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Kay/NC
Honored Advisor

Reading labels????

Ran to get some fresh dell today, a couple of pre- made smoothie drinks and enough insulation for what we had to pull put of exterior walls this week. I am using the convenience of ham and a few other cold cuts for sandwiches while we are camping out in the house for a while, While searching out the insulation at Lowe's, I detoured through the lighting department, and picked up one can of stain and one of spray paint. By the time I got to the checkout, I realized that I had spent the better part of an hour picking out five simple items. Most of the time was expended in reading labels...square feet, kraft facing and R- values for the insulation, colors and coverage for the stain and paint, etc. Taking the time to actually consider what I was buying, instead of grabbing in a rush, I found a motion- activated ceiling fluorescent fixture to install over the kitchen's new entrance. No need to struggle with a light switch when my hands are full of grocery sacks! Never knew there was such a thing...I had picked up a different fixture Thursday, then put it back, since I felt I was jumping the gun that day. Glad I waited, and looked the lighting over more carefully. Wonder how I had overlooked this big, bright yellow " motion activated" label...DUH! If hadn't taken my time and read labels today I would have spent $20 too much for stain, bought the wrong light fixture, and would have come home with half the rolls of insulation i needed...in other words, I would have wasted the trip. I am ashamed to admit that I skip the label reading most days...how about you? Do you take the time and make smart buys, or end with wrong things, too much or too little of things, etc.?
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mike se il
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Re: a motion- activated ceiling fluorescent fixture

Fascinating .. because I  have never been able to get a motion detecter and a fluroescent light to work together.  I have a motion detecter light in one closet.  You walk in it turns on.  You leave and in a couple minutes it turns off.  Works great, grandsons love it.

 

Tried it in a pantry we built for my wife and would not work.  When I called the motion detecter tech support they said it would not work with fluro lights.  Tried putting one in the bathroom.  Did you know the motion detectors don't work through shower doors?  That's what a rather upset daughter told me.

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Kay/NC
Honored Advisor

Re: a motion- activated ceiling fluorescent fixture

That sounds about par for the course, mike. things work great, except when and where they don't work! This is not the light switch...Mike has cussed one of them to pieces trying to firt it into the box. This is a round ceiling fixture...says I has a 360 degree sensor. It's is a flucpsh mount, so should worK on the low clearance we have it that new pantry entrance. Mike read the carton today, and it has standar circling 22 and 32 watt bulbs, so nothing fancy. My thnking ia tha.t when I atumble in with sacks of groceries, or wander in during the night to get a drink of water, the light will come on as I approach it from any direction. It won't shine far enough down the hallway on that side to shine into the bedroom " window" on that east hallwa side, where the old outside of the house looks outninto the long pantry hallway. We are running onto some screwy situations on this project...hac to raise the ceiling. Intshis new entryway, since the floor is higher now, to match the kitchen elevations. We are getting creative about situating the water line and the filter for the icemaker in the fridge and my current ice making machine. We use a LOT of ice with coolers in haying season. Our well water would scraew both of them up n a heartbeat, it is so full of minerals. I need to resolve the closet lighting in our gressng area...the cordless ones I put in this summer were not worth the batteries it took to fill them. I am set on fixing lghting issues as a part of our aging in place plans. Really need better lamps in the family room, since I am doing needlework again....
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suey1973
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Re: Reading labels????

The motion sensing lights we have in our basement has saved alot of arguing over who had to go back down and turn off the light.   Or me complaining about tripping over something I couldn't see when firing the wood burner.  

 

I also have a motion sensing night light that I used before I found the ones for the regular light bulbs.   I moved it to my in-laws house so the relatives could use it when visiting.   

 

I'm on the lookout for more such conviences  as we age.  

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Kay/NC
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Re: Reading labels????

Suey, I think you were the first person to raise my awareness about these neat lighting innovations. We found a pair of nice exterior lanterns that light the front and rear office steps. They are wonderful. Now, I have found this interior fluorescent circlite, and am hoping it works out in this spot. Mike is the wiring guy, and he seems to think I made a good choice. It was not at all expensive, only $48, which included both bulbs. I have gotten so I try never to buy anything that takes expensive replacement bulbs, or ones that are difficult to find in local stores.
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linda/IL
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Re: Reading labels????

I really need to look into these.  We have a lot of places they would come in handy.  Are they a screw in system or do you have to rewire?

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mike se il
Advisor

Re: Reading labels????

Linda, What I am using replaces the light switch ... well, it does if the switch is in the right location.  I mounted one in the closet beside the ceiling fixture.  It was one of the old pull the string to turn on kind of lights.

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Kay/NC
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Re: Reading labels????

If I think right, the last time I bought one of those, it was about $17 for a three.way one. Still waiting to be I stalled...since Mike said it won't fit in the electrical box with all those wires. Single- pole one might not be as much, or as hard to install. Many public restrooms seem to have these now, I guess to save electricity for when people go out and leave the lights on. Noticed on the box of this fluorescent fixture that it is an Energy Star, and supposedly saves $179 over the life of the bulbs. Something tells me I won't see the difference in my monthly bill....
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Kay/NC
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Re: Reading labels????

Linda, the fixture I bought at Lowe's is a ceiling one, about the size of a large pizza and maybe 2-3 inches think. It has two Circline bulbs, 22- and 32- watt. It cost $48' and would have to be Installed on a ceiling box. Mike says it looks to be a normal ceiling light install. The switches Mike se/ il ismtalking about would work on any light switch location - keeping in mind whether you are using a one-way or - three- way switch in that situation. The switches come for either. they run about $15-20 where I have seen them for sale. Our friend here says they don't work on fluoreswcnts, though. I couldn't say. I am using motion- brightening outdoor lanterns, and theybwere no more expensive than decent fixtures of the mp Orlando type. They come on at dusk, and pop brighter when someone approaches them. I really like them when I need to step to the office at night.
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turkey feather
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Re: Reading labels????

We just recently replaced out porch light with one with a sensor like Kay is talking about.  Love it and wish we had thought about it earlier. It is really very good for country living. I also love the night lights that are blue or green and give just enough light to see in the dark to get to the bathroom.

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