap away from silverware. They can stain
or corrode even silver items covered with several layers
of tissue or cloth.