We live out in the middle of the woods so my husband installed a video security system when we first moved here and ever since then we’ve had this big ugly hole in the front porch ceiling and no light out there at all. The way our house is situated toward the driveway nobody ever uses our front door so it really hasn’t been a big deal until lately. Our 80 pound lab mix “puppy” (she’s only 9 months old!) doesn’t like to go out at night in the dark so we realized it was beyond time to get that particular project finished.
The original fixture was removed so hubby could use the wires for the camera and it got broken in the process. Since we needed a new one I had planned to swing by a hardware store and get one after doing some shopping for light bulbs and other essentials at Walmart. I was really pleasantly surprised to find out that Walmart had a decent selection of very affordable light fixtures to choose from and I went ahead and bought this simple yet elegant fixture for about $12.
While at Walmart I wanted to pick up some light bulbs for the new porch fixture and for the master bathroom ceiling fan. Wow, the selection of light bulbs is incredible! I knew that I wanted energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs, but beyond that I wasn’t sure so I spent some time comparing. The fixture doesn’t take a standard size bulb so I made sure to bring one with me for comparison. I chose GE Energy Smart 100w replacement Instant On Mini Spirals with an 11 year life for the front porch and GE Energy Smart 60w replacement Instant On Mini Spirals with a 9 year life for the ceiling fan.
The lighting in my bathroom was previously pretty dim and the light was cold and blue, not really the best for the green walls or for putting on my makeup in the morning. The new GE Energy Smart mini spirals really brighten up the room with a warm white light but the most exciting thing is the instant on feature! I had previously put CFLs in that fixture but they took forever to warm up – if you turned on the lights on your way in to use the facilities they would often warm up to full brightness about the same time that you’re ready to leave the room. I’m so excited about GE Lighting‘s instant on CFLs that I’m planning on putting them in every room in the house!
Another thing I’m excited about is the cost savings achieved from replacing incandescent bulbs with the more energy efficient CFLs. The CFL bulbs do cost more up front, but they last for years longer and use much less energy. The estimated energy savings as listed on the package is $41 for each bulb used in the bathroom, and $97 for each bulb used on the front porch. Use this handy free online calculator to determine your estimated savings from going more energy efficient.
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