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 …

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How To Improve Your Home's Security

How To Improve Your Home’s Security

One of the most important things to keep in mind before building that lavish home is your family’s safety. Many people would argue that you only come to install safety measures right after you complete the construction, but this is a mistake. From getting a secure area to build a house for your family to how you construct it is integral to overall security. The following safety precaution tips will help you to safeguard your new home.

Building a Secure House

As mentioned above, the security of your home should begin right from the site. Pick a location that has a high-security level to construct your house. While you may be able to choose an area with low theft cases, there’s more to safety than crime rates.  

Natural disasters such as windstorms, flooding, hurricanes can harm your family. These hazards are sometimes inevitable, as they can happen from time to time. That’s why you should plan to build a substantial house that can withstand all these forces.

Building a secure home requires you to use quality materials and strong fasteners such as galvanized timber bolts, like those from BACO Enterprises, for roofing to ensure your rooftop is intact despite wind, rain, and other types of severe weather.  

Consider Building a Safe Room

How To Improve Your Home's Security

You can build a small safe room inside your house where you can hide and be safe in case a disaster strikes. This room should be constructed to fit all the members of the family and …

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A Woodworking Project that needs a Woodturning Chisel

A Woodworking Project that needs a Woodturning Chisel

Woodturning chisels are invaluable for projects that include decorative, shaped work that is typically turned on a lathe. Such projects can include making chair legs, salt and pepper pots, pieces for a balustrade, bowls, cups and even chess pieces. A piece of timber or a partly finished object is held in place on a lathe which rotates at high speed. A woodturning chisel is held in place to create the desired shape.

A Woodworking Project that needs a Woodturning Chisel

Types of Woodturning Chisel

Woodturning chisels generally have longer handles and blades for versatility when working on a variety of projects. They are available with shaped ends that each produce a different effect.

  • Domed Scraper Chisel – This has a smooth angled curve to eliminate rough edges inside hollow structures such as a bowl or cup
  • Deep Bowl Gouge – The U-shaped blade is ideal for hollowing out a piece of timber to form a bowl or cup
  • Roughing Gouge – With a sharply trimmed U-shaped end, this chisel is used to begin work on a project by cutting away excess timber
  • Skew Chisel – The neat wedge shape of this chisel is perfect for finishing a piece by smoothing the surface
  • Oval Skew Chisel – This is similar to the previous chisel except the back of the blade is curved to allow it to be held in position against a rest
  • Fingernail Profile Gouge – The elongated fingernail cutting edge can be used either head on or at the side for creating flexible shapes
  • Parting and Beading
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Developing The Attic to Create More Room

Developing The Attic to Create More Room

Developing The Attic to Create More Room

Most people in the United States have an attic as a storage area. However, these rooms can be transformed to become a room by itself. Homeowners should do a lot of research online if they want to change the way their attic looks. The attic can be transformed in many ways – it could serve as a bedroom, a living room, a dining room, a library, an entertainment room, an office, and so much more. It all depends on the creativity of the homeowner and the amount of budget that they are ready to spend to initiate the renovation of the attic.

The attic as a bedroom

Transforming the attic into a bedroom is one of the most common changes applied to this part of the house. Because of its location at the uppermost part of the house, transforming it into a bedroom is the preferable way to use the attic. To start the renovation, all you have to do is to sort the things stored within the attic. You can sell the items that are no longer needed through yard sales, and keep those that have value. Once the attic has been cleared of debris and clutter, you can start furnishing it. Check the attic for pests, and if there are not any, do not hesitate to call pest control companies, like Moxie Pest Control. They can eliminate home pests like rats, ants, cockroaches, and termites. After clearing the attic from pests, start painting the walls. Paint the …

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5 Signs You Need to Replace the Windows in Your Home

5 Signs You Need to Replace the Windows in Your Home

When was the last time you checked the condition of your windows? If it hasn’t been within the last five years, you could have some maintenance issues you need to handle. Not to mention, if your home has aluminum or wood framed windows, you may not even notice the problems they cause easily. If your home is over 20 years old with the original windows- you are due for an upgrade, but there are some easy ways to check. How will you know when it is time to replace your windows?

High Energy Bills

On a cold day, stand next to your windows. Does it feel cooler than the rest of your home? Touch your windows. If the glass feels cold to the touch, the warm air from your furnace is being cooled down as soon as it gets within a few feet of your windows. Not only is this uncomfortable but it’s such a waste! In fact, 10% of your heat loss could be going right out those windows.

As the temperature drops during winter and rises during the summer, your heating and cooling bills are sure to do the same. But, if your windows are on the older side, it’s likely that much of the heat produced by your furnace and the cooling from your air conditioner is going to waste. While older windows are generally single-paned and vulnerable to leaks, newer windows are highly efficient and designed to help prevent air transferring in and out of your …

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