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Tommy Herren is a landscape lighting specialist and owner of The Lighting Geek, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 350-6437 or by email.

How to Choose a Porch Light

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

GOLD RIVER — When choosing a light fixture for your front porch, it’s easy to become preoccupied with its aesthetic design, but a more important consideration is how it functions. After all, a porch light may look nice in the daytime, but if it doesn’t emit light in a pleasing way, it won’t look nice at night, which more or less defeats the purpose of having one.

Often, a light fixture’s aesthetic design directly corresponds to the way it emits light. For example, a common exterior lighting choice is the classic carriage light, a relic from the Victorian era that was originally designed to house gas-powered lamps. However, despite their 19th century charm, Read more

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Video: Selecting a Wall Sconce

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

GOLD RIVER — Host, Sarah Rutan: When selecting a new wall sconce for your home exterior, there are a few factors you’ll want to consider. Today we’re in Gold River with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tommy Herren of The Lighting Geek to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Tommy Herren: One of the most common questions I get is, “I want to buy a new wall sconce for outside my front door, and I’m not sure which one to get.” So, I’m going to give you a couple of hints.

Number one, here is a typical carriage light that we all know about, and you can see the light-bulb. Read more

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Video: How To Buy a Lightbulb

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

GOLD RIVER – Host, Sarah Rutan: With the wide variety of sizes, styles and colors available, choosing the right lightbulb can be more difficult that you’d expect. Today we’re in Gold River with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Thomas Herren of The Lighting Geek to gain some insight.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Tommy Herren: One of the most common questions I am asked is, “Hey Lighting Geek, how do you buy a lightbulb?” So the simplest thing I can tell you is, first we talk about color. An Edison bulb, which we all grew up with, is 2700K. That’s a warm light. Halogen, which is 3000 Kelvin, is a preferred color. Read more

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Two Criteria for Choosing a Lightbulb

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

GOLD RIVER – There are several details to consider when choosing a lightbulb, including size, style and wattage. When it comes to aesthetics, however, two often-overlooked aspects are color and quality of light.

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Few people realize that even white lightbulbs can vary in color—or, more accurately, color temperature. A bulb’s color temperature is measured using the Kelvin scale and denoted by a number rating and the letter K. For example, an Edison bulb (the most common bulb sold in bulk at hardware stores) has a color temperature rating of 2700K, which provides a reasonably warm light. However, if you want a more pleasing effect, choose a Halogen bulb, which is rated at 3000K. Read more

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How to Prevent Falls at Home

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

BURLINGAME — When creating a safe at-home living environment for an elderly loved one, it’s important to take additional measures to prevent falls. Since falls commonly happen at night, one of the best ways to do this is to maximize nighttime visibility. Make sure there’s a lamp or light switch within easy reach of the person’s bed, and keep hallways well-lit with a night light or other source of illumination.

Even with adequate lighting, falls can still occur if tripping hazards are present, which is why it’s crucial to keep the floor clear of unnecessary clutter, as well as items like decorative rugs. If the person uses a walker, keep it near the bed for easy access for nighttime bathroom visits. Read more

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Video: Safety Measures to Prevent Falls

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

BURLINGAME — Host, Sarah Rutan: For an elderly person planning to age in place, an important consideration is creating a safe home environment. Today we’re in Burlingame Jamie Peraza appearing on the behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Vivian Huddleston to learn about one crucial aspect of at home safety.

Diamond Certified Guest Contributor, Jamie Peraza: Many times our clients ask us what they can do to prevent falls at home. And what we like to recommend is to have a lamp or a light switch near their bed for when they wake up, to always keep the hallways well-lit and illuminated. We tell our clients to get rid of any rugs or to remove any inconvenient objects from the floor that may cause them to fall. Read more

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Video: Advantages of LED Lighting

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

WINDSOR — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning on updating the lighting in your home, you’ll want to consider the advantages of LED lighting. Today, we’re in Windsor with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Barbara Ragsdale of Knights’ Electric to hear more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Barbara Ragsdale: When it comes to lighting your home, LED lighting is the most cost effective and energy efficient option available.

While more expensive outright than incandescent bulbs, LEDs offer farther greater value due to their extensive lifespan. Compared to an average incandescent’ lifespan of 2000 hours, an LED bulb can last up to 60,000 hours. Roughly thirty times longer. With typical usage, Read more

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