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LED Lighting is the new GREEN Light

What are LED lights, why are they so expensive, and why is everyone is using them?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.  They have become popular because they are the most energy efficient way to produce light.  LED lights use about 90 percent less power than conventional light bulbs (halogen, incandescent, fluorescent, etc).  They are more durable and have a long service life.  Believe it or not, but they can last up to 25 years or more!!!  This is about 40,000-50,000 hours.

Have you ever noticed how much harder it is to keep a room full of canned lights cool?  LED lights can solve this problem, because they do not emit heat the way conventional lights do.  This allows you to stay more comfortable while saving on your utility bills.

For safety and environmental concerns, they don’t contain any mercury or toxins, don’t generate radio frequency so as not to interfere with radios or TVs and are resistant to vibration and shocks.  They are cool to the touch so as not to burn you.  Again because they do not generate heat, they are safer to be placed near drier bushes and plants.  Their waterproof quality allows them to be safe to be used near water hoses and sprinklers.

The trendiest place to use LED lighting right now is with cabinetry.  Because they do not generate as much heat as conventional lights, they can be used in places that were not possible before.  They are commonly used for task lighting, under cabinet lights, inside cabinets and drawers, and under the toe kick.

Another place where LED lighting is making headway is in outdoor spaces.  There are the obvious energy savings, but beyond that, they are a great choice because they […]

By |October 25th, 2012|Kitchens|0 Comments|

Kitchen Remodeling Tips

My wife and I took the plunge last summer. After years of talking about remodeling the kitchen, we decided to do it. It’s quite an experience — the dust, the noise, and all the strangers coming into the house. And of course, we had to live without a kitchen for a few months.

But it was worth it. We love the results! We spend most of our time in the kitchen and adjoining family room, so we get to enjoy the new space every day.

A kitchen remodel tends to have a high rate of return on investment. In most cases, it will almost pay for itself when you sell the home.

Even so, “Don’t think in terms of appreciating the value of your home,” cautions Bob Markovich, the Home Editor at Consumer Reports magazine. “You really should be doing a kitchen remodel for you.

According to the National Association of Realtors 2005 Cost vs. Value Report:

— The average “upscale kitchen” remodel cost $81,552 and had a payback of 84.8 percent.

— The average midrange “major kitchen” remodel cost $43,862 and had a payback of 91 percent.

— The average “minor kitchen” remodel cost $14,913 and had a payback of 98.5 percent.

You can’t do anything until you figure out how much you’re able or willing to spend. That means doing your homework — read magazines, visit showrooms, talk to friends and neighbors who recently remodeled. It takes a lot of time to do all this. But I can tell you, it’s worth the investment.

There are a number of free online calculators that can help you decide what you want and how much it will cost, including one from Consumer Reports and one from an industry trade group.

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