Charging your mobile phone, tablet, or other electronic device on-the-go can be frustrating.
You need to drag your bulky “charger,” or AC adapter, with you whenever you leave the house, just in case your phone or iPod powers down at an inopportune time. If you forget it, heaven forbid, you can look forward to carrying around a “dead” device, unless someone around you has an adapter that fits your model.
If, however, you do bring your apparatus with you, you’ll have to plug it into an outlet. If you’re lucky enough to have one near your table at a restaurant or in the living room at your friends’ house, good luck trying to fit this clunky piece of technology into someone else’s in-use outlet.
Sound familiar? It doesn’t have to.
You know those small tips and tricks that turn the way you maintain your home on its head? The home hacks that shatter your brain with their brilliance and forever change the way you relate to that little piece of plastic that holds the bread bag closed, or the space underneath your staircase?
Those tips are worth their proverbial weight in gold, and so are these. Make your electrical system and wiring easier to navigate with the following tips, from our team to you:
Make Bulbs Last Longer
Light bulbs can burn out for a variety of reasons. So how can you prolong their life and avoid changing them out every few months?
The first reason for bulb burnout is that the wattage in the bulb is too high for the fixture you are using. Check the fixture - often, the recommended wattage is written somewhere on it - and purchase bulbs suited for the one you are using.
Burnout is another reason for bulbs gone bad. If a bulb is not making contact within the socket, electrical arcing can occur. You don’t want this to happen, as arcing can cause power surges within the bulb, shortening its lifespan. Because most bulbs last about 2000 hours, using a regular bulb for eight hours a day will provide a lifespan of about eight months. If you use your bulb less and screw it in properly to ensure connection with the socket, it can last much longer.
Calling all city workers: which one of you wouldn’t want to be able to check for outed street lighting from the comfort of your desk?
We thought so.
Enter the lighting system Tvilight, invented by Dutch designer Chintan Shah, who, on a flight over Europe one day, noticed that desolate streets were lit at night when no one was there to require illumination. As he began to ask questions about the cost of needlessly burning bulbs, he discovered that a great deal of money could be saved with a lighting system that only turns on when needed.
Smart Street Lights
Can you imagine a streetlamp that anticipates your arrival and turns on as you walk by? This lamp could change color, announce that its bulb was getting low, and save communities billions of dollars in lighting costs. Tvilight does just that.
If you are looking to add atmosphere to your home, a new sound system may do the trick. Music makes every get-together better and can renew and motivate you as you go about your daily work, exercise routines, and relaxation time. However, relying on an old boom box or outdated sound system to deliver the ambience you need is far from inspiring and can lead to toiling over complex cables and control panels to get the coordinated sound you want, or blasting speakers in one room so you can hear the music in another (hello, irritated neighbors!).
Baby, it’s cold outside! Snow’s coming down like nobody’s business, and you’re busy battening down the hatches in anticipation of a cold couple of days.
You may not think that icy, snowy weather affects your home’s electrical systems to the same degree that it might, let’s say, affect your plumbing. However, there are multiple ways in which inclement weather can alter the way your home runs.
Consider the following in order to troubleshoot any problems that arise as a result of the change in weather.
Space Heaters: Still Not a Good Idea
When you’re trying to save money on heating and a winter storm hits, portable space heaters may seem like an excellent alternative to conventional heating. However, space heaters, as you may be aware, are incredibly dangerous and can cause electrical fires in the blink of an eye.