Friday, 27 May 2016

How To Fix Flickering Lights


















When you see flickering lights in your house, then you get the feeling of the haunted house. We are not saying your house is haunted because you are having this issue of flickering lights, nor we are saying this problem is not resolvable. But we do recommend you to take necessary actions for same without any delay and you should take it very seriously. In case, you are wondering how to fix flickering lights in your home, then following are some suggestion that can do the work for you.
Start with source: This is the first and most basic thing that you need to do for dealing with flickering lights. If you have a florescent bulb then it may start flickering because of various reasons such as low temperature, burning of the bulb in the socket and similar issue. If this flickering happens once in a while then you don’t have to worry much about it else you should change the bulb without any delay.

In case, you have LED bulb in your home and you are having flickering problems, then dimmer switch could be the main reason for that. Most of the time dimmer switches are designed to handle bigger switches and LED bulbs draw a very low voltage. In this situation, you need to cross check the dimmer model that work well with your bulb and you get it accordingly.

Tight your bulb: Sometimes solution of flickering lights could be simple, but very rarely people do that. Sometimes you just need to flip your bulb to make it tight in the bulb holder. This is definitely a simple task, but not a lot of homeowners do this. This is not only simple, but it is safe as well, yet many homeowners don’t do it because of various reasons. Some stay worried about security issues and some think it will be not worth to do this. So, next time you get flickering lights in your home, then try to screw it once and who knows you will get the solution.



Faulty switch: Faulty switch could be another reason for flickering lights in your home. If you notice that you are not getting click sound when you are turning on or off your light bulb, then you can start blaming your switch for the light. This lack of sound proves it is not working as smoothly and properly as it should work. Sometimes this switch just starts loosing the connection and that that gives you flicker in your light. This switch neither cut off the electric connection, nor it gives continue electricity that is essential for any light bulb. To solve this issue, you only need to change the switch. However, this is not a task that you should do by yourself and that is why you should call an electrician for this work.

Damaged holder: Just like damaged or faulty switch, your holder may also have some damages in it. If you have a damaged holder than that damaged holder can be the responsible thing for the lights flickering in your home or in your room. If you don’t have any problem in the switch or in the bulb and if you feel holder it breaking, then calling an electrician would be a good idea. You can call an electrician and you can ask him to change the old holder with a new one. Hopefully, that should solve the problem for you and you should be able to get the results with ease.

Old wiring or connectors: If you notice that you are having light flickering issues in your entire house, then old wirings could be a the issue. For identifying this issue, you just need to check the age of the wiring and if you notice that you have not upgraded the wiring in more than 10 years or close to that time, then you should consider upgrading it. In this situation, you may not do much other than calling an electrician. You can call an expert, you can share whatever problem you have and you can ask the repairing cost or replacement cost. Same applies for the connectors as well and if you have loose connectors in your wiring, then also you may have this issue. To deal with that connector issue also you need to call an electrician and he can do the needful for same.



Heavy load: If you don’t have any of the above issues, you are certain that your electrical connections are new and you have light flickering issue in your entire house, then you should try to check the electricity load of your home. Sometimes heavy load also cause for the flickering issue of light. To check out this issue or root cause, you can try reducing your home electricity load and you can check if things are working smooth for you or not. For reducing your load, you can turn off your water heater, fridge, and other equipment’s that consume the same kind of heavy load. That simple thing can help you get to the root of the problem. If you have this issue in your home because of heavy load, then you can talk to your electrician and he can suggest you some way to reduce the load or some other alternative solution for that.

If none of the above issues are responsible for your flickering lights and you are clueless for same, then you should check your neighbour’s electrical use. This may not be very pleasing, but if your neighbour is running some heavy electrical equipment that are beyond the load capacity, then you may have this issue. In such situation, you can either have patience with a hope it will work well. If that does not work out then you can talk to your neighbour or you can call your electric company. Apart from that you can also try talking your electrician and maybe he would give you some solution that does not involve any kind of fight between you and your neighbour for this issue.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

6 Things To Know About Installing LED Lights




















Development  energy efficient light bulbs has been advancing at a furious pace. This is because more people are aware of environmental impact that non-energy efficient light bulbs are. Manufacturers have been competing with each other to produce the most energy efficient light bulb that meets the requirements of different people. The increase in the number of manufacturers working on energy efficient light bulbs like Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs has had a positive impact, not only are there more choices on the market but the price has been pushed down. There are three basic reasons that people should consider changing to LED bulbs.

