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Solar Powered Lights Buying Guide

LE-Solar-Rope-Lights-23ftSolar powered lights may be used for security or gardening purposes. The first thing to consider when buying outdoor lights is quality. Aside from aesthetics and materials used, you need to take into account three factors when it comes to solar lights

1. Solar Cell Quality

All solar cells used on these lights offer a similar power output for the same area. But, they feature different coatings. Inexpensive lights have plastic or similar coatings that can turn yellow or become cloudy after some time. While more expensive cells use glass coating, the quality of the glass is different. The best solar cells are the ones using glass coatings. But, you need to keep them clean.

The amount of power sent to the battery is determined by cell area. Shaded areas or areas where daylight is short need a large cell size to get a full charge. But, many lights have batteries that can get a full charge in eight hours or more under the sun. When the battery is fully-charged, it offers around six to eight hours of light using a LED. Some people can combine different components of lights to make charging faster or make run time longer at night.

2. Batteries.

Nickel Cadmium batteries (NiCd)

Many solar powered lights feature Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries. These batteries are inexpensive and dependable. They also have a longer life span than other types of batteries. But, these batteries may have to be replaced after two years or less. These batteries can take a limited number of cycles or the number of times they can be charged and discharged depending on the environment.

Temperature range

Nickel Cadmium batteries have the best temperature range. They are also suitable for use outdoors. While many batteries are replaceable, you should check for odd sizes used in small-size lights. The price of replacement batteries are also higher compared to the ones included in the solar powered light.

Avoid different battery combinations

Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries cannot replace Nickel Cadmium batteries. The charging requirements of these two batteries are not the same. Many inexpensive lights feature basic charging circuits. These circuits work with specific types of batteries.

Ensure the battery contacts are clean.

The battery sealing of inexpensive lights is deficient. Their contacts easily get rusty and stained. When the contacts are dirty, the run time decreases. It may also damage the battery until it finally wears out and become unusable.

3. LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes)

These lights feature LEDS, which are cost-efficient and offer bright light. It is important to make sure there is a good balance on the size of the LED, solar cell, and battery. The cell should generate energy suitable for the battery. The battery should store enough energy used by the LED. The LED should also be efficient enough so it can stay bright throughout the night.

Better-quality LEDs are used on good lights. These LEDs are power-efficient and offer good light quality or color rendering index (CRI). They also have better focus. Inexpensive lights emit bluish, glaring lights. The light also comes from one area. Good lights have a warm glow and the light has a diffused pattern.

Additional Tips

This tip came from a friend and you may find it useful.

I have been using string solar powered fairy LED lights for a number of years already. These worked well even though they were inexpensive. Nevertheless, a whole set was damaged by frost after I left it outside since the cold weather seems to affect electronics. Foxes also chewed on the wires. They work the whole year round in London since the weather is not quite sunny. But, two weeks during Christmas or the winter solstice, something appears to go wrong with my solar powered lights. Due to this, I try to spend Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere if possible since the weather is warm and sunny.

But, you really need to do your research and maintain your solar-powered lights. When you buy a set, make sure to check their tolerance. Brighter lights require more energy. But, it may not be necessary to fill up everything outside the house with lights at night.

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How To Find Solar Lighting For Any Outdoor Space

solar-lanternSolar lights have become more and more popular and they are not boring any more but come in different styles and capabilities. You can use solar lights to illuminate your garden, walkway, patio, etc. Solar lighting doesn’t only create a warm ambience to show off your house’s architectural features, but they are bright enough to ensure security and safety around your house.

Why Choose Solar Powered Outdoor Lights?

Actually, you have enough reasons to choose solar powered outdoor lights.

  • No hardwiring is needed. Because solar lights harvest energy directly from the sun not from the grid, they don’t need any hardwiring.
  • Easy Installation. Because of no hardwiring required, the installation becomes easier and you can install solar lights yourself without costing much to hire an electrician. And only a few tools is needed.
  • No electric costs. Solar lights are powered by their recharged batteries that store energy from the sun. Therefore, even if they are emitting lighting overnight, they will not consume the electricity energy from the grid. And you will not see any electricity bill rise. The cost is the initial upfront price of the light itself. Sometimes, you may need to buy batteries separately.
  • Safe to use. You can use them around your pool, hot tubs, ponds and other similar accent areas. Because their voltage is very low, they are very safe to use. And you don’t need to worry about an accident caused by the electric leakage.
  • Weatherproof and offer continuous lighting. Most of them are designed to withstand bad weathers, so they are weatherproof. And they can work, even if you encounter electrical power outages.

