Posted on 09/14/2014

Photo taken on September  9, 2014

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new back driveway lighting (38:52)

new back driveway lighting (38:52)
My house (previously owned by Crackheads™) came with a mercury vapor lamp streetlight in the backyard, which was cool and all but buzzed really loud, the sensor on the top that was supposed to turn it off when it was light out didn't work, the plastic shield around it was halfway broken off, and of course it was 100 watts or so.

Well, now that I'm painting the house, all the stupid things I've been ignoring or dealing with for years, such as bothersome lighting, can be fixed. So I unbolted the old light from the overhang (it's going to Habitat for Humanity), sanded and primed and painted the side of the overhang (just using the garden hose would knock paint flakes off of it, the paint job was that gone!), and did my best to make it seem like nothing had ever been there in the middle of the overhang, wired closer to safety code, and installed this beauty at the end of the overhang...

It's a 42 watt, 2480 lumen, 4800 kelvin, 50,000 hour life LED driveway light, made by Cooper Lighting, which was obtained at an electrical contractor store for $150. (I had scouted out the home improvement warehouses and they were falling short on my simple requirements.) Sucker works exceedingly well, lighting up the parking area very effectively in a way that I can only describe as comparable to how TV portrays being abducted by alien spacecraft. And since it points primarily down without there being sides, it doesn't create the same light polution as my neighbors on either side have from their backyard mercury lights.

I can't help it, I'm enamored of good LED lighting (more than half of the lights at my home, indoors and outdoors, are LED) and can't get over how awesome this one is for the quantity of light produced, price of implementation (I kept seeing worse fixtures for more money at the stores), and impending energy savings on the electrical bill.