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Friday, December 20, 2013

Product Spotlight: Halco ProLED Globe Lamp

Looking for new light bulbs that are just as beautiful as they are energy efficient? Our decorative LED lights section is the perfect place to start. This month, we’re shining our product spotlight on one of our many fantastic LED globe light bulbs in the decorative lights section, the Halco ProLED Globe Lamp.

The Halco ProLED Globe Lamp is a great option for almost any decorative application. Its 8 watts offer a lot of power, equivalent to a 40-watt incandescent lamp, allowing you to light a room while saving on energy costs. With instant-on capabilities, this lamp has none of the drawbacks you might expect with other types of energy-efficient light bulbs.

This globe light bulb has a very long life: It’s rated to still put out 70 percent as much light at 25,000 hours of operation as it does when brand new. When it does finally run out of life, you can feel confident that it won’t damage the environment because it contains no mercury or lead.

The bulb can be used in damp locations and open devices, and is suitable for use with dimmers. However, it’s important to note that it isn’t recommended for outdoor use or inside an enclosed fixture, as both of these applications can dramatically reduce the life of the lamp.

You can find this bulb in our store for only $23.95 — a great price for such a long-lasting light bulb!

Have questions about using LED lighting in your home? Leave us a comment and we’ll be happy to answer!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

5 Tips for Installing Under-Cabinet LED Lighting

Under-cabinet lighting can be a perfect addition to your home, whether you’re installing the lighting in your kitchen, office, garage or another area of your home with shelves or cabinets. Illuminating the area under your cabinets can help you find things quicker and give you space you might not have even known you had. You can improve your home quickly and easily with the contemporary and subtle task lighting you get from under-cabinet lights.

As you may have guessed, installing under-cabinet lighting isn’t as easy as changing a light bulb. However, with a couple of hours and the right tools, it’s not too difficult or dangerous. Here are our top tips for installing under-cabinet lighting:

  1. Turn off the electricity to the kitchen from your main electrical panel. You don’t want this project to end with a shock and a trip to the emergency room, so cut the power before you begin. To be sure you’ve cut the power, plug in a lamp in your kitchen and make sure it doesn’t light up.
  2. Make sure you have the right tools. Pull together the tools you’ll need before you start to prevent having to make a run to the home improvement store mid-way through the project. Some of the tools you might need: a flat pry bar, Phillips and slotted screwdrivers, a drill, a drywall saw and wire strippers.
  3. Read all of the instructions. It can be easy to just skim the instructions and attempt the project, but resist the temptation for this project. Electrical projects require precise steps in order to go well, so follow the instructions that accompany your lights.
  4. Install the lighting close to the front of your cabinets. Many homeowners make the mistake of installing their lighting too far back under their cabinents. Placing the lighting as close to the front of your cabinets as possible will illuminate more of your task space.
  5. Don’t forget to install accessories. If you’d like your under-cabinet lighting to be dimmable, be sure you install a dimmer switch before you finish your project. Don’t forget any other accessories you might want with your new under-cabinet task lighting.

Where do you plan to install your under-cabinet lighting? Let us know in the comments below!