Shine a light on clean

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - HOME AND GARDEN -

DID you know: dirty light fixtures don’t only dull a room, they ac­tu­ally waste more en­ergy?

Yep, un­clean lights and their fixtures can re­duce light out­put by 50%.

Un­for­tu­nately, it doesn’t take much for light­ing fixtures to gather dirt, dust and grime but fol­low th­ese quick tips from co-founder of Ur­banYou Elke Kee­ley on how to clean all types of lights and fit­tings, and you’ll bring back the glow and max­imise your wattage use in no time.

Light bulbs Swear your globes are fad­ing? They could just be dirty. Steam, dust and other air­borne par­ti­cles can stick to light globes caus­ing them to re­duce their out­put. Try this clean­ing fix:

1. Turn off the elec­tric­ity be­fore do­ing any­thing and wait for the light bulbs to cool.

“Not only will this pre­vent burn­ing your fin­gers but sud­den changes in tem­per­a­ture can break the glass,” Elke says.

2. Re­move any light cov­ers and de­tach the bulbs from the base.

3. Us­ing a dry mi­crofi­bre cloth, wipe clean the bulb.

4. If nec­es­sary, use a damp cloth but make sure not to get the metal parts wet. Just don’t spray clean­ing so­lu­tion di­rect to the bulb. Ceil­ing fixtures As ceil­ing light fixtures are reg­u­larly used they can be­come dirty fast. Here’s the good news – they’re easy to clean.

1. Lay a towel in the sink as this will pre­vent any scratch dam­age.

2. Fill the sink with warm soapy water – us­ing a small drop of dish­wash­ing de­ter­gent.

3. Care­fully re­move the light fix­ture from the ceil­ing and im­merse in the sink for five min­utes.

4. Re­move and place to air dry on an­other towel.

5. Be­fore re­in­stalling, wipe clean the ceil­ing base with a wet cloth and gen­tly wipe the fix­ture with a dry mi­crofi­bre cloth.

Pen­dant lights Hang­ing light pen­dants are so very fashionable right now. Thank­fully, their easy-to-reach sta­tus means you can mostly clean them with­out re­mov­ing them.

1. Turn off the light and let the bulbs cool.

2. Us­ing a mix­ture of ¾ warm water and ¼ vine­gar, spray the out­side of the pen­dant lightly and then wipe it with a mi­crofi­bre cloth.

3. Gen­tly clean the bulbs and wipe the ex­ten­sion rods and ca­bles with a dry cloth.

4. For stub­born marks on the bulbs, re­turn to Tip 1, for clean­ing light bulbs.

PHOTO: MACKOFLOWER

PHOTO: SE­BAS­TIAN DUDA

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