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LED Holiday Lights: 6 Need-to-Know Tips

LED Holiday Lights: 6 Need-to-Know Tips

Well it’s that time of year again and I’m no Clark Griswold but here are some helpful tips for those of us getting ready to put up Christmas lights…

By: G. M. Filisko

Published: December 10, 2010

LED holiday lights vs. old-fashioned bulbs: 6 tips to help you decide which is right for you.

1. LED holiday lights save you money. LED lights use at least 90% less energy than traditional holiday lights, according to the U.S. government’s Energy Star program.

That results in a $50 energy savings for the average family during the holidays, says Avital Binshtock of the Sierra Club in San Francisco.

Put it into perspective: The amount of electricity consumed by one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs—enough to light two 24-foot strings, says Energy Star.

2. But LED lights typically cost more than old-fashioned holiday lights.

  • GE 100-bulb string of Energy Star-certified LED white lights: $18.97 at Lowe’s
  • GE 100-bulb string of conventional white lights: $8.97

But shop around because a growing number of retailers are offering sales on LED holiday lights and, if you can’t find a sale before the holidays, you can certainly find one after. Plus, prices will surely go down as these lights gain traction.

3. LED holiday lights last and last. LED bulbs can keep your season bright for as long as 100,000 hours, says Cathy Choi, president of Moonachie, N.J.-based Bulbrite, which manufactures LED and regular bulbs. That’s substantially longer than the life of your old holiday light strings.

4. You can string a BIG strand of LED lights. Safety wise, you shouldn’t connect more than three traditional light strings, but you can connect up to 87 LED holiday light strings, totaling a whopping 1,500 feet, Choi says. So blow your neighbor’s display away by cocooning your house in lights:

  • You won’t have to buy as many extension cords.
  • You can take your holiday lighting display further away from the outlet.

5. LED lights reduce the risk of fire. They stay cooler than incandescent bulbs, according to Energy Star.

6. How about that hue? Some people stick with their old lights because they don’t like the brighter hue that white LED holiday lights emit. But Choi says manufacturers now offer a “warm white” bulb that more closely mimics the glow of an incandescent light. Be sure to read the label to choose a bright or warm white and to ensure what you’re purchasing isEnergy Star-certified.

Colored and color-changing LED holiday lights are more vibrant than conventional lights, making your display easier to see from the street, Choi says.

Back on Market! $413,400 2 Bed 2 Bath Detached home in Laguna Niguel!

Back on Market! $413,400 2 Bed 2 Bath Detached home in Laguna Niguel!

Back on Market! Great listing in Laguna Niguel, CA. Listed at $413,400

31412 Paseo Del Mar, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

This home is truly a gem. Pass through the wrought iron gate into an inviting spanish style tile patio complete with Tile flooring and grass area accented with beautiful landscaping. The interior is super clean with laminate wood flooring throughout. The bathrooms feature tile flooring. Vanity counter area in master bathroom along with plantation shutters in the master bedroom. New vinyl windows, Cozy fireplace in the family room, slider from kitchen to seperate back patio area. The garage also features beautiful spanish tile flooring. Ceiling fans throughout the home. Less than 2 miles from the ocean this home sits up on the hill in the Villa Pacifica Community which enjoys some of the most breathtaking panoramic ocean views while driving into and out of the tract. Great home that could be converted to a 3 bedroom!

2BR/2BA Single Family House offered at $413,400
Year Built 1977
Sq Footage 1,565
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size 4,356 sqft
HOA/Maint $220 per month
Reduced! 2 Bed 1 Bath Condo $129,600 in Lake Forest! FHA approved and HUD Owned

Reduced! 2 Bed 1 Bath Condo $129,600 in Lake Forest! FHA approved and HUD Owned

Reduced! 2 Bed 1 Bath condo at $129,600 HUD Owned!

23274 Orange Ave 1, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Watch the video here:

2 Bed 1 Bath

928 Sq Ft

HOA dues: $270/ year

Features include:

Come see this FHA approved home with both a front and back patio. Located next to a greenbelt in Aliso Creek Villas. Community pool and tot lots close by. Home offers 2 spacious bedrooms, one bath and a large living room. Kitchen has large slider that opens to the backyard with patio cover. Enjoy Saddleback Valley Unified school district. FHA approval subject to $660 repair escrow amount which can be wrapped into the loan and will cover necessary repairs required for FHA approval.

Directions El Toro, south on Muirlands. Left at Orange ave. Make a right into the complex when you come to a T. Then go right. Street veers to left and the building is on the left.

