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Roofing Material

Eastern Michigan Distributors

Residential and commercial products –dimensional shingles, rolled roofing products, coatings, vinyl siding, lumber and gutter materials. Family owned and operated for 50 years. Detroit and Southfield locations for your convenience.

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Infusion Kitchen & Bath Showroom

Experience a showroom like no other. With a plethora of working toilets, kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, and steam showers, when you visit our designer plumbing showroom you're sure to be amazed. Our dedicated staff is here to assist you throughout your building or remodeling project

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Insulation

The Insulation Man

Air sealing, thermal imaging, blower door testing, energy audits, existing homes, new construction homes.

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Roofing Replacement Guide

Replacing a roof isn't something a homeowner does that often.  Glenn Haege's Roofing Replacement Guide gives you the steps to follow in order to find a contractor, select the correct roofing materials and make sure that you are protected with the right warranty. It’s free!

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Publication date: 10/06/2016

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LED now viable choice for indoors, outdoors

 

Five years ago the light-emitting diode (LED) bulb weren’t common around the house because the product choices were very limited while the price was about 10 times higher than other light bulbs. But today the technology and options have improved greatly while the price has come way down, making them more practical to use both inside and outside the home. LED can be used in virtually any lighting fixture and are more energy-efficient and long-lasting than other types of bulbs.

According to DTE’s Lighting Selection Guide on its website (dteenergy.com) while the initial cost of LED is higher than compact fluorescent lights (CFL) or Halogen bulbs, the LED average of a 25-year lifespan and low energy use make it the least expensive option over a course of 10 years. In fact, when comparing 100 watt bulbs with 1600 lumens, DTE’s Lighting Guide says the LED annual energy cost is $2.88, while a comparable CFL is $3.02.

When choosing LED or CFL, the packaging for these bulbs now focuses on lumens (lm) rather than watts. Using wattage was the way we choose bulbs in the past, with the higher wattage providing more light. But today, the focus is on lumens, which measures the amount of light delivered by a single “candle.” Like watts, the higher the lumens, the brighter the light. An energy-efficient bulb that claims to be the equivalent of a 60 W incandescent bulb must have a minimum light output of 700–750 lm.

Another new number you’ll see on LED bulb packaging is for color temperature, or degrees of Kelvin (K). Most bulbs for residential use will range in the 2700K to 3000K range, or Warm White. Bulbs can move from there into Cool White (3100K - 4500K) and Daylight (4600K - 6500K).

Keeping up with the constant changes in the lighting industry has been a challenge according to Chick Ross, owner of Trevarrow ACE Hardware in Troy, 248-689-8030, trevarrowace.com. “Over the last four years we have updated our lighting center three times,” Ross said. Their selection of LED bulb manufacturers includes Feit, GE, greenlite and others.

Now there are LED bulbs that can handle rough-duty applications like the front porch or light in the garage door opener, and in unique applications such as candelabras and appliances.

There are even LED tapes that you can put in and around bookcases, and cabinets that are normally dark and hard to reach.

Note: This article was accurate at the date of publication. However, information contained in it may have changed. If you plan to use the information contained herein for any purpose, verification of its continued accuracy is your responsibility.

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