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The Truth About Energy Saving Light Bulbs

The Truth About Energy Saving Light Bulbs

The problem with early lightbulbs was that they didn’t last very long, in 1880 Thomas Edison created a lightbulb that could last for up to 1200 hours. The Edison lightbulb contained a bamboo filament, contained in an oxygenless glass bulb.

In 1906 The General Electric Company began experimenting with tungsten filaments. This new type of filament and the lack of oxygen in the bulb meant that the new incandescent bulb lasted longer than ever before, this invention meant that everyone wanted electric lighting and incandescent bulbs in their house. Find the full history of incandescent lightbulbs here.

In September 2012 the EU the EU completely banned the sale of incandescent bulbs, the aim of this ban was to save energy. The European Union estimates that their ban will save 39 terawatt-hours of electricity across the European Union by each year by the year 2020. The old incandescent bulb has been replaced by energy saving bulbs, the move has been surrounded by much controversy, with claims the new bulbs cannot be used in certain locations and that they are even dangerous. David Ike claims the bulbs contain secret tracking devices, cameras or something.

Mercury Content

Energy saving bulbs are like the fluorescent tubes you may have seen in school, shops or offices. These new bulbs are actually known as compact fluorescent lamps, CFL bulbs for short. One of the main complaints about CFL bulbs is that they contain mercury, exposure to mercury can cause conditions known as hydrargyria or mercurialism, less than a gram of mercury can cause death. According to this study the risk presented by CFL bulbs is very low and the energy saving benefits they offer is great, CFL bulbs are up to 75% more energy efficient than the traditional incandescent type.

How They Work

The CFL bulb is filled with mercury vapour and electronic ballast, when the light is switched on and electricity flows. The electricity causes mercury vapour to give off ultraviolet light, the ultraviolet light stimulates the phosphorous coating on the inside of the glass CFL bulb and produces light in the visible range.

Less Heat

One benefit of CFL bulbs is that they generate less heat than the traditional incandescent bulbs and because of this reduced heat they are less destructive. A continuous buildup of heat in enclosed luminaires can cause cables or lampholders to become brittle and eventually they can crack.
Because of the energy saving lamps lower operating temperature, this type of damage is greatly reduced. If cables going into the light fitting that houses the CFL are sleeved and protected there will be absolutely no heat damage.

Other Benefits and Disadvantages

CFL bulbs last longer than incandescent bulbs did. They cannot be used in dimmable light fittings, if they are fitted into a dimmable switch they will flicker and not last very long. They will not work at all if it is too cold or too hot. CFL bulbs need to be disposed of properly but so did the old incandescent type of bulb.

This post was supplied by Mark Stubbles who writes for electrical wholesalers, Cannon Electrical Supplies.

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10 Organization Tips for Back to School

10 Organization Tips for Back to School

It is that time of year again, Back to School. What does that mean? The general sense of craziness, super busy mornings, and can’t forget the homework that never found its way into your kids bags. While some parents cannot wait till their kids go back, others, does not look forward to the beginning of the school year from the stress of getting your kids up and out the door every single morning of the week.

Well for every issue there is always a solution. Today we decided to take some time to put together a couple of organizing tips that will help you get back on your feet for the back to school stress. Anywhere from keeping those homework assignments better organized so they can make their way into your kids bags , to planning what your kids will wear to school the night before we will make sure that you are able to put all these organizing ideas to work for you. So don’t worry just sit back, relax and enjoy because we got you covered on the back school front.

Load Up on School Supplies

From what many of us have discovered, last minute errands never go as smoothly. Have you ever had a situation where your child decides to tell you last minute that they are out of some type of stationary supply such as pens, pencils or paper which causes you to run around the house looking for supplies at the last hour? So why not just completely avoid these types of situations by stocking up on everything your child needs and keep an excess supply stash in the home! This will save you from having to run out to your local store at midnight, the day before your kid has a project that they need to start the next morning. And while you are at it, you can organize these supplies in a fashion so you know exactly what to restock and when.

