LED Tape Light

LED Tape Light

Do you remember incandescent rope light? That plastic coiled clear rope with small dots of light every inch. Of course, it’s still available at Target in orange during Halloween and the standard warm white version you can still find hanging underneath the bar at your local hole-in-the-wall watering hole. Like all incandescent light, the light dimmed over time, had hot spots even when concealed, and once it went out that was it. Thank God for LED tape light! LED tape light has all the advantages of the old rope light with many great new benefits. First of all light emitting diodes are semiconductors that emit light through a process called electro-luminescence. This means that unlike incandescent and fluorescent there are no gasses inside and glass tubes. This is the biggest factor leading to it’s long life, it is simply difficult to break this unit and it is not under any pressure or gas. Specifically, with tape light, strip light, or ribbon light, the size is what makes this piece of technology most impressive. It is extremely small, can literally fit within a crack, hole or crevice, underneath a stair tread, inside a hand-rail, edge lighting a piece of frosted glass, or used as toe-kick lighting at the base of your kitchen cabinets. The most beautiful aspect of LED strip light is the spread of light you receive from it. Even if placed directly horizontally on a wall, the light produced will move upward and flush together within centimeters. The beam spread is derived from the optics used with LED’s or lack of them at all. LED’s emit light in...
How to Save on Your Lighting Bill

How to Save on Your Lighting Bill

photo by Serge Melki Ehow has a great article covering the basics of saving money on your lighting bill.   This article mentions fluorescent lighting as a replacement for incandescent lightbulbs.   Keep in mind, that LED bulbs are becoming more cost effective and the lumens are getting just as good. Read the eHow...
DIY Installation of a Ventless Gas Fireplace

DIY Installation of a Ventless Gas Fireplace

This eHow article covers the installation of a ventless gas fireplace.   Personally I don’t see why all this work is needed.   Just check out Brasa’s ventless fireplaces and be finished with it in 10 minutes. Plus it uses bioethonal, which is clean and renewable. Read the eHow...