Lighten Up!

We’re continuing to address the lighting needs of this house – Jim would really like for us to be all-LED…this would be great.  LED lights use less energy, give off little heat, and last for years and years.  They are really pricey, though, so we’re adding a few at a time here and there.

Our latest LED changeovers are two eyeball spots in the family room/kitchen area and the two recessed lights in the hallway to the guest bedrooms.  We decided to go with Home Depot’s Ecosmart bulbs, a proprietary brand of theirs which is lower priced than some of the bigger brand names. They were also just screw-in bulbs, so it was an easy switch over to LED.

For the family room/kitchen lights we picked the Ecosmart 60W equivalent – 725 lumens, 15 watts used in energy, 50,000 hour life, and dimmable ~ $39.97/each. (Would it be tacky to take all our light bulbs with us when we sell the house?)

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I was a little worried that the mismatched lights would look goofy, but it’s really not noticeable unless you’re scrutinizing the lights. The new LEDs are at the bottom and right in this picture – the light is crisp and clean:

BTW, yes, that’s a pink streamer in the lower left – we’re getting ready for K.’s Sweet 16 party on Friday and we promised her a week of decorating. 🙂

In the hallway between the guest rooms we used the Ecosmart 75W equivalent – 850 lumens, 18 watts used in energy, 50,000 hour life, and dimmable ~ $44.97/each.

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We think that we’ll need to add a third light to this hallway when we begin renovating this end of the house. Please pardon the glare in my photo – I’m not a savvy enough photographer to figure out how to lessen the glare when shooting right at a light:

And last, Jim addressed an issue that has been a major pain in the butt since we moved in. Almost all the light fixtures were gone, leaving holes and exposed wires in the ceiling. Since we use the living, dining and guest rooms for storage right now, we would have to use flashlights to go in there at night to look for anything. We’ve also got a couple of clamp work lights that we used in the office.

There were some bare bulb fixtures in the master closet, so when he installed our LEDs in there, he moved the cheap-o fixtures to the living and dining rooms. He scrounged up another bare bulb fixture in the garage and we bought another for <$2 at Home Depot to get light in the guest room and office:

Hey, it may not be pretty, but it works…all we need are pull strings, and I will feel like I’m at my Granddaddy’s house 🙂


About donnahuebsch

I'm a wife, a mom to an unschooling teenager, an animal lover, an artsy craftsy kind of person, & a DIYer. We're embarking on our BIGGEST do-it-yourself project yet - renovating an entire house!
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3 Responses to Lighten Up!

  1. eof737 says:

    Keep it up and great job!
    From the pictures, I can see that you’ve made a lot of progress overall. 🙂

  2. Molly Dugan says:

    Looks great! Thanks for sharing your blog- it’s certainly helpful…and educational.

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