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How To Setup Philips Hue Lighting and Motion Sensors & Money Saving Tips

**How To Setup Philips Hue Lighting and Motion Sensors & Money Saving Tips**



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Crumbling Ceilings in a 150 Year old Mansion - Installing LED Downlights in Lath and Plaster Ceiling

**Crumbling Ceilings in a 150 Year old Mansion – Installing LED Downlights in Lath and Plaster Ceiling**



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Crumbling Ceilings in a 150 Year old Mansion – Installing LED Downlights in Lath and Plaster Ceiling

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hi guys Jordan here from artisan electrics if you're one of our regular subscribers welcome back to the channel and if you're new here I'm Jordan and I hope you enjoy this video so it's just a brief one this evening I've been working on a big old 150 year old mansion replacing all the down lights throughout the property quite an interesting little project and I've been fitting a Lutron smart lighting system which has been really interesting it's an amazing system this video I'm just going to briefly talk to you about laughs and plaster ceilings and how tricky it can be installing down lights in those crumbly old lime plaster ceilings so I'll show you a little bit what I've been up to and a few little tricks I've learned over the years of how to deal with those ceilings you'll see some products as well that you might find interesting and I'll leave you a link in the description below so you can have a look at where you can buy those products they might help you on some jobs if you've got some similar work coming up and as always guys if you enjoyed this video please hit that like button and subscribe to the channel for more videos coming soon so as an apprentice in college you're never gonna see this but in real life we come across it sometimes it's called laughs and plaster basically it's old wooden battens called laughs often made for oak and then plaster was smeared over them to make the final finish for the wall often the plastic containers horsehair and lime and basically it's a very old fashioned way of doing things you can find it in houses of 800 years old some more this house that I'm working in now is 150 years old and I'm replacing all the Downloads throughout the houses over 140 of these down lights to replace getting rid of these old halogens basically and putting in LED downlights and I'm putting in smart controls for them by and that means of a Lutron system you Lutron are a to select but I just want to show you these ceilings because they're quite unbeliev and there's a bit of a knack to installing the new down lights neatly without causing half the ceiling to fall down so you can see here this is the plaster and it's just super crumbly and then these are the wooden laths made of oak so they're very strong and essentially as soon as you touch this it just can see just a stumble fall apart so you have to be really delicate with taking the old line fittings out carefully prizing them out from the ceiling and then putting new ones in especially if they're not exactly the same size it can be quite a delicate task so with these for example the new ones that I'm installing are slightly bigger and so what I'm gonna have to do is get my hole cutter in here and just enlarge the hole slightly in order for it to fit properly otherwise if I don't is too tight another push in the ceiling will just start to crumble away so I just share with you a very interesting so if you ever come across one of these behind a light fitting and you wonder what it is looks a bit like some kind of scary hat it's actually what we call a fire hood and these are introduced when the regulations came in about maintaining the fire barrier of the ceiling and part of the building regulations and before fire rated down lights were invented this is what we used to have to do put one of these over the halogen down light in order to maintain the fire barrier of the ceiling now it's quite well the effectiveness of these is debatable I would say I personally think they're a bit naff but they were a way of satisfying the regulations at the time now I tried to pull them out of the ceiling when I'm putting new fire-rated down right same because they just take up a bit of space and it's not good to silly things hanging around and the ceilings when not necessary so I try to remove these as much as possible and just throw them away but yeah thank goodness for fire rated down lights much better solution the particular down lights I'm installing today are the JCC one double O two in white and these are slightly larger version of the one double O ones and they are eyeball so they're adjustable and also the color temperature can be changed by just flicking a little dense which here on the actual driver so flick it this way for a warm white this way for cool white so it goes between 3000 k and 4000 K and this is what you use to click into the actual light fitting light fitting itself is here so that's what they look like yeah nice looking fitting zone or IP rated that's the only thing so you can't put them in within the zone of the bathroom and but apart from that they do everything fire acoustic rated seven-and-a-half watts good lamp life good temperature color good cir CRI index yeah I roll a very nice little product and easy to install so now I've connected my driver up and tucked you up into the ceiling out of the way I'm just going in large the hole using this eighty six mil hole cutter and my da de died dust and debris extractor which is a brilliant bit kit if you don't want to get dust everywhere and ila notch the home and then should be able to fit down like quite easily so as you can see that is just enlarge the hole slightly it does pretty burn when you cut these laughs because they're so solid you need a nice sharp hole cutter but it makes a little bit smoke but hopefully now that damn light will fit quite easily it's as you can see here it's fit now nice and flush it went in easily but there's a little bit of damage here to the ceiling where the corners have just crumbled away so I'm gonna do is get their filler just fill that in someone hit white filler and then it'll be as good as new you're hardly good to see the damage so I filled that in and what I not to do now is just go round with a big wipe and just wipe off any excess sure those it's got stuck on the actual fitting or around the ceiling and there we go that is bits missing and if the customer really wants to take and obviously touch the paint up but that won't be hardly visible from down below so that video is of benefit to you if you did and if you haven't already hit that like button and subscribe to the channel and if you hit the notification bell then you'll be notified next time a video from our channel comes out so you can keep up to date with all the news we've got some great videos coming up ahead we're gonna try and share with you some information about that Lutron smart lighting system which is really interesting and also some other great videos coming soon and if you check the links in the description you'll see some links to other products that we have mentioned in this video for example the da de dust extractor and also those jccc down lights that we like to install you'll find the links below so you can have a look at those products and order some for yourself if you might have the need as always guys have a great evening and thanks for watching

