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Save Energy and Stay Safe with LED’s

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

christmas-lightsHow LED’s Are Changing The Holiday Season

Every year, millions of cities, towns, villages, stores and homes get decorated for Christmas and the other holidays happening at this time of year. But did you realize that over the last decade there has been a seismic shift in how we decorate? It’s a change you might not have noticed, but is certainly affecting how we see the season nonetheless.

The change is happening due to the emergence, and new dominance of LED lighting. LED stands for light emitting diode. This technology has been around for decades, in fact, they were invented in the 1960′s and are now over 50 years old. However, it’s taken decades for them to get established as a real option for homes, businesses, governments and organizational use.

This is mainly because the technology was expensive to produce when in its infancy. However, in the last decade or so, the initially high price of LED lights has come down substantially, making it comparable to other lighting sources. Thanks to this, and the many other advantages and benefits of LED lights, like space saving, energy saving, durability and customization, LED’s have finally earned their place in the lighting arena.


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Friday, November 11th, 2016

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Ten Tips for Outdoor Holiday Lighting

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

outdoor-holiday-lighting-ledOutdoor Holiday Lighting Tips

Outdoor holiday lighting is truly exciting. Getting those holiday lights on your outdoor property can really help you get deeper into the Christmas spirit.

Installing and using outdoor lights however are far different than with indoor ones. Here are some important tips to take note of to keep your holiday lighting installation and use both safe and enjoyable.

* Never use plain staples or nails for installing your decorative lights. These could cut through the wire and cause fraying. This in turn could endanger you and your property. As much as possible, settle for plastic clips that you can easily use on eaves, gutters and railings. If you really must use staples, make sure that they are the insulated type and that you do not cut through the wire.

led-outdoor-lights-snowflakes* Never use indoor lights outdoors. Use only holiday lights that are specifically meant to be used for the outdoors. You should also strictly stick to manufacturer instructions on how to use your Christmas lights.

* Carefully check your outdoor holiday lighting even if newly bought. You shouldn’t just keep an eye out for busted bulbs. You should also check for frayed wires, exposed wires or broken connecting sockets.

* All lighting sockets should be wrapped with electrical tape. This will ensure that there is no gap in between connections. The electrical tape can also ensure that water cannot get into the connecting points.

* You cannot just connect as many lights as you want. You also have to be careful with using limited extension wires for too many lights. You could cause a circuit overload that could lead to power failure. Light makers usually have safety guidelines on the number of lights that can be connected.


Benefits of LED Lights for Outdoor Recreation

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

led-flashlight-colemanLED Light Uses for Camping and Outdoors

With the invention of LED lights, summertime nights, whether camping or enjoying your backyard, have become so much brighter. LED lighting packs a huge amount of light into a tiny little bulb. Due to its tiny size, manufacturers are putting these handy little lights into more and more products and forms. Better lighting can increase safety at night for your family and friends, with their popularity increasing yearly, the prices have also seen a precipitous drop.

Here are some ways you can incorporate LED lighting for your outdoor activities this summer.

LED Flashlights

There’s no better way to use LED’s than to buy yourself some handy LED based flashlights. Traditional flashlights used to require large batteries to give off bright light, but that isn’t the case when you choose LED flashlights. You get the advantage of brighter light but with less battery power needed. This makes them the ideal choice for camping, traveling and even led-lamp-lantern-campingaround the house.

Choose LED flashlights in many forms. For the kids, choose small handheld lights which are attached to a carabiner. They can attach the light to a necklace, belt or clothing so they won’t lose it. For older kids, choose slightly larger flashlights that include extra features like additional modes to adjust brightness.

LED Lamps

For outdoor camping, LED lamps will light up inside your tent or around your campsite much better than traditional light bulbs and much safer than using torches or flame based lighting. Nearly every tent comes with hooks on the inside where you can hang things. Use these to hang handy LED lamps which will light up your entire tent without taking up a huge amount of space and without the risk of setting your tent on fire.


Holiday Lights: LED Lighting vs Traditional

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Difference between LED & Regular Holiday Lights

What's the Best Holiday Lighting for Your Home?

Get enlightened with these tips on the best holiday lighting for your home: LED or incandescent. Both bring cheer to your holiday displays, and there are pros and cons for both. Find out which is the brightest idea to help you celebrate the Christmas season.


When it comes to choosing holiday lights for decorating, what’s the brightest idea, LED or incandescent?

Now, there are pros and cons to both but, I can help you decide.

While LEDs are a bit more expensive, they use about 75% less electricity and last about 15 times longer than traditional incandescents, so they save you money in the long run.


Holiday Decorating: LED vs Regular Lighting

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

View this informational True Value Hardware video to help you decide which variety of holiday lighting is the right one for your display. Our expert Hardwarians can help you decide in the store which light will meet your needs this holiday season.

What is the best type of holiday lighting?

When it comes to choosing holiday lights for decorating, what’s the brightest idea, LED or incandescent?

There are pros and cons to both but, I can help you decide.

holiday-lighting-ledWhile LEDs are a bit more expensive, they use about 75% less electricity and last about 15 times longer than traditional incandescents. So, they may save you money in the long run.

Traditional incandescent bulbs are typically brighter than almost all types of LEDs and give a warmer color. The downside is they produce more heat and bulbs can burn out.

When in doubt, LED LIGHTS are your best bet. But, whatever style you choose always make sure it’s UL approved.

Happy Holidays.

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