A Guide To CFL Bulbs: With 8 Types Of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Which One Should You Choose?

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Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) can save you as much as $40 to $135 over the life of the bulb, compared to incandescent lighting. That's pretty amazing!While you may already be familiar with the energy savings of CFLs, few people are aware of the wide variety of CFLs that are available.From the popular spiral bulb to the decorative candle bulb, there is a compact fluorescent light bulb to fit just about any situation in your home that requires light.Here's how to choose the … [Read more...]

Your 3 Green Lighting Alternatives When Replacing Old Incandescent Light Bulbs: LED, Halogen, And CFL Lighting Explained

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A little while ago, I wrote about the green lighting alternatives that have been coming to light (no pun intended) since the ban against some incandescent light bulbs took effect on January 1, 2014.For the record, the Incandescent Light Bulb Ban essentially does away with 100-watt, 75-watt, 60-watt, and 40-watt bulbs. At this point, low- and high-watt incandescent bulbs, decorative, and other types of specialty lighting are not affected.Many homeowners are feeling the pinch because the … [Read more...]

The Incandescent Light Bulb Ban: 3 Alternative Light Bulbs To Choose + Light Bulb Myths You Should Know About

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The incandescent light bulb ban that affected Americans in 2012 (when the 100-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out) and 2013 (when 75-watt incandescent bulbs went dark) is now about to take effect on the biggest part of the lighting market: 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs.As of January 1, 2014, it's illegal to manufacture or import traditional 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent bulbs.This law effectively turns out the lights on the most popular light bulbs in the United … [Read more...]

4 Cool Ideas For Recycling Glass Insulators From Telephone Poles And Power Poles

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Remember when telephone poles had colorful glass insulators atop their cross arms?These days, most telephone poles have either silicone or ceramic insulators, and many people are recycling the obsolete glass insulators as communications and power companies continue updating aging lines.Old insulators, which are bell shaped and used to suspend phone lines and power lines from supporting poles, have long been a popular item to collect -- especially among many who grew up seeing vivid … [Read more...]

Awesome Recycling Project: Buy an Old Traffic Light and Turn It Into Game Room Décor

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Want to go green with a fun recycling project?How about red, yellow, and green?When I was 8 years old, my dad bought me an old traffic light for my birthday. He and I later painted it, fixed it up, and got it working again. It soon became part of my bedroom décor and almost 25 years later still adorns my home.At the time, he bought it for me because I had a love (and still do) for traffic lights. But, beyond being one incredible birthday gift, it also reminds me that municipalities … [Read more...]

Two-Color, Solar Powered, SunJar-Like Lamp Review

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With summer fast approaching, I know I am looking forward to warm evenings spent out on my porch... maybe a good brew in hand as well.Now as the light fades off into the night, wouldn’t it be great to have a lamp to set the ambiance that you could turn on that wouldn’t waste energy?Yeah, I think it’d be pretty cool too. … [Read more...]

Green DIY Project: Transform An Old Tomato Cage Into A Funky Outdoor Lantern

With the new year, brings some chilly weather outside, at least where I live.If you’re looking for things to do while bundling up and keeping warm inside, why not work on creating something for those warmer months?I’m talking about repurposing a tomato cage into a funky, personalized outdoor light. How cool is that?Even though it seems like spring and summer are far away, time has a tendency to sneak up on us and eventually it’ll be that time of year.With your personalized light … [Read more...]

Save Energy and Money With a Timer for Your Christmas Lights

With Thanksgiving right around the corner,I know a lot of us are starting to get the urge to pull those Christmas decorations out of the attic....Or maybe you already have them up.Even though money can get tight this time of year, we still hang Christmas lights on and in our homes that are going to make our energy bills a little higher. How much sense does that make?Luckily, there is a quick and easy way to make your Christmas lights save you money this year... and you can just as … [Read more...]

Turn Your Old Sneakers Into Funky Solar-Powered Lights

If you’re like me then you probably have an old pair of shoes lying around the house that you just can’t part with. Why not turn those beloved old shoes into something that you can use or just help add style to your casa, solar-powered street lights. I know you’re probably wondering “how in the world did a company think to merge these two things and come up with such a cool product”. … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Own LED Halloween Lights

Halloween is just around the corner, but it's not too late to get your Halloween decorations up.Whether we're talking about Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, or even the Superbowl, strings of LED lights are the foundation of any great decor!Check out these 2 awesome ways to make your own custom LED Halloween lights...  DIY Halloween Light Project #1: … [Read more...]