Home Improvement

RL Tips: Lighting and Electrical Maintenance

Just in time for the holidays, we have tips on taking care of the lights and other electrical details in your home


Getting ready for Christmas? Aside from the usual twinkling Christmas lights, you may have other illuminated decor in your home. Here are our reminders on how to keep your lighting and electrical features in tip-top shape!

Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno, Jun Pinzon, and Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article in the December 2013-January 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.  

To Do:

Replace all flickering, dim, or worn-out bulbs in your house. Be ready with a stash of extra light bulbs (preferably CFLs) in case a bulb goes out.

Tidy up loose electrical cords with cord organizers. Refrain from tucking them underneath rugs or carpets to avoid fire.

Deal with problematic appliances immediately, especially those that repeatedly blow a fuse as those are dangerous. If they can’t be fixed, replace them or take them to a recycling facility.

Buy LED Christmas lights for the holidays. These lights may be more expensive than the three-for-100 fairy lights, but they consume less electricity, are cool to the touch, and are much safer.

Update your electricals.

Replace incandescent bulbs with eco-friendly and long-lasting CFLs or LEDs. Screw in all bulbs tightly as loose connections may cause overheating. If you plan to add new appliances like ACs, call a qualified electrician to calculate the load for your electrical panel. Houses that are more than thirty years old may not have enough electric load capacity for an increased number of appliances.

Tip: In most homes, lighting accounts for almost 25 percent of the electric bill. Converting to CFLs and LEDs can cut down at least 70 percent of the cost.


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