Blog :: 03-2013

Different Bulbs: Truths Behind Home Lighting

Different Bulbs: Truths Behind Home Lighting Incandescent, halogen, florescent, and compact florescent (CFL) bulbs are all commonly found in homes across the country. Each of these light bulbs has its own set of pros and cons, and certain bulbs will serve a purpose in different rooms throughout your home. If you're contemplating updating your lighting, or if you simply aren't getting the light you need in certain rooms, here is a breakdown of the aforementioned bulbs and how they can be used in your home. Incandescent The incandescent light bulb is the most commonly used bulb in the household. Part of the reasoning behind this is their relatively low cost. Incandescent bulbs offer a warm, inviting light which complements skin tones. These bulbs tend to last approximately 1,000 hours, and can last even longer if used with a dimmer switch. However, it should be noted that incandescent bulbs aren't very energy-efficient, and if you care about going green in your home, there are better bulb options for you. Halogen Halogen light bulbs are a variation of incandescent bulbs. They are known for their ability to provide "white light," which is the closest we can get to natural daylight. Under halogen light colors appear significantly sharper, and these bulbs can also be paired with a dimmer switch. While halogen bulbs are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, they burn at a much higher temperature and are a more expensive option. However, if you choose to use halogen bulbs in your home, you must handle them with care. Even the smallest amount of oil from your hands can create a "hotspot" on the bulb. This hotspot can lead to increased heat in the area, which can lead to the bulb exploding. Halogen lights are commonly used in recessed cans and under cabinets. Florescent Florescent light bulbs come in a wide array of sizes and variations, though a majority of them are large, rectangular-shaped bulbs that fit into ballasts specifically designed to house the florescent bulbs overhead. Florescent bulb ballasts hold your bulb in place while also regulating how much power the bulb receives. Your florescent bulb will provide you with a cold, flat blue light. This type of light is often considered harsh, and because it attempts to replicate daylight, you cannot use a dimmer switch with these bulbs. These bulbs work well in larger rooms, such as an attic or basement. However, if you are doing a lighting project, you most likely will want to steer clear of florescent light bulbs. CFL One of the most energy-efficient lighting options available is the compact florescent light bulb. CFL bulbs are not equipped with a heating filament to generate light. Rather, these bulbs use electricity to heat mercury vapor within the light bulb in order to produce ultraviolet, and then visible light. According to EnergyStar, CFL light bulbs use about 75% less energy than your traditional incandescent bulb, and they last roughly six times longer. While you'll need to spend a little more up front on compact florescent bulbs, you are guaranteed to make that money back in the long-run.

light bulb Lighting accounts for close to 10% of your household energy costs, which can easily reach $150 a year in electricity costs. While this may not seem like a sizable cost, it is more than enough to consider more energy-efficient options. With just a little bit of planning, you can properly light your house and reduce your utility costs. Take control of your lighting today and replace your lighting with a more efficient option. Rachael Jones is a blogger for DIYMother.

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      Lots of Family Easter Activities in Haywood County

      If you are looking for a place to take your kids on an Easter Egg Hunt, there are plenty of events in Haywood County! Click on the link below to a list put together by the Mountaineer.

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      Smoky Mountain Oyster & Seafood Festival 2013 - Tickets On Sale at 10am TODAY!

      Smoky Mountain Oyster & Seafood Festival 2013 is a one-day festival, Saturday, April 20 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. General admission is $5 (plus fees) if purchased in advance and $8 (plus fees) if purchased at the gate the day of the event. Kids 12 & under are FREE! General admission includes live music & entertainment, games, kid's zone and more! Visit the silent auction to benefit Haywood Waterways. Oyster Shucking Contest... Oh Boy!

      Revision 3_Oysterfest_Evt Profile 1 (2)Get your Oysters fried, steamed, roasted, or raw. Peel and eat Shrimp. And for those Non-Sea-Foodies, there will be plenty of food trucks & vendors with everything from Brats to Grits! There's even a Budweiser Tent to grab a cold beer to wash it all down.

