Are You Among the 60% of Americans Who Don’t Know Incandescents History?

We originally did this post a few weeks back, but just found out that 60% of Americans are unaware that 40 and 60 watt bulbs will, like 75 and 100 or great incandescent bulbs become part of history once the New Year comes.

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Also: we want to fix an “Oops” in our original post where we stated the ban was for 75 and 100 watt bulbs. (Like many of you we still have some in our closet since the funding to implement the 2012 ban on those bulbs was delayed and many were available long after January 1, 2012. Not this time: the funding is there and it will be enforced in a timely manner. This post summarizes the pros and cons of different bulbs most people will choose from. Continue reading

JibJab 2013 Review and Poll: What Is Your Strongest 2013 Memory

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As follower of JibJab.com since 2004 election and eagerly await the year in review each December. This one: we rate C-plus. Not awful, but not as good as the best ones (“205” “In 2007“)  Tip: Watch in Highest Def your browser can handle. It goes by FAST…

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Not Too Late to Get Great Holiday Gifts!

It’s Not Too Late to Get Great Holiday Gifts! ACTUALLY NOW IT IS
So: see https://solarlightingsmart.com/2013/12/13/did-the-holidays-sneak-up-on-you-tip-to-avoid-expedited-delivery-costs-charges/

While we can’t get everything everywhere, we still have lots of great items that will make great, environmentally-friendly Christmas gifts.  Solar lanterns, solar lamps, decorative solar lights, games, solar-lit mobiles/wind chimes, fountains, and special birdhouses and bird feeders. The photos are just a sample of the many gifts we have, most of the ones shown are well under $100, all with free shipping. Continue reading

Did the Holidays Sneak Up On You? Tip to Avoid Expedited Delivery Costs Charges

Santa Claus Holding CardIt seems like Halloween and Veterans Day were last week. But they weren’t. There really are only a few more days of online holiday shopping.

And most stores and shippers are recommending that the last day you can safely order or ship items and know they will get there on or before December 24 is Monday, December 16, 2013.

Regardless of why you may not be able to meet the Monday deadline, we have a tip that we share with lots of when it’s just not possible to get it there by the special day. Yes, it’s most important for Christmas, but it works for birthdays, anniversaries, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and other special occasions.

Not only will you be able to avoid looking like a Scrooge, you’ll also be able to give what you really want to give without paying ridiculously high expedited shipping fees. Continue reading

Lights Out for Incandescent Bulbs

Incandescent ban begins. Learn about the alternatives.As of January 1, 2014, 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs will go the way of 75 and 100 watt incandescent bulbs: none of them will be sold in the USA after December 31, 2013.

Only 40% of Americans are aware of this.  And for those who are surprised, you really shouldn’t be. The USA began to phase out 75 and 100 watt bulbs in 2012, though they were still around for a while after the 1/1/12 deadline since funding to implement the ban was cut.

Back in December 2011, budget bickering and some genuine concern over alternative bulbs caused the House of Representative to remove funding to fully implemented the 2012 ban weeks before it was to take effect.

Not this time! So, you have two choices:

  • Get busy shopping and hoard as many incandescent bulbs as you can, and most are already sold out; or
  • Learn the pros and cons of alternative light bulbs and what to look for when shopping

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Ignore That Man Behind the Curtain! Make Sure You Know Who You Buy from Online

Sellers who get kicked of Amazon, eBay often go right back on with different name.

Who Really Gets Your Money?

When you buy online at Amazon or ebay, often you are NOT buying from Amazon or eBay, you’re buying from individuals or individual stores.

Sometimes it is hard to tell WHICH store is actually pocketing your money and sending you merchandise.  And just like the Wizard in the “Wizard of Oz” was really a scam artist, so are some sellers on Amazon or eBay.

Both Amazon and eBay quickly remove sellers with complaints against them.  But, crooks often go right back on with different name and info. They are crooks and it’s hard for Amazon or eBay to keep track of everyone. Continue reading

MAP Pricing Means That Steal of A Deal May Not be Delivered

Distributors often refuse to ship products purchased below MAP pricingJust a couple of years ago, only a few manufacturers used MAP pricing. Today, most of products we sell have Minimum Advertising Prices, also known as MAPs.

To sell the items, retailers promise not to sell the product for below the MAP. Doesn’t matter how big or small the store is, and usually the promise is in the form of a legally binding written contract.

This post explains MAP pricing: Why are manufacturers using MAPs these days? What happens when MAP “Cheaters” are caught? Is the product you want subject to MAP pricing? And: if a store lies to or cheats a company they work with all the time, why would an individual customer be treated better?  

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Time to Adjust Motion-Activated Lights for Winter Temps

The cold, not the bogie man, makes motion activated security lights turn on more frequentlyIt’s Not Your Imagination and It’s Not the Boogie Man

It isn’t your imagination: your motion-activated spotlights and floodlights used for security or safety are indeed turning on more often then usual. These lights are often get more touchy when the weather gets cold.

The reason is simple: Passive Infrared Sensors (PIRs) don’t actually pick up movement. Instead they sense when heat passes through the area. This means that when temperatures drop, small animals that the sensor would ignore most of the time may often turn the lights on.

Here’s some ways to save energy and makes sure that your solar security lights work better this winter. Continue reading