Consider Location

When installing solar lights, of course, they don’t need to be near any electric outlet, but the location also really matters. This is because they need to harvest solar energy, so they should be exposed to direct sunlight to make sure the built-in rechargeable batteries can be fully charged during the day. Therefore, the sunlight is very important for solar outdoor lights. Or, if the batteries cannot be fully charged by the solar cells or solar panels, the length of lighting time at dusk or at night will be shorter. The operation time is determined by the location, weather and season. Generally, most solar lights need at least eight hours of sun to make sure they can last a whole night.

Therefore, when choosing the location for them, you should do as the following:

  • If solar cells and solar lights are all in one system, make sure they are installed where they can receive sufficient sunlight during the day. And you need to keep them from debris and dirt.
  • If there is a separate solar panel, the solar panel should be installed similarly to those all in one solar lights.

Types of solar lights

As solar technology advances, modern solar lights become more and more practical. Most of them use LED technology, making them much brighter and can last longer than before. And LED bulbs also have a long lifetime, so you don’t need to change them on a regular basis. Basically, they don’t need to be replaced during their life cycle.

And solar lighting comes in many styles and can be used almost anywhere around your house.

Soar path lights

Solar path lights are perfect for lighting a patio, walkway, driveway and pathway. They have stakes, so you just need to plug in their stakes into the ground and that’s all. If the ground is a bit hard, you can use a rubber mallet to drive them into the ground without damaging them.

Solar rope lights or solar string lights

They are very flexible and you can wrap them around your outdoor furniture, railings and branches, so you can get a focal point. Mostly, they feature a separate solar panel. Using solar string lights to create a romantic atmosphere for festive days and outdoor parities is a good idea.

Solar Lanterns

You can fasten solar lanterns to the side of your house or trunks of trees to illuminate the way. And some of them feature a good design, so they can also be used to decorate your outdoor space.

Other types:

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All the solar outdoor lights can be called as solar landscape lights, because they can be used to decorate your landscape with ease.

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What to Consider Before Buying an Attic Ladder

Telesteps-T1000L-Telescoping-Attic-Loft-LadderAn attic ladder or a fold-down stairs make it easier, safer and faster for you to climb up and down the attic. It could actually make your storage space more accessible and things stored there won’t easily be forgotten. The installation process could take just a few hours. The ladders and stairs available in the market come as pre-assembled kits, which makes installation a piece of cake, DIY project. The products can be ordered for shipment to your home and also available for pick-up at a local store.

Here are some factors you need to consider before buying the best attic ladder.

Location

Attic ladder kits are designed and made to fit between existing floor framing of the attic. Usually, an existing attic access hole is enlarged just a little. It would be convenient for you if this is your situation. If not, you have to cut and frame a new access hole. Make sure that the location you choose gives the bottom of the ladder enough space to maneuver.

Type of Attic Floor and Roof Framing

It would be wise for you to identify the type of floor and roof framing of your attic. It is usually framed with floor joists and trusses or individual rafters. Know that trusses are structural components, therefore, trusses should not be cut. Standard floor framing can be reorganized easily. If your planned location for the attic ladder has trusses, you have to seek professional advice first.

Spacing and Orientation of Joist & Truss

Standard-sized attic ladder kits are made to fit between floor joists or trusses with a spacing of 24” (24 inches). This indicates an open space of 22 1/2” between each joist pair. If your existing framing spacing is 22 1/2”, you may choose to install the ladder here. But if you want a different location, you would need additional framing.

There is a chance that the joists are placed in the wrong direction for your ladder installation. If you will encounter this problem, just cut the joists and surround the opening with doubled-up headers and joists. However, you can’t apply this solution when it comes to trusses. You will have to seek professional advice.

Basic Space Requirements

You really have to check first the attic access opening. For full-sized attic ladders and stairs, at least 22 1/2 x 54” is needed. For safe mounting and dismounting of the ladder, consider a suitable landing space in the attic. This prevents trouble when transferring storage items. Another important thing to check is the headroom. Make sure that there would be enough space so you won’t bang your head against the roof framing when you climb up the attic. Lastly, be sure to check that there is enough space in the attic and on the floor below the attic opening. This is to ensure that there is enough space when the ladder is fully extended.

