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Beware The Cheap LED Light Fixture!

This is a head's up - beware the cheap LED light fixture!

We have a 20 year old house, which we built.  It was time to upgrade the fluorescent kitchen light fixture.  I wanted LED.

Looking around I wanted one that provided good light, lots of lumens.

Watts measure the amount of energy a light bulb uses.  But lumens are the indicator of the amount of light.

LED lights are made up of many small points of light sources.

What I didn't know then was that when one buys an LED light fixture, the weight of the fixture and points of light sizes (called "chips") are essential.

The fixture I bought and installed was very light.  Why is weight important?

Because, according to my research, of poor quality materials used to construct the "driver" and to dissipate heat weigh more!

However, you may say, aren't LED lights cool?

Yes, to feel the heat from them.  But the point of light, the chips, are extremely hot.  What drives the energy to them, and the ability for them to dissipate heat, is essential.

Good materials allow for such heat dissipation and the fixtures last for years and years.

But cheap stuff, materials without a good driver, smaller chips, and no ability to dissipate heat, will not last long.

Our kitchen light lasted 7 months.  Beware the cheap stuff!

One day it was fine.  The next it provided half the light.  And the next no light at all.

When I took off the cover this is what I saw.  WHICH PROMPTED MY RESEARCH!  Do you see how tightly the plastic cover sits over the fixture?  There was nowhere for the heat to go.  And the chips are 1/8" square, considered very small.  Yes, they get very, very hot!

So, you ask, can cheap fixtures cause fires?  YES!  We were lucky, apparently.  Ours just flaked out and died.

Following my research I bought a good quality light, and it is heavy!  It provided large chips, a good driver, and the ability to dissipate heat.

But, I had another problem. 

When I took down the builder-installed fluorescent light this is what I found!

No box, and wires merely stick out of a hole in the ceiling! 

Unbelievable!  That's the same problem I found when I replaced the bathroom light!  But the round fixture I first installed weighed less than a pound, so no junction box, while not to code, was needed for its support.

So for the new fixture I had to install a hefty box.  It is attached to an arm that cranks and tightens against the floor joists inside the ceiling above.  It holds 70 - 120 pounds!

With the help of a neighbor (this was NOT a one-man job!) here is the new light!  With lots and lots of lumens!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps hard to see in the lower-right photo, but there is a 1" space above the fixture for heat to dissipate.

Here are the recommendations from experts when you buy LED light fixtures.  What to look for.

1.  LED with good heat dissipation may cost, and weigh, more.
2.  Try to find out the chip size (the points of light).  The larger chips provide more light and better stability.
3.  Make sure any paint is well applied.  Better paints make a difference.
4.  Verify the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) mark, which proves the fixture for testing, validation and safety.
5.  Confirm a Design Lights Consortium (DLC) qualification.  DLC qualified fixtures have been tested for certain performance and safety standards.  These better fixtures often come with a 5 year warranty.  (The one I installed has a 10 year warranty).

My recommendation:  If you buy with all that in mind you will likely have a fixture that is safe, provides great light, and is long lasting.  I learned a lot from my experience and research.  I hope you do too.  "Let there be light ... and it was good."

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 74 commentsJay Markanich • June 07 2018 09:26AM

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Oh no surprise...excellent well researched information and hope that the feature faity will come and visit this post !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) 10 days ago

Thanks S&D.  I often have very informational posts, but they are seldom featured.  I am a home inspector, not a realtor!  It seems that home inspector info has gotten much less relevant on AR.  That may account for the lessening of home inspector posting and participation.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 10 days ago

Good morning, Jay Markanich there are so many discount stores for home supplies that people get sucked into the lower cost and lesser quality.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 10 days ago

Thanks for a great blog!!!

Confirm a Design Lights Consortium (DLC) qualification.  DLC qualified fixtures have been tested for certain performance and safety standards.  These better fixtures often come with a 5 year warranty.  

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 10 days ago

You're right, of course, Barbara, but I bought this on line!  It had great reviews!

Hey, the post was featured!

Sham - thanks again.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 10 days ago

I learned a lot from your post. Thank you for sharing 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 10 days ago

Good morning Jay. Considering LED lighting, do your research! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 10 days ago

Great info... I flip houses and have been using "upgraded" LED lighting in my homes, will keep an eye out for these points

Posted by Macy Babb, Realtor, SFR, HUD/REO Certified (Re/Max All Properties Realtor - 404-234-6166) 10 days ago

Thank you for sharing your research on this important safety information.

