Dusk to Dawn Light Bulbs

We are constantly mixing things up in the store here in San Antonio. What I mean is, we are always looking for a new product that will save you time and save you money. A while back I was discussing the changes in the electrical department when I came across this light bulb. This is not just any light bulb; it’s a dusk to dawn light bulb. If you have dusk to dawn light fixtures outside, you know how nice it is when you come home at night and the lights are on. And when you leave in the morning they automatically turn off. It’s a wonderful safety feature. But not all of us have a light fixture like that….but you can… with just a change of a light bulb.

Phillips Dusk-to-Dawn LED bulb will take any outdoor light fixture and convert it to a dusk to dawn light fixture. It’s a soft white, 60 watt, LED, so it will stay cool to the touch. It’s perfect for the porch light, lights out on the deck and for your decorative fixtures on the outside of your house. It has this red eye in the front of the bulb and that little eye is the sensor. You won’t need a timer, and it costs you about 96 cents a year. Now on the front of the packaging it says that the bulb will last 22 years. I think you might want to take that statement with a grain of salt. My bulb is on year 3, and I will be thrilled if it lasts 5 years. It’s best to use this bulb in an enclosed light fixture so that it’s not exposed to the rain.
Now here are just a couple of things you can’t use it on. You can’t use in on a dimmer, if it’s outside it must be covered, and you can’t use it in emergency fixtures. This Philips bulb sells for around ten dollars and is worth every penny for the convenience that it offers. There is nothing more welcoming than a well lit home…..it’s like coming home to a hug.

Save 20% on your purchase of Dusk to Dawn light bulbs. Use coupon code DD0918-24 at checkout. Offer expires September 24, 2019.


Now to the email…..

Question: My front entrance has a brick floor which connects to terrazzo on one side. The other side is hardwood. The brick has a dull look and would look better if it shined. What would you suggest I use? Also, years ago we had our fireplace opened up to the other side from dining room to living room. The contractor forgot to clean off the bricks when he was finished. It has a white film on it. I didn’t want him to go back then and clean it off because the wood floors had just been done and I knew that the caustic stuff they would use would require the floors to be redone. Is there anything I can do myself?

Answer
: Great questions! Making the brick shine is so simple. Holloway House Quick Shine Floor Finish is the perfect product. Start by cleaning the floor. Holloway House makes a Multi-Surface Cleaner that is neutral and doesn’t need rinsing. It works great with Quick Shine Floor Finish. Use a clean micro-fiber mop (a new clean micro-fiber pad is very important) and apply a coat of Quick Shine Floor Finish. It will be shine with one coat. You may add additional coats for a deeper shine. It will be dry in 20 minutes, and it has a light soap smell. If you want to, do the wood floors also to give it a cohesive look. I used Quick Shine on my wood floors and was never disappointed.

As far as the brick fireplace, yes you can do it yourself. You will need protect the floor, so use drop cloths or plastic….whatever will completely cover the floor. I can’t stress how important this is. The product to clean off the excess mortar (that’s what the haze is) is a product called Sackrete Concrete Mortar Dissolver. It’s safe, and it is the only product that I know of that will completely clean off dried mortar. I can’t tell you how many times I have had homeowners tell me this happens to them. The contractor thinks he has all the excess cleaned off but then when it dries, it’s another story. Not a tragedy, though. Call me if you need some more explanation and help.