      Lots of entertainment for the kids in the Kids Zone: Petting zoo, face painting, hay toss, hula hoops, corn hole, and frisbees.

      Live music by the Caribbean Cowboy, Mile High Band, and Hoss Howard Band!

      This is an event with something for everyone!

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      Change is A'comin - Time, Weather, Batteries, and probably a few Detectors

      The dreaded loss of an hour of sleep is upon us.... It's a good bet that more of us are either late to church or miss it entirely on this Sunday than any other day of the year. With that loss of an hour comes the hopeful thoughts of Spring. Flowers and trees in bloom, warmer weather, "street-light" curfew getting later (much to the delight of children everywhere).

      It is also a time to check on the safety of our homes. Pretty sure most Americans know the slogan "Change your clocks, Change your batteries". A reminder twice a year to check the batteries in our smoke detectors. But just "checking" them isn't enough and it's not just smoke detectors that need attention.

      So this Sunday after adjusting to the loss of that hour, take a little time to do the following:ChangeYouClock1

      1. Don't just check your smoke detectors. Check your Carbon Monoxide(CO) Detectors as well. The best thing to do is just go ahead and replace the batteries, not just check that they are working at that moment. Making sure they are functioning should be done often. An accidental piece of burnt toast usually does this for us in our home.

      2. Smoke Detectors should be replaced every 10 years and CO detectors ever 5 years. The sensors tend to degrade over time due to environmental contamination and age.

      3. This is also a good time to go through your medicine cabinet and discard any expired medications. That date DOES matter! Remember to discard in a safe place out of the reach of children and animals. If your dog is a trash junky, might not want to toss the old bottles there.

      4. Check your disaster kits in your home and cars. Just how old is that pack of extra batteries. Or have they all mysteriously disappeared. A recent power outage at our home revealed just about all the emergency batteries had found their way into remotes, video game controllers etc...

      5. Take a walk around the inside and outside of your home. Look for any hazardous materials, objects, etc. With the warmer weather ahead, no more "its too cold" excuses.

      A great idea is to involve the entire family. Its an easy way to teach our children the importance of checking and maintaining these things. A practice they will carry with them into adulthood.

      Remember, most states have standard requirements as to how many and where detectors should be located in your home. If you are unsure, check with your local fire department. They are usually more than willing to provide that information. Many have programs where they will come out to your home and make sure you have the detectors in the right place.

      Here are a few websites if you would like more information:

      National Fire Safety Council

      National Fire Protection Agency

      American Red Cross

      US Fire Administration

      Safe Kids Inc

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      Things to Consider before Buying a Home

      We have heard it all over the news, home sales are up, mortgage lenders are loosening up, prices are going up... Throw them all together and you find more folks are considering buying a home now than in recent years. For those of you that have purchased a home previously, you know what a daunting task it is. For those considering buying for the first time... it may be down right overwhelming!

      A simple search of the internet provides an abundance of hints, tips, and tricks to finding your dream home. Once you lay your eyes on it.... common sense can fly right out the window. The house is suddenly surrounded by a glowing halo of light, basking you in all its glory. You think to yourself, "THIS IS IT! MY HOME SWEET HOME!" And maybe it is. Or maybe you are not seeing the overall picture, the minor details that make major differences down the road.

      dream houseRealtor.com shares 14 items to consider before taking that leap in a recent article like visiting the home at different times of the day. Checking out the surrounding area to see what's near your home. Experience speaking here... having the 9pm train blow past your home every single night can be quite disruptive to a child's bedtime routine.

      Verify not only the most recent taxes, but past taxes and how often re-appraisals are done.

      Is there a neighborhood association and how active is it? What fees etc are required?

      Chat up the neighbors. This is one time to consider the chatty, nosy neighbor a positive thing.

      These steps and the others listed, may dim the halo around your dream home or burst the bubble entirely, but they are necessary to avoid buyers remorse and ensure your dream home is realistically the best home overall.

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