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Load Up on School Supplies

Binder Clips for Organizing Papers

Organizing school papers can be a real hassle especially when everything is in one massive pile of paper. That is why keeping labeled binder clips around are a great way to keep those papers that need to be returned to the teacher, notes, projects or school subjects, stacked and in an organized fashion. Stay organized and know exactly what needs to be done with each piece of paper. Plus binder clips are very cheap and to top it all off, you can hang them in pretty much any area to make sure that your homework is ready at a moments notice.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: Iamacraftaddict
Binder Clips for Organizing Papers

Backpacks with a Personality

So what happens at school when all kids show up with the same black, blue or pink backpacks? Sounds rare but it is not rare at all. Make sure you keep your kids backpacks personalized, unique and really easy to find when compared to the typical backpacks you see everyday. It will make you and your kids lives much easier as your child will always be able find their backpack and you will not have to worry about it getting lost or confused with another classmates. This really simple project of cross-stitch and embroidery will do the trick. Write their name on their backpack or stencil and paint, whatever is easiest! And always remember to keep a couple of command hooks at your front door so your kids never forget their backpacks at home as well.
IY Project Credit and Instructions: – Iammommahearmeroar
Backpacks with a Personality

Lunch Money Hanging From Neck

Whats the worst that can happen when you give your child money to buy lunch? Well there are quite a few things that can happen when they stick that $5 bill in their small, unsecured pocket. It could get lost, fallen out, or even worse, they might forget to grab it in the first place. So why not take away the stress and worries, by creating a very unique locket for your kids. To top it off this is one of those projects that you can build together with your child which can be really fun. Decorate and design your locket however you like and your child will want to show it off to all their friends and their lunch money will be safe inside.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Spoonful
Lunch Money Hanging From Neck

Future Planning for Breakfast

A lot of parents resort to the really easy cheap meals for your kids like high sugary snacks or other less healthy cereal options, so why not take the time to plan out a more nutritious warm meals for your child? I have always found foods such as English muffins stuffed with green and red peppers, slices of turkey breast, cheese, and egg to be much more filling and nutritious. What I typically do is put all the ingredients together ahead of time in a zip-lock bag and freeze them so you can pop them in the oven in the morning. Have their breakfast pre-made in your freezer ready to go at a moments notice. Save yourself the time and stress and just reach in your freezer to heat up a warm and nutritious meal.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Tatertotsandjello
Future Planning for Breakfast

Get Their Clothing Organized

Have you ever thought about organizing your kids clothes the Sunday even before the week begins? It take a lot of the time and frustration out of the mornings when everything is so rush-rush. Typically it will only take you a few minutes to get all the clothes organized plus your kids will have their clothes ready to roll for the next 5 days. Honestly you will be completely surprised how much time and effort you will save.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Iheartorganizing
Get Their Clothing Organized

Setup a Good Routine

There are so many back to school tasks that you will need to get ready for. Just off the top of my head making sure all homework is done and ready for the next day and getting your kids ready for bed so they can wake up with tonnes of energy. So why not get yourself a schedule. These really nice schedules do exactly that. They allow you to keep tabs on important things that need to get done. Basically it is just a checklist that you can go through and check everytime something is done. These zero-stress scheduler is just a really useful way of keeping tabs on the important things your kids need to do.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Theidearoom
Setup a Good Routine

Get Lunches Ready Before Hand

It is always easier to get your child’s lunches done beforehand rather than in the mornings. Make their lunches the night before if it is not something that stays fresh, otherwise organize it ahead of time on the weekend so you do not have worry about it during the week. Just remember it only takes a few minutes to get everything organized for the next day.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Echoesoflaughter
Get Lunches Ready Before Hand

Prepare a Snack Section in the Fridge

Snacks are one of those things that are required to be organized to keep yourself from stressing throughout the week. Organize trays of healthier snacks in the fridge so they are always available for grab and go. Try not to grab those small bags of chips for the kids, instead grab something more healthy which will provide them with not only important vitamins but energy throughout their day. Try putting small bags of snacks such as cheerios, carrots, apple slices or even pretzels into small totes and make sure you keep fruits and cheese sticks ready to grab at a moments notice.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – Apartmenttherapy
Prepare a Snack Section in Fridge

