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… and it was good, too. We got the remaining light fixtures from Westfield Lighting. The latest additions include the dining room chandelier, the bathroom three-light and four-light bars, the under-cabinet xenon lights (to show off the granite countertops), and two more ceiling fans. It seemed like Christmas on this delivery day. See the light!

Ready for your technical tidbit? Here it is … Xenon bulbs, or as they are more accurately called Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs, forego the filament and use only xenon gas. An electrical current is channeled through the gas in an arc, and the resulting reaction sends electrons bouncing up and down levels through the xenon atoms, creating light. A ballast is used to ensure the right voltage is maintained inside the bulb. Xenon HID lights are a more recent invention than halogen, and have several benefits associated with them. They last much longer than the conventional halogen bulb. Though halogen is dependable, the bulb still uses a filament that will eventually burn out, while xenon bulbs use only gas and electricity, allowing them to last two or three times as long. The light produced by the xenon reaction is also considered brighter than a similar halogen light, using a wider area of the light spectrum for a whiter light. Similar xenon bulbs also use less energy than a halogen equivalent.

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