 

 

Call Jesse at 949-306-8416 for a showing!

New Video on How to Buy A HUD Home!

New Video on How to Buy A HUD Home!

Want to learn about HUD Homes and how you can buy a HUD- owned home in California?

Please watch my new Video explaining the process and the advantages of buying a HUD owned Home.

A few advantages when Buying a HUD owned home:

  • FHA Appraisals are completed on HUD homes before they are listed for sale.  Often times, the homes are listed for sale at or below the appraised value!
  • If you utilize FHA financing, you can use the appraisal completed by HUD saving you hundreds of dollars!
  • Termite reports are provided and section 1 repairs are completed by the seller when using FHA loans.
  • Property Condition Reports (which are similar to a home inspection) are provided to you by HUD at no cost saving you hundreds of dollars!
  • HUD will pay up to $4000 towards lead based paint remediation when the buyer uses FHA financing!
  • Only owner occupants can make offers on HUD owned homes for the first 30 days the home is listed!

If you would like to attend a FREE Live class on How to Buy HUD Homes please visit my link at:

http://jessemadison.com/hud-homebuyer-workshops/

You can read more about the HUD Selling Process at:

http://jessemadison.com/the-hud-selling-process/

IRS Releases Ten Tax Tips for Home Sellers

IRS Releases Ten Tax Tips for Home Sellers

IRS Releases Ten Tax Tips for Home Sellers

via www.IRS.gov

The Internal Revenue Service has some important information to share with individuals who have sold or are about to sell their home. If you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may qualify to exclude all or part of that gain from your income. Here are ten tips from the IRS to keep in mind when selling your home.

  1. In general, you are eligible to exclude the gain from income if you have owned and used your home as your main home for two years out of the five years prior to the date of its sale.
  2. If you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of the gain from your income ($500,000 on a joint return in most cases).
  3. You are not eligible for the exclusion if you excluded the gain from the sale of another home during the two-year period prior to the sale of your home.
  4. If you can exclude all of the gain, you do not need to report the sale on your tax return.
  5. If you have a gain that cannot be excluded, it is taxable. You must report it on Form 1040, Schedule D, Capital Gains and Losses.
  6. You cannot deduct a loss from the sale of your main home.
  7. Worksheets are included in Publication 523, Selling Your Home, to help you figure the adjusted basis of the home you sold, the gain (or loss) on the sale, and the gain that you can exclude.
  8. If you have more than one home, you can exclude a gain only from the sale of your main home. You must pay tax on the gain from selling any other home. If you have two homes and live in both of them, your main home is ordinarily the one you live in most of the time.
  9. If you received the first-time homebuyer credit and within 36 months of the date of purchase, the property is no longer used as your principal residence, you are required to repay the credit. Repayment of the full credit is due with the income tax return for the year the home ceased to be your principal residence, using Form 5405, First-Time Homebuyer Credit and Repayment of the Credit. The full amount of the credit is reflected as additional tax on that year’s tax return.
  10. When you move, be sure to update your address with the IRS and the U.S. Postal Service to ensure you receive refunds or correspondence from the IRS. Use Form 8822, Change of Address, to notify the IRS of your address change.

For more information about selling your home, see IRS Publication 523, Selling Your Home. This publication is available at www.irs.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).


Tax deductions Orange County

 

Please seek the help of a tax professional with regards to tax issues related to buying or selling Real Estate in Orange County and Riverside County, CA

These tips can be found on the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=243682,00.html

Leverage Your LinkedIn

Leverage Your LinkedIn

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Here are some great tips to boost your Linked In Profile!

Leverage Your LinkedIn Even though LinkedIn is one of the first social networks, starting way back in 2003, it seems in many cases to be the forgotten one. LinkedIn doesn’t have star power like Twitter nor do its users post about what they ate for dinner but it might just be one of the most powerful ways to market yourself and your business. LinkedIn holds the title of the being the largest professional social network online boasting 80 million users. The users on Link … Read More

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Leverage Your LinkedIn (via www.mastersuccessseminars.com)

Leverage Your LinkedIn (via www.mastersuccessseminars.com)

Here are some great tips to boost your Linked In Profile!

Leverage Your LinkedIn Even though LinkedIn is one of the first social networks, starting way back in 2003, it seems in many cases to be the forgotten one. LinkedIn doesn’t have star power like Twitter nor do its users post about what they ate for dinner but it might just be one of the most powerful ways to market yourself and your business. LinkedIn holds the title of the being the largest professional social network online boasting 80 million users. The users on Link … Read More

via www.mastersuccessseminars.com

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