A Light Bulb Moment

When Huntersville Connection was merely a fledgling group, we could always count on Richard from Batteries Plus to be in attendance. And he’s such a nice guy — pleasant, friendly and very proud of his relationship with his customers.

So even though his schedule has not allowed him to be in attendance at the last several Huntersville Connection meetings, well, we just can’t forget him. Which is why, when my daughter needed a battery for her car key/lock system, we headed to Batteries Plus. Those of you who are familiar with my blogs will know that I love a happy ending, so I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that Richard and his staff were incredibly helpful and even though the car key/lock was a bit unusual, for $8 whole dollars, we drove away with the problem solved. And happy that we were treated so kindly.

While we were there, Richard gave me the “five cent tour” of his expanded store area, where he now sells an incredible myriad of light bulbs. In going up and down the new aisles, I was amazed at the different bulbs we Americans use for various reasons. Probably without even thinking about it, Richard gave me a handout on Compact Fluorescent Lamp/Bulbs that I think is worth sharing with everyone, simply because many people are confused as to how and when to use the CFLs:

Do Use CFLs in a location where they will be on for at least 15 minutes.

Do Use CFLs specifically designed for use in ceiling fans which are made to withstand the high vibrations caused by the fan. This will prolong the bulb’s life.

Do Use dimming CFLs with a dimmer switch.

Do Use CFLs specifically designed to withstand heat in recessed cans.

Do Use only CFLs with a UL rating that are specifically designed to withstand wetness during outdoor usage.

Do Use CFLs timers such as mechancial timers (ie. the inexpensive dial timers)

Do Properly recycle CLFs to ensure that no mercury gets into the environment and to help reduce energy consumption.

Don’t Use a CFL in a location where the lights are turned on and off frequently.

Don’t Use a CFL in closets, for instance, which are less than ideal for CFL applications since the light is turned off/on frequently.

Don’t Use the standard CFLs on dimmers. It will significantly shorten the life of the bulb.

Don’t Use regular CFLs in high temperature environments.

Don’t Use regular CFLs with motion detectors.

Don’t Use a CFL on electronic timers, which will reduce the lifespan of the bulb.

Sometimes, we busy people need someone to take care of those things that we don’t really want to think about. For me, batteries and bulbs fit that category. That’s why we like Richard…and Batteries Plus Light Bulbs. Go visit him in Rosedale.

Note to Business Owners: Richard has the batteries you need — for Exit signs, special lighting and more. And you couldn’t ask for a nicer guy to assist your battery and lighting needs!


Author: jillswain

Former Mayor Chamber of Commerce Exec. Director Advertising consultant Mom and spouse (30 years and counting!) Rec league girls' volleyball coach Champion of all things Huntersville, North Carolina

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