Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How to Decorate Like it's 1956, part 9

[This is a recurring post dedicated to highlighting snippets of "Chapter 7: Lighting" from Fire Farm's copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, published in 1956. To see all posts from this series, click here.]

Celebrate spring by drawing the shades and parking yourself in front of your flatscreen! Well, perhaps that's not the best way to usher in the beautiful weather. The next time you do find yourself in front of the tube, however, take note of your home entertainment system's lighting conditions. Because, you know, eyes are helpful when looking at things, so the less you tax them, the better.

Balance lighting for television

"Television comfort requires balanced, all-around lighting as shown here. There is light coming from the tube almost ten times as bright as the reflected light on a movie screen, so your eyes need compensating light from other sources--but without a glare.

Good additions to the light from the screen are cove lighting or torcheres reflecting against a light-colored ceiling, or a lamp with a translucent shade. The latter is better for your eyes if it is not placed directly on the set."

[Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book. Des Moines, IA: Meredith Publishing Company, 1956. Print.]

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