Choosing Between Regular, Pima and Egyptian Cotton Sheets & Towels
Without knowing exactly what to look for, consumers may end up buying inferior towels and sheets instead of getting linens that are soft to the touch and durable!
Not all cottons are created equally, and this certainly becomes apparent when shopping for towels and bedroom linens. By paying special attention to packaging and tagging, savvy consumers can quickly detect the exact quality of what they are about to purchase.
When towels and linens are made of 100% cotton, there are several noticeable advantages; the first and most important is easily seen in the softness of the fabric. By touch alone, shoppers can feel that pure cotton is much more supple and smooth to the touch than those made of a cotton blend.
The next advantage comes in the level of durability: 100% cotton sheets withstand years of washing, unlike their combo counterparts, which tend to break down over time. Cotton/poly sheets tend to ?pill?, when they are frequently washed and get those little balls of fabric that itch and irritate skin.
The third advantage comes in ?breathability?. 100% cotton allows for air to flow through the spaces between the stitches, which allows for natural body heat to regulate the temperature in the bed. On the contrary, the cotton/poly blends trap in body heat, which causes discomfort while sleeping. Although cotton/poly blends tend to be less wrinkled upon removal from the dryer, it is preferable to deal with a few wrinkles than to have to sleep on sheets that feel like stiff sandpaper and wear thin after a few washes.
For towels, these issues tend to be a bit more minimal than with sheets, but the main advantage to purchasing 100% cotton towels is that they are considerably more absorbent are softer to the touch, and they, as the sheets, have an increased level of durability.
For starters, as stated above, when purchasing towels and linens, always choose those that are made with 100% cotton as opposed to those created with a 60% cotton / 40% polyester blend; yes, it's cheaper, but it won't last nearly as long or feel nearly as luxurious when it touches your skin. The benefits will heavily outweigh any difference in price.
Once a shopper has determined that their towels or linens are, in fact, 100% cotton, it is time to differentiate between the types of cottons. Generally, there are three common types of cotton: regular, 100% cotton, pima cotton and Egyptian cotton.
The regular cotton, although it is the lowest grade of the cottons, still offers amazing quality. Regular cotton is easy to detect and is usually billed simply as ?100% cotton? on packaging or tags.
Pima cotton is grown in Arizona and other arid climates, and it is one step above the regular cotton; it offers additional softness and durability.
At the top of the cotton heap, so to speak, is Egyptian cotton. This cotton is by far the softest and the most durable, and the most sought after by those in search of a good night's rest or a soft towel with which to dry off.
In conclusion, shoppers should be sure to carefully read the packaging and/or tags to ensure that they are buying what they think they are buying! Not paying attention to this detail may mean that consumers end up with inferior quality products that are designed to be the closest to their skin. In addition, once shoppers can identify the differences in the quality of cotton, they can better understand the price differences and rest assured that a higher price tag does, indeed, mean higher quality.
Build Your Own Residential and Commercial Track Lighting System
Track Lighting's versatility and adaptability remains the key to its popularity. Browse our selection of kits, or build your own track system for a great alternative to general room lighting, wall washing, or accent lighting. Our selection will work well in both a residential and commercial setting. Overwhelmed by all the options? Take some time to read through our guide, we'll help piece together the best configuration for you. When building your own track lighting system, there are a few factors to keep in mind:
Typical Layout Plan Combinations
The first thing to consider is your track lighting's location and the shape of the room. The most popular layout plans are:
Dog Leg Layout
Modified Grid Layout
Straight Runs: Straight Runs are the most basic form of track lighting. Link together track sections with a straight connector and piece together a simple track lighting system. "L" Layout: Construct an "L" Layout with an "L" Connector to piece together your track sections. There are two types of "L" Connectors: Inside Polarity and Outside Polarity. The Inside Polarity is generally the most popular choice. To identify polarity, orient the connector to "L" shape and the polarity grooves will intersect where indicated. Flex Connector: Create a unique track lighting system by joining track sections with a flex connectory. A Flex Connector permits a variety of track layouts at almost any angle and variation of planes, including wall-to-ceiling or even cathedral ceilings. These connectors can flex up to 90 degrees. Cross Layout: Cross Layouts are a great option for a room's complete coverage. Use the cross connector to piece sections together. Grid Layout: Create a grid for the ultimate in track lighting. Use "T" Connectors and Cross Connectors to link track sections. "T" Layout: Construct a simple "T" Layout with the "T" Connector. "H" Layout: Create an "H" Layout by using "T" Connectors. There are two types of polarity for these connectors: Inside-Right and Inside-Left Polarity. The Inside-Right Polarity type connector is most often used. To identify polarity, orient the connector to "T" shape and the polarity grooves will intersect where indicated. Dog Leg Layout: Piece together a Dog Leg Layout by using both Inside Polarity and Outside Polarity "L" Connectors. Modified Grid Layout: Use both Inside Polarity and Outside Polarity "L" Connectors to create a modified grid layout.
Progress Lighting has "put a twist" on the traditional track selection with their Illuma-Flex track system. Illuma-Flex is functional low voltage track lighting that allows unparalled simplicity and flexibility for general and accent illumination. The flexible tracks can be twisted and curved to create expressive alluring forms. Illuma-Flex features colorful glass mini-pendants combined with adjustable track heads. You can mix and match pieces on the same track to create any combination you can imagine. The adjustable heads and pendants come in many sizes, making it possible to tailor the Illuma-Flex system to the needs of any room.
Track is a surface mounted channel that holds the Track Heads. Mount the tracks directly to the ceiling, on the wall, or with pendants or cables for higher and sloped ceilings. (If you have higher ceilings, remember to place the tracks further away from the walls.) Keep in mind that track systems are normally only compatible with a given product line.
Our selection of track sections range from 2' to 12' sections. Combine any amount of sections together for your ideal arrangement. Use the suggested layouts listed above, or put together your own unique system. Power supply is available anywhere along the track, so position Track Heads wherever you need them! Use End Feeds, Canopies, "Anywhere" Power Feeds, or a Cord and Plug as your energy source.
Track Heads come in all different types and styles. Whether you're looking for a more decorative track system, a powerful light source to showcase artwork, or an unobtrusive lighting option, we have a wide selection of Track Heads to choose from. When browsing through our selection, consider the following: - Low Voltage: These track heads are usually 12 or 24 volts, consume less energry and are less expensive to maintain. (Transformer required)
Line Voltage: These track heads operate at 120 volts. (Transformer not required) PAR Lamps: PAR lamps are line voltage halogen, energy efficient, have good optics, and excellent color quality. MR-16: MR-16 bulbs are low voltage halogen lamps. Their precise beam control makes them a great choice for accent lighting. MR-16 lamps may cause shadows, so they may not be the best choice for task or general lighting. Fluorescent: Fluorescent lights are also a great alternative. They're quite cost-effective for commercial settings because of their long hours of operations.
It's important to remember that track lighting is simply a masked and glorified lamp. Decorative, round back, and flat back track heads are usually all offered with the above voltages and lamp types. Determine you're lighting needs first, choose a lamp or voltage, and then base your track head's style around your decision.
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