November 7, 2013

Home Lighting Makeover

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DIY Home Lighting Makeover

Disclosure: I was provided complimentary light bulbs to facilitate my home lighting makeover. My thoughts and opinions were not influenced by this. This article was not reviewed or edited by a third-party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Like most people, years ago I switched out my incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent. CFLs as they’re better known, are more energy efficient. Energy efficiency is good for the wallet and the environment! But there was that one drawback we all had to get used to. Warm up.

Yes, we switched out our “instant on” incandescent bulbs to CFLs because we  knew that’s what we were supposed to do. But we had to now deal with waiting a few minutes before the light would actually glow enough so we can see what we’re doing. Tradeoffs, I guess.

Now, the newest thing are halogen and LED light bulbs. I don’t know about you, but my only knowledge of halogen light bulbs are those torch-ish floor lights we all bought back in the 80s and 90s because they were cheap. They also got so hot that they were found to be the culprit in a few house fires. So when GE Lighting asked if I’d consider a room makeover with their new halogen bulbs from the GE reveal® light bulbs I was hesitant. To me, halogen meant hot and risky. Boy was I surprised!

I changed out standard CFLs with a 75W equivalent with75W GE reveal halogen bulbs. Need to keep it similar! I tried them in a few rooms, but settled on the guest bathroom since I’m thinking of redoing it soon. Maybe all I’d really need are some cute accessories if I changed out the light bulbs? Could it really be that easy?

Yes, it really was that easy! Take a look at how lighting can change a room. Even with a guest bathroom lighting is important. The “instant on” with the halogen is pretty exciting after these last few years of CFLs. Also, gone is that yellowish glow. While this isn’t my main bathroom I want guests to see themselves in the best light (both figuratively and literally).

GE Lighting Makeover Before 3

Before: Natural light because I often don’t turn on the lights

GE Lighting Makeover Before 1

Before: Traditional CFL. Notice how one isn’t even on yet? Lovely yellow hue!

GE Lighting Makeover Before 2

Before: At least the lights are all the way on now. Still, not so flattering.

GE Lighting Makeover After 1

After: GE reveal Halogen bulbs. A much more natural glow.

I know lighting makes a difference, and you do too. But I never really thought it would make this much of a difference. But don’t just take it from me, see what other GE Tastemakers have to say about changing out their lighting for their professional uses.

 

Sometimes it’s not that you need to do a big makeover of your room, you just need to see it in the right light. While they do cost more than incandescent and the cheap CFLs we’re used to buying, the quality of lighting is definitely worth the few extra dollars to really enjoy the room you’re in or, like me, feel comfortable having guests use the powder room.

To find current promotions and updates, check out GE Lighting’s Facebook page. If you’re ready for your lighting makeover and want to save, here is a GE reveal® Coupon for $1 off any package of reveal® light bulbs. Good to print through December 31, 2013 with a 45 day expiration.

GE is proud to continue its long tradition of innovation a lighting and hopes you enjoy your new lighting experience with clean beautiful light of GE reveal® bulbs. For more information, please visit GE reveal®. To learn more about the Energy Independence & Security Act, visit GE Lighting’s website.

Disclosure: As I stated above, I have a business relationship with GE Lighting. My thoughts and opinions were not influenced by this relationship or compensation. This article was not reviewed or edited by a third-party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

Sara

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Kate @ Songs Kate Sang November 7, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Wow. I am really going to have to consider that – maybe it would help with photography!

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