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Ways to save on energy and understanding the cost of running items.

So you want to upgrade the look of your house?
My sister in law, decided to upgrade her kitchen and living/dining room… based on what she saw on TV.
She had a small kitchen, almost galley style… with a single fixture in the work area…
She asked me what I would do.. I suggested to have some accent lighting installed but stay away from pot lights…
She told me that that’s what she wanted because it shows great in any home…
Off she went to home depot and purchased a pile of the 3 inch pot lights and looked forward to having them light her kitchen..
Ok folks, no I did not install them… but here is what I can tell you about pot lights….
Pot lights are recessed into the ceiling with a GU10 Quartz lamp inserted into the base… they run between 35 and 50 watts of real power… the light from a pot light is designed to basically V down from the ceiling , leaving shadows, which means she will need more lights… ..
She had 6 pot lights installed, and because of the shadows, she had 3 hanging lamps installed over the counter….
The living room is another story, but for the sake of this writeup, lets figure the cost of power and issues…
First of all, the quartz lights generate a ton of heat, which she found out later, added a lot of heat to the kitchen, so now its windows open or air conditioner time… the head burnt out the base sockets, so she now has to replace the sockets at a regular basis…
6 pot lights  used up 50 watts of real power each.. or in other words,300 watts to light up a portion of  her kitchen which was fully lit at 75 watt… cha ching… now at 15 cents per KWH it adds up big time.. then now her power bill is nuts and can’t understand why.. I tried to tell her, but she did not want to listen…
She decided to install LED replacements,.. ok, here is the difference… yes, the heat went down as did her power bill but a lot.. as now the power used is  4.5watt per lamp, but the amount of light it puts out is down the equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent lamp based on the light output…, so she is now installing more lights…, now the kitchen ceiling is full of pot lights… where she could have gone so many other ways….. all for watching TV. To say nothing about the cost of the lamps… the regulare quartz cost $12 for 3 and the LED cost $60 for 4 plus they only come in one color. Daylight… so her kitchen is now a blue color and believe me food looks so different now because of  the color…
I am not telling you what to do, but please check things out before you listen to the tv reno shows…
My kitchen is much larger and removed the single fixture white globe from the 80s and installed a 2 by 4 fluorescent fixture, ( just for the cost of energy savings and color light output available, then installed a pot hanging fixture over my counter with LED bulbs in soft white… to enhance the kitchen, I installed low voltage strip led lights, that home depot sells for a ton of money, but I got them from ebay at $10 per 5 meter length… I put in about 7 meters and have them running off my solar generated backup if I did not , it would use up about 1/8 of an amp or about  5 watts maximum to light up my entire counters of about 30 linear feet in the color of my choice which is soft white also known as warm white.
Be consumer smart and do a little research…