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I’ve converted most of our home to LED lighting—costs have plummeted in recent years, and when you combine LED lights’ long lives with low energy costs, the payback period is incredibly short. Newer LEDs are also warmer in tone—we found some “soft light” 60W equivalent bulbs that are nicely warm (and warmer when dimmed). Through all of this, though, I had one area of the house I’d ignored: The garage.
Our garage has six (five overhead, one over a workbench) 48″ long fluorescent hanging fixtures. I hate fluorescent bulbs, but the cost to replace them with LED-equivalent fixtures was high—about $300 to do all six. But the other day at Costco, I noticed they had two-pack FEIT 4′ LED replacement bulbs—like these at Amazon—for only $18 (versus $28 at Amazon as I write this).
A “normal” 48″ fluorescent tube light, as in this Sylania four-pack is around $6 or $7 per light. So while the LED bulbs are more expensive, a $3 difference isn’t much at all given the lower engery usage and long life. (And the fluorescents in