Nov 12, 14
You pass them on your way to work, running errands or while riding along the freeway. Massive, colorful and clever, billboards are forms of advertisement meant to attract attention. Billboards are meant to be captivating enough to pull your eyes away from the road for a second, but not so eye catching that you swerve into another driver’s lane. Though traditional billboards are still popular, the move to digitally engineered LED billboards is seeing a steady increase.
Nov 10, 14
It’s finally time. After weeks of thinking it over, you’ve decided to switch from incandescent to LED lighting for your home. You want to save on your electric bills and get more out of your hard-earned paycheck, but even with newer and cheaper LEDs, they are still more expensive than incandescent bulbs. How can you be sure you’re getting the best in upgrade costs? I recently went through my own home and replaced all of the lights (minus the fridge light) with LEDs and it has been well worth it. Let’s take a look at where to start and how to finally make the switch to LED lighting.
Sep 29, 14
As we race through summer and into fall, it’s not a bad idea to prepare for the coming winter. Last winter, many cities across the US saw substantial snowfall and freezing temperatures. Doubtless, many of you also noticed the formation of ice dams on your roofs and in your rain gutters. On their own, an ice dam isn’t damaging, but any degradation in your roof can lead to leaks and water damage inside your home. It’s a shame since one way to prevent this is a simple replacement of your downlights. Surprised? Let’s take a look at ice dams and how your current lights might be the cause.
Aug 18, 14
It’s never a bad idea to use energy-efficient lights, but a quick search for a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) can show far too many different types of CFLs to make the selection easy. One of the most notable differences the type of base used by each bulb. In fact, the standard screw-in bulb you’re looking for is the minority when it comes to base types on CFLs. Commercial CFLs don’t typically find their way into homes, but for the new shop owner or the rare occurrence of a commercial CFL in a residential building, you’ll find a strange socket that’s unlike the typical housing bulbs you’re used to. Let’s unpack the differences so you’ll be ready to get the right replacement bulb if you find yourself here.
Aug 04, 14
Setting up the right task lighting can be maddening. Whether you just need to eliminate shadows on your workbench, reduce eyestrain at your desk, or get just the right colors for an art studio, you’ll find different light and setting requirements for each situation. This is the lighting we use for working on our passions and hobbies, but without proper lighting it’s easier to make mistakes and harder to see the fine details we want to put into our work. Sometimes it’s the little things, like a minor flaw or a small improvement that can make a huge difference in how we feel about a finished task. Here’s a quick guide to setting up LED task lighting so you can upgrade to a more cost-effective bulb without losing the quality you’re used to.