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Got Party Globe Lights? You’ve Got a Party!

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Nothing says “party” like party lights, but the wrong kind of lights might make your guests think of reindeer on the roof.

party lightsThere’s a way around it, though. All you have to do is use a different shape of bulb. That’s right: It’s actually the pear shape of ordinary decorative bulbs that reminds you of the holidays. When a bulb is perfectly round, though, it’s a different ballgame. That’s why party globe lights will give you that festive look with no Santa cookies required. You just need to know which ones to use for the kind of party you’re throwing.

Party globe lights with white cords and pearly bulbs lend a particularly soft effect when used at a wedding reception. To punch it up a little, just throw in a few strings with clear bulbs, and your room will become a fairy tale. Of course, clear white lights alone will always add sophistication to any formal gathering.

No weddings or fancy dress balls in your future? That’s no excuse! You can still throw a party, and colored party globe lights could be just what you need to take things up a notch. Just run a few strings around your patio, add a few more among the trees, and send out the invitations. Once those colored lights are up, everyone will know where the party is, and somehow, they will have a better time.

There’s no need, though, to restrict colored lights to the great outdoors. Think of a children’s birthday party. Crepe paper streamers are all well and good, but add a few strings of party globe lights, and you’ll take things to a whole new level.

If you want to light up your special event without evoking Christmas in July, you now have the answer. Party globe lights will do it every time.

Using Party Globe Lights to Spruce Up a Party

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

globe party lightsWhether you’re planning on throwing a festive summer BBQ party or you’re hosting an intimate dinner with friends, party globe lights can make a great addition. Taking a look at the different party globe lights for sale can help you choose the proper length for the size of your outdoor space and the right design for your personal style. Not only can these lights help brighten up the outdoors at night, they can also add a lot of style for your party.

When shopping for party globe lights, there are a number of things that you need to keep in mind. The measurements of each individual globe can vary, so you will need to take into consideration the size that you would like. Smaller spaces often look best with scaled down globes, while large areas may require larger globes in order to fill out the space. You should also take into account the size of your outdoor space when comparing the length of strings for party globe lights.

The colors and styles of these lights vary and can be selected based on your decorating style. While industrial lights may be a great fit lovers of a downtown lifestyle, others may be more attracted to paper lantern lights that emit a soft and warm glow. Taking into account your unique preferences will ensure you are satisfied with your purchase.

With all of the different party globe lights for sale, you have plenty of freedom over which ones you end up purchasing for your home. While some lights emit plenty of light to keep an entire backyard lit at night, others offer just enough light to see. You may even find some lights that use solar power to remain lit at night through charging in the day. Considering the details of different globe lights should help you narrow down the options to just a few.

Create a Great Setting With Party Globe Lights

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Party globe lights add classic, modern or fun ambience to your gathering. Use them outside on the patio, around the back yard or even inside the house. There are models that plug into the house outlets, and solar powered models for those desiring an eco- friendly decorating solution. These are often found adorning the awnings of RV’s.

party globe lightFor a classic look, use the same color bulb in all of the globes. White is a very good color for illumination and accenting items in the party or the garden. For children’s parties or for fun, use different color lights throughout the string. No one says you have to use all one color. The globes are available in a variety of colors. They can be made from glass, paper, plastic or silk- like fabrics.

Decorate a bedroom with party globe lights. Select LED bulbs that will fit into the sockets, or purchase adapters. This adds a fun lighting accent without using a lot of energy. For rooms without lights, such as those found in older houses, they are a great lighting solution.

One of the benefits of party globe lights is their mobility. Use solar- powered models for camping, in your RV or anywhere you would like to have outdoor lighting. They can come in handy for emergencies as well, because they can charge outside and safely light up a room or two when the power is out. There is no need to rely on a generator for electrical lighting.

Find party globe lights at big box stores and online. Prices will depend on the length of the string, the number of lights, whether it is regular voltage or solar- powered, the globe materials or the type of bulbs included. Buy one and give it a test run. If you like it, stock up on more.

An Event to Remember – Using Party Globe Lights

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

party globe lightsThere is nothing that is more impressive than spectacular lighting at a special event. This is especially true when party globe lights are used. These most popular lights come on a string, with bulbs which can be small or large, depending on the effect you want to achieve. They come with all-weather wiring which means they can be used indoors or outdoors.

Party globe lights are especially effective at a party, when you want a light that is softer than the usual overhead illumination. They provide a feeling of intimacy and are effective in making everyone feel welcome and relaxed. They are also excellent for weddings, outdoor tent gatherings, and any other important events.

Not to be forgotten is the outdoor garden. There is nothing more spectacular than to sit on the patio, in the dark of night, with the party globe lights shining throughout. They give a completely different look to the landscape, and are a spectacular sight, especially if you are having a bar-b-cue party.

The party globe light itself is almost perfectly round, which distinguishes it from the pear-shaped light that is often used for decorating. There are both large and small globes. The larger ones are 10 lights to a string, while the smaller ones are 20 globes to a string. They are designed to be hooked together so can be used in any sized area.

They are available in clear, pearl white or colors and can be purchased with a dark or white cord. The pearl white party globe light has a satin sheen which makes it elegant looking and very impressive. Regardless of what kind of event is taking place, there is no doubt that having party globe lights will make it an occasion that will be remembered for a long time to come.

Rochester, New York invests in energy-efficient lighting

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Rochester, New York has invested in an LED lighting system for the city's street lights to cut its energy usage.Rochester, New York has already completed the experimental phase of its LED lighting program, and with the help of federal grants, they will expand their lighting grid by more than 400 additional city lights, according to

"A little whiter light. Lot of people say it's a cleaner light," Tony Benson, a worker for Rochester Public Utilities (RPU). "Some of the other technologies have more of an orange or yellowish light and the cleaner, whiter light people seem to like."

