Handyguy Brian saw an interesting DIY Soil pH Test (pH is a measure of acidity) test described on Facebook. We try it out and also try a commercially available DIY Soil pH Test kit on this episode of The Handyguys Podcast.
LED bulbs are the next generation of “green” lighting technology. The Handyguys talk about how LED Bulbs compare to CFLs and whether they are really friendly to the environment.
What is an LED bulb?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LEDs have been around for a long time but only recently have become effective in lightbulbs. They use little electricity and can last a very long time. LEDs (the diodes) are very small elements that must be combined to produce one bulb that has an equivalent light output needed for a bulb. In addition to the diodes there must be electronic circuitry to control them.
Advantages of LED Bulbs
Energy Consumption – The energy consumption is similar to that of CFL bulbs and much better than incandescent bulbs.
Dimmable – This is awesome, See a demonstration in the video. This is a huge advantage over a CFL.
Instant on - Truly instant on unlike a CFL. Its just like the real thing
Long life – between three and ten times the life of a CFL.
Color – Great color temperature that matches perfectly with the old incandescent bulbs.
Safer - No mercury. Did you know CFLs have hazardous materials in them?
Disadvantages of LED Bulbs
High initial cost – Prices vary. $30 and up is typical. Some home centers have some for $40 and $50 depending on the style and light output.
Shape/style – The initial LEDs have odd shapes and look a bit weird. We expect things to look more conventional as time progresses.
Reliability – We do not know much about longterm reliability yet.
Is there a cost savings? Lets do some math
Cost of each bulb
Actual Wattage Used
Number of bulbs to be replaced
Electricity cost per year
(Continuous use, manufacturer supplied value)
(when used for
3 years 7 months 25 days
11 years 4 months 30 days
No. of times the CFL needs to be replaced during the LED
Total annual cost(Cost of bulb(s) replaced in a year + Electricity in a year)
Time for the LED bulb to hit the break-even point:
5 years 11 months 14 days
Total savings with the LED bulb(After 11 years 4 months 30 days):
There are a lot of ifs and assumptions to consider such as whether an LED will last its rated hours, will their price decrease and prices for energy. If energy prices stay stable then eventually an LED will pay for itself. Right now its not a compelling case. Saving $20 over 11 years is just too hard to justify for such a big initial cash layout.
If you decide the move to LED Bulbs is right for you we recommend buying your LED Bulbs online. Prices are a bit cheaper online, from us, at Amazon. Additionally, purchasing from Amazon by following our links helps us with a couple bucks of revenue.
Watch the show to see the discussion and more conclusions.
In the latest episode The Handyguys discuss several ways to unclog a toilet. Yes, you can use a typical plunger if you have a clogged toilet. It works most of the time. What do you do if the plunger fails? Don’t despair, try one of the other techniques discussed in this video. Plungers A plunger [...]
The Handyguys talk about ethanol mandates with Institute for Energy Research expert Daniel Simmons. We discuss the negative impacts of ethanol on our vehicles, small engines, the environment and food supplies. Background on Ethanol Mandate The Federal government mandated certain ethanol production increases for 2013 and beyond. That additional production of ethanol additive led the [...]
A Hammer drill, when equipped with a masonry bit, are designed for drilling into stone, concrete, brick or mortar. When a hammer drill operates it rotates like a normal drill as well as has a forward, hammering, type action. Watch or Listen to The Handyguys discuss when and why to use them. Types of hammer drills You can buy a [...]
In this episode of The Handyguys podcast The Handyguys discuss Ipe Deck Maintenance, how to clean it and keep it looking awesome. Ipe Deck Maintenance Brian’s Ipe deck looked great when it was complete. Eighteen months later is was looking a bit dirty. The wood was still in perfect condition, no checking, no splits or splinters, [...]
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In this episode The Handyguys try out electric snowblowers, discuss advantages of electric versus gas snowblowers, and why they may be the right tool for a homeowner and why they might not be the right tool for some people. Electric Snowblowers – Advantages Always start No need to store gas Lightweight Easy to store Electric [...]
The Handyguys discuss inexpensive home improvement stocking stuffers, for the handyguy or handygal in your life, in this new video. Brian Suggests these home improvement stocking stuffers 6-in-1 screwdriver – Not the 11 in 1 or 32 in 1 or 945973495 in 1 screwdrivers. Keep it simple and get the 6 in 1 screwdriver that has 1/4″ [...]
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Moving to Home Improvement Videos and Youtube Then Handyguys Podcast is now moving primarily to a video format. To get all of our latest content and to see our home improvement videos, please subscribe to our youtube channel. We will begin uploading new content in the next week or so and have already filmed 5 new [...]
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