Friday, January 3, 2014

Number 8 - 11 Tips for Making Your Life Better for Little Money



Besides Your Cell Phone, What Do You Need 16 Hours A Day?


There are lots of things you need 24 hours a day, like air, your own space, clothing.  But there is one critical need you have that pretty much surrounds you 16 hours a day - light!  We take it for granted much of the time.  It is supplied by God or by our employer, or by the business we are visiting.  But no matter what the source of the light, it can make our day more useful, carefree, and even delightful, or it can ruin or eyes, our mood, or our efficiency. 

Lighting has been much in the news the last few years as we move on from incandescent and maybe even fluorescent lighting to LED’s and other new approaches.  The transition hasn’t been pretty, with many truly hating the brightness, hue, or the slow response times of the compact fluorescent lamp.

How did lighting make it into my top 11 list of ways to improve your life a lot for a small amount of dollars?  Go through your day.  Where do you normally sit to read, watch TV, work, play, eat, or have a conversation.  Do the same for your spouse, kids, or others living or working in your home.  (You can do this for your business, too, if you are responsible for lighting.)  Do you have great lighting in each of those places???

The easiest thing to fix is "mood."  There may be times when dim or low light is right for the mood.  But most often people respond the best to bright, well lit rooms or spaces.  In some cases, you could now dramatically increase the amount of light you are getting from a fixture by changing the bulb to LED.  The fixture may only allow for 40, 60 or 100 watts.  A 40 watt LED bulb can be really, really bright.  In fact, you may be able to replace a 100 w incandescent bulb with a 25 watt LED which will provide more light and save big on your electric bill.


Your second option is to change the type of fixture.  My experience with inexpensive floor lamps has been horrible.  But for the short term, you can add some light to any room for well under $100.  The goal of low cost fixtures will generally be to give your work or living space more light where you need it so you are straining to accomplish your task.

This particular post is only an introduction to this idea.  Lighting choices are almost without limit in today's market.  Some you can easily install yourself.  Others are better left to the professionals.  Do a little research on line and you may be amazed at the potential opportunities you have for improving your mood, your efficiency, and the overall look of your home for a very few dollars through better lighting. 

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