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The Truth About Energy Saving Light Bulbs

April 2, 2016

The Truth About Energy Saving Light Bulbs

The problem with early lightbulbs was that they didn’t last very long, in 1880 Thomas Edison created a lightbulb that could last for up to 1200 hours. The Edison lightbulb contained a bamboo filament, contained in an oxygenless glass bulb.

In 1906 The General Electric Company began experimenting with tungsten filaments. This new type of filament and the lack of oxygen in the bulb meant that the new incandescent bulb lasted longer than ever before, this invention meant that everyone wanted electric lighting and incandescent bulbs in their house. Find the full history of incandescent lightbulbs here.

In September 2012 the EU the EU completely banned the sale of incandescent bulbs, the aim of this ban was to save energy. The European Union estimates that their ban will save 39 terawatt-hours of electricity across the European Union by each year by the year 2020. The old incandescent bulb has been replaced by energy saving bulbs, the move has been surrounded by much controversy, with claims the new bulbs cannot be used in certain locations and that they are even dangerous. David Ike claims the bulbs contain secret tracking devices, cameras or something.

Mercury Content

Energy saving bulbs are like the fluorescent tubes you may have seen in school, shops or offices. These new bulbs are actually known as compact fluorescent lamps, CFL bulbs for short. One of the main complaints about CFL bulbs is that they contain mercury, exposure to mercury can cause conditions known as hydrargyria or mercurialism, less than a gram of mercury can cause death. According to this study the risk presented by CFL bulbs is very low and the energy saving benefits they offer is great, CFL bulbs are up to 75% more energy efficient than the traditional incandescent type.

How They Work

The CFL bulb is filled with mercury vapour and electronic ballast, when the light is switched on and electricity flows. The electricity causes mercury vapour to give off ultraviolet light, the ultraviolet light stimulates the phosphorous coating on the inside of the glass CFL bulb and produces light in the visible range.

Less Heat

One benefit of CFL bulbs is that they generate less heat than the traditional incandescent bulbs and because of this reduced heat they are less destructive. A continuous buildup of heat in enclosed luminaires can cause cables or lampholders to become brittle and eventually they can crack.
Because of the energy saving lamps lower operating temperature, this type of damage is greatly reduced. If cables going into the light fitting that houses the CFL are sleeved and protected there will be absolutely no heat damage.

Other Benefits and Disadvantages

CFL bulbs last longer than incandescent bulbs did. They cannot be used in dimmable light fittings, if they are fitted into a dimmable switch they will flicker and not last very long. They will not work at all if it is too cold or too hot. CFL bulbs need to be disposed of properly but so did the old incandescent type of bulb.

This post was supplied by Mark Stubbles who writes for electrical wholesalers, Cannon Electrical Supplies.

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Jeremiah Chandelier

January 27, 2016

Jeremiah Chandelier

Lighting is one of those significant decor elements that not only enhance the overall beauty of a home, but also transforms a boring house to a brighter home. Customers are becoming very conscious when it comes to choosing a lighting fixture as they look for combination of three important attributes – style, quality and value. Jeremiah lighting by Craftmade has all its lighting built on those attributes. Jeremiah lighting’s speciality is traditional and transitional lighting style. All the lighting fixtures are made of super quality materials including resin, wrought iron and crystals. All Jeremiah lighting collections including Chandeliers, wall scones, vanity lights, close-to-ceiling lights and pendant lights are displayed online in www.lightingmiami.com.

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DIY Kitchen Utensils Chandeliers

March 3, 2014

DIY Kitchen Utensils Chandeliers

Check out these DIY Kitchen Utensils Chandeliers which are really creative ways to make some interesting lighting. My favorite part about this idea is the colors you can include when making it as well as the lighting effects. You can put these lights pretty much anywhere and can have a lot of fun with the colors.

DIY Ideas

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DIY Industrial Chandelier

February 21, 2014

DIY Industrial Chandelier

Chandeliers are a beautiful piece of home decor but they can cost quite a bit of cash. But there is a DIY solution for that as well. Instead of a fancy ornamental style there is another style which I call industrial which in my mind is making a huge comeback in past years. Check out this DIY Industrial Chandelier to build one yourself at half the cost.

Home Decor Ideas

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DIY Mason Jar Light

February 15, 2014

DIY Mason Jar Light

Check out this DIY Mason Jar Light! This is a really great chandelier idea for mounting lights to the wall. I always find light ideas to be really great home decor because they look great and they also provide a source of light for that room as well.

Materials:


– Grapevine Wire
– Burlap Ribbon
– 5 large mouth Mason Jars
– 100 White Lights
– 100 White Lights
– Cast Iron Swivel Hooks

Instructions:


1. To make the hangers for the jars just twist the grapevine wire around a pencil.
2. Then around the mouth of the jar.
3. Twist.
4. And bring the grapevine wire up and around and attach it to the little ring you made to begin with.
5. I put the top ring back on just to better secure the grapevine wire.
6. Now for the fun part! Hang your hook wherever you want it and get out those pretty white lights.
7. Decide how you want the lights to hang.
8. If you want put an adapter on your existing porch light so the mason jar light is controlled by a light switch.
9. All done!

DIY Hanging Pendent Light

February 12, 2014

DIY Hanging Pendent Light

Here is another great decor project for a light in any room in your home. This project is actually quite simple and gives you the ability to create a sophisticated, sculptural DIY Hanging Pendent Light using the materials featured in the picture above.

Light Ideas

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DIY Starburst Straw Lamp

November 28, 2013

DIY Starburst Straw Lamp

Don’t you just love the cool effects of this DIY starburst straw lamp? I do! It’s extremely cheap to make- all you really need is drinking straws and a cheap deep fryer or colander. Try it out and create one of your own!

Here is the link to Straw Lamp.

Starburst Drinking Straw Lamp

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DIY Wax Paper Lantern Project

November 19, 2013

DIY Wax Paper Lantern Project

What a creative idea! I just love these DIY wax paper lantern project that is so simple to do and a great decor you can add to any room! These lanterns give off just the right amount of light to create an ambiance of comfort and relaxation!

Here is the link to DIY Latern Project.

Brilliant Wax Paper Lantern Project

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“Fireflies in a Jar” Night Lantern

August 26, 2013

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My niece and I did this idea awhile back. Its a really cool idea where you can light up an area in your home or just carry one of these neat lanterns around the house to light your way. Its very colorful, fun and honestly I was amazed some of the cool color effects we got out of this. Try it and be amazed!

Lantern Ideas

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String of Paper Cube Lights

August 10, 2013

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Need some more light? Well this really neat craft/DIY idea adds some great home decor to any room in your house. You can really experiment with this. Let me know where you put your paper cube lights. We put ours in our kids room because he helped make them.

Credit for Image(s): witandwhistle.com

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