Do CFL & LED light bulbs really save money?

**Do CFL & LED light bulbs really save money?**



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An informative video on how to determine where to install energy-saving light bulbs to save money, and where you should stick with good ol’ incandescent bulbs.

The web application used for calculation of energy costs can be found at The Chrome App can be found by visiting the Chrome web store at and searching for ‘wattcalc’.

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When you go bulb shopping nowadays you'll notice that there's lots of energy-saving bulbs such as compact fluorescent and LED
and all of them profess to save you money. Some of them even go so far as
to give you a dollar amount of how much money you can save. But the truth is, how much money you save
depends on how you are going to use that bulb and in some cases you might not
save any money at all. You might be better off buying the old incandescent type bulb so in this video I'm going to give you a simple
way to calculate which will bulb you should use in each situation. I'm gonna be utilizing an application that
I made myself a couple years ago. It's called WattCalc and it's available as a web application Just go to apps.greatcove.com/wattcalc Or it's also available as a chrome application
in the chrome web store if you happen to be using the Chrome web browser or the
Chrome operating system. The advantage to using the Chrome app is
that it's a "packaged" app, and that means that you can use it even if you're
offline so you don't have to be connected to the internet in order to
use it. For this example I'll be using the chrome app,
but everything is pretty much the same even if you're using just the standard
web app. The application takes three pieces of
information: First, how many watts the device uses and i'm just gonna use an example of a
60 watt incandescent bulb so I'm going to go ahead and put 60 in there and then tab down and uh… let's just say I'm going to put this
bulb in a lamp that will be used in our main living area
and so I'm gonna assume that on average it will be used about three-and-a-half hours a day and next you'll want to put in the cost of your electricity per
kilowatt hour and that will vary depending on what part of the country
you are in I'm using 9 cents per kilowatt
hour which is fairly typical and now I'll press the calculate button and you can see that um… the cost per day to run this light bulb is 2 cents. Cost per month is 58 cents and the cost per year is $6.90 –
just under seven dollars. Now for comparison purposes I'm going to
assume that the bulb is a 13 wat typically if you get a 60 watt equivalent compact fluorescent to replace a
incandescent bulb a 13 watt compact fluorescent is
roughly equivalent to 60 watt incandescent. So now I'm going to go ahead and calculate it that way and you'll see that the electricity cost
per year using the compact fluorescent only $1.50 so you're saving almost 5 dollars and 50 cents every year. So obviously if the compact fluorescent bulb lasts even for just a year you have recouped your cost and if it lasts longer than that then you obviously are saving even more
money. However let's use a different
scenario: let's just assume that these bulbs are going to be installed in a closet and you only use them for just a few
minutes every day – we'll just assume six minutes which would be .1, or one-tenth of an hour and I'm going to start with the incandescent
bulb so I'll type 60 and and then hit calculate and you see that this bulb will only cost
twenty cents per year to run and I'll try a compact fluorescent which is 13 watts
and press calculate and find that it uses 4 cents per year. so the only savings you're getting is
16 cents a year and it will take a long long time at the current prices to justify buying a compact fluorescent. So it really depends on
where you're going to put the light bulb and how long you're gonna be using
it. Obviously this is only taking into account the economics of the different bulbs – how much money you'll save and spend. There are other considerations as
well: usually it's recommended that you don't put a compact fluorescent in an area
where it can be easily knocked over by a child and broken because of the mercury
content and there have also been a few studies that
have demonstrated some other chemicals that compact fluorescents can give off which
can be harmful to the health so you may want to do your research before you make
your final descision as to which bulb you'd like to use. Hopefully this has been helpful to you.
If you have questions feel free to leave a comment and I'll try to answer
those as soon as i can and as always thanks for watching and
i'll see you next time.