1. They are energy efficient which means they do not use as much current as incandescent bulbs
2. They have a wide application in most homes
3. They are cost-effective and cheaper
4. They are energy efficient which means they do not use as much current as incandescent bulbs
5. They have a wide application in most homes
6. They are cost-effective and cheaper


Initial reactions to LED lights 
When LED bulbs first came onto the market there were a lot of people who did not like how dim they were as well as how cold. Those first experiences have kept some people away from LED lights but LED light bulbs have changed. LED lights now come with different brightness and color and a range of fittings. 

Here’s a guide on how LED light bulbs have evolved and the advantages for home users who switch to LED Lights:

1. The Lumens ratings
The Simple light bulb has come a long way. Consumers now have more choices like CFLs, Incandescent, Halogens and LED lights as well as different choices with regards to size, shape, the bulb base as well as price. FTC come up with a ranking system to help make buying LED lights easy. 

All light bulbs are required to be packaged with labels that replace watts to lumens. Lumens are an indicator of amount of the light a bulb can emit, it is the brightness of a light bulb You can compare the lumens or brightness levels of a light bulb before you buy it. You can then compare the different energy efficiencies that each type of bulb has and determined the lifetime cost.


2. There is no Mercury in LED Bulbs 
When the concept of energy efficient light bulbs was introduced, it was the CPL bulbs that were delivered to the market. CPLs had one drawback, it has small amounts of mercury which made them a little dangerous when broken and make them an environment hazard when they are disposed of. The issue of Mercury is confusing because despite the mercury in the bulbs, manufacturers and regulators still reasoned that the amount of mercury in CPL is not that significant to cause environmental problems. CFL bulbs are still being sold as energy efficient light bulbs but for people with issues about the mercury in the bulb have chosen to look at Led light bulbs because they do not contain mercury. There is no potential hazardous condition that can arise from the handling and disposal of LED bulbs.



3. LEDs bulbs instantly light up 
CPLs and tubular fluorescent light do not come on immediately when they are switched on. There is a hesitation before they start glowing. LEDs come on in an instant. They do not flicker, or appear to be trying to warm up when they are turned on. The light does not flicker. In the past LED lights could not be dimmed but now they have been designed to work with light dimming switches. LED light bulbs lose their brightness over time and will emit a low light. This is a useful indicator for when consumers need to start thinking about replacing their bulbs.

4. LEDs reduce the interior heat input
LED lights produce a cold light. Normal incandescent light bulbs can emit a lot of heat. LED bulbs release a cold light, which is great for people who live in warm climates like Singapore. To illustrate:
A 100 watt incandescent it puts out 100 Joules of energy per second. In a room measuring 48 m³ one 100w bulb can raise the temperature by 0,00170C/second. This means that in one hour, the room’s temperature will have risen by 60C.

LED bulbs are designed with aluminum struts around the bulb which acts as a heat sink to keep the temperatures low. LED bulbs by any measure cannot contribute to the buildup of heat which ensures a cooler interior. 

5. LED bulbs are UV free
A lot of the LED bulbs do not emit ultraviolet light like most other bulbs. UV light attracts moths, mosquitoes and all those insects that come out at night. This feature is not available in all LED bulbs. There are special LED bulbs that can be put outside that will not attract insects that are commonly attracted by white light.



6. Know the difference between UL (Universal Laboratory) compliant and UL Listed
Most LED bulb packages are marked either with UL listed or “UL” Compliant. The UL Listed label refers to bulbs that were manufactured using UL guidelines. These bulbs are then given a UL listed mark which means that they were created under strict conditions that ensure quality product tests. UL compliant LED bulbs are bulbs manufactured in accordance to the UL guidelines but the manufacturing process and the testing might not be as stringent as that prescribed by the Universal Laboratory. 

Unfortunately as the LED market grows and demand is on an incline as it has been a lot of manufacturers will claim UL listings or compliance to sell their product. There might be a price war but as a consumer you need to weary of products that are ridiculously low and make outlandish claims. Quality products might be slightly more expensive but it is worth it. A quality LED bulb will last long and give you real value for your money.


Unfortunately as the LED market grows and demand is on an incline as it has been a lot of manufacturers will claim UL listings or compliance to sell their product. There might be a price war but as a consumer you need to weary of products that are ridiculously low and make outlandish claims. Quality products might be slightly more expensive but it is worth it. A quality LED bulb will last long and give you real value for your money.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Choosing The Best Light For Your Kitchen That Makes Your Kitchen Shine







Coming up with the perfect plan for your kitchen lighting is important for a number of reasons. First, you have to consider that you're going to be cooking all of your meals in the kitchen and having an appropriate amount of lighting that covers every area including that cooking area is essential. Second, you might be surprised to find out just how hard picking out lighting for a kitchen is.