There are various designs and models available. If your space is limited, compact ladder models can be your option. These are specially designed for closets and other small spaces. There are also models that only requires an 18 x 24” attic opening. These attic ladder models need less floor space than standard-sized ladders.

Dimensions vary by ladder type and model, so it’s best to look into the requirements stated by the manufacturer.

Length and Weight

You need to measure the distance from the floor to the attic opening. Once you know the length you need, choose the best fit and appropriate size. Weight pertains to the ladder’s load capacity. Generally, the sturdier it is, the more weight it can carry. To determine the load capacity you will look for, identify the weight of the heaviest person who will be using the ladder including the heaviest load that will be hauled. A 250-lb capacity may be suitable but if you are the conservative type, a 300-lb capacity would be comfortable for you.

Material

Attic ladders are not just made of aluminum. There are also attic ladders that are made of steel and wood. However, the top-rated choice is the aluminum, not just because it is lightweight and strong but it’s also rust-resistant.

Aluminum attic ladders are rarely affected by temperature and humidity, so it could last for years. Even though a wood ladder could also last for years, it more prone to moisture and temperature as well as probable natural defects.

Usability Features

Attic ladders and stairs now come in different designs and styles. Each of these offers safety, convenience, and usability. Most end up buying for personal preference. The following are some features you may consider:

  • Folding vs. Telescoping Ladder or Stairs. There are ladders that fold out. Some ladders telescope like an extension ladder. There are also those ladders called “concertina” that extend on a scissor-like mechanism.
  • Angle of Attic Ladder and Stairs. In most cases, attic ladder and stairs are steeper than regular staircases. Ladders are usually steep like when painting a house, while stairs are less steep. Depending on the space, you may opt for a less or more angled ladder or stairs.
  • Handrails. A ladder or stairs can have a handrail. But the question is, would you prefer climbing up and down the ladder with a handrail or just use the ladder rungs? Note that you would be carrying storage items in one hand.
  • Rungs vs. Steps. Attic stairs or ladders are not the same with a regular staircase. Every trip up and down the attic seems like climbing a ladder. Think of your convenience and safety.

Insulation

Significant sources of heated and cooled air loss in a home are attic access panels and stairs or ladders. It is best to consider products with tight-fitting doors and insulation. You can also apply weatherstripping around the door opening to prevent air leakage. Slow down the heat loss by covering the panel door with rigid foam insulation board.

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What is a Chiminea and How is it Used?

Chiminea-fireplacesChimenea is a Spanish word for chimney. It’s also referred to as chiminea. Both words are pronounced as che-meh-neh-yah and used interchangeably today. People with Spanish origin use the word chimenea, while most Americans these days use chiminea because that was how their ancestors spelled it based on how they heard the word years ago. Some prefer to use chimenea because it seems closer to its roots that way.

Chimineas or chimeneas have been around for centuries. They are seen and used widely in Mexico and the western states like Arizona and California. These earthenware outdoor fireplaces are mostly made of clay and hand-decorated. These can be functional fireplaces or you can opt to use it as garden art or accent pieces on the patio to achieve a rustic or southwestern ambiance.

History of Chimineas

Around the 16th or 17th century, chimeneas were first used as cooking vessels by chefs in the small villages of Mexico. As they cook food using a chimenea, families come together around it for warmth.

This wide-bottom, vase form earthenware was traditionally made of clay and had a vertical, narrow chimney for the smoke to channel through. The fire pit had a wide opening at the side to take in enough woods to produce a good fire. This design allowed the chimenea to be used in the rain.

Chimeneas are also similar with other stoves. It has similarities with the traditional potbelly stove. A potbelly stove is an old-fashioned, cast-iron wood-burning stove with a flat top for its fireplace for cooking food or heating water. Chimenea is also the same with kotao, a wood-burning stove used in Eastern European countries. Kotao is used with round and large cooking pans. The only difference is that potbelly stove and kotao both have a wider and more open fire pit, while chimenea has a confined fire pit.

