New Lightbulbs on Our Front Porch

About a month ago, I shared my Fall House Tour.  Remember our fall inspired tiny front porch?
Front porch with Cree lightbulbsLook past the crooked wreath and this space wasn’t looking too bad, right? Bright Fall colors, fresh mini pumpkins, a blooming mum… I had all of the fall bases covered. DIY fall wreathWe were totally digging the fall look and were always happy to greet our guests with lots of “holiday cheer”. Howeverrrrrrrr, there was one part of the fall porch that you didn’t see and one part that does not greet our customers with that same fall enthusiasm. {insert scary Halloween music here}
Swapping out front porch lightbulbsWell, unless by “holiday cheer” you meant a scary Halloween inspired look with scenes from that creepy Beetle Juice movie (haha, Casey told me Beetle Juice isn’t scary — I would disagree!). In that case, we were spot on!

Upgrading our Porch Light
cleaning front porch light fixture

I’m embarrassed to even share these horrific pictures. The light above the porch was a gross mess, and I cringed every time a visitor came to our door. I would smile graciously while opening the door, thinking in my head the whole time, “please don’t look up. I promise that collection of dead insects is not an accurate representation of our home or style”. Not a good way to greet guests… trust me.

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Front porch light fixture filled with bugsIt was definitely time for a change and with Halloween last week, I decided to get rid of the spooky scene before trick-or-treaters came a knockin’. I could see it now… these cute little trick or treaters ring the bell, spot the village of dead bugs, go screaming to their moms who quickly whisk them up and power walk far away from our house, and before we could do anything about it we are quickly labeled the weird, dirty neighbors who no one will ever talk to again. Maybe I’m overreacting a tad, but those bugs… they had to go before we greeted those cute trick-or-treaters last week.
Changing Cree lightbulbs on front porch lightSo that’s exactly what I did. I carefully took the cover off by unscrewing the twisty thingys (I swear they weren’t screws, I know what those are) and cleaned that sucker with lots & lots & lots of soap and water. While the cover was drying, I decided to replace the light bulbs with brighter LED lights that are energy-efficient. You just can’t go wrong with brighter and cost-saving, can you?

Upgrading to Cree Lightbulbs

Cree LED lightbulbsWe decided on these CREE light bulbs to do the trick.

I screwed in the 2 new light bulbs, and according to the box’s instructions, I don’t plan on changing them for over 10 years!! Apparently, I’ll be saving a pretty penny over the lifespan of these suckers– almost 200 bucks to be exact. #score

Swapping lightbulbs on front porchEspecially on the front porch, I love that although these bulbs are super energy-efficient and cost saving, they are super BRIGHT right from the time you switch them on. I’ve used other energy-efficient lights where the light isn’t 100% bright for about 15 minutes. In some spaces this works, not on our front porch though.
New lightbulbs on a front porchOnce both Cree lightbulbs were in and the cover was nice and dry, I screwed it all back together and marveled at the sight of NO BUGS!
Light fixture with new Cree lightbulbsWho knew that when I set out to de-spook my porch, I would actually end up saving almost $200 in the process? Now that’s my kind of DIY!
Dirty front porch lightClean front porch lightNew Cree lightbulbs for porchI’m absolutely in LOVE with the bright light that these new bulbs radiate. There’s definitely no missing our little house at night, bug-free & glamorous.
Fall front porchAlthough I don’t plan to change the Cree lightbulbs anytime soon, I do have a feeling that I’ll be back up there cleaning that cover next season. I mean, how could you blame those little guys from flying toward those gorgeous bright lights? They know where the party’s at!


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