Posted by Greg Large, A Tradition of Trust (ERA Real Solutions) 10 days ago

Yes to this practical subject matter....thank yo Jay

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 10 days ago

HI Jay, Congrats on the feature. This is good info to know.  Many products come from manufacturers who do not have to meet American standards. Looking for floor tile right now and some overseas tile may not meet our standards. I can't imagine having a baby crawling around on floor tile that may have unapproved material in it.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 10 days ago

Hi Jay... what a great post... there's just so much we generally don't know about all these new lighting options.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 10 days ago

Good morning Jay. This is great and I filed it in the you get what you pay for file.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 10 days ago

Hmmn? I wonder how many times, if a fixture was actually removed, would one find NO box, but just wires. Amazing we don't have more fires.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) 10 days ago

I can't thank you enough for this post. Many builders have switched to LED and now my suspicions about builders cheapening this and proclaiming that they do LED has me on alert.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 10 days ago

Just put some in our kitchen. So far so good!

Posted by Ron Barnes, "Most agents claim they're #1 - I THINK YOU'RE #1! (Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties) 10 days ago

Good Morning, Jay, I learn a lot in your post. Thanks for Sharing! Have a Nice Day!

Posted by James Grant 10 days ago

Jay Markanich - Thank you for the warning! This is something I didn't know and have now shared your article with people I know that would appreciate it as much as I did. I've lived through too many house fires and I do all I can to prevent another one from occurring.

Thank you! Your posts are so valuable and educational. Everyone of yours should be featured!!!

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 10 days ago

Jay Markanich   This is so important I have to reblog.  One of our neighbors just had his house burn down --total loss-- last week so the fact that yours didn't is such a blessing.  Thanks so much for blogging.  It is vital information. 

Posted by Faye Y. Taylor, Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia & San Antoni (StepStone Realty, LLC ) 10 days ago

Thanks for the informative post, as always.

I think I installed that exact fixture in my closet a year or two ago.  Looks like I'll need to break out the step ladder when I get home tonight.

I know you're not sure about the return on investment when posting here, But I really enjoy and learn from your posts.  Glad to see you back.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) 10 days ago

This is very good information. We haven't put LED lights in, but if we do, now we know.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 10 days ago

Jay- so glad to see you here and glad that it was featured. I'm saving this to show Larry. On another note, we had a friend's house burn several years ago and they think it might have been from the ballast from a fluorescent light fixture. 

Anyway, I love the posts from home inspectors and I do learn a lot. I hope that you, Michael Thornton, Charles Buell, and some of the other inspectors.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 10 days ago

I'm glad you did, Gita!

Wayne - I got skunked!  So I wanted to find out why.  Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice ... well, you know the rest.

That would be wise, Macy.

I hope you found it useful, Greg!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 10 days ago

Now that would be a great middle name, Richie!  See my comment to Wayne above.

That is soooo correct, Sheri.  The manufacturer is important, as also where the product is made.

Nina - new products come out quickly with no history and little use.  And we are expected to trust.  Well, trust, but verify!

Sheila - a long-used, and well stocked file, no doubt!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 10 days ago

Jon - I found the same thing in the upstairs hall bath when I upgraded the light!  It caused me NOT to want to work in the master bathroom!

Joe - they are not well known for carefully providing the best products...

I hope it works out, Ron!

Thank you James.  I'm glad you were pleased!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 10 days ago

Thank you for your kind words, Patricia.  It was something I did not know!

Faye - I'm sorry to hear that.  I don't know what the percentage is, but a good percentage of house fires are due to electrical issues.

Stephen - I'm not looking for return on investment!  But I do want to post when I have valuable things to share.  As to your closet, it likely isn't used often enough to cause a heat overload.  Our kitchen is a very used room!

Kat - do your research!  And I love the new avatar!  Great photo!

Kathy - I am so busy it's hard to put together informative posts!  I have lots of info to share, but don't always have the time to put it out there.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 10 days ago

Wow Jay this is really good information. I didn't know this stuff but you can bet next time I need to replace a light in one of our houses I'll be searching for the better products instead of the cheap ones. Thank you!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 10 days ago

UL Labs has been around for ages. Back then everything seemed (and was assumed) to have been UL approved.  Now that so many items are coming from Chinese manufacturers with no connection to US based companies, this is a great reminder that we need to do our research and look for that great Underwriter Labs tag on what we buy. Thanks Jay! 

Posted by Donald A. Masters (Master Home & Building Inspections, LLC) 10 days ago

AB - yep!  Do your research!  It's as simple as checking for the features and listings.

Donald - you are right.  And, as regards the LEDs, the DLC qualifications are an additional layer of protection.  Thanks!  We like the new light!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 10 days ago

Another enlightening article.  I did not know what you about weight of LED fixtures.  Safety first!

Always learn something.

Thanks,

Posted by BIPIN CHANDRIANI, For All Things Real Estate! (Coldwell Banker Preferred) 10 days ago

Thanks for the great info.

