A Few Tips Before You Purchase Your Front Door

A Few Tips Before You Purchase Your Front Door

The front entry door of your home is going to be the most important part of your home. You would be spending a lot of money on it so that it comes out the way you would have wanted it. But there are many pitfalls on the way. To make sure that you get the right front doors for home and have got your money’s worth, here are a few tips to guide you on how to choose the right one.

Materials

Doors are available in various types like wood, steel and composite doors. Wooden doors are great looking but require constant maintenance and are expensive. Others like steel and composite doors require little maintenance and cost lesser, but they do not look as good as wood does. So make your choice depending on which one you feel would be more convenient.

When buying a complete entry system, ensure that all the components are by the same manufacturer, because distributors may assemble entry door systems using parts from different companies that may not match perfectly.

Security

Different doors and their frames have differing security levels. Depending upon your security needs, you could go for a wooden door, which is strong vulnerable to the elements, or you could go for steel and aluminum, which is more secure. Try to avoid doors with too many glass windows, for they are much easy to break in despite being attractive. Some companies offer glazing that can resist break-ins. If you can afford the extra expense, you can have glazing done on your door.

Locks are important for your front door. Make sure you have deadbolts in your front door. Try to get the most affordable multiple locks for your door without any compromise on their quality.

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LED Outdoor Lighting Tops Incandescent and Halogen

LED Outdoor Lighting Tops Incandescent and Halogen

With each passing year, the benefits of LED outdoor lighting become more statistically sound. While the longevity, quality and energy efficiency capabilities of LED bulbs have proven successful over the past ten years, even more positive features are on the horizon. Today, learning what an LED outdoor light can provide as opposed to an ordinary lighting system, will help you rethink your landscape, pathway and security systems.

Life Expectancy

LED lighting is a leader in outliving the competition by a very wide margin in life expectancy. An incandescent bulb can last 750 to 2,000 hours and a halogen bulb, 2,000 to 5,000 hours. LED bulbs put both of these existing methods to shame by shedding 30,000 to 50,000 hours of pure light before needing changed. In addition, many regular lighting systems do not offer a simple bulb change but an entire housing mechanism. The switch to LED can save you money in maintenance costs by lasting as long as a decade before a replacement is needed.

Distribution of Light

The three zones of luminaire classification (LCS) are considered for outdoor lighting according to IESNA. These include forward, back and up light and the test results are astounding. If you have ever stood under a street light that is fitted with an incandescent or halogen bulb, you understand the difference. Visual performance is limited and even annoying with the glare that is associated with regular outdoor lighting. The LED bulb is still undergoing study through CALiPER in order to make a scientific comparison but, for now, the human eye can give LED lights a positive report.

Quality of Light

Longevity and distribution are not the only winning features of the LED versus CFL outdoor lighting. It has been recently revealed by PEARL studies that incandescent lighting loses 5 to …

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