Cellar Lights?

Old 09-17-02, 07:45 PM
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Question Cellar Lights?

I recently bought a three family home in Mass.I have plans to put in coin operated washers and dryers in the cellar for the tennants use.I need to add more lighting in the cellar though.
How can I do it so I am not stuck paying for cellar lights that are left on by tennants using the cellar?Also lights in "Common ways"
such as halls,whats the cheapest and longest lasting light buls to use.Thanks
Old 09-17-02, 07:55 PM
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How about putting the "laundry room" lights on a motion sensor? some office buildings use them in the bathrooms and other common areas like break rooms.

Old 09-17-02, 07:57 PM
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Why don't you look at some motion sensing switches with fluorescent lights.

The switches will shut off if they do not sense enough motion and will time out and turn off the lights. The time is adjustable. Be sure to locate the switches where they can see the room.
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You have three words in your post that don't really go good together, (cheapest, Longest lasting). Cheapest being "Incandescent", Longest lasting being "HID" "High intensity Discharge" up to 25000 hrs. But Flourescent in the cellar most likely will do you the best.

Use this formula to help pay for cost:

Watts X Hours used X Rate per hour / 1000 = ?

(Answer) divided by tennants = Cost per tennant.
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A 40-watt fluorescent bulb will cost you about $3 a month, even if left on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And a $2 bulb should last for years.

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