Brandon Boozer is excited about light bulbs. He is also excited about saving money.
With the phasing out of incandescent bulbs, Boozer received his first Switch Infinia liquid cooled LED consumer electronic which provides light Tuesday at Batteries Plus Bulbs. The light sells for $11.99.
“Switch has been producing top of the top LED bulbs which are dimmable and will burn for 70,000 hours,” Boozer said.
Lumens, or light output, are in when it comes to grading bulbs or light sources, Boozer said.
When comparing lighting sources, 800 lumens is equal to a 60-watt incandescent bulb that costs $7.23 a year to run if burned three hours a day. It compares to a 43-watt halogen bulb that cost $5.18 a year to burn, a CFL, 13-watt bulb that costs $1.57 a year to burn and a 12-watt LED that costs $1.44 a year to burn.
Incandescent bulbs may cost less to purchase, but it costs more to burn them, Boozer said.
“A halogen light bulb is more cost effective to burn, and costs a little more than $1 a bulb,” Boozer said. “A 43-watt halogen bulb which is 100 percent dimmable uses 28 percent less power than an incandescent bulb, but it is still hot to the touch. They produce less heat than an incandescent bulb so they save on the HVAC.”
CFL stands for compact fluorescent and costs about $8 for a 4-pack. A covered CFL costs about $3.99 and at this price Boozer said they do not dim, although more expensive CFL’s are dimmable.
LED bulbs cost about $11.99 each but can burn up to 70,000 hours.
“Don’t fixate on the initial price of a bulb,” Boozer said. “A LED bulb can last 20 years and it costs less to run. When looking at a bulb, the consumer needs to compare performance, life cycle and quality.”
The things to look at include lumens (light output), watts, average light and color temperature.
“Light colors can be soft white, bright white, cool white and daylight,” Boozer said, “with daylight the brightest bulb.”
A consumer burning a soft white 60-watt bulb may find he needs more light so he may bump his next bulb purchase up to a 100-watt bulb.
“A 100-watt bulb in a lamp that specifies a 45- or 60-watt bulb is a fire hazard waiting to happen,” Boozer said.
Boozer said to stop by Batteries Plus Bulbs to compare lighting sources and see what is happening new in lighting.
Batteries Plus Bulbs electronics store is at 1601 S. Broadway, Suite B.
Brandon Boozer is excited about light bulbs. He is also excited about saving money.
A Q&A on ‘Obamacare’ Court Rulings
On Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on the legality of tax subsidies being provided to people who bought “Obamacare” health insurance policies in Oklahoma and 35 other states.
Here’s a look at the rulings’ potential impact in Oklahoma.
Q: I’m confused. What did the courts rule today?
A: A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals circuit in Washington, D.C., decided that the government can’t provide tax subsidies for Affordable Care Act plans purchased in 36 states where the federal government is operating the health insurance exchange. Oklahoma is one of the 36 states. A few hours later, the U.S. Court of Appeals circuit in Richmond, Va., issued a conflicting ruling that upheld the legality of the health-care law’s tax subsidies.
June healthy month for Oklahoma jobs
Nearly 10,000 new jobs in Oklahoma were created in June, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday the state experienced one of the largest increases in employment in the nation in June. More than 9,600 additional people joined the state’s workforce in June.
The unemployment rate in June dropped to 4.5 percent, its lowest ratio in six years. June’s rate was down a percentage point from 4.6 percent in May and April, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
University of Central Oklahoma recognized as having friendly work environment
The Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the “2014 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list and one of only a handful of institutions in the nation given the distinction of being named to the Honor Roll for being cited most often among all the recognition categories.
Central joins Duke, Baylor and Notre Dame on the list of the 10 universities named to the large institution honor roll.
Council approves funds toward ADA update
City Council members have approved a $398,800 professional services contract with Accessology, a McKinney, Texas, firm, to establish an Americans With Disabilities Act transition plan for the city.
Title II of the ADA requires state and local governments to make their programs and services accessible to persons with disabilities. It includes access to government facilities, programs and events and relevant policy changes.
Accessology was selected out of a pool of five finalists by a five-member committee to create Edmond’s plan. The firm will partner with Kimley-Horn and Associates, a design consulting firm located in North Carolina.
Edmond’s last ADA transition plan was created in 1992.
Panel approves jail services agreement
City Council members have approved renewal of the city’s jail services agreement with Oklahoma County for prisoners incarcerated at the county jail on city charges.
The current annual agreement expired June 30. It provides the feeding, care, housing and upkeep of said prisoners. Edmond uses the county jail when the city jail is at capacity.
The sheriff’s office proposed a slight increase from $46.25 to a $46.50 daily rate per prisoner. City staff said the current agreement is working satisfactorily and believe the proposed rate is reasonable. The new agreement took effect July 1. The city can hold prisoners in its current jail up to 10 days; a new jail with 10 male and five female cells will be available inside the new Public Safety Center next year when the facility opens.
Panel establishes 911 phone rate
City Council members have established the rate for the 911 emergency phone service fee for calendar year 2015
Council members set the rate at 3 percent of the recurring charges as designated by the tariff for exchange telephone service or its equivalent within Edmond beginning Jan. 1, 2015.
Fees collected by wireless and voice over Internet protocol companies are established under a separate statute. To continue collection of the locally authorized service fee on landline phone bills, local governments must approve a resolution on an annual basis to set the actual fee.
Governments must also through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments notify the appropriate incumbent local exchange carrier and competitive local exchange carrier phone companies by Sept. 1, 2015.
ACOG recommended for calendar year 2015 to maintain service fees at their current level of 3 percent.
Council approves $2.5M extra for utility
City Council members have approved the transfer of a $2.5 million appropriation for Edmond Electric.
The action was needed due to higher natural gas prices. Those increased prices caused wholesale electric purchase costs to exceed the department’s budget estimates for Fiscal Year 2013-14. To cover the increased costs, a transfer of funds from the “Transfers” category to the “Other Services and Charges” category was necessary.
It will maintain state law requirements and not increase Edmond Electric’s budget.
The action occurred during Monday’s meeting and was approved unanimously.
Edmond entrepreneurs sleuth their way to success
Tripadvisor.com led Andrew Gipson to an industrial complex outside of Dublin, Ireland, about a year ago. The recent University of Central Oklahoma graduate was in the midst of an extended stay in Australia and the United Kingdom when he walked through the doors of XIT Live Escape Adventure Game. According to Tripdadvisor, it was the top attraction in Ireland. He had to go.
An hour later, Gipson, 24, exited the facility inspired.
McAlister’s Deli sets ‘Free Tea Day’ for July 24
McAlister’s Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, will celebrate its sixth annual Free Tea Day on July 24.
Steffen and Farrow celebrates 40th anniversary
Steffen and Farrow Orthodontics recently had a ribbon cutting at its Edmond location, 1601 S. Boulevard, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
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