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|seems many of us are stuck at home, either following advisories or simple fear. even sports events are falling prey to cancellations what to do?
luckily on-line shopping still works. of course when the delivery guy comes:
1. hide behind the couch and yell at them to just leave the parcel on the stoop
2. 1 hour later open the door and hit the parcel with disinfectant spray then close the door
4. 30 minutes later, roll it over with a stick and disinfect the other/underside
5. later should be safe to bring it in (with gloves)
... anyway my project
decided to have a go at replacing CFL lights with LEDs
so far replaced 1 pair for comparison, and it went really easy*:
- ripped out the old tubes, ballasts, re-wired light sockets direct to lines
- tested in incrementally longer periods - checking for smoke
very pleasing result, - I definitely know what next weekends project is: do the rest.
quick comparison of LED to CFL - non airy-fairy-theory:
- not just brighter, but actually whiter (yeah I know, depends on tube choice, but I always bought white)
- noticeably cooler to touch
- appreciation from wife.
* the job did get a bit bigger then anticipated
[I'm guessing the heat of the CFL's had made] many of the plastic parts super brittle ... fittings, wiring blocks, even some of the coating on the wiring
.... (yes I physically went to the hardware store to get new bits)
[No affiliation or kickbacks] The LED lights I got are made by Beacon in Canada (so no prescription required!),
quality looks good, units well made, and (sure same for all LEDs) feel way less delicate than CFL tubes. they are direct plug in replacements.
removing the ballasts is 'optional' but highly recommended
- yes you can just plug them in but they (and user comments) say performance may be affected (longer startup, some hum, even some blinking).
And for mine one less item in a chain is one less point of possible failure.----------------------------
so anyway my advice:
take this opportunity to get off your ass and get some stuff done at home; you can only read/forward so many Kelowna (also in Canada) jokes, stories and news before that gets old.
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