How to Safely Remove a Broken Bulb

Posted on December 16, 2014
You go to change a light bulb in one of your home’s lighting fixtures, and before you know it, the glass bulb breaks off and you are left with the metal base still stuck in the socket. Before you make any attempt to remove the remaining part of the bulb, turn off the power to the fixture. If it’s a lamp, simply unplug it. If it’s a ceiling fixture or a light in an oven, for example, you will need to turn off the related circuit breaker at your electrical panel. Be sure toggle the light... Read more

Some Facts About LED Bulbs

Posted on September 9, 2014
Environmentally-friendly LED bulbs continue to grow in popularity because of their longevity and energy savings. Early versions of LED bulbs often cast a blue hue, but today’s LEDs can mimic the white or yellow glow of incandescent or fluorescent lights. Typically, you can expect an LED bulb to last about 50,000 hours—compared to 2,000 hours of use you used to get from an incandescent light. It would take 42 incandescent bulbs to provide 50,000 hours of use; and five CFLs to provide the... Read more

Tips for Choosing Lightbulbs Today

Posted on May 9, 2014
Changing a lightbulb used to be a simple task. You just grabbed a 60 watt incandescent bulb for most tasks and screwed it in to the socket. But incandescent bulbs are being replaced by Compact Fluorescent bulbs and Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs—both of which are more energy efficient and cost efficient. Once retailers run out of old-fashioned, inefficient incandescent lightbulbs, they will be gone forever and you will have to learn a whole new way to choose a lightbulb. So here are some... Read more

Incandescent Bulbs Phase-out Continues in 2014

Posted on March 24, 2014
In keeping with a law passed by Congress in 2007, tungsten-filament 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured in the U.S. as of January 1, 2014. This follows the already completed phase-out of manufacturing of 100-watt bulbs in 2012 followed by 75-watt bulbs in 2013. This final phase-out will be the most significant because 40- and 60-watt bulbs represent more than 50 percent of the consumer lighting market. The production of incandescent bulbs is being discontinued... Read more

It’s Lights Out for Incandescent Bulbs in 2014

Posted on January 16, 2014
Starting January 1, 2014, companies can no longer import or make 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs. This marks the final phase of a national phaseout that started in 2012. Ironically, Thomas Edison's first public demonstration of the incandescent light bulb happened 134 years ago. But Edison would probably approve given the energy-saving properties of the two types of light bulbs that are the main replacements for incandescent bulbs—LED (light-emitting diode) and CFL (compact... Read more

Today’s Energy-Efficient Lighting Options

Posted on December 16, 2013
An average household dedicates about 10% of its energy budget to lighting. Ever since Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, lighting options for consumers have been evolving to try to meet the government’s higher efficiency standards. The goal: to produce the same light with less energy. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. For example, replacing 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs in your home with... Read more

Oak Electric—One-Stop Electrical Services and More!

Posted on January 8, 2013
When it comes to comprehensive electrical services—industrial, commercial and residential—we want you to “Think Oak Electric.” We provide all of the typical electrical services, such as: general troubleshooting and repair work; circuit breaker panel upgrades; installation of electric appliances and ceiling fans; remodel wiring and new construction; electrical work for swimming pools and hot tubs; and insurance restoration work. But we also hope Oak Electric is the first company that... Read more

Holiday Electrical Safety Reminder

Posted on December 15, 2012
It’s that time of year when we go all out with the holiday lighting and electrical decorations as part of how we celebrate the season. Did you know that more than 80% of Americans decorate their homes as part of their winter holiday celebrations?  Almost two-thirds of respondents use electric lights in their indoor decorating scheme, while more than half use lighted decorations outside their homes. More than 70% of those who decorate their homes for the holiday utilize at least one... Read more

Give the Gift of Power This Holiday

Posted on December 5, 2012
Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts we can give are those that will make someone’s life a little easier. This season, why not give loved ones the "gift of power"? Following are some gift suggestions sure to “brighten” someone’s day. Pay a portion of someone’s utility bill. DTE Energy’s Gift of Energy Program is a great way to make life a little easier for relatives living on a fixed income or kids living away from home. To give a Gift of Energy, fill out the form and mail it in... Read more

“White” Light Comes in Many Shades

Posted on July 7, 2012
Did you know that compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are available in a wide variety of shades of white light? You can actually choose from a wide range of shades, ranging from yellowish to white to bluish white light, which allows you to customize the mood of your space. Many CFLs come in "warm" colors to match the yellowish light of incandescent bulbs, but you can also choose "cooler" colors with whiter or bluer light. Color temperature can also be quantified using a scale marked in... Read more

The Real Story on Light Bulb Legislation

Posted on June 8, 2012
Many consumers think the incandescent light bulb will no longer be available or manufactured. Not so. Here’s the real story. In 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) was passed in the U.S. As a result, over the next three years, the minimum efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs will be raised for bulbs manufactured in or imported into the United States. This means that only inefficient incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured. Here’s the... Read more