Decorative Electricity

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Sampson Low, Marston, 1892 - Electric lighting - 186 pages
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Page 4 - The master generally wishes to get all the light possible, and the mistress to have the light as becoming and pleasant as possible. It is rather difficult to reconcile these two wishes; and after some discussion the master testily exclaims: 'My dear, what is the good of going to all this expense if you will tie the light up in bags?
Page 61 - The Gordons' Electrical Lighting Project and the Fortnightly Review By the artistic gourmet of both, dinner and conversation are enjoyed with far more relish by a bright though softened light, and the pleasing acidity of our modern good talkers is the better appreciated by our minds, when our bodies are comfortably seated and fed, and our sense attuned by harmonious surroundings.
Page 60 - ... and one eight-candle light by the door (only to be used if necessary) would be light enough for the small dining-room of a cottage or villa. Most of the electric light found at present in dining-rooms, is very glaring and disagreeable, and fully justifies the remark I so often hear made by ladies, " I never will have the electric light in my house, as it gives me a headache whenever I dine by it...
Page 89 - ... realize fully their freedom from these two limitations will designers begin to appreciate properly the artistic possibilities of the new illuminant, and give us original designs of flying figures, birds, and carved Cupids, delicate chain work, faintly tinted glass, and china powdered with flowers. I do not propose to give an exhaustive account of all the designs that I have in my mind's eye. I shall only hope to indicate what Mr. George Meredith calls, " the first tadpole wriggle of an idea "...
Page 60 - ... showing up every wrinkle and line in the face. No one over the age of eighteen should be asked to sit beneath such a light...
Page 14 - ... arrangement of them in the room. Two switches control three lights in a pendant. I have indicated at the end of each chapter where I recommend the switches to be placed in the room of which it treats. Downstairs is the electric meter, on which is recorded monthly the number of electric units burnt in the house. The master can himself calculate and check each month the expense of his electric light ; and where the servants are not to be trusted, it might be well to have a separate meter for all...
Page 136 - In large establishments the lighting of the younger maids' rooms should be controlled by a switch placed in the housekeeper's bedroom. This switch she can turn off at a given hour, and on dark mornings she can turn it on again to wake them up. One eight-candle light is enough in each servant's bedroom, and when there are two small rooms adjoining . each other, they FIG. 35.— MAIDS...
Page 76 - Where there are children, many standard lights should be avoided, unless they are on tables close to the wall, as little feet trip over the wires, and though very likely only the plug comes out of the socket, it may happen that bruises and tears ensue, or a favourite standard be dragged from the table and broken. But if there is a long wire attached to...
Page 32 - The saving in the light when the master and cn c ) mistress spend the evening out, would very soon repay the extra expense of this wiring arrangement; and as I am sure the man does not exist who can carry a bed-candle upstairs without spilling the grease, the saving of the carpets may also be taken into consideration.

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