I am still trying to figure out the cost/benefits of LEDs vs incandescents.  These LEDs still cost quite a bit more initially than the standard bulb.  The big advantage is that even small ones put out a lot of light and for the same lumens there is much less heat even though they do put out some heat.  A once littered ceiling of wide diameter 'can' lights which will raise your cooling bills dramatically now can be had with tiny LEDs offering the same intensity of light.  I have wondered also how such hot can lighting might start a fire even with bad insulation or just wiring getting brittle.

Posted by John Henry, Residential Architect, Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) 10 days ago

Jay Markanich 
LOVE learning from you.
Hope you and your family are doing well.
Your Atlanta friend - Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) 10 days ago

Thank you for sharing this important information!  I had no idea this could happen.

Posted by Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty (Goodson Realty) 10 days ago

Amazing! I had no idea... thank you so much for the information!

Posted by Monique Ting, Your agent under the sun (INET Realty Honolulu, HI) 10 days ago

Good info.  Thank you

Posted by Lynn FISCHER Phoenix, AZ West Valley, Sun City, Active Adult, Sun City Grand (HomeSmart) 10 days ago

This is new information for me as well. I'm sharing your post to educate as many people as possible. I have seen many fixtures in homes that resemble your original lightweight light. I hope your article saves many people from costly mistakes.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) 10 days ago

Jay--This is very interesting and a heads up for home safety for all of us! Thank you!

Posted by Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS (Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate) 10 days ago

Very interesting Jay Markanich .  18 months ago I purchased a LED Bathroom ceiling light fixture.  The sales person helped me and was directed to a LED fixture that is guaranteed for 10 years.  It is completely sealed, so there is no 'replacement of bulbs'.  So far so good.  Great round fixture similar to yours.  When I touch it, it feels normal/cool.

Posted by Bruce Hicks, Your Lifetime Friend/Helper! (Best Homes Hawaii) 10 days ago

If you want to learn a lot more about LED lighting and many other things home construction & design related, go to the iHeart podcast app and look up Home with Dean Sharp. His Nov 25, 2017 podcast is all about lighting...over an hour.  Wattage no longer matters in LED.  It is now is lumens, CRI & degrees of Kelvin.  I like to listen at 1.5 times speed while driving or at the gym.

Posted by Dennis and Sunshine Smith, Making a Difference 4U in San Diego Real Estate (RE/MAX By-the-Sea (N Coastal San Diego)) 10 days ago

Thanks for sharing this information on how to tell good from poor quality LED light fixtures.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!) 10 days ago

Thanks for this. I love LED lights for the amount of light they put out so had been thinking of getting the fixtures for my pantry. Now I'll know to be careful in choosing.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 10 days ago

Bipin - when I installed the first light I was impressed with how light it was!  To me that was a benefit!

John - the first LED bulb I installed a few years ago was in the front yard light fixture and it cost $12.   I thought this thing better last 100 years...

Thanks Lynn!  It's always good hearing from you!

The same for me Anna.  We live and learn, all the time.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 days ago

Monique - we get caught up with new things, and fads, without knowing consequences.  This was a big one for me.

And thank you, Lynn.

Sharon - I imagine that a lot of people are buying the light weight stuff.  We are all likely to learn from this new wave of lighting.

Carolyn - that it was for me as well!  In a big way.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 days ago

Bruce - hopefully it's a good one and lasts a long, long time!

D&S - lumens are what I am looking for when I purchase flashlights!  I need the most I can get for attics!

Michelle - I'm glad you benefited from it!  I benefited from my research for sure!

That will pay you dividends, Marte.  And thanks for the reblog!  I tried to comment but it wouldn't let me!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 days ago

Jay, this is what I call a Value Added post.

Great information that I am sure many of us were not aware of.

To save a buck, we could burn the house down.

Thanks

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) 9 days ago

Thank you, John.  I'm glad it was found to be valuable!  And glad I don't have to pay a Value Added Tax!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 days ago

Great information!  I never knew this so I thank you for sharing

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL) 9 days ago

Thank you for sharing today Jay. This is so important to know.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) 9 days ago

Jay, with the high volume of electrical products coming in from China, I fear this will become the norm. Most of the electrical devices sold by the big hardware stores are Chinese made. That really concerns me. When we install something in a clients house, I don't want to be back there is six months. Ten years, maybe, but that's about it. We are seeing a lot more breakdown of products coming from the Asian rim. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) 9 days ago

Terry - I didn't know it either!  I know there is cheap stuff out there, and a lot of it is electrical.  But when it happens to you and you do the research it can be eye opening.

Michelle - 'tis!  We will never know enough.

I know Mike.  The Asian influence in our consumer markets has been a problem for years, and especially the Chinese pirating things like Square D stuff and intentionally making it so it will break down and cause fires.  They are not our friends.  The light I bought is American made!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 days ago

 I am in the market for a new kitchen light and had no idea of these dangers. Thanks so much for this valuable information.