How to Use a Chiminea

When you want to use a chiminea to cook food, load some woods in the fire pit and ignite fire into it. Generally, the wood will be in full burn within 15 minutes, which produces enough heat to cook food. Like other fireplaces, control the flame with wood. Several kinds woods can be used for chiminea but aromatic woods are the popular choice. These woods include cedar, mesquite, hickory, or pinon. However, in the advent of technology, some chimineas now run on gas or propane.

Things to Consider Before You Buy

Don’t fall victim to impulsive buying just because of the eye-catching motifs of the chiminea. Think of the following before you purchase the best Chiminea:

  • Material – Chimineas are mostly made of clay and terracotta. However, there are also chimineas that are made of steel, copper, cast iron, or cast aluminum.
  • Fireplace size – Check whether space is enough for standard-sized wood. You might end up buying special-sized wood for your chiminea.
  • Shape and design – Check the chimney thickness, how it stands, or if the shape and design are in harmony.
  • Your location – Go for a chiminea that runs on gas or propane if you reside in a place that prohibits the use of both indoor and outdoor wood-burning fireplaces.

Where to Place Your Chiminea

There are three things you need to think of when deciding where to put your chiminea: safety, position, and surface.

Think of your safety. You would want to put your chiminea at a place visible from inside your house. These locations include your patio, deck or courtyard.

The position of your chiminea could matter a bit. Even though it’s going to be hard to predict, position the back to face the breeze or the wind. But importantly, set it up straight and vertical as this position ensures sooting in the fireplace.

Check the surface of the location you want to place your chiminea. It should be fire-safe. If you want it placed on your wooden deck or terrace, you can place a 3 feet by 4 feet platform or patio hearth made of pavers or brick. It’s best to place it on concrete, brick, and stone patio surfaces.

Also, ensure that there is no overhead cover on the location such as eaves or patio roof.

How to Care for Your Chiminea

Like any earthenware, chimineas are prone to cracking. Being made of clay, chimineas have a low-fire glaze. It’s advisable to coat your new clay-made chiminea with an acrylic finish or sealer. This serves as your outdoor fireplace’s shield from water and moisture, thus, re-apply every 6 to 8 weeks. In connection with that, provide your chiminea with a cover.

During rainy or bad weather, store your chiminea in a basement, garage, or shed to prevent serious damage.

Maintaining the cleanliness of the fire pit could be a drag. But this will do the trick: Put sand, lava rock, pea gravel or fire glass in the fire pit. You can just rake out the ashes and turn over the sand. During cleaning, just put them in the bucket and hosed off with water. Then, set the sand mixture to dry before putting it back to the pit.

Not much is required of you to have a relaxing outdoor area with a chiminea. It just takes a presence of mind and safe behavior.

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Best Fly Killer Reviews

fly-imageFlies are one of the most successful and predominant insects on the planet. This insect evolved at the time of the dinosaurs and continues to exist today. The common house fly is the species that has been a pest throughout history. This is the particular species that fly killers are designed to get rid of.

Best Fly Killer

The best  fly killers with the potential to eliminate multiple flies are once are preferred and easily make it to the top of the list of best fly killers. Other factors considered include the all-round effectiveness, easy of use, and its price.

Tanglefoot #27 2PK Window Fly Killer

Tanglefoot-2PK-Window-Fly-KillerThe Window Fly Killer by Aeroxon is counted as the most highly effective and unique fly killer in the market. Apply the window sticks in various shapes like flowers and butterflies to a suitable window pane. Flies are naturally attracted to light so a window surface is perfect. The flies will feed on the Azamethiphos pesticide bait on the stickers. This bait attacks the nervous system and leads to death in a couple of minutes. The volume of pesticide is too low to affect humans. But, it is still wise to apply the stickers at a height that is out of reach of children or pets. Also, wear gloves when handling the fly killer. They have the potential to get rid of any household flies and lasts for a period of up to 6 months.

Aspectek 20W 6000sqft Coverage Electronic Indoor Commercial insect and mosquito killer zapper eliminator

Aspectek-6000sqft-Electronic-Commercial-eliminatorThe Electronic Insect Killer by Aspectek is perfect for families interested in the non-toxic fly killer. This electronic killer is built with a 20-watt black light to attract the flies. On making contact with the electronic grid the flies are zapped and killer. It is entirely based on electrical current and free of poisons or toxins. It is practical to install anywhere in the home and safe with children and pets. The electric current is mild for humans and causes no harm, but take extra care when handling for moving or cleaning. Once it is hanging from the ceiling or placed on a table top, this insect killer is ready to work. A convenient tray will catch all dead flies for complete ease in cleaning.

