Monthly Archives: November 2018

Should I buy LED or Incandescent Christmas Lights?

If you’ve been decorating for the holidays as long as we have, you might still be wondering if it is worth the money to update to LED lights. The initial cost can be a bit daunting on the budget, and change comes slowly for most.

While a beautiful display of Christmas lights can be created at anyone’s home with either type of lights, here’s a few things to consider.

What do you get for the higher LED price tag?

LED lights are more durable. They are plastic which makes them easier for storage … and it will seem like they never burn out! They may get dimmer with age, but as we know, nothing lasts forever without losing a step here and there. LED will last up to 50,000 hours compared to incandescent’s approx. 1000 hours of light.

LED lights are cool to the touch. That makes them, not only safer to use to decorate with, but Flourescent lights use up to 90% of their expended energy on heat that is both wasted and unwanted near our home’s holiday cheer. LED lights are going to save you up to 80% on your energy cost by not creating heat … only beautiful holiday brilliance.

LED light options are constantly changing and expanding. New styles come out every year to constantly awe and amaze us. While LED lights will have a higher price tag than their less expensive fluorescent counterparts, they will prove their worthiness over time. If you plan on decorating year after year, LED will be worth the investment.

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How does a Carbon Monoxide Detector Work?

It took nearly a quarter of a century after smoke detectors came on the scene in our houses, but in 1993 carbon monoxide detectors were finally available to residential homes to work alongside their smoke detector counterparts. Both are of absolute importance to our family’s safety in our home.

Unlike the appearance of smoke and fire in our homes, carbon monoxide is invisible. This gas can sicken, and even kill, those exposed to it over a period of time. It is produced by the fuels in our home that may not be burning completely and producing this unseen poison.

3 Types of Detectors

Biomimetic sensor: This type works similar to the way CO reacts to our body. A gel is used that will absorb the carbon monoside, similar to the way our blood absorbs CO2. This color change then triggers the alarm.

Metal oxide semiconductor: This type uses an integrated silica chip. When it comes into contact with CO it lowers the electrical resistance. That change is detected and sounds the alarm.

Electrochemical sensor: This type is similar to the metal oxide semiconductor, but instead of a silica chip, it uses electrodes in a chemical solution. This type is often used in professional equipment that can detect dangerous amounts of CO instantly.

Every home should have this early warning system. Douthit Electrical can discuss with you the many types available, as well as the locations for installation to best protect your home.

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