Saturday, January 18, 2014

What to Choose Now that Incandescent Light Bulbs Aren't Going to Be Around

According to the Baltimore Sun newspaper, the Jan. 1 phaseout of old-style 40- and 60-watt bulbs is the third step in the change to more efficient forms of lighting. The first step, in 2012, targeted 100-watt bulbs and was followed last year by the elimination of traditional 75-watt bulbs. .The law doesn’t ban incandescent bulbs, but only requires them to be more energy efficient.
Now consumers have three choices: compact fluorescent light bulbs, LED bulbs and halogen bulbs. We decided to post this to help you make a good choice. 

1)  Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, are long-lasting and stingy on energy use and relatively inexpensive. But  these have a small amount of mercury. DOWNSIDE: They have to be disposed of at certain Recycle Centers. MERCURY can't be tossed in the trash.

2) LED bulbs are illuminated by light-emitting diodes. They last for decades and use even less energy than CFLs, but they are still fairly expensive.**THIS IS OUR CHOICE- It also provides the brightest light and DOESN'T get hot, and doesn't have any toxic substances**

3) Halogen bulbs are the most like the old familiar incandescent bulbs. They don’t save nearly as much electricity or last as long as the others. DOWNSIDE - They get VERY hot, quickly.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next