Our old house is filled with old wiring. While we've done what we can to rewire some of our house and we've gone above and beyond to better distribute the load on each circuit, our kitchen lights make me nervous.
We've got nine recessed lights that we put in two years ago. The lights are on a dimmer and because the dimmable CFL bulbs hummed and didn't exactly dim, we stuck with incandescent bulbs.
The lights were pricey, especially since I needed flood-light size, but I found them on sale for a buy one get one promo, which brought the price to $24 per light. Even on sale, it stings to write that. But they come with a 6 year warranty, should last 22.8 years based on 3 hours of use 7 days a week, and should only cost $1.57 per year based on 11cents per kWh. Facts...straight from the box, whose UPC code I will be keeping for that 6 year warranty, btw. Where did I put my receipt?
I have a feeling that, like everything else in NoVA, we pay way more than 11cents per kilowatt hour for energy. Regardless, I'm not counting on these guys to be our golden ticket to overall lower utility costs, we're merely looking for safety and are trying to do our part to increase our home's energy efficiency. I do, however, have my fingers crossed that we see a little difference on our next electric bill.
Even with only 4 lights mixed in with the other 5, they have a noticeably whiter light than the incandescent, which S pointed out last night, makes our cabinets look whiter. Excellent, I'm not a fan of cream. And while last night was kind of chilly, I did notice the kitchen didn't get quite as hot as it usually does. Of course that could be because baby M's daycare momma sent him home with a HUGE Sri Lankan dinner for us, so dinner prep was a few quick zaps in the microwave and we didn't exactly have the lights, oven or stove on all at once.
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