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Beating the Winter Blues: How The Right Lighting Can Brighten Your Mood

Winter brings great joy for some people sitting by a warm fire, sipping hot cocoa or playing in the snow. For some unlucky people, winter represents feeling tired, depressed or having an overall unhappy feeling. The good news is that winter time does not have to bring on the blues! Here some ways that the right lighting can brighten your mood.

Why So Blue?Seasonal Affective Disorder Light Therapy

As fall changes to winter, temperatures plummet in some areas and the sun shines less. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a seasonal related depression that typically starts and stops the same time each year, usually during the colder and darker months. However, it is believed that SAD is more likely related to the decrease in natural sunlight rather than the decrease in temperature.

What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Did you know that approximately five percent of people in the United States suffer from SAD? Another 10-20 percent also exhibit mild symptoms in the winter. This means that approximately 10 million Americans have SAD. SAD is more frequent is people who live further from the equator and there may be a genetic link as family history seems to play a role. Both women and men suffer from SAD, but women are approximately four times more likely to have SAD. There seem to be additional factors such as age as it most often develops between the ages of 18 and 30.

What are Some Symptoms of Fall & Winter SAD?

  • Low energy levels
  • Irritability
  • Oversleeping
  • Weight gain and craving high-carb foods
  • Difficulty getting along with others and increased sensitivity to rejection

Lighting the Way to Symptom Relief

An effective and simple way to alleviate symptoms of the winter blues is light therapy. Typical phototherapy treatment for SAD is the use of a 10,000 lux light box that includes a UV filter for about 30 minutes each morning. Other ideas to brighten up the day include:

  • Wake-up lights/alarms that gradually increase the lighting in the room to mimic the natural increase in daylight.
  • Smart bulbs that can be programmed to give off bright, cool tones in the morning and change to more warm tones towards afternoon and evening.
  • Light therapy lamps that produce between 7,000 and 10,000 lux, but emit no UV rays.
  • Install adjustable controls to lighting already in the home, providing the option of brighter lighting in the morning and decreasing the lighting throughout the day.
  • Increase the overall lighting in your home and/or office with the use of warm lighting lamps.
  • Get outside and soak up some sunshine during the day, even if it’s just for a 15-minute break at work.

Things to Consider When Adjusting Lighting

  • Avoid just increasing wattage on regular bulbs or sitting in front of lights that emit UV rays.
  • Can your electrical system handle the extra work? When adding additional lighting or different and stronger forms of lighting, avoid overloading outlets or extension cords.
  • Evaluate natural lighting in your home when determining where the most artificial light is needed.
  • Consult a professional when changing wiring or lighting controls.

 

Beat your winter blues by enhancing your home’s indoor lighting! Need help with installation or making sure your wiring is up to safety standards? Contact Fusion Electric today so experienced professionals can lighten up your winter!

Why Using LED Light Bulbs Is a Bright Idea

Why Using LED Light Bulbs Is a Bright IdeaHave you noticed your neighbors swapping out conventional incandescent lights with LED lights? You may wonder if this is just a trend or if making the switch is truly saving Kansas City homeowners on their electric bills.

In order to help homeowners make an informed decision, Fusion Electric is breaking down this bright idea and all the benefits that come with making the switch to LED lighting.

What Is an LED Light?

led-light-bulb-blue-background-fusion-electric-kcLED lights, or Light Emitting Diodes, were invented just eighty years after Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb. Although they have been around for years, recent developments in technology have LED bulbs growing more popular as an alternative to conventional incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.

You may have heard of them due to their energy savings and heat reduction potential, but the benefits don’t stop there. To compare potential annual savings between a typical incandescent bulb and an LED bulb, check out this handy LED savings calculator.

How LED Bulbs Work

The technology itself of an LED light is much more intuitive than an incandescent bulb. Incandescents work by heating a coil to the point at which it glows, while LEDs produce light by allowing negative electrons to combine with a positively charged solid, usually silicon or gallium. Since negative and positive particles attract each other, and the electron moves at the speed of light, the force of the negative particle combining with the positive ion releases light.

What’s Makes LED Bulbs Different?

LEDs produce a color of intense white light which is more energizing and better replicates natural light than the muddy orange hue of incandescents. If you are not a fan of bright LED light, you can now purchase different hues of lighting to best fit your preferences.

Once you find the LED bulbs you prefer, switching your home to energy-efficient lighting is easy! LEDs fit into any light bulb socket, and last anywhere from 6 to 30 years per bulb depending on usage.

Are LED Light Bulbs More Expensive?

With more recent technology, the LED is now more economically viable than it ever has been before. Check out the graphic to the left and you’ll see that LED lights require much less electricity per unit of light created compared to both the incandescent and fluorescent light bulb. This also means a few more benefits for consumers:

  • fusion-electric-lighting-statistics-bulbsFor every incandescent light bulb replaced by an LED, the consumer saves upwards of 50 dollars a year including the cost of replacements. This means that homeowners save hundreds of dollars annually by switching to LEDs.
  • Since electricity is produced primarily by coal and natural gas, LED light bulbs are better for the environment than incandescents. Furthermore, since LEDs don’t contain hazardous gases, they are also more environmentally friendly than fluorescent bulbs and safer for your home.