How to weatherize your home to save energy

**How to weatherize your home to save energy**



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The best way to start saving energy is to search for air leaks within your home. Start by inspecting windows and doors and any place with cracks in the structure of the house. Use caulk to repair small cracks or spray foam insulation for larger cracks and holes. If a window pane is loose, you can fill in the seal with window glaze to tighten the pane. Weather stripping is a simple and inexpensive way to improve the seal on your windows and doors from inside your home. Rope caulk, a clay-like sealing product, and clear plastic film can also be installed around windows during the winter and removed in the spring. If your home has ductwork, you can use mastic sealant or metal tape to seal any possible leaks.

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empowerhouse presented by Alliant Energy the best place to start saving energy is to look for leaks around your house we're outside where we're gonna do a simple inspection I'm going to look at the windows and doors and look for any place where there might be a crack in the structure of the house we're going to take a look at any pipes or wires that are coming into the house first place that is always good to check is to check the foundation between brick and wood siding that looks pretty good you'll want to check your electrical outlets where they come in also your gas line is coming in also your telephone cable entrance you want to check your water faucets and if the air conditioner check that as well now if you have small cracks you can use caulk to repair that if they're a little larger you'll want to use some spray foam insulation to fill those cracks and holes pretty much in this side of the house it looks pretty good this is also a great time to check on your windows and repair any cracked or broken windows as you look at this window frame you can see that it's the seal is broken we need to fix that because it's allowing cold air to get into our house also if you have some old windows you want to check any loose panes and replace the glazing which you can pick up in a tube like this and the glazing is the putting that holds the window in place and again keeps that sealed tight on your windows so make sure you take care of that we're gonna fix this window but now let's go inside to Megan who has more tips on keeping your house airtight windows and doors are two of the biggest areas of concern when it comes to air leaks those small cracks and crevices around your windows and doors may not seem like a big deal but a one-eighth inch space between a standard outside door and its threshold is like having a two square inch hole in the wall so by simply closing those gaps you can save up to 15% in heating and cooling costs a simple and fairly inexpensive solution for doors is to use weather stripping now as you can see by this front door you can see some sunlight coming through here so this one definitely needs weather stripping there are several varieties of weather stripping out there from stick-on foam to nail in place metal the weather stripping will stop the air from coming in around the sides and the top of the door but for the bottom of the door you'll need to add a door sweep or adjustable threat told to do this you'll want to cut the sweep to fit the door then mark and pre-drill your screw holes with the door shut screw the sweep to the door so that the bottom is in contact with the floor some sweeps are installed on the inside and others on the outside so check the instructions for your particular type weather stripping the window is just as easy you'll want to open up the window which I've already done here and then clean off any dust and debris so that our weather stripping has a clean surface that we're going to attach to now we're using a window here just like a double hung window so we're going to put our adhesive weather stripping along the bottom of the sash and also here and we're using a weather stripping that has channels in it that when compressed that just the the adhesive-backed foam weather stripping just slides together in the tracks like that now I've already gone ahead and put the weather stripping up here and slide this down seal it up next for this type of window your used rope caulk to seal any of the movable parts this is a clay-like product that will be easy to remove in the spring when you want to open up your windows I've already got started on three sides of this and it's really easy to apply you want to push it in and then finish it off here okay I've got the rope caulk around all the windows and that looks pretty good this is also a good time to check the glass and make sure it's secure if not you'll need to add glazing to the inside of your window you also need to check around the frame of the window where the window meets the wall make sure there aren't any cracks and I think we're pretty good to go wasn't helped with this yes I do okay now we can cover the entire window unit with a clear plastic film it'll create a dead air space and keep the wind from blowing through the windows this is really a two-person job making so it's good you're here once it's in place we'll use a hairdryer to make the plastic tight and clear you probably won't even notice it's there alright now this is a really fun test to do and it makes your home smell pretty good too what you want to do is you want to turn your furnace off on a cool and windy day shut all your windows and doors and then you'll want to turn on any exhaust fans that blow air outside these would include bathroom fans or stove vents and next light an incense stick like this and pass it around the edges of common leak sites like this door so wherever the smoke is sucked in or blown that's where you have air infiltration and there's a draught Holmes with force they are heated and central cooling used ductwork to distribute air through the house because of the way the sheet metal ducts are constructed they can easily leak those leaks allow uncondition air in while leaking your heated or cooled air out in fact on average 25 percent of heated and cooled air never reaches any of the rooms the result is higher utility bills so how do you know if your home has leaky ducts you may have higher utility bills some rooms may be difficult to heat and cool and some rooms are stuffy and never seem comfortable and your ducts are located in the Attic the crawlspace or the garage since ducts are often hidden fixing them can be difficult but there are a few things you can do you can seal any visible gaps using mastic sealant or metal tape never use common household duct tape for this project it will crack and become brittle also check the connections at vents and registers you want to make sure these are well sealed where they meet walls ceilings and floors well Megan we're finished here so when we come back find out how to cut down on how much hot water you use every day

