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What light bulb should I buy?

It can be very confusing these days when you go to the hardware store to buy a light bulb.  It used to be you just chose the wattage bulb you needed and put it in the fixture.  I hope the information below helps you find the best bulb for your application.

Read below to understand how each light bulb produces light and check out the table I created below to compare one bulb to the other.

How is the light produced?

 

 

 

Incandescent
An electric current passes through a tungsten filament, heating it to a temperature that produces light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halogen
It is an advanced form of incandescent light. However, the tungsten filament is encased in a quartz envelop which is filled with a halogen gas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CFL (Compact Fluorescent)
An electric current is driven through a tube containing argon and a small amount of mercury vapor. This generates invisible ultraviolet light that excites a fluorescent coating (called phosphor) on the inside of the tube, which then emits visible light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED (Light Emitting Diode)
An electrical current passes through a microchip, which illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs and the result is visible light.

 

 

 

Light Bulb Comparison Chart

*  Did you know that the original Easy Bake Oven used a 100 Watt incandescent bulb to produce the heat required to bake?

 

Home Buying & Selling Classes

If you’re thinking about buying and/or selling a home in the near future, now is the time to sign up for one of my upcoming classes at Arapahoe Community College.  Both of these classes are designed to give you the information you need to be prepared to buy or sell a home, here in Colorado.

My expertise is helping my clients make great decisions with great information when buying, selling or investing in real estate.

My extensive skills, experience and knowledge are unmatched in the real estate industry. I have experience in building, inspecting, fixing, investing and of course buying and selling.  I have the information you need to move forward in the home buying and selling process and I’m happy to share it with you.

Home Buyer Basics

Judy Browne
Learn about the home buying process from start to finish. Start with a review of the current Colorado real estate market and cover a variety of topics, such as: describing your new home, choosing a real estate broker, what to look for when viewing homes, negotiating with sellers, understanding the home inspection process, understanding real estate contracts and forms, and knowing what to expect throughout the process.  Leave the class with the information you need to be an informed home buyer!

Sat, Apr 8, 10 a.m.-noon                                 Littleton Campus
INDS 1001S01-82438                                               $25

Thu, May 4, 6-8 p.m.                                         Littleton Campus
INDS 1001S02-82439                                             $25

What You Need to Know to Sell Your Home

Judy Browne
Learn the step by step process to follow when selling your home.  Review pricing strategies, what it costs to sell a home, recommendations for getting your home ready to sell, how to work with buyers and negotiating techniques. We will also review Colorado Real Estate Contracts and forms.  Each student will be offered a free comparative market analysis of their home at the conclusion of the class.

Sat, Apr 22, 10 a.m.-noon                              Littleton Campus
INDS 1002S01-82440                                             $25

Thu, May 18, 6-8 p.m.                                      Littleton Campus
INDS 1002S02-82441                                             $25

DIY tools for your smart phone

As many of you know my favorite magazine is The Family Handyman and I read it pretty much cover to cover each month (except for the car repair section).  The April 2016 issue included 7 DIY apps for your smart phone.  If you’re like me your phone is never far away from you and I think it makes sense to include these in your ‘tool box’.  All of these apps have free and paid versions.  I have downloaded only the free versions.

Below are the 3 apps I found most useful:

#1 Use your iHandy Levelsmart phone as a level.  Just like my flashlight app, which I use all the time as a real estate agent,  this one comes in very handy and works on both android and IOS.  This doesn’t mean you don’t need a good level for your projects but it is great for a quick check of a picture, a shelf or anything else you’re wondering about.  Note: The free version reads to a tenth (o.1) of a degree.  The perfectionist in you may find that annoying. (Look for iHandy Level in the app store)

fraction calculator plus#2 Fraction Calculator Plus.  I am a little embarrassed to admit that even though I have a degree in engineering when I have to add and subtract compound fractions I spend a LOT of time double checking my math.  This handy little app does the work for me and saves a lot of time.  If you’re measuring and cutting and need to add 5 7/8 + 3 15/16 and don’t want to drag out your 4th grade math skills this is the app for you.  It too is available on both Android and IOS.  The free version has ads but if you’re like me you’ve learned to ignore them. (Look for Fraction Calculator Plus in the app store)

floor plan creator#3 Floor Plan Creator.  This app is only available on Android, sorry to the Iphone folks and you will probably find it more useful on a tablet.  I happen to have a Samsung 10.1 Note which has a stylus, both of which make using this app easier.  This is a great way to visualize how your home might look if you moved walls, removed a closet or decided to put in a window or rearrange your furniture. (Look for Floor Plan Creator in the app store)

If you use any of these I’d love to know what you think.

If you’ve don’t subscribe to The Family Handyman magazine or haven’t checked out www.familyhandyman.com, I think you should.  I highly recommend it as a great resource for all things DIY.

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