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Replacing Standard Incandescent Light Bulbs with LED Light Bulbs

by Barbara 14. April 2014 07:31

Question about when, where and how to replace incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.

Question: "How do I know what bulbs to purchase for replacements? Are there any places that I should not use an LED light bulb? They are certainly more expensive now that stores are selling 60 watt incandescent bulbs, 6 bulbs for $2.00. Thanks. Tim."

Answer: First, as many bloggers have noted, you have to see these bulbs as investments. You won't save hundreds of dollars in a year or two on your electric bill unless you have a huge building that needs all its lights replaced. The savings comes over time and with convenience, the convenience of not having to replace light bulbs in rooms where lamps or ceiling fixtures are on for many hours per day or year. LED stands for "light emitting diodes."

Second, you must make sure that replacement bulbs are dimmable ones for lamps or fixtures that have that feature. And there are no "3 way" bulbs like 50/100/150 available as yet.

Third, there are no 60 watt, 75 watt, etc. bulbs. Every bulb is rated in lumens. Lumens are the amount of light that is produced when a bulb is powered on.

Here is a basic chart that should help:

Incandescent Bulb Wattage             Lumens           LED Bulb Watt Equivalent

25 watt                                          250                4-9 Watts

40 watt                                          450                9-13

60 watt                                          800                13-15

75 watt                                          1100              18-25

100 watt                                        1600              23-30

125 watt                                        2000              22-40

150 watt                                        2600              40-45

Warm white is the preferred color for most people in their homes.  2,700 and 3,500 Kelvin are what you are looking to purchase for home use.

So remember that lumens are what you are looking for, not wattage.

Here is an A19 LED 60 watt equivalent bulb that Safe Home now sells. Equvalent to a 40-60 watt incandescent bulb yet uses only 8 watts of electricity. Epistar LED chip. Warm white color. Short neck. Not dimmable. 3000K. 180 degree beam angle.

As Safe Home continues to add LED bulbs, I'll be adding them to this blog.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

750 Watt ECO-SAVE Ceramic Electric Heaters Allow Efficent Small Area Heating Due to Compact Size

by Barbara 4. November 2013 14:07

Question about the ECO-Save Ceramic Electric Heaters.

Q: "What makes this electric space heater better than a Cozy Legs panel for an office area?"Thanks. Sara

Answer: The Cozy Legs is great for under desk heating. It is, however, a radiant heating panel. So there is no fan. Also for best use, you need a stand. So moving it is somewhat awkward.

The ECO-Save Portable Electric Heater Features Include:

  • Energy Saving
  • Low wattage
  • Reduced fire risk
  • Keeps you warm for less $$
  • Safety tip-over shut off protection
  • Variable speed fan
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Ceramic Heating Element
  • Voltage: 120V 60Hz
  • Power: 750W
  • Weight: 4.63lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.86"x8.86"x12.4", 11” H x 7.5” Diameter
  • ETL Listed.
  • Warranty: 6 months by manufacturer
Another advantage is that you can use two of these in the same area as a single 1500 Watt heater and get better heating coverage.

Thanks for your question. Please contact us if you are interested in a quantity purchase.

Sincerely,
Barbara

Paint Remover and Paint Stripper, Non Toxic, No Methylene Chloride

by Barbara 17. July 2012 14:02

Question about Natural Soy Products Paint Remover.

Question: "I am looking for a paint stripper or paint remover for removing latex, oil-based and lead-based paint including silver and black spray paint. I prefer a paint stripper that does not contain methylene chloride. Also I want a versatile product that can be used on wood, metal, concrete, glass, aluminum siding, tile, spray equipment, clothing, carpeting, concrete, brick, brushes and furniture. Does SoyClean (Natural Soy Products )paint remover meet my needs? I'd like to purchase it in at least one gallon containers. Thanks. Tom."


Answer:  Natural Soy Products Paint Remover and Stripper is a natural, soy-based, non-toxic product that rinses away with water. Natural Soy Products Paint Stripper is made from 100% all natural ingredients, so it contains no hazardous ingredients. Because Natural Soy Products stripper is non-toxic, paint removal may take a bit longer. The advantages though are that you will have no exposure to cancer causing substances like methylene chloride, also called dichloromethane. That is a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. Methylene chloride is used in various industrial processes, in many different industries including paint stripping, pharmaceutical manufacturing, paint remover manufacturing, and metal cleaning and degreasing. The most common means of exposure to methylene chloride is inhalation and skin exposure. OSHA considers methylene chloride to be a potential occupational carcinogen.. According to the US Dept of Labor, methylene chloride, also called dichloromethane, is a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. Methylene chloride is used in various industrial processes, in many different industries including paint stripping, pharmaceutical manufacturing, paint remover manufacturing, and metal cleaning and degreasing. The most common means of exposure to methylene chloride is inhalation and skin exposure. OSHA considers methylene chloride to be a potential occupational carcinogen.

Paint Stripper Instructions: 

    Shake product for at least one minute.
    Apply liberally to surface. Avoid using on plastic or vinyl.
    Allow product time to work.   The longer you let it set, the less work you have to do to remove the paint.   If there are several layers of paint, or if the paint has been there for a very long time, we recommend letting the product soak over night. This Paint Stripper will penetrate multiple layers of paint for several hours, without needing to be reapplied. That's the beauty of the soybean oil! It won't evaporate like toxic strippers.
    Test a small area to see if the paint is softened and ready to be removed. Rinse surface clean with water. Neutralize surface with mild dish soap, like Dawn for example.

