Yes, I’m going to talk about light bulbs.
This house is loaded with the cheapest bulbs on the planet. They all put off this yellow florescent light that gives me a headache.
I don’t know about you, but I need light. Lots of light. If I don’t have enough light during the day I get depressed. And I hate being depressed.
My mission is to replace the bulbs with brighter whiter light bulbs.
I’m sure I should be buying the energy efficient ones that last like 25 years, but they aren’t white enough. And they take too long to light up. When I flip the switch I want instant gratification. I don’t want to wait 10 minutes for the light to get to its brightest capacity.
So I chose Reveal bulbs by GE.
These bulbs really do put off a bright white light. They make me happy. It’s almost as good as standing outside in the real sun.
One reason I love living in Texas is because it’s sunny and bright most of the year. We have an overcast day here and there, but for the most part it’s sunny. And the level of sunshine each day directly affects my mood. But I also don’t like to be outside in the elements all day, so I want the inside of my house bright and sunny too.
As I’ve been swapping out bulbs, another thing that’s really helped to make the room brighter is to wash the glass shade around each fixture.
I know, I know, these fixtures need to go. I’ll add that to my bucket list of things to do when I’m a billionaire. “I wanna be a billionaire so freakin’ bad…”
Once they are washed I get all the spots off with my awesome Shaklee basic H cleaner (this stuff honest-to-God rocks).
Look how much that glass sparkles now!
You should periodically remove your fixture covers and clean them to keep your house as bright as possible.
I’ve been changing the bulbs in my house as they’ve gone out because these Reveal bulbs are pricey compared to the 6-packs at the dollar store.
I’d love to change every bulb in my house right this very second, but it would cost me $230.11 plus tax. In just light bulbs. Can you believe that?!
I counted up the number of fixtures I have in this house. This is how it breaks down (not including lamps or outside lights):
23 general purpose light bulbs (standard size)
Total: 71 light bulbs!
Here’s the dollar breakdown:
general purpose bulbs are $4.97/6 pack = $19.88 total
flood canister light bulbs are $7.97 each (yikes!) = $151.43
vanity bulbs are $6.98/3 pack = $48.86
chandilier bulbs are $4.97/4 pack = $9.94
Grand total of $230.11 for all the light bulbs!!
Needless to say, I can only afford a few a month, so I change them as the old ones burn out.
These flood lights are my nemesis:
They make the room 10 bazillion times brighter and whiter and I love them, but they are $7.97 each!!! Yikes!
It wouldn’t be so bad if the builder of my home wasn’t canister happy. I have a grand total of NINETEEN canisters in my ceilings. There are 8 in my kitchen alone.
I plan to swap a few of these out with other fixtures, but fixtures are on my bucket list as well.
I think I’ve switched out about half the bulbs in my house so far. Maybe just a few shy of half. I’m dreading when the THREE canister flood lights over the staircase go out. Those will be fun to reach! 🙂
The funny thing is, there are four places in my house that need fixtures in the ceiling because there isn’t enough light in those areas. I’ve got 8 canisters in my kitchen and 3 in my stairwell, but none in the hallway or foyer?
Looks like I’ll be adding “Electrician” to my list of professions soon. Hopefully it will be an easy task to run some wire and install a few new lights. Famous last words I’m sure…
*I am not affiliated with or being compensated by GE to promote their Reveal bulbs. I simply love them and want to share them with you.
*Shaklee is a sponsor of mine, but I also personally use the products and love them.