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‘Think Spring’ for Home Lighting Projects

April 17, 2014
By SARAH HARMON - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Making a few changes for indoor and outdoor lighting is one of the easiest ways to update the home and sometimes change the mood dramatically.

As spring rolls into the Ohio Valley, Scott King, electrical department manager at Lowe's in Wheeling, said homeowners start eyeing ceiling fans and landscape lighting to enhance outdoor spaces.

Crowds tend to flock to the store's extensive ceiling fan section in the spring as people look to keep cool, King said. The most popular brands of ceiling fans sold are Hunter and Harbor Breeze and the store offers an installation service to save homeowners time.

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Scott King, manager of the electrical department at Lowe’s, stands by a display of LED lights, which are growing in popularity.

Another growing lighting trend is the switch from incandescent bulbs to LED lights. According to King, LED bulbs last anywhere from 25,000-50,000 hours, saving homeowners a significant amount in energy costs. LED bulbs also burn colder than incandescant, reducing the risk of burns and fire.

"Basically, LED lighting is the way to go," King said. "It's the most efficient and lasts a long time."

According to King, an average 60-watt LED light only uses 12 watts of energy, but produces 60 watts of light. One LED bulb only costs $1.45 in energy costs yearly based on three hours of use a day. Shoppers should look out for the Energy Star label on light bulbs if they are looking to purchase LED lights.

Lowe's also offers landscape lighting. Adding solar lights in a yard is a good way to update the look of a home's outside space, but King warns solar lights should be kept to decorative accent lighting.

"Wired lighting should be used for more primary lighting," King said. "They are more effective if you need to light a pathway."

Getting new lighting installed is easy with Lowe's and the staff will install anything from vanity lights, chandeliers to outdoor wall lights.

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