Thinking about making the switch to LED lighting? Contact Fusion Electric today and transform your Kansas City home into an electrically efficient machine! For more helpful electrical tips and tricks, check out our blog.

A Bright New Trend: Edison Bulbs

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In recent years, the Edison bulb, also known as a filament bulb, has made a major comeback. They come in many different shapes, sizes and looks, but they are all known for adding a charming glow and an unforgettable ambiance to any setting. This retro bulb is all the rage in restaurants and homes across the country, and is now available to purchase in almost any hardware store.

Today we’re sharing some bright ideas on how Edison bulbs can be used in your home, as well as dishing out some facts you need to consider before buying them.

 

Create an Outdoor Oasis

outdoor-edison-bulb-lights-patio-fusion-electricEdison bulbs are the perfect touch to transform your outdoor area for the upcoming patio season.

Hang them from the trees, or even drape them through a pergola for an added sparkle.

There are so many different ways to use them outdoors, but there are a few things to remember when it comes to purchasing and installing.

  • When purchasing outdoor bulbs, make sure they are in fact, made for the outdoors.
  • Save where you can. Set a timer on outdoor lights to ensure you aren’t wasting energy where it can be saved.

Install an outdoor outlet. Don’t fuss with long extension cords that can be dangerous and inefficient.(Leave it to the professionals. Fusion Electric can help with all of your outdoor lighting needs and make sure the job is done right. Check out all we have to offer for your outdoor space.)

Related Read: How to Prep Outdoor Electrical Outlets for Patio Season

 

Bring the Charm Indoors

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Looking to bring the charm inside? Edison bulbs make great accent lights for anywhere in your home. Although string lights are most popular for Edison bulbs, there are plenty of beautiful fixtures and sconces featuring these rustic bulbs that are great for kitchens or bathrooms. Before you choose the perfect lighting for your home, consider these tips.

 

  • Remember your lighting goals. Consider what needs accenting in each space and choose your lighting accordingly. A funky fixture in a dining room can change the whole space for the better.
  • Make it pop! Try adding a fun fixture, such as one with Edison bulbs, to make a statement in your home. This is a great way to give a room a new look without a complete redesign.
  • Add a dimmer. A dimmer is a great addition to any light fixture. This way, you can change up the mood of the room anytime you’d like.

Related Read: 4 Ways to Make Your Outdoor Kansas City Space Amazing After Dark

 

Facts to Consider

single Edison light bulb

Although Edison bulbs are the latest craze, there are a few things to consider before adding them to your home.

Edison bulbs are considered an incandescent light, which are known for being notoriously inefficient when it comes to energy. Incandescent bulbs are widely used across the country, but because of their inefficiency, the US government is trying to phase them out. Many are in favor of transitioning to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) because they are much more energy- and cost-efficient.

Don’t worry, you’ve got options! For those who want a compromise, there are LED versions of the Edison bulb that are much more energy efficient. Another great alternative to the Edison bulb is the Plumen bulb. This bulb still has the rustic, exposed coils like the Edison bulb, but is much more up to speed on energy efficiency.

 

Call Fusion Electric to help with all your electrical needs at (913) 648-9487  or check out our website for more lighting tips and professional tricks.  

Troubleshooting Tips When Your Lights Won’t Turn On

Light Bulb OnYou walk through your garage, into your kitchen to set down the groceries, flip the light switch, and . . . nada. This annoying problem is quite common. No need to panic when the lights won’t turn on. The next time this happens to you, make sure you rule out any of these possibilities before you call for help. This can save you hassle and money.

Check The Bulb

First things first. Check the bulb(s). Is the bulb loose in its socket? Does it need to be screwed in a little tighter? Is the bulb blown and needs to be replaced? If you answered no to all of the above, time to move onto the next step.

Make Sure It Is Plugged In

If the light that won’t turn on is in a lighting fixture that requires a plug-in to an electrical outlet, check the outlet. Is it plugged in? Is it loose? Many times electrical plugs can come loose when moving furniture close by, or if someone trips over a cord sticking out too far. If none of these questions solved the problem, try the next test.

Try the Circuit Breaker

Are there any switches out of place? All the power in your home has to go through your service panel and circuit breakers to get to the place you need it. Sometimes a blown switch or a power surge can cause your circuit breaker to cut off power to certain outlets and parts of your home, and they just need to be reset with the flick of a switch. If flipping the switch back and forth didn’t return power, try this next test.

Related Read: What Is a Power Surge & How to Protect Your Home From One

Test the Outlet

Buy a $3 circuit tester at your local hardware store and test the outlet(s) that is of concern. The reading will tell you if power is still flowing. If not, you could have an unseen electrical wiring issue behind the walls of your home. At this point, there’s not much else you can do yourself, unless you are a skilled electrician.

Call the Experts

When all else fails, call the electrician team in Kansas City that you trust at Fusion Electric. Call us at 913-563-7975, and we’ll have you fixed up in no time with no hassle.