I just purchased my first home, and I'm eager to begin home improvements!
One thing that always bugged me in the apartments I've lived in is the lighting. I really don't like incandenscent lights, preferring the whiter light of halogens.
My new home has recessed flood lights in my living and dining room. I removed one light to inspect it, and it looks like a 65W incandescent light.
I went to Home Depot and purchased a 60W halogen flood light (BR30) that looked similar. I came home, installed it, and it worked just fine, and gave that clearer, whiter light.
Three questions. First, is it true that the halogen bulb puts out more lumens of light? On the Philips Halogena box, it says 700 lumens for the 60W halogen BR30, and something like 350 lumens for the 60W incandescent BR30. The installed bulb appears brighter, but it's difficult to tell with all the other lights on at the same time. Is it really twice as bright?
Second, I see that there is a 75W version of the BR30 flood. How do I know if the socket can handle that additional wattage? I might want to have the lights above the kitchen be 75W.
Third, I saw that I can purchase "Satco" bulbs on line for far cheaper than Home Depot. For example, I found this site
that sells the bulbs for $2.60-$3.25 each, as opposed to the $7/bulb that Home Depot charges. But I've never heard of Satco before. Are they reliable?
Thanks for the advice.