Posted by Sandra Early, Sandra Sells Castles In Paradise (World Impact Real Estate) 9 days ago

Very good information to talk about. I kind of did take these items for granted.

Posted by Ron Aguilar, Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995 (Continental Mortgage) 9 days ago

I've purchased two new LED fixtures in the last six months, both came with a 10 year warranty. I hope that's sufficient!

Posted by Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Front Gate Realty ~ 601-991-2900 Office (Front Gate Real Estate) 9 days ago

Great information, Jay; something I never thought about before, but will now.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) 9 days ago

Thanks for your research and information. So many people want to rush out and buy the cheapest LED lights (especially for rental units).

Posted by Jeff Wright, Property Manager in Hanover, PA (Foundation First Property Group) 9 days ago

Hi Jay

Thanks for the education!! I have seen some pretty scary stuff in inspections, and issues pointed out by electricians. It's another example of the importancce of not being cheap, and creating a safety problem.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 9 days ago

Great post, Jay! I love to learn new things here on the Rain and in general. I'll file this under the "who knew?" category! And as others have commented, the longer you are in this business the more strange things you see resultant of home inspections. It is scary how many hazards are out there people live with (unknowingly or not) every day!

Posted by Greg Mona, YOUR Local Real Estate and Design Resource in AZ! (RE/MAX Platinum Living) 9 days ago

Jay, just installed all new LED fixtures and bulbs in our office this spring.  I am loving them but had not noticed the heat issue.  Maybe I lucked up and got ones that are decent.  Gotta watch for those color temperatures though.

Posted by John Dotson, The experience to get you to the other side! (Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC) 9 days ago

Yikes.  So glad Marte Cliff reblogged this one or I would have missed it.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 9 days ago

Great to know, had no idea.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) 9 days ago

Search carefully Sandra!  Read the labels and information!

Ron - we all do!  And we fall into the trap of needing to have the most recent "green" this or that.  Green really means more money.

Pat - that seems to be about the best warranty out there.  So you must have a good product.

Lottie - we are all always learning!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 days ago

Jeff W - like with most things, you get what you pay for.

Jeff D - thanks!  And I've seen some scary stuff too!  Safety truly is first.

Greg - that is so true!  We don't know what we don't know.

John - bulbs typically don't get very warm.  That may or may not have anything to do with the quality.  But if they are still putting out the same amount of light as when you first bought them they are probably good.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 days ago

Chris Ann - I am soooooo embarrassed for you!  You saw me because of Marte?  Sheesh...

Lyn - I see things every day that I did not know before!  At least it seems that way.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 days ago

Learned some things I didn't know. Thanks for your research Jay.

Posted by James (Jim) Lawson, DBA, Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE (DomainRealty.com LLC) 9 days ago

Great information Jay.  But I beg to differ with you on one point and that is UL.  My husband made parts for the lighting industry for many years.  China always had UL labels.  They are not the UL labels from the US, but they are accepted here.  He has much to say on the subject, but I will tell you he used to fix lamps that came in that failed the testing before being shipped to the stores.  What he said is, Buyer Beware if you know about Chinese-made products.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) 8 days ago

I'm glad you did, James!  Stop by again.

Elyse - you wouldn't be disagreeing with me!  See my answer to Mike Cooper above!  I've had many posts on Chinese-made crappola, and I avoid their products any time I can.  However, the Chinese do fake UL listed stuff, but their lights would not get by the DLC qualifications and would never offer the good warranty!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 8 days ago

Wow! I had no idea leds could be so dangerous. Thank you for doing this article. 

Posted by Sharon Kowitz, Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling (Fonville Morisey-CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Cary, NC) 8 days ago

Verty valuable public service announcement!  Would not have thought of this--thanks!

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 8 days ago

Very educational. Thought they were cold and thought that cheap are as good as expensive :)

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) 8 days ago

Did the cheap one have an Energy Star label?  I'm always told by my energy assessment guys that a good LED has the Energy Star label and you won't encounter the issue you experienced.  

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 8 days ago

Sharon - any lousy electrical product can be dangerous.  I did not know the differences when I bought that first light!

Mary - I had not thought of it as a public service announcement! 

Jon - my legal name is Jon!  Cheap anything is rarely as good as expensive anything!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 8 days ago

Jan - unfortunately Energy Star labels are pirated all the time, especially by the Chinese!  And the label has lost a lot of its juice.  An Energy Star dishwasher can be so labeled if the cycle permits the door to be opened to air dry the dishes!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 8 days ago

You make such good points, Jay. Buyer beware. We need to do our research and can't always trust the little label stuck on a product. Glad you discovered the issue before it became more serious - and the new light looks very nice. We often get what we pay for...

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 7 days ago

D&B - thank you.  I was shocked when I took off that cover and saw the burned areas!  My wife loves the new light.  She needs it for her eyes.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 7 days ago

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