Home Lighting Makeover

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.



How Confidence Saved Me $170

Phoenix water isn’t known to be the tastiest or best. It’s actually ranked #53 in a recent study of Best City Water. And if you live in Phoenix or have ever been here and tasted the water then you know full well why I have a drinking water purification system.

When CycleGuy and I bought our house almost 13 years ago one of the first things we did was call Kinetico and have them come out and install a reverse osmosis (R/O) drinking water system and a water softener. Nothing too crazy for most Phoenix homeowners. Most people I know have an R/O system.

About every two year we’ve had the filters replaced. I’d call up the Kinetico people and have them come out. When we had the system installed that’s what they said to do. And so I did.

Remember, that was long before the internet. Well before it was posible to shop around and find some other company to do this same thing. Also, there is only one Kinetico authorized company in Phoenix.

Fast forward to last month. When our filters need changing our system stops. It won’t allow for water to continue to flow through if the filters can not do their job. Sounds like a great plan, huh. I think so. I don’t want to drink nasty water.

I went to the files and grabbed the invoice from the last time, getting ready to call. Then I saw how much I paid for the tech to come out for what amounted to about 15 minutes – $212! (pick up your jaw from the ground!)

Yes, in my foolish state I paid $212 for water filters. I was incensed! The filters were actually only $75, but the  trip charge was $125! One Hundred and Twenty Five Dollars! To come out to my house, turn two holders, take out the spent filter cartridges and put in the new ones. All in about 15 minutes. That’s the equivalent of $500/hr! I’m a lawyer and I don’t charge that kind of money. I must be in the wrong business.

This time, though, I said NO WAY! I’m smart. I can figure this out. So I pulled out my owners manual to find out what filters I need. But that wasn’t helpful. I was going to have to open up the cartridge holders. After about 30 minutes and spraying myself, under the sink, and half the kitchen with water I got the cartridges. Phew! It was not as easy as I thought it would be.

Thankfully the internet is full of all kinds of companies.  I found Water Filters Online and searched for my cartridges. It took me about 20 minutes. I checked and double checked and triple checked that I was getting the right filters. There are two filters of different size so I didn’t want to get the wrong one and my system not work.

The filters arrived in about a week and my crazy idea would be put to the test. Could I do this myself? And in the process save myself money? I knew I could. I believed that I’m smart enough to put in two water filters!

It took me about 10 minutes to get the water filters in and then figure out what I’d done to turn off the R/O system so I could turn it back on. If I’d remembered what I’d done to turn that contraption off it probably would have taken all of 3 minutes. But no! I’m there with my head under the sink turning all these turny-things hoping not to spray myself.

I DID IT! Once the air cleared the system I had water. Black water, but water nonetheless. I wasn’t worried about the black water because it’s a carbon filter and that’s normal. I knew that would happen.

An hour later and having spent only $45 I had clean drinking water again!  I was so proud of myself for believing I could do this. I’m relatively handy around the house. But I’d read the owners manual and the directions for changing the filter and it’s very confusing. I had watched them do this many times that I knew if I could find the filters I could probably do it. And if I couldn’t then at least I’d have the filters and they could just come change them out.

It sounds hokey, but a little confidence sure helps. Now, I had $170 extra money that I could use toward something else.

Do you think you can tackle a project and save a few bucks instead of calling a service person? I bet you can!

Disclosure: I paid for my own water filters. WaterFiltersOnline.com has no clue I have this fantastic blog. Lucky for you, you do!