How does the Soy Clean Paint Stripper Work?

The soybean oil gives the Paint Stripper an Extra long wet time. So while, it isn’t designed to work immediately, it is VERY effective when it is allowed time to work. The longer you let it set, the less scrubbing you will have to do. With only one application, you will be able to remove multiple layers of paint. SoyClean Graffiti Remover and Adhesive and Mastic Remover works the same way – even when removing tough carpet glue or tile mastic!

SoyClean Paint Stripping Product Features:

    Removes paint overspray, wood stains, water based sealers, linseed oils, latex stains, lacquer overspray, and stencil paints
    No caustic alkalis to darken wood and raise grain or burn skin and eyes.
    Soy-based cleaner
    Environmentally friendly
    One gallon covers about 200 sq. feet.
    Non-Toxic
    Biodegradable
    High flash point
    Contains no cancer-causing methylene chloride (DCM)
    Made in Iowa, USA.

SoyClean soy based paint stripper comes in 22 ounce refillable spray bottles, one gallon containers or 5 gallon containers or 55 gallon drums. Please contact us for pricing and delivery costs on the larger sized containers.

If you have more questions, please contact us at sales@safehomeproducts.com or phone customer service week-days at 877-358-0900 x 102.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Dry Erase Board Cleaner and Restorer is a Green, Non-Toxic Cleaner

by Barbara 17. July 2012 11:21

Question about how to clean and restore white boards or erase boards.

Q: "The dry erase boards at our office are have shadow tracings of various colors of dry erase markers that we cannot remove. Otherwise the white boards are quite sound. Replacing the 12 or 14 large boards would be quite expensive. What suggestions do you have? Thanks. Bill."

Answer: Natural Soy Products Made in the Midwest, makes a terrific cleaner and restorer for white boards or dry erase boards that is made from soy beans. The Natural Soy Products Dry Erase Marker Board Restorer 1 Gallon is great for refilling the Natural Soy Products (formerly SoyClean) Dry Erase Marker Board Restorer 22 oz. bottle.

SoyClean Dry Erase Marker Board Restorer is a 100% natural, soy-based, non-toxic cleaning product that rinses away with water.  It r emoves all colors of dry erase markers from white-boards and removes shadow tracings, tape mastic, ghosting and stubborn, hard to remove markings. It deep cleans the surface and restores it like new.

SoyClean Dry Erase Marker Board Restorer Product Details:

  • 100% all natural ingredients
  • Soy based formula
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Non-toxic
  • No caustic fumes
  • Biodegradable
  • Non flammable
  • Non abrasive
  • Made in Midwest USA

To use:

  • Shake contents for at least 30 seconds before application and occasionally during application.
  • Apply a light to moderate mist in a small test area first to judge application rate, time, and suitability.
  • Allow about 30 seconds for the cleaner to work.
  • For tough stains, reapply and allow more time.
  • Wipe the treated surface with a soft cloth or paper toweling.

    SoyClean contains natural soybean oil and can leave a slight film. If film exists use a damp cloth and a mild soap to remove the film.
    Properly dispose of all toweling or cloths used in the removal of the marker.

Remember that schools could use donations of products like this one to clean up their dry erase boards.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

 

Soy-Based, Non-Toxic Graffiti Remover and Paint Remover Made in USA

by Barbara 22. June 2008 06:40

Question about the product: SoyClean Graffiti Remover 22 oz.

Q: "Can this product be used on automobiles without harming the car finish?"- Geraldine

Answer: Natural Soy Products, formerly Soy Clean, does not recommend use of this product on a car as damage may occur to the finish. If your car was spray painted, we suggest you take the car to an auto body/paint shop for their evaluation.

ThiGraffiti Remover was formulated to remove graffiti, inks, magic marker and paint from hard surfaces. It works well to remove silver paint, black paint and enamel paints. SoyClean is a 100% natural, soy-based, non-toxic product that rinses away with water. Most other graffiti removers on the market are harsh and even dangerous to users and the environment. SoyClean contains no hazardous ingredients. This cleaner also comes in larger containers. Try the SoyClean Graffiti Remover 1 Gallon size if you have large areas to clean. It is also available in 5 gallon buckets and in 55 gallon drums.

Soy Clean Graffiti Remover and Paint Remover Details:

    100% all natural ingredients
    Soy based formula
    Environmentally friendly
    Non-toxic
    No caustic fumes
    Biodegradable
    Non flammable
    Non abrasive
    Made in Brooklyn, Iowa, USA.


How Do I Use this Graffiti Remover?

    Shake well
    Test an area to see effect on the surface. 5 to 15 minutes is usually the maximum time needed to dissolve the graffiti.
    Remember this is not a "quick" stripper like a VOC based product.
    Graffiti is usually only one layer of paint so dissolving the graffiti is not a long process.
    Spray on graffiti. Following your test above, either gently wipe off with a sharp putty knife or remove with disposable cloths.
    Spray surface with water from a hose or moderate pressure sprayer.
    If desired, neutralize the surface if a mixture of liquid dish soap such as Dawn, Joy, etc. mixed with water.


Cautions on Graffiti Remover:

    Handle in the presence of adequate ventilation.
    Wear safety glasses.
    Keep container tightly closed when not in use.
    Store away from heat, sparks, open flame, strong oxidizing agents and direct sunlight.
    Keep out of reach of children.

Good luck.

Sincerely, Barbara