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post #3631 of 5753
Getting there. Kiara seems to like it.

post #3632 of 5753
Coming along nicely.

Anyone have recommendations on under cabinet lighting? It seems like I can get 18" LED bar lights by GE for ~$20/ea, but there are some that are like $100/ea. Is there a huge difference? Also, one of my coworkers recommended getting a motion sensor for them. Thoughts?
post #3633 of 5753
LEDs have really come a long way. I think the more expensive ones give you RGBs so you can change the ambient lighting. Make sure to get a kit that allows you to wire a switch/outlet combo to an existing outlet. That's what I looked at anyway but have not yet done it.
post #3634 of 5753
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Coming along nicely.

Anyone have recommendations on under cabinet lighting? It seems like I can get 18" LED bar lights by GE for ~$20/ea, but there are some that are like $100/ea. Is there a huge difference? Also, one of my coworkers recommended getting a motion sensor for them. Thoughts?

One big difference would be the color rendering index of the lights. Cheap LEDs tend to wash out color pretty badly. > 80 CRI is usually thought of as being pretty good for LEDs. Good fluorescents are 90% plus. Cheap LEDs might be in the 60s.

ETA: IIRC for an LED to get the "energy star" label it has to be 80% plus CRI. You might look for that.
post #3635 of 5753
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

LEDs have really come a long way. I think the more expensive ones give you RGBs so you can change the ambient lighting. Make sure to get a kit that allows you to wire a switch/outlet combo to an existing outlet. That's what I looked at anyway but have not yet done it.

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One big difference would be the color rendering index of the lights. Cheap LEDs tend to wash out color pretty badly. > 80 CRI is usually thought of as being pretty good for LEDs. Good fluorescents are 90% plus. Cheap LEDs might be in the 60s.

ETA: IIRC for an LED to get the "energy star" label it has to be 80% plus CRI. You might look for that.

Thanks gentlemen. That's what I was thinking - definitely want hardwired because we have an empty switch already. My research indicates you want at least 300 lumens as well. I'll keep my eye on the color index: a poor color rendering may make the kitchen look worse than not having it.
post #3636 of 5753
Well, we made a cash offer today. Let's see what happens.
post #3637 of 5753
"I don't know if you've ever seen a hundred thousand dollars before, except perhaps in the movies. But let me show you something that gets lost in the translation."

[opens briefcase revealing single stack of bills]
post #3638 of 5753
Better be small bills...otherwise it isn't really that impressive looking.
post #3639 of 5753
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Asphalt is asking for problems after a few MN winters, but aggregate makes shoveling a pain. Looks real nice, but you can't use metal shovels and it likes to eat up plastic shovels.

If you snow blow, it probably doesn't matter and aggregate will last a long time.

It's funny that Americans hate asphalt and thinks it will break on sight, but all Scandinavian roads are made of it and we get some harsh winters.

Concrete is only used on industrial eatate, with lots of heavy machinery.
post #3640 of 5753
Are your roads actually made of asphalt, or have they just been resurfaced with it?
post #3641 of 5753
They are made of stomped gravel with a thick layer of asphalt over it.
post #3642 of 5753
Entire project got first skim coat yesterday. Getting close to paint.
post #3643 of 5753
Nice, always feels good to have a project coming together well!
post #3644 of 5753
One reason I hope to get this house: looking forward to working on projects. Number one would be building a work bench in the garage. It's a 2.5 car detached garage so it's ideal for a workspace.
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One reason I hope to get this house: looking forward to working on projects. Number one would be building a work bench in the garage. It's a 2.5 car detached garage so it's ideal for a workspace.


Biggest waste of good garage space is parking a car in it

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