A few months ago, the federal government of the United States – the same federal government

A few months ago, the federal government of the United States – the same federal government who recently forced us all to use energy efficient lightbulbs – announced that backup cameras will soon be mandatory on all new cars. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s right: the era of the backup camera has arrived. In just a few short model years, you will not be able to buy an automobile in the United States without a backup camera. Everything will have one: Sedans. SUVs. Trucks. Minivans. Even BMW will begrudgingly install standard backup cameras, though doing so may involve removing other standard equipment, such as seats. So with today’s column, I’ve decided to ask you, the reader, exactly how you feel about the spread of backup cameras in the United States. Personally, I love it. I think it’s great. I say this because I drive a rather large vehicle, and I am constantly parallel parking it, and what I’ve noticed is that backup cameras ensure that I always a) see the car behind me, and b) have absolutely no idea how close I am to it. Yes, my backup camera is kind of crappy. What I mean by this is, during the day, you can see approximately 80 percent of what’s behind you...

With all the lights on, this kitchen is very well lit, but utilizing the dimmers allows

With all the lights on, this kitchen is very well lit, but utilizing the dimmers allows for variable lighting. Few things can rekindle your spirits on a gray, rainy or snowy day like a home’s interior bathed in warm, welcoming light. In fact, good artificial lighting is known to have such a positive effect on ones’ moods and well-being that some consider it preventive medicine! There are three primary types of lighting: general, task, and accent. Using all three types in a single room (often referred to as layering) will create a cohesive and inviting atmosphere. Layering a room’s lighting also creates differing moods at various times of the day. This bedroom shows the layering of recessed, chandelier, table lamps and an accent lamp on the sideboard. General or ambient light is the basic component of interior lighting. Replacing sunlight, it provides an area with overall illumination and is usually achieved with overhead lighting. Overhead lighting can be any type of fixture attached to the ceiling such as a chandelier, recessed, flush-mount, or a semi-flush mount. Many homes today combine recessed light fixtures (also called can lights) with a beautiful overhead light fixture....