Have you ever switched on an extra lamp in a normally lit room? This is a sign of light bulbs maybe dusty, even a little forgotten. While cleaning the bulbs is probably a priority, some simple operations can improve the ambient brightness and save you unnecessary costs. Indeed, clean bulbs produce 20% additional lighting and therefore 20% more brightness for the same energy consumption. And since cleaning all of your lamps will also give a boost to your interior, here are some practical tips to clean bulbs and lamps
Note: Before you start to clean any bulb or lamp, be sure to turn them off and cool down to avoid burns or electric shock. If in doubt, operate the corresponding circuit breaker on your electrical panel. If you do not understand or scared to operate the circuit breaker, you can contact electrician Rhodeisland for help.
Cleaning The Bulbs
An incandescent bulb lasts between 1000 and 3000 hours. More than enough to accumulate dust. Given the long life of compact fluorescent or LED bulbs (respectively 6000 to 8000 hours and 20000 to 50000 hours), the dust deposits can dim the glow over the time. Whatever the technology, a touch with a soft dry cloth will do the trick. Avoid damp cloths; any liquid could seep into the glass surface or electronics and cause damage. Fluorescent tubes are potentially more resistant, so consider using a damp cloth.
Recessed spotlights in the ceilings need to be accessed using a step ladder. To clean them, remove the bulb and dust off the inside of the spot with a feather duster to remove dust and spider webs. Then wipe with a microfiber or damp cloth to clean.
The lenses and other hubcaps of these spots require a little attention. They not only attract dust but are also a favorite refuge for dead insects. After turning off and letting the lamp cool down, go to the correct level and remove the protective lens. Let it soak in soapy water and then deep clean it to remove dirt. Dry with a microfiber cloth. Do not put them in the dishwasher; these lenses and their hubcaps are generally not compatible with this kind of practice and may break.
Since the suspensions are by definition lower than the spots, they are more easily accessible. After turning them off and cooling down, spray glass on the outside of the suspension and then wipe the microfiber. Use a dry cloth for cable hubcaps or extension cords.
The cleaning of the candlesticks is a little more complex. If regular dusting should be the norm, a deep cleaning once or twice a year will ensure the beautiful brilliance of the tassels. To do this, you will need goggles, a sheepskin feather duster, an umbrella and a spray filled with a solution of half water and white vinegar. Start by dusting the candlestick and hang the umbrella, open and returned, to one of the arms of light. Spray your mixture liberally on the tassels; the umbrella will collect the used liquid. Let it air dry and polish each element with a microfiber cloth. If the candlestick does not allow you to hang an umbrella, put a towel on the floor under the lamp.