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Using Dimmer Switches with LED Lights

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

Not All Dimmers Work with Dimmable LED Lights We recently wrote several articles about How To Install LED Lights in recessed light fixtures. The LED’s that we installed are a dimmable LED fixture which was a huge selling point for me as we use several dimmers in our home. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that just…

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Hanging Christmas Lights From Gutters

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Siding & Trim

Christmas Lights Attached To Gutters Attaching Christmas lights to your home can be quite simple if you use the correct approach. There are quite a few light holders on the market that make it very easy to attach your Christmas lights to gutters, roof shingles, siding and even fences. Most of the Christmas Light Clips…

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How To Install EcoSmart LED Downlight Fixture

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical

EcoSmart LED Downlights for Recessed Light Fixtures In a recent article we talked about our trip to The Home Depot learning about LED Lighting Options. One of the most impressive options available for recessed lighting was the EcoSmart LED Downlight. The EcoSmart Downlight is a 65 watt equivalent LED bulb with integrated trim which fits…

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Buying LED Lights at The Home Depot

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Energy Conservation

Affordable LED Lights Are Finally Here You might be surprised to learn that LED lights are now within reach both financially and technologically for your home. LED (Light-Emitting Diode) Lights have been around for quite some time but the technology wasn’t quite ready for home applications until recent manufacturing advances created affordable options. I had…

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The Home Depot is Helping Lead The Way with LED’s

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Home Improvement Cost Savings

LED Lighting For Homes For several years we’ve all become quite familiar with LED flash lights how little energy they take to operate. Over the same time period I’ve been waiting with great anticipation for the day that LED technology finally reached a point where our homes could also take advantage of it’s energy efficient…

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Recessed Vs Surface Mounted – Basement Lighting

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Electrical

Last week one of my readers asked a question: Which is better? Recessed lights or surface mount ceiling lights for basement lighting? Basement Lighting Options For starters basements typically have a lower ceiling height than the main floors. Most modern construction today results in the ceiling joists (1st floor joists) being 7′-6″ above the concrete…

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Whole House Fans Vs Attic Fans

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Electrical

Difference Between Whole House Fans and Attic Fans As summer quickly approaches I wanted to share an archived post about whole house fans and gable attic fans. This post was written to help a reader decide which type of attic fan was best for her home. Marrisa wrote to me and wants to know about…

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Oxmoor House Book Recall – Home Improvement Books

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Safety

Home Improvement Book Recall The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of nine books published by Oxmoor House that deal with home improvement projects and faulty wiring diagrams. The faulty wiring diagrams can lead to shock and fire hazards. For specific information on the recall click here. The recall recommends that you…

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