DIY Green Screen setup at home: Low budget | Cinecom.net

**DIY Green Screen setup at home: Low budget | Cinecom.net**



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– Learn how to set up a green screen in your garage or at home and get professional results on a small budget and household tools.

A good green key studio is the foundation of a successful Chroma key. The footage you make in a good studio will be easier to key in post production and will save you time while editing your project. So it’s better to take your time with the setup and lighting than to try and fix it in post.

There are different ways to set up a professional green key studio, if you have the means you can go for professional gear. But in this tutorial we are showing you the DIY low budget way to achieve the wanted setup. If you are creative and a little handy, creating things yourself has of course the financial advantage. An example for a famous DIY project is the camera slider made by Film Riot. In our DIY project, we used household tools we found in the garage. For lighting we also used the cheapest option to stay within the low budget theme. But again, use whatever you can find not every household has the same tools.

Green is the most used color for Chroma key, but what if your talent is wearing green? To avoid that you key out parts of your talent, you can choose the other color used for chroma key, blue. These two colors are used because they differ most from the human skin tone colors. But green is favored and more used, because digital cameras are more sensitive to green light and will give a better result.

In this tutorial we create a more mobile setup that you can easily move or dismantle if needed. But if you have the room and the means, you can always opt to create a permanent green screen studio like we build at our work space. If you are going for a permanent studio, there is also the option to use Chroma color paint which is the alternative for a fabric and commonly used by larger production houses. But this requires a smooth wall, so if that is an issue you better be safe and choose for a green fabric