Raid Flying Insect Killer Insecticide Spray

Raid-Flying-Insect-Killer-InsecticideFor fast killing action, the Flying Insect Killer by Raid is certain to be the solution. The latest insect killer formulas by this brand include synthetic pyrethrin relatives of Phenothrin and Prallethrin neurotoxins. The concentration of the toxins isn’t high enough in the insect killer to harm people or pets. But, it is still best to avoid breathing in the fumes when using the spray. It is a reliable spot killing spray to attack the individual flies. Once sprayed, the fly will soon take its last breath. Spray directly onto a fly to achieve the best results and it is very inexpensive to use.

Prozap Final Fly-T Horse Fly Spray Quart

Prozap-Final-Fly-T-Horse-SprayThe Final Fly-T Horse Fly Spray by Prozap is a natural based product that relies on pyrethrins. Chrysanthemum flowers create the pyrethrins and highly effective at controlling flies. This spray is relatively non-toxic to people and animals. Stay safe when using the fly spray by using a suitable pair of gloves and avoid breathing in the fumes. This is a further direct spray and must make contact with the fly to work. This natural compound is water-soluble and washes off easily. A ready-to-use spray is practical for the home while purchasing in bulk and using in a garden sprayer is practical for outside spaces. Using in bulk is fairly inexpensive and useful for spraying outbuildings and barns.

Willert R37.24 Fly Swatter

Willert-Home-Products-R37-24-SwatterThe Fly Swatter by Enoz is sure to the most cost-effective option. It is humane, safe to use near children and pets, and non-toxic. The fly swatter is available in multiple styles and colors. The preferred swatter has a metal handle for greater kinetic energy delivery and long-term durability. Flies rely on eyesight and air pressure senses to react to danger. This swatter is built with holes in the head of the swatter to attempt to fool the fly and combined with a person’s swift movement; the fly isn’t able to get away in time. This Ezoz swatter is effective and timeless and one of the most effective fly killers over the years.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for the best fly killer, actually, you have many choices. You can choose a fly poison, a fly swatter, or an electric fly killer.

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Best Moth Trap Reviews

Moths aren’t the most serious problem, but they still have the ability to be quite a nuisance. Moth traps are most effective with the pantry meal worm moths and clothes moths. The pantry moths get attracted to flour and wheat sources. Clothes moths on the other hand, are attracted to natural fibers like felt, silk, fur and cotton. The different items of clothes are used to lay their eggs. The most destructed part is the larvae which takes a great interest in the clothing fibers or the raw flour particles from wheat or grains.

The arrival of synthetic fibers has made a significant deterrent to moth infestations in storage trunks and closets. This material has no nutritional value to benefit the larvae. Plus, the burlap storage for flour and sealable containers are used in place of paper to further limit a reliable food source. However, there is still the chance of a moth infestation in a pantry or closet, so it is worth considering the moth traps to control potential issues.

Best Moth Trap

Our lists of best Moth traps are easy to use, safe, and effective and price is rarely an issue. Any of the suggested traps will have no problem in controlling moths from closets or pantries.

Catchmaster 812sd Pantry Moth Traps

Catchmaster-812sd-Pantry-Moth-TrapsThe Moth & Pantry Pest Trap by Catchmaster is among the most effective and safe moth traps in the market. It is intended to be used on panty moths and a type of glue trap. This moth trap lures the pantry moths like raisin moths and meal moths using a sexual pheromone. It is free of toxic chemicals to make it safe to use around children and pets. This trap is intended to be easy to use. Simply open the packet, open the triangular trap and place it in the desired location. No fuss, no mess. Effective, safe and easy, the moth traps do not come much more efficient than this.

Springstar S1524 Jumbo Clothes Moth Trap

springstra-moth-trapThe Springstar S1524 is a favorite choice for the clothes moth infestations in trunks and closets. It has a simple sticky glue trap design and relies on a sexual pheromone to get the attention of the moths. This moth trap has a usable lifespan of up to four months. The Springstar traps come in packs of two and most effective when both are used at once. This gives the widest coverage in a confined closet or similar space. Nontoxic and safe, simply open the packet, open the triangle-shaped trap, add the pheromone, and position on a shelf or floor space.