Residents of the northern New York town have been pleased with the addition of the LED fixtures and the delightful illumination they provide. The RPU has also noted that the new program will save the city at least $17,000 in utility and maintenance costs each year.

Homeowners also looking to save money on their utility bills may want to make use of brown wire light sets. Beautiful and efficient, the bulbs will help illuminate your home and give off a warm, gorgeous glow.

The product is also as reliable as it is aesthetically pleasing – in fact, if one bulb goes out, the rest will stay lit.  

Forbes compares nationwide heating costs

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Forbes compares nationwide heating costsAccording to Forbes magazine, the price of heating a home in winter can vary wildly – but not because of temperature differences. For example, Buffalo and Boston have similar temperatures in the month of February with average lows of about 23 and 16 degrees, respectively. Yet a family in Buffalo can expect to pay over $300 less per month than their east coast counterparts.

The difference comes in the choice of heat. Only two percent of Buffalonians use more expensive oil to heat their homes, compared to 36 percent of Boston residents. To make matters worse, as of 2008 the price of heating oil had risen nearly 40 percent.

This leaves homeowners looking for thrifty ways to save money during the long winter months. This can be as simple as throwing on an extra layer of clothing to carefully insulating all of the windows with plastic sheet.

The Brabantia Drying Rack is another way homeowners can cut back on costs. Rather than footing the bill to run loads through the dryer, simply hang them up and allow them to try. This will allow families to reduce their energy costs over time.

Starbucks retail locations going green

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Starbucks has begun a large-scale campaign to make their stores compatible with LEED certifications. Starbucks has begun an unprecedented campaign to make their new retail locations compatible with the United States Green Building Council's LEED certification. In addition, the company has started a nationwide initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of existing stores to match the company's philosophy of sustainable living, according to

LEED certification is a highly-sought after distinction bestowed by the USGBC that
advocates for the use of sustainable building materials and energy-efficient power sources. Other rating systems include reducing the building's environmental impact during and after construction, water savings and indoor environmental quality.

Starbucks has set the standard for the rest of the retail industry to follow. In addition to energy-efficient lighting, the company has integrated such features as low-plumbing systems for water conservation and sustainable building products during construction.

The company has also expanded its support for LED lighting by trying to attain the goal of 25 percent reduction in energy consumption, according to

Homeowners looking to provide additional illumination for their home and to save some money on their utility bills should consider white wire light sets. These versatile fixtures can be hung anywhere and will provide a decorative and charming touch to your home's interiors.  

Insect “plague” prompts official repellent warning

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

ABC News is reporting that the northern end of Australia finds itself in the middle of a long and pesky insect infestation. Record-breaking numbers of mosquitoes have descended on the area, forcing residents to stay in their home and endure the hot weather with doors and windows closed.

As if that wasn't enough trouble, officials put out a statement today warning locals of overusing popular insect repellents. DEET is the most common active ingredient in these products, and while normal use will not have any negative effects, extended use can quickly irritate the skin or, rarely, cause a more serious reaction. Healthcare officials say citizens should weigh the pros and cons of using these products and act accordingly.

A safe way to keep insects away from you and your family is with PredaSCENT Garden Masking Agent. A tin of PredaSCENT will last up to a week and simply needs to be left in an area to be effective. The repellent is 100 percent natural and doesn't need to be applied to the skin, meaning there is no risk of irritation

Midwest prepares to battle gypsy moths

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Midwest prepares to battle gypsy mothsAccording to the Chicago Tribune, Wisconsin and Minnesota are preparing a large-scale war against the tree-killing gypsy moth. The pests will enter their mating season in June, bringing with them a wave of destruction. Some reports have stated nearly 20 percent of affected trees dying in one season.

"If you had an extensive forest tent caterpillar outbreak," forest health specialist Mike Albers told the news source, "then add on gypsy moth defoliation, that might be too much stress too fast for some of our trees to handle."

Homeowners should also prepare for the possibility of moth control needs this summer. Safer Clothes Moth Traps cover a large area and contain a contain a non-toxic lure that will attract adult moths. This product will quickly alert you to any potential infestations and allow you to act quickly. Safer Pantry Moth Traps serve the same function for those that prefer to spoil your food.

Cedar Oil serves as a natural repellent to all moths. Not only will this keep them at bay, but it has the added benefit of restoring the pleasant smell that comes with cedar wood.

Grilling season is on its way

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The Big Green Egg is a versatile outdoor cookerWith the official beginning of spring just weeks away, many are counting the days until the days are longer and the temperatures are warmer.

One of the things that many are looking forward to is firing up the grill to cook their favorite foods outdoors, especially after months of being trapped indoors because of cold winter weather.

Experts say now is a good time to evaluate your grill to order replacement parts, new accessories or to upgrade, if necessary.

Many who own a Big Green Egg Grill already use it all year long, as its kiln-like structure keeps the heat sealed in and chilly wind out.

However, they may consider purchasing one of the many accessories available for this product. These include porcelain cooking grids, grill extenders, plate setters, chicken cans and turkey stands, baking stones and cast iron griddles.

These items will help users prepare practically any food using their Big Green Egg.

The Big Green Egg is a unique barbecue product with unmatched flexibility and capabilities that surpass all other conventional cookers combined. It's a smoker, a grill and an oven that allows users to cook everything from appetizers to entrees to desserts.

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