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pulling off a good green screen starts with the correct setup and they'll only save you time in stress and boosted also gives you way better results so let's head over to the garage and take a step by step no to achieve a great green screen on a budget a folks dirty here for cynic on dotnet and welcome to the channel that is all about us create a filmmaking with printer pro and the basic fill of equipment we should Oliver episodes in our green screen studio we've made a permanent setup but for the purpose of this tutorial we'll make a new set up anymore common environment most of us don't have access to expensive studio equipment so that's why we're going to set up a green-screen in the garage for most homes this is usually a dark place or the only has some small windows which we can easily tape off the idea is to start from a blank page which means a completely dark room setting up a green screen is rather simple but lighting it is a different story later in this video you'll see that we have to create two lighting zones which means we're going to need some space as well your talent has to take some distance from the green screen and the camera too so not only we need a darkroom but also the space to put up everything which recommends to have at least 4 meters or about 13 feet from the wall to wall in this tutorial video you'll see that we'll be using all sorts of materials from the garage there are hundreds of ways to put up an to light a green screen so your situation might be a little different on what you have laying around at home but it's important if you follow the techniques shown so you can get similar results so we've got a room the next thing is the green screen itself now this fabric is not something special if you like you can also get this at a local fabric store but I would suggest to just get a real green screen as they are actually pretty cheap you can find fabrics for as low as 20 bucks or even 50 bucks for a whole set which stands and everything but only everything mentioned here is listed any description below the way you said if your green screen doesn't matter that much what is important though is that you don't see any wrinkles in other words to make sure to tighten the screen this is best done by having two stands and one fall on top of that then use some plans to stretch and tighten the fabric you can also craft a wooden frame and tighten your green screen in there but it's less portable basically anything will do just as long as you can tighten the fabric this was the easy part now comes the lighting which will make the difference between a good or bad chroma and like I said before we're going to create two lighting zones one for the green key and one for the subject and it's important that they don't interfere with each other but let's start with the first zone lighting the green screen like you might have heard somewhere else it's important to light the fabric evenly over the whole surface you want to avoid having hot spots which means that there are spots which are more illuminated than the rest of the surface you want to have at least one light at each site but even then it's sometimes hard to spread the light evenly over the surface this is why we're going to create a large softbox when light is diffused it spreads better over the surface the cheapest solution is to hang a white cloth on each side and place your lights behind it I have attached to work lights from each side so that I both illuminate the top and the bottom of the screen this technique will work with any kind of light if you have some light bulbs laying around or like to grab something of your own it will work perfectly those who like to learn more about using work lights like we do for a video just click on a card up there to learn more you can of course also use LED panels here and they can even be of a lower quality cheap LED lights will camp green colors but since we're pointing towards a green screen it doesn't really matter that much lighting zone one is complete make sure if they check if the lighting is even over the whole surface you can do that by quickly keying and post and see how it goes if you notice differences there adjust the position and the angle of your lighting perhaps way so let's take a quick break and thank the sponsor of this video if you like to advertise on Facebook make sure it's a little video and attracts a lot more attention on video blogs we can find this awesome starburst clip dragon into Premiere Pro but make sure that you're working in a square resolution for example 1080 by 1080 this is best for mobile users if everyone holds their phone vertically then add your text to it and uploaded to facebook visit video blogs dot-com for more templates and stock footage full link in the description below welcome back everyone let's take a look at lighting zone number 2 now this is going to be B lighting on your subject first of all you want to make sure that you light from the green screen is not interfering so try to find a spot for the reflection from behind it's as minimum as possible you might need to flap off any spill light with a black fabric or some carton boards once you've got that out of the way we can focus on the subject but also here with the subject lighting you want to make sure that it's not interfering with the green screen light so that's vice versa a common mistake is that your subjects will cast shadows on the green screen and you want to avoid that at any cost QED solutions is to take distance from the green screen and to use soft lights on the front of the subject they're basically two kinds of Lighting's a basic illumination for presentations like the three-point lighting setup and again you can click in a card up there to learn more about that or a certain set up that matches the light scene of what's going to be your background for example if our background is a sunset at the beach then make sure to add that sunlight on the subject as well you want to have a warm heart lights coming from the back and a soft fill light from the opposite sides to lift up the shadows very important here though is that we must pay attention to the type of lighting we use on the green screen you have daylight and tungsten lights if you use tungsten lights in the background then we have to change our white balance to it this makes those warm lights appear as natural white and camera this is very important to capture a vivid green color if your white balance is set wrong you will have a mix between yellow and green which is going to be a lot harder to key in both so if you have stunk the lighting in the back which appears as natural white and camera your subject lights will also appear colder than reality if you like warm colors on your subject then you might need to add some orange filters in front of those lights to get a warm tone so even though your two lighting zones are separated you need to adjust the color temperature to each shutter if you follow these steps you should be able to get a good Green keying result now those with some budget will like to build out a more permanent studio you can also again click on a card up there to see a video on how we've built our green screen to do everything I've been talking about it's can be found in the description below and if you have any more questions also make sure to pop them in the comment section thank you so much for watching and stay creative you