TERRO T2900 Pantry Moth Traps – 2 Pack

TERRO-T2900-Pantry-Moth-TrapsThe 2900 Pantry Moth Trap is from the respected Terro brand and certain to get the job done. This moth trap relies on a sticky glue surface with a pheromone lure concealed in a triangular-shaped trap. It is entirely non-toxic and easy to use and quite similar to the top-rated Catchmaster. Both are safe to use in homes with children and pets.

owever, the Terro branded product is slightly more expensive and offers little extra for the high price tag. The Terro trap is certain to give the desired outcome and its all-round performance is among the best.

Pro-pest Clothes Moth Trap 3 Packs (6 Traps)

Pro-pest-Clothes-Moth-Packs-TrapsThe Clothes Moth Traps by Pro-Pest is a further option that makes use of the pheromone infused sticky trap. It is effective, easy to set up, safe to use, and works much the same as the top-rated traps. This trap is designed to attract and trap the males to stop reproduction. The trap contains a pheromone lure that is easily hung on a wall, placed on a shelf, or left on the floor. This moth trap isn’t listed at the top for the simple reason it is more expensive, but gives the same effectiveness. Use two of these clothes moth traps at once to get the best results.

4 Allure Moth Traps, 6 Diamond Shaped Pantry Pest Moth Control Pheromones Traps

Allure-Diamond-Shaped-Control-PheromonesThe Pantry Pest Moth Control Traps by Allure are perfect for homes with limited pantry or counter space. These traps are intended to hang and use pheromone on a sticky glue surface. This trap is slightly more complex to use. It is necessary to bait the trap inside the cardboard and hang it in the preferred place. It can last for a period of up to 3 months. Once its usable lifespan has passed or it collects enough moths it should be replaced with a fresh one.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for the best moth trap, our list of best moth traps can help you easily buy what you want. And they are all effective to trap moths.

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Sunforce 82156 60 LED Solar Motion Light Review

Sunforce-82156-Solar-Motion-LightIf you need a solar motion light, this Sunforce 82156 60 LED Solar Motion Light can really offer you safety and add security around your property and home. It is bright enough to illuminate a very large area. Beside this, you can customize its settings, making it satisfy your needs. There are 3 dials on its back and you can select the time period, light level and the sensitivity of its motion detector. As a solar security light, its performance and various settings make it the best of the best.

Powerful LED Lighting

Sunforce-82156-Solar-Motion-Light3This best solar outdoor light can detect a range of 180 degrees. Due to its 60 LED bulbs, it is able to illuminate a 30-foot area. Its automatic motion detection enables it to offer a bright light source for your pathways, home, or any darkened area around your home or garages. This solar light has a 6v solar panel, 60 LEDs, a pack of 6v rechargeable batteries and screws that are used to mount.

Well-constructed

This outdoor solar light is made of plastic and aluminum, so it is durable and weather resistant.

DIY Installation

The installation is also pretty easy and you can do it yourself without hiring an electrician. Therefore, this can save some money for you. The first thing you need to do is to connect the solar light to the solar panel and fully recharge its batteries by leaving the solar panel out in the sun for about 3 days.

Adjustable setting

It also has a switch which allows you to turn it on or off manually. It also allows you to customize 3 settings, so you can make it work in the way.

There is a dial on this outdoor solar light, which is specially designed for motion sensitivity. You can use this dial to change the duration of light or the sensitivity of light that you desire. The initial setting of the motion sensitivity is in the middle, which is the normal setting. You can turn it up or down if you need the maximum sensitivity or overly sensitive. And you can get a range of 0 to 30 feet.

The second setting allow you to adjust is the duration. This light allows you to adjust its duration from 8 seconds to 2 minutes.

The third setting you can do is to adjust its sensitivity of the light. For example, sometime more light is needed on a very dark day. By settings its sensitivity, you can make it work even during the day light. Of course, the initial setting should be the lowest setting, which means the motion sensor only works at night. This is also the most economical. When it works, the motion sensor can cover an area in a 180-degree sweep by moving back and forth.

In the end

This Sunforce 82156 60 LED Solar Motion Light is a solar security light that illuminates a large area. It also comes with many adjustable settings, so you can easily customize it according to your needs. It is able to cover a range of 30 feet in 180 degrees. Therefore, it can offer continuous security.

