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  1. Laura F
    November 26, 2018 @ 11:04 am

    We have recessed lighting with LEDs in our new white kitchen. Kelvins really make a difference in what color the cabinets look like. We had to experiment to get the exactly correct kelvin and wattage. (I hope I wrote it down someplace but I know my husband has it memorized.) You will save a lot on your electric bill.


  2. judy
    November 26, 2018 @ 11:18 am

    If you are not in the mood to do a big Christmas blog could you please repeat the wonderful one with Paul in charge of ribbon cutting,Mom in servitude to Mao like dictator gone mad with delusions of dominance and superior skills of festivity. I laughed over that one and sent it to everyone I knew moaning about “putting it all up and taking it alllllllll down!”


  3. Shirley
    November 26, 2018 @ 11:38 am

    I like the photo of the LED’s at full brightness. The stringing is neat, orderly and allows for full visibility.

    I’m anal that way.


  4. Christy
    November 26, 2018 @ 11:48 am

    I have been playing with LEDs a lot lately: I painted my bathroom and in the process put three new LED lights in our fixture. I also bought an antique Stiffel six-way light that calls for a standard 3-way bulb and three candelabra-shaped bulbs. No matter how warm they claim to be, the lights look practically florescent and are so obnoxiously bright. I finally found some insanely expensive ones at Lowes that have an amber coating that are the equivalent of about 20 watts each for the bathroom fixture. Now the bathroom isn’t really light enough. I wish I could find some that are the equivalent of 40 watts. I still haven’t found any acceptable three-way lamp bulb, so I’m about to hoard incandescents (but I’d much rather go with LEDs for environmental reasons). I wish someone (hint hint) would do all the research for me and write an extensively long post on warm and not-too-bright LEDs of all types.


  5. Marianne in Mo.
    November 26, 2018 @ 12:02 pm

    I realize we need to conserve our resources by having LEDs, but I absolutely abhor them. We were putting up our Christmas lights this weekend, found we needed a fuse in one of our strings of C-7’s, but could not find one in our tiny town. Hubs bought a string of leds, thinking we could add them…nope, not at all similar. So he headed back to the store to buy all needed leds, where he managed to find ONE package of fuses that we needed. YAY! We will eventually need to convert to leds, but for now, we are basking in warm incandescent glow. I DO like the lights you ended up with, they are, dare I say, prettier than the befores!


  6. Lisa D.
    November 26, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

    Victoria, your front porch is beautiful. I especially love the last picture – white pillars, blue and white furniture, and the lights on against all the green landscaping – it’s magazine worthy. I always wanted to be a lighting and color expert. In my next life, maybe.


  7. Lisa Garber
    November 26, 2018 @ 12:25 pm

    Unrelated “look there’s a bunny!” question, and you have my permission to answer as vaguely as you wish, but – in what industry does the Sainted Paul toil? He seems to have unrestricted free time and the relish to devote to this home, and I recall that you/he restored a previous home – you can be as vague as “he spends inherited millions”, “he works in tech”, “ he toils at Gringotts Bank”, etc.


  8. Scaloot
    November 26, 2018 @ 1:36 pm

    Love LEDs, hate LEDs, I have 4 of the expensive amber tinted ones in living room fixture. Lovely. Have couple of warm bright ones in laundry area. ok so far. Last year bought new bulbs for Xmas tree – LEDs did not look comforting, looked like red & white alien teepee. Will see if they are dimmable. Will be going through old lights shortly, if I can’t find enough of the right ones there may not be a tree. I love your porch. I need a Paul.


  9. Jennifer
    November 26, 2018 @ 2:10 pm

    What motion sensor did you use? That would solve our porch lighting problems easily, but I was only aware of motion sensors on light fixtures, not free-standing ones.


  10. Brian G.
    November 26, 2018 @ 2:26 pm

    I was wondering about the motion sensor also, as I have not been able to find any that are not part of a fixture.


  11. Carrie
    November 26, 2018 @ 3:02 pm

    “How to Make a Bow” is how I found your site in the first place, years ago! I’ll always love “How to Make a Bow”…


  12. Diane
    November 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

    I found this blog post extremely helpful when it comes to picking out bulbs:


  13. John Kilborn
    November 27, 2018 @ 1:04 am

    Beautiful fairy lights to fill young and old passers by with delight. With Christmas coming up they will add to the feeling of the festive season. Cool!


  14. JeanFB
    November 27, 2018 @ 9:39 am

    Love your charming porch – and yes I see what you mean about the dimmed lights, I wouldn’t have guessed LED. I totally feel your struggle with LEDs, though, and for us the struggle continues inside with our inset lighting, chandeliers, etc. My husband DOES NOT SEE what I see. He sees no difference in warmth. He cannot understand my pickiness. I will show him your post, and hopefully he will see the light. That is all.


  15. S.
    November 27, 2018 @ 12:56 pm

    One thing I learned about LED bulbs is that there is an additional criteria you need to pay attention to when selecting the perfect bulb. Wattage, Lumens, Kelvin… and CRI. Color Rendering Index is a measure of how closely the spectrum of the bulb matches sunlight. The spectrum is the rainbow of wavelengths emitted by the bulb. A low-CRI bulb emits a narrow spectrum, usually with gaps in it, and a high-CRI bulb emits a nearly full spectrum. I learned this the hard way – bought boxes of LED bulbs for the bedrooms, turned on the lights… and Gaak – felt like I was in a giant refrigerator. Suddenly the room was a hard white, almost devoid of color. Look for bulbs which have a CRI of 95 or better for excellent color rendering.


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