The Cool House: Outlets (or Sockets) & LEDs

Friday, October 08, 2010

Outlets (or Sockets) & LEDs

We decided to replace twenty-three electrical outlets along the baseboard - all the new baseboard, around the first floor - because nothing says tacky like forty year-old black 'n' greasy outlets on spanking new baseboard. We could do this ourselves but we decided to get the electrician in. I keep referring to them as sockets and he's all "What? Oh, you mean outlets". Every. Single. Time. I swear if he does it one more time I will refer to it as the "female electrical connector". My only revenge is that it's him lying on the hardwood floor sighing deeply and not me.

As a floodlight in the mud room had blown I decided to fork over the $50 to see what kind of light the LED would give me. I won't lie that there's a nano second delay but the light is so clear and bright it won me over immediately - the contrast with the first generation yellowish CFLs is astounding. So much so that I dove back to Home Depot to get two more. Unfortunately they only had one - so someone must be spending the fifty bucks for eco-friendliness. I'll have to increase my carbon footprint by driving to another store a few miles further or bite the bullet and order the fourteen bulbs online for the kitchen while I'm at it.


Why S? said...
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Why S? said...

I've decided I'm going to start saying "socket" from now on. It makes so much more sense to me. I find I'm always grasping for the word "outlet." I often end up saying "you know, the plug" even though I know that's not it.

23? Yikes!

(sorry about that earlier one. Typo that I couldn't let pass.)

Lorraine - Bedding said...

Good stuff here! I like hearing your perspective on things.

modernemama said...

Yip, 23 and that doesn't include the ones on the walls or in my office... yet they are somehow still not in the optimum positions!