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Instant Hot Water Dispenser Installation Tips

instant-water-dispenserIf you want to heat water instantly, you really need an instant hot water dispenser that is really a good addition to your kitchen sink. Once you open your faucet, you can get hot water. This is so amazing. You can have water boiled at your fingertips. It is very convenient to use. You can use instant hot water for tea, coffee, as well as hot chocolate. You also can use it for making a cup of jello, oatmeal. Or noodles. If you use a rice cooker to cook rice, you can fill hot water to shorten the cooking time. Cooking pasta is also very fast if you fill nearly boiling water into the pot.

Such an instant hot water dispenser brings so many benefits and has plenty of uses. You also can invent your own uses.

Well, someone may think it may be hard to install. However, it is not the fact. Before installing one, something also needs to be considered. Do you plan to install it yourself or just hire a professional? If you are a good DIYer, you can install it yourself. Or, hiring a professional is a good choice. It is recommended to consider all the aspects of the job, which can make the job go more smoothly.

When you try to find a place to install an instant hot water dispenser, the following things are available for you to look out for.

Space above the sink

The first thing you need to consider whether you have enough room on the top of your sink to install the instant hot water dispenser. If there is an existing extra hole in the skin, it is great, because you don’t have to remove something to make a hole free up for your water dispenser. If you have to, you may need to remove the built-in soap dispenser or other sink accessories. Or, you may need to purchase a new kitchen faucet. You need to choose a 2-hole kitchen faucet instead of a 3-hole version, because a 2-hole faucet is able to open up the necessary mounting hole. You also may need to drill your sink for an additional hole, depending on what type of water sink you have.

Space under the sink

Also, you need to make sure there is enough space under the sink. The space under the sink in some kitchens may be limited. The space might be occupied by deeper sinks, home garbage disposals, drain pipes, reverse osmosis systems, or dishwasher lines. Therefore, before purchasing an instant hot water dispenser, make sure there is enough room for the dispenser’s 5/8 insulated tank on the wall. The water tank can sit on the back wall or the side of the cabinet.

Water Source

After choosing the right place to install, the following question is how to connect it to our water line. It needs a 1/4 or 3/8 tap water supply line that ties in to your sink’s water supply. There are many options to add the water line. You can install a saddle valve, a new tee, or a dual outlet angle stop. Choosing which one depends on what you need to work with.

Power source

The last concern is the power source. Because instant water dispensers are powered by electricity, a regular 110v outlet is needed to plug in to. There might be some outlets under the sink that reserve for the dishwasher or the garbage disposal. If there is an empty outlet, it is better. If there is not an empty outlet, you may need to hire an electrician to install one. The expense should be taken into consideration.

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Top 5 Best Food Choppers Reviews

If you have used a manual knife to do chopping tasks, you will find it is so difficult. In these situations, a food chopper is a must-have item in your kitchen. When it comes to chopping performance, food choppers give the same performance that a knife can give. However, such a chopper can do the job faster and much more efficiently. We only selected manual food chopper, because they are much simpler in design and if you can an electric one, these motorized choppers will blur the line between a small food processor and a food chopper. Therefore, we only discuss food choppers that are going to be activated manually.

Best Food Chopper

The following top 5 best food choppers were selected for you. They are all able to make your food vegetable preparation quickly and easily. And they are all compact and can be stored in your cabinet or in a deep drawer. Their accessories, like the bowl, the cutting parts, are all dishwasher safe. Therefore, it is pretty easy to clean. Once the chopping task is finished, you just need to throw these accessories in your dishwasher for easy and quick cleaning. Although some components are made of plastic, all the blades are made of stainless steel.

Several ways are available to power these choppers, including pull cords, crank handles, and pump action. Different models one this list may use different ways. However, it is up to you. You decide which one is the best. Generally, all of them are protected a 1-year warranty at least.

Zyliss Easy Pull Manual Food Processor and Chopper

best food chopper Zyliss-Easy-Manual-Processor-ChopperThis model features a unique design and it is made in Swiss. It is so strong that it is able to deal with even frozen foods. This one uses a pull cord that needs you to give it some good pulls to make the blades spinning quickly. Its mechanics are inside its cover, so it is only suitable for damp wipe for cleaning. Other parts are all dishwasher safe, so it is simple to clean. The bowl has a capacity of 25 ounces, make it very portable for RV campers, dorm rooms, etc. Although it is a little pricey, its performance and high quality justify its price tag. What’s more, it is protected by a 5-year warranty. If you need a high quality manual food chopper, this one is definitely one of the best choices.

