The last thing you expect to see in a lighting store is tea! This year we wanted to set a mood to inspire with the smells and tastes of fall. We set out to make our own signature tea and had some “Ah-ha” moments while doing so!
The standard light bulb has come a long way in recent years. Sure we’ve all heard of LEDs and CFLs, but you’d be hard pressed to find a person who is familiar with “solar light bulbs.”
A gift of more than 500 of the world’s only solar light bulb from The Light Center in Fort Collins, Colo., arrives this week in Moore, Okla., where many tornado victims remain without electricity. Red Cross workers will distribute the bulbs both to illuminate the dark nights and to lighten the struggling emotions of people dealing with the devastation of back-to-back storms.
“We found out there were still people without electricity, and we thought it was a perfect fit,” said Jennifer Guerriero, co-owner of The Light Center, a small family-owned business. “At night, a little light goes a long way towards an overall sense of comfort and safety. The thought of a child sitting in a dark room due to electric outages just didn’t sit well with us. We knew we had a unique solution with Nokero’s solar light bulbs. They’re very portable.”
The bulb, which stores solar energy, was developed by Nokero to provide lighting in developing countries that lack electricity so that people would no longer depend on electric infrastructure. “We have one in our showroom and its ability to hold a charge for a very long time is impressive,” said Guerriero.
Guerriero and co-worker Lisa Wilson had the bright idea to send bulbs to Oklahoma when Wilson was telling Guerriero about the impact of a tornado in Wyoming several years ago that killed her infant nephew and seriously injured her sister-in-law. “Jennifer and I were talking about what we could do to help aside from a monetary donation,” Wilson said. “After visiting with the Red Cross and understanding the emotional toll it takes on families to rebuild after such devastation, we thought that solar light bulbs would fill a huge void in Oklahoma.”
The Light Center, opened in Fort Collins, CO in 1971 and owned by Guerriero and Larry Edwards, provides residential and commercial lighting consultation and supplies, with more than 300 product lines including the Nokero bulbs, also from Colorado.
Thanks to The Light Center and Nokero’s solar lighting technology, the night is just a little bit brighter in Oklahoma.
Nokero LED solar light bulb Jennifer Guerriero and Lisa Wilson
Hi. I’m Jennifer Guerriero. My goal with this site is to show you what The Light Center is all about. Come in and see what we mean when we say “Bright Solutions. Trusted Service.”
• Enclose unbroken CFL bulb in a sealed plastic bag to reduce the risk of bulb breakage.
• If a CFL bulb breaks, your greatest risk is being cut from the glass rather than exposure to the mercury. To minimize risk even further, follow this procedure:
1. open windows to ventilate;
2. sweep up all fragments—don’t vacuum;
3. wipe the area with a damp paper towel;
4. put fragments and towel in a plastic bag and seal; and
• Drop off at The Light Center or another participating Fort Collins CFL Recycling Program Retailer.
Here are some helpful tips to create an energy-efficient home:
· Install timers and sensors. You can install timers and sensors that turn the lights on at dusk and shut them off after a specific time. Not only does this save energy, it can go a long way toward making your home a less appealing target for would-be intruders.
· Go green! Replacing four 60-watt incandescent bulbs with 13-watt fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) that use about two-thirds less energy and last up to 10 times longer saves $190 over the life of the bulbs. If all our nation’s households did the same, we would save as much energy as is consumed by some 38 million cars in one year.
· Install dimmers on incandescent light bulbs. Dimming your lights just 25% saves 20% in energy.
· Install ceiling fans. Save energy by using a ceiling fan to cool down rather than the air conditioning.
By sticking to these simple tips, you’ll be able to save money and energy this summer.
Question: I’m doing a kitchen update and want to use pendant lighting instead of the 6” recessed cans I currently have, but I don’t want the pain of pulling the cans out of the ceiling plus doing a bunch of drywall work. Is there a way to convert a recessed can to a pendant?
Answer: You can convert your existing recessed can light to a pendant by using a product called The Can Converter. This product adapts almost any recessed light fixture or can light to work with other types of light fixtures. You can modify can lights to hang a ceiling fan, ceiling light, light canopy, swag light, pendant light or just about any other type of light fixture in minutes. No patch work is required.
Question: I want to make my home more energy efficient on a small budget of a couple hundred dollars. Are dimmers a viable option for me and can I install them myself?
Answer: Dimmers are a great way to save energy with a minimal investment and are easy to install. If every US household installed only ONE more dimmer, we would reduce carbon monoxide emissions equivalent to that of 370,000 cars. Basic dimmers start at $14.99 and remote control dimmer combos start at $49.99.
1. Turn power off at circuit breaker
2. Remove wall plate and switch mounting screws
3. Pull switch from wall and disconnect switch wires
4. Connect the wires in the box and dimmer by matching colors
5. Use wire connectors to secure the electrical connection. Twist wire connector tight and ensure no bare wire is exposed
6. mount and align dimmer
7. Install wall plate
8. Turn power on at circuit breaker
9. Enjoy energy savings