How to Shop for a 60 Watt Bulb

Do you remember the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007? Provisions began taking effect the first part of this year, with many popular incandescent reflector lamps being outlawed.

  • If you used to buy 100 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 1600 lumens
  • If you used to buy 75 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 1100 lumens
  • If you used to buy 60 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 800 lumens
  • If you used to buy 40 watt bulbs, look for a bulb with 450 lumens

Watts are a better predictor of how hot a light bulb will be than how bright it is. Lumens tell you how much light a bulb will provide.

To make it easier to compare light bulbs, the Federal Trade Commission has designed a new label which you have probably already seen. It was required to be on all packages starting this year.

It important to look for the ENERGY STAR on light bulb packaging, which means that they meet strict criteria set by EPA for both energy efficiency and quality. Other bulbs may be cheaper, but the tests that ENERGY STAR requires are important, and necessary for consumers to get the performance they expect.

One ENERGY STAR LED Bulb worth mentioning is the Phillips EnduraLED 12.5W. This lamp was the first LED replacement for a 60W incandescent bulb. The lamp lasts 25 times longer and uses 80% less energy than the 60W incandescent it was designed to replace.

This lamp exceeds the ENERGY STAR minimum required light output of 800 lumen, a color temperature of 2700K, Color Rendering of 80, and a minimum 3 year warranty. (806 lumens, 2700K, a CRI of 80 and a 6 year warranty)

Using a dimmer switch (bonus) can further reduce energy usage.

The long life properties eliminates the hassle of repeat relamping in hard to reach areas. It’s initial cost may be a shock at first if you have not jumped on the LED bandwagon yet and still use incandescents or CFLs

I recently found it on Amazon for $24.00

New Ways to Think About Deep Drawer Storage

Why are deep drawers always called “pots and pans” drawers? There are so many ways to use them. Many alternative storage solutions have been around for a while and probably originated as ADA solutions. Keep reading for inspiration for your next project.

Storing Dishes or Crockery is a popular alternative.

Glasses might rattle a bit but if upper storage is limited it’s a viable option.

Baking sheets stored in drawers are easy to see – and remove.

Dividers in deep drawers are especially convenient for round serving trays.

Do you hate the clatter of nesting casserole dishes?

Deep cutlery dividers are great if you have a lot of utensils.

Just be sure to keep the business end pointing down.

A little extra inspiration for the bakers amongst us.

I like drawer storage. They take less energy to open than doors with roll-outs behind them. I can instantly see what’s inside and Ican also easily group like items.

CleanTech Antimicrobial Hardware

Berenson has launched two hardware collections that off antimicrobial protection.

“Unlike other antimicrobial hardware products available on the market, which only inhibit the growth process of harmful bacteria, Berenson CleanTech Antimicrobial Hardware kills bacteria,” said Lorne Smith, president of Berenson Hardware.

The CleanTech series combines stylish hardware designs with Organo-functional silane antimicrobial technology. An added benefit of the CleanTech series is protection for consumers from allergies to chrome or nickel.

These special pieces of hardware have a wear layer that lets the home owner know when the anti-microbial protection has worn off. Red coloring will start to show through the polished chrome, satin nickel, or brushed nickel finish on the hardware when it is time to be replaced.

The Commence and Sektor (shown below) are available now and next month 5 new collections will be introduced in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Komen for the Cure so keep on the look out for this news.

Chip It!

Chip-It | KitchAnn style

Sherwin-Williams has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind web-based tool that allows consumers to select any online image and instantly identify the Sherwin-Williams paint colors that correspond to the colors contained within the picture.

Now when you see a color while surfing the Internet on sites such as Houzz or Pinterest, there is a tool that will make paint selection easier.

Once you’ve created a profile at, you will need to add the “CHIP IT!” bookmarklet to your Internet browser toolbar. This bookmarklet will allow you to identify up to ten Sherwin-Williams paint colors represented in online photos simply by scrolling over the image.

Don’t click the image because it will open any hyperlinks that may be associated with it. When your mouse hovers over the photo, small color swatches will appear and a blue “CHIP IT”  button. Clicking that button will create the paint palette sample for you.

Here are a few examples I tried from a few photos I had bookmarked.

chip it 1 on kitchann style

If you don’t want to use your Facebook profile to sign in, you can paste a URL address for the image into the site to create your palette. If you are unsure of the image url, right-click it with your mouse and select “copy image url.”