LED Lighting: The Perfect Solution for Home Lighting

LED lighting in recent years has gained popularity and is gradually replacing traditional lighting, such as fluorescent and halogen lights, to LED lighting. There are numerous reasons why this future form of lighting technology is a preferred choice: LED’s are long lasting, energy effective – saving around 90% on energy bills – and brilliant for indoor and outdoor usage, as well as being cost effective. Learn more here.

Not only is LED technology used for home lighting, LED’s can typically be found in various home applications such as, digital clocks, remote controls, television sets, household gadgets, and loads more applications.

Below are some of the reasons why LED lighting is excellent choice when switching from conventional lighting.

Energy efficiency

LED lights bulbs can reduce energy consumption by approximately 25 percent*, almost eliminating costly maintenance expenses making LED’s an ideal candidate for home, educational and commercial applications. LED bulbs also produce instant high quality light immediately when switched on, unlike the fluorescent and halogen lights.

Advantages of LED Lighting

Cost effectiveness

Though LED light bulbs are initially costly, the long-term benefits out-way the cost. LED lights come equipped with a 5 year warranty, particularly LED Light Bulbs from Light Rabbit UK; Read more here.

LED light bulbs come in different ranges; from the most commonly used GU10 available in dimmable warm and cool white, the GU10 multicoloured bulbs available with a remote, the MR16 bulbs brilliant for downlighting caravans, boats, vans and again energy efficient, LED ceiling lights – predominantly ideal for usage in kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms.

The options are endless to anyone new to LED lighting technology. Visit here for a vast range of LED’s and if unsure speak with the experts to help you choose the perfect home improvement lighting bulbs.

A Basic Woodworking Tool: The Router

A person beginning to get into woodworking will not go long before they see reference after reference about a tool called a “router.” With its many uses in the craft; it is essential to have a good basic understanding of what a router is and does.

A Basic Woodworking Tool: The Router

A Basic Woodworking Tool: The Router

The wood router is used to cut patterns, joists, insets, and other intricate designs into wood or other firm materials such as plastic and some metals. Most often a router looks like a planing tool with a blade protruding from the planing surface. While many people now prefer the modern electrically powered routers, there are still some uses that are best performed by the old hand powered routers of old.

Routers are usually hand-held tools but can be attached to a table for specific cuts as well as safety. The most basic router uses a spindle. An electric motor is attached with a collet to the shaft and is manipulated via the handle or handles attached. Most of the router and the guide templates are simple.

It is because of the variety and versatility of the cutting tools and bits that can be used that give the router its extreme range of uses. Depending on the cut, the route, or hollow, can be anything from a connecting joint, like a dovetail or v-groove, to an intricate design or beveled edge.

The bits vary greatly and are generally classified by the type of material they are best used with and the design or cut desired. Edged bits are used to mold the sides of a wood piece. Examples would be for crown molding, ogee or beading. They include a “fence” to hold the bit steady and create a consistent edge. Non-edged bits most often create interlacing joins to wood pieces or as a cutout for holes or decorative designs. The size of the shaft also adds variety to the cuts available to the DIY woodworker.

Life-Saving Safety Tips for the Compound Miter Saw

The compound miter saw is known for its accuracy and versatility whether making beveled cross-cuts or square angle work. It is, however, also one of the most dangerous power tools in your workshop if you use it improperly. In order to incorporate this highly functional equipment into your work place you need to learn and obsessively follow all the necessary safety rules for safe operation.

Life-Saving Safety Tips for the Compound Miter Saw

Life-Saving Safety Tips for the Compound Miter Saw

Firstly, dress properly for safety. Wear good quality safety goggles or glasses to protect your eyes and ear plugs for your hearing. While operating the miter saw you will occasionally have to check the blade guard to see if it is still aligned properly as well as checking the sharpness of the blades. Always unplug the saw before performing either of these functions. The fingers you save will be your own.

While it may be hard to believe some people remove the adjustable fence, this guide does more than just assure consistent cuts. It also helps firmly guide the wood through the blade. So never try to “free-hand” the cut, it makes the chance of your wood jumping or bouncing off the blade and into you much more likely.

Keep your blades and the working area clean. Use a bucket to hold cut off bits and a vacuum or blower to keep sawdust off the working area. Also make sure sawdust is not building up in the notches on the blades. All these items can diminish the effectiveness of the cut or create an obstacle that can throw your cut off or the blade into you.

Use a little common sense in your work. No matter how eager you are to finish a project, hurrying the operation of power tools can quickly lead to mistakes, forgotten steps, or injury from bypassing safety precautions. Woodworking is supposed to be an enjoyable endeavor. Make sure to keep it safe enough to enjoy.