Plan Ahead of Time

Keeping your days planned and organized is one of those things that are also required to keep you from going crazy on those busy weeks. Know what is going to happen before it happens. Either buy or create a family planner. Creating one is really not hard at all. All you need is a bulletin board, dry erase board or something similar to keep things running smooth throughout the week. Don’t forget about that swimming lesson or soccer practice. Be sure to include homework schedules, a calender, and those out of the ordinary things that your kids will need to take with them to school.
DIY Project Credit and Instructions: – The36thavenue
Plan Ahead of Time

DIY Urban Deck Garden

DIY Urban Deck Garden

In my life I have determined that as people get older they begin to fall in love with gardening. Creating a beautiful garden or living off the land at home calms a lot of peoples nerves and keeps people busy because it can be a lot of work. And if you are interested in adding some more gardening ideas to your garden then this DIY Urban Deck Garden is perfect for you. Puts you to work with another really great project for your yard.

Materials Required:
2- 2x2x8 cedar boards
2 plastic storage bins
Brass screws
3M™ Paint Sanding Valved Respirator
Outdoor wood finish
6- 1x4x12 cedar boards
3M™ safety products including glasses and earplugs
ScotchBlue™ Tape
3M™ SandBlaster Pro Sandpaper

Directions:
1. Start by organizing all your cuts by taking tape and taping each piece of wood and writing down the cut size on the wood
2. Set all boards to the side for assembly
3. Give each board a quick sand using a medium grit paper just to smooth out some of those rougher spots
4. Start off my drilling pilot holes into each board and after that start screwing together the boxes
5. Make sure you use your roofing square and a clamp to ensure that sides are perfectly square
DIY Urban Deck Garden - Square Boxes
6. Take a couple of sample boards put on your mask and test out the stain to make sure it is the color you want
7. Now that you are happy with your boxes and stain it is time to start staining your cedar
8. Before you do that through take your painters tape and tape off your brass screws.
9. Add 2 coats of stain
10. Take your plastic bins and drill several holes in the bottom for drainage
11. Add some soil to your plastic bin at the bottom
12. Grab your favorite plant and make sure that the bottom soil area is 2 to 3 times the size of the root
13. Mix in the rest with compost and soil so that its flush with the top of the root AKA the bottom of the plant
14. Put your plastic bin inside of your beautiful cedar stained boxes and Enjoy!

DIY Reclaimed Wood Beam Planter Bench

DIY Reclaimed Wood Beam Planter Bench

Looking for a really easy project that will make a huge impact on your outdoor living space? Give this DIY Reclaimed Wood Beam Planter Bench a try! I just love all these reuse and recycle projects they really put things you once called junk to work for you.

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10 Awesome DIY Ways To Use Mason Jars

10 Awesome DIY Ways To Use Mason Jars

Here are some more really great ways to put those drinking vessel you have to great use. I have featured my favorite flower pot idea because I love the color and the flowers add a really nice touch to the whole spring is here theme. Get your mason jars ready and try these 10 Awesome DIY Ways To Use Mason Jars.

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DIY Patio Pallet Lounger

DIY Patio Pallet Lounger

As we all prepare for the summer time everyone is looking for great ways to enjoy the sun and also add some really nice decor to their patios. So why not give this DIY Patio Pallet Lounger a try because its easy to make, cheap and very flexible with the design as well as color. Give it a shot!

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Credit for Image(s): www.frecklesandfluff.com

25 DIY Tips And Tricks For Spring Cleaning

25 DIY Tips And Tricks For Spring Cleaning

Still behind on the spring cleaning this year? Whats great about these 25 DIY Tips And Tricks For Spring Cleaning is they are all great methods and ideas that turn this huge chore into a basic house cleaning session one day at a time. Plus all the ideas make sure you do not forget any areas in your home. Check them out!

DIY Cleaning Ideas

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