Some lights might hang too low, some lights might be up too high, some lights might not give off enough lighting based on the kitchens lay out and so on. There's 20 tips you want to follow before you purchase any lights to be used in your kitchen.

1) Planning Out Your Kitchen

Having a well lit kitchen isn't just great for cooking but it's a safety essential as well. Creating a natural flowing ambiance should be the focus of any kitchen. There are a lot of layers and objects in your kitchen that can help guide and reflect light to make the room brighter. You have to plan out how much natural lighting will be entering the kitchen for the day time and how much decorative lighting you plan on implementing.

2) Don't Forget the Space

Before moving anything or hanging any lights up, you need to consider how much space is in your kitchen. Take into account how much furniture, how many fixtures and the layout of your kitchen before getting lighting. If you for example have a really tall ceiling, you're going to need a lot more lighting or lighting that has a long base.

3) Helpful Lighting for Chores or Tasks

This is what's known in the interior business as essential light for the kitchen. When you're cooking or doing anything in the kitchen that requires you to be in a static position, such as washing dishes, you need essential lighting over that one area. For any work surface, you should have some lighting that hangs about 2 feet or longer above a surface.

4) Space of Your Lighting

It's ideal not to place your lights too close together. For a decent length, you should focus on placing all of your lights approximately 2 feet to 3 1/2 feet apart. These lights also need to provide lighting to the entire kitchen, even if some areas are a bit dim. They generally just need to make sure no part of the kitchen is hidden. If you have a kitchen with a divider, separate lights will need to be installed on the other side of the divider.


5) Why Is The Layout of Your Lighting Important?

For large kitchens, you're going to need evenly spaced out recessed lights to help cover every area of the kitchen and having lights too close together can create blinding spots where the lighting might be a bit too bright. These recessed lights might just cover areas of your kitchen that the essential task lights such as the chandelier over the area you use to cook do not. It's all about the lighting and how much of the room you're covering.

6) What About DIY Lighting?

While it's not recommended for someone who doesn't know what they're doing to install kitchen lighting themselves, there are easy to install lights you can add to your kitchen. You might consider just adding some touch screen lights underneath your cabinets or for areas like the sink. These can be bought at any major convenience or retail store.

7) Monorail Lighting

What is monorail lighting? These are lights that you usually see used in a production theater but with different cases and bulbs. They can be crafted and made to fit your individual needs or for those with oddly shaped kitchens.

8) The Color Does Make a Difference

Believe it or not, the color actually plays a pretty big role in determining your lighting structure and just what kind of lighting you should get. Kitchens with a lot of white call for brighter lights and brighter white bulbs to help illuminate the kitchen and give it a glowing effect. Typical home style kitchens can be just fine with yellowish bulb fan lights.

9) The Accents of Lighting

While most lighting does exist to illuminate the room and help provide a safe work area for cooking surfaces, some decorative accents for lighting solely exist just to give the space above your work surface some style. So if you're on a budget and you don't care about style, you should avoid accent lighting as it costs a lot more.

10) Need Quick Lighting?

Have you ever considered recessed can converters? It's basically the same as screwing in a light bulb and they last just as long.

11) Consider Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is best described as a drum looking light or the type of lighting you see in restaurants hanging above tables. They can give off some style and steal the show for the room. They're a bit less expensive and they're easy to change the colors if you need a new color or just grow tired of looking at the current color.



12) For Dark Kitchens - You Need More Lights

Some kitchens don't have the luxury of natural lighting like other kitchens do. If you don't have a nice sized glass door or window attached to your kitchen, then you're going to need more and brighter lighting so take that into consideration when picking and planning out your lighting scheme. The problem, aside from space is that darker surfaces absorb lighting a lot easier which can make it difficult to see. So if you have a dark kitchen, you'll need approximately 1/3 more lighting to fill the void.

13) Consider Your Cabinets/Drawers as Well

A lot of people forget to take into consideration their cabinets. All of your pots, pans and other necessities will probably be stored in them so don't forget about them and remember to have a lighting source that's close by and provides adequate lighting for all of your cabinets.

