Dinner and Dancing Flames – Spooky Home Security Stories

October 20, 2020

Gather ’round for some chilling stories throughout October! Each week this month, we’ll be sending you a spooky tale that’ll have you thinking about your home security.

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Dinner and Dancing Flames

Gia and Robert hadn’t been out for a date night in months. They hardly left their house anymore, with everything going on in the world. They were eager to get out and have some fun, and the Fall weather had been beckoning them. On a cool and clear Friday night, they made reservations at their favorite restaurant to sit under the stars. Their daughter was staying with her cousin for the night and just a simple dinner had them giddy with joy and excitement.

As the sun began to set, they lit some candles and played their favorite music as they got ready. Naturally, Gia – who hadn’t gotten dressed up in quite a while – went through five different outfits and fussed over her hair until they were running late. With Robert tapping on his watch, she finally slipped on her shoes, called goodbye to their labrador Smoky, and rushed out the door.

Later that night, they returned home with full bellies and lazy smiles. As soon as they turned the key and opened the door, they were greeted by an overpowering mix of sweet woodsy scents. They wrinkled their noses, smiles fading as they turned the corner, and saw five burning candles tinting the room in warm, orange light. In one corner, Smoky lay under a table, tail wagging at them, threatening to knock over the candle above him. In another, the window curtains swayed recklessly with the blowing air conditioning, dangerously close to another open flame. Quickly, Gia rushed around the room to blow them all out as Robert looked on, palm to forehead in disbelief that they could have been so careless.

All throughout the night, they both tossed and turned, sweating in imaginary heat and haunted by nightmares of what their mistake could have cost them. Images of bright flames danced behind their eyelids, taunting them, and the smell of cedarwood would always remind them of their close encounter.

Did this story feel “too close to home”?

While the story above is totally fictional and not based on a specific family – it’s inspired by real concerns that many homeowners experience!
On average, 21 home candle fires are reported each day.

Keep things cool at home

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Lighting is an essential and powerful element of any home’s design. When designed with intention, lighting can not only make your home feel warmer and more welcoming, but it can increase productivity, highlight your favorite areas of your house, and add character. Plus, choosing the right bulbs and fixtures from your home can impact energy efficiency. 

There are four main types of lighting you should keep in mind when designing or revamping your home. Each serves its own purpose and comes in a variety of options.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting provides the overall illumination and sets the mood for a room. Typically, it floods the room with lighting from above, from ceiling-mounted lights and ceiling fans. Wall sconces can also provide enough lighting to brighten a room.

Of course, ambient lighting can come in a variety of styles which can work well in larger rooms like kitchens and living rooms. Ceiling lights can be dome-shaped flushed fixtures, or recessed lights for a sleeker and more minimal look. They can be a part of a ceiling fan or stand alone for a bold statement-making chandelier. Or, tall floor lamps can provide excellent ambient lighting, especially in rooms with high ceilings.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is more dedicated to style than function. With the use of directional track lights or spotlights, you can guide the eyes toward artwork or architectural elements within your home that deserve special attention.

This type of lighting can add character to your home, setting the stage for your favorite spaces and pieces to shine. Options like cove lighting can be installed near your tray ceiling or crown molding to bring those features to life.

Task Lighting

There are a lot of tasks and activities we perform in our homes on a daily basic. From cooking and preparing your morning coffee to reading, writing, and working at home. Task lighting can illuminate the necessary areas for you to do your best work. 

Under-cabinet lighting is a great way to brighten up the counter tops when you’re prepping meals, while also highlighting your beautiful backsplashes, countertop décor, coffee bar, and more. Then, when it’s time to settle in for the night, task lighting by your bedside can help you crack open a good book to wind down.

Natural Lighting

Never underestimate the power of natural lighting within your home. Sunlight streaming in through your windows can instantly make a home feel more welcoming and comfortable. Of course, while we have no power over the sun outside, we can manage the ways we incorporate it into our lighting design through smart shading.

With a variety of fabric options, you can let just enough light in to brighten your home, while also controlling unnecessary glares, or even keeping your bedroom dark and cozy.

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Get Smarter About Lighting

The lighting in your home should feel intuitive and comforting, not cumbersome and overwhelming. With so many lights in your house, it can help to integrate them all into your smart home system. This way, you can manage them all from a single app, or even automate them based on your routines and energy-management needs. Smart lighting systems can even make your home safer, so you never come home to a dark house, and you can deter intruders while you’re on vacation.

 Phoenix Systems offers free consultations with our smart home pros to help design and install lighting solutions that work for you.