The Pampered Chef Cutting Edge Food Chopper

Pampered-Chef-Cutting-Edge-ChopperThis one has the highest price tag on this list, but it is also the easiest to operate. You just need to push its handle down at first, and then you can chop vegetables beneath its sharp blade with ease. We check many customer reviews, and most people think it is a delight to use. It comes with a 5-year warranty. Therefore, this one is designed to be so strong that it can last for many years in your kitchen.

As the best food chopper on this list, some people maybe are not able to use this mode. This is because the operation requires strength. To use it, you need to physically press down its blade and forcefully using its hand at the top. Therefore, this model seems not suitable for those who have fragile bones, or arthritis in the arms and hands.

Freshware KT-402 4-in-1 Food Chopper

Freshware-KT-402-Chopper-Vegetable-ContainerThis Freshware KT-402 features a self-contained and neat design, so you can use it to dice, chop and slice any veggie with ease. Its blades are very sharp. And this chopper uses gravity to make all the work done. The operation is very easy. You just need to upraise its handle, and then place the vegetable beneath it, and then push down, and then all the work can be done by this best food chopper. All the components are very easy to clean because they are all dishwasher safe. And it is also easy to store. When you don’t need to use it, just store it in your shallow drawer, not occupying your countertop space. If you need a basic food chopper for your family, this one is worth considering.

Chef’s Rival Chopper

Chefs-Rival-Chopper-Ultimate-Euro-GourmetAs one of the most versatile food choppers, this Jesco Chef’s Rival Chopper offers more option in its crank handle. It allows up to 9 attachments to work with, help you do anything that an electric unit can do. You can use it to dice, slice, juice, chop, grate potatoes, separate eggs, and more at its 26 ounce bowl. It also can be a great RV food chopper, because even you are in a pinch, you can use this manual chopper to make a gourmet meal. Its versatility and affordable price make it one of the best models on this list. Plus, it is protected by a 1-year warranty. And its blades can last for a lifetime of use.

Chef’n VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper (Arugula)

Chefn-VeggiChop-Hand-Powered-Chopper-ArugulaThis chopper uses a pull cord. If you need one with a pull cord, consider this Chef’n VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper. Actually, as a pull cord model, it performs the same as the Zyliss chopper because of tis easy pull cord, dishwasher safe features, stainless blades, as well as its compact size. The only issue is it only offers a 30-day warranty from its manufacturer. However, this doesn’t imply it is not worth buying. Once you have it, you will be impressed by its functionality, durability and ease of use. It can be great for your kitchen. If you need a basic chopper to deal with light duty work (like cutting lettuce, chopping onions, making salsa, etc), it is the best one.

Moonrays 91381 Payton Solar LED Plastic Path Light Review

Moonrays 91381 Payton Solar LED Plastic Path Light Review

Moonrays-91380-solar-paath-lightsThis Moonrays 91381 solar path light can really bring you 2x-brighter lighting and there is no wiring needed. Therefore, you can buy these 8-pack solar lights to easily decorate your outdoor space. They are made from durable plastic and has hammered-glass lens, so they can last for a long time for you due to their weatherproof feature. Their hammered look is very classic and gives shape and style to the light which shines. Its light beam is able to cover a wide range area, because the beam delivery 120-degree wide angle. During the day, the built-in photovoltaic solar panel will charge the built-in rechargeable battery that is a rechargeable 400mh AA NiCd battery. At dusk, the Led bulb will be turned on and powered by the rechargeable battery.

Compared with other solar path lights, they can be much brighter, because each can put out 2.5 lumens of lighting. Lumen is used to measure the brightness. And if the battery is full charged during the day, they can last for up to 8 hour at night.

Plus, a 1-year warranty is included.

We think, as one of the most popular solar path lights, if you are looking for an economical way of path lighting, they are the best. They are very cheap. Even if you need plenty of them, they will not be a big burden for you. The average rating is 4.2 out of 5 stars. We also check many customer reviews and they highly recommend this pack.

[rating: 4.2/5]

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