14) Your Budget is Priority

Remember, no matter how fancy, glam or spectacular you want your kitchen to look, you still need to take into consideration what you can afford. You should always consult with a professional to figure out a rough cost estimate of how much all the materials to renovate your kitchen would cost, even if you are just gutting your current lighting and installing new lighting. There are plenty of cheap alternatives to lighitng out there as well depending on your needs and the size of your kitchen.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Ceiling Fan Vs Standing Fan





















A Comprehensive Review of the Ceiling Fan Vs Standing Fan

Transforming your house or space into a place that is beautiful, attractive and is comfortable has always been a challenge in the recent years. Thanks to technology, this is not a daunting task anymore. With the introduction of different appliances that strive to enhance the conditions of a space, it is now easy to dictate whatever conditions you want for yourself whether hot, humid, cold, cool and so on. The fan is one example of these appliances. It is found in different types including but not limited to ceiling fans and standing fans. This article is a comprehensive comparison of the ceiling fan vs standing fan that will act as a guide in case you are planning to invest in one.

Ceiling fan vs standing fan

1. Air current

Ceiling fans are usually installed on the ceiling of a room. They cool a room by propelling the hot air from the room and drawing cool air into the room. The cool air will move downwards while the hot air rises upwards thus achieving a better cooling effect. On the other hand, standing fans are located at ground level thus the only way for them to cool the air is to blow cool air which is not as effective as the ceiling fans. In addition to this, ceiling fans produce more current due to their size as compared to their smaller standing counterparts thus ensuring better cooling of the air.

2. Size

Ceiling fans are designed to cover a larger space. Their shafts are quite longer and wider thus making propelling and production of air currents a cinch. Standing fans on the other hand are made with size and portability in mind. This limits their ability to produce strong air currents thus less effective when it comes to cooling of larger rooms and places.

3. Can stand up to different weather conditions

In the past, fans were a conserve for the indoors only but thanks to technology, we can now enjoy a cool breeze in our gazebos, decks and balconies without incurring the extra costs of air conditioning. Nowadays, ceiling fans are made of weather proof materials. Its shafts are made of metals like Aluminium and stainless Steel or Acrylic. There are also some ceiling fans made of sealed wood and their motor casings are made of waterproof materials. This gives the ceiling fan an upper hand over the standing fan which is prone to bad weather conditions and given the varied weather conditions of Singapore, the ceiling fan is a great choice.

4. Versatility

Ceiling fans are more versatile as compared to standing fans. Ceiling fans can be incorporated with LED lights to produce a lighting effect to the room as desired by the owner. This can be used for different purposes including disco rooms and play rooms as well as other rooms within the house. Standing fans do not provide the allowance to include lighting on them thus they can only be used as fans. Besides this, ceiling fans can be used to warm up a room unlike the standing fans. You only need to set it in reverse mode and all the warm air will be directed downwards as the cool air is drawn towards the fan and some come with a heating element that acts the same purpose.

5. Space saving

As much as ceiling fans are big, they are usually installed on the ceiling. Is there anything that needs to be placed on the ceiling of a room apart from lights? No, so the ceiling fan makes use of unused space saving on the floor space unlike a standing fan that will need to be placed on the floor. Ceiling fans can be of better help for people with smaller rooms.

6. Energy efficiency

Using the ceiling fan is a great way to ensure that minimum electricity is used to produce maximum results. As much as standing fans use very little electric energy, they do not add up in terms of the amount of air current produced and cooling effect achieved.

7. Safer

Unlike standing fans which have power cords all over the floor, the ceiling fans have reduced the risk of tripping by having its cords well enclosed and attached to the wall. If properly installed, the ceiling fan will be far from the reach of children thus protecting them from accidents. Children and pets can get too naughty as to start poking their fingers and tiny bodies into the standing fans. If the fan is working, its fast-moving shafts could pose a great danger to them.



Standing fans vs ceiling fans.

1. Easily portable

Standing fans are designed with portability in mind. They are smaller in size and lighter so that they can be easily moved from one point to another in a bid to ensure that the best cooling effect is achieved.

2. Low energy consumption

Given their compactness and less powerful motors, the standing fans use less electricity. Though, they do not offer great energy efficiency as the ceiling fans.

3. No need for installation

Unlike the ceiling fan, standing fans do not require to be installed. You only need to plug it into a wall socket and power it up and you are ready to go.

4. Cheaper

Standing fans are much cheaper as compared to ceiling fans. This is because they are smaller, less effective and less efficient as compared to ceiling fans.

Choosing between these two fans will greatly depend on your personal needs: the amount of space to be cooled, your budget and the availability of room space. From the above review, the advantages of the ceiling fans totally outweigh those of the standing fans. The ability of ceiling fans to take varied designs, their effectiveness and efficiency are great features that make it a great bargain for anyone. It is also a matter of great consideration for you to check with a specialist before deciding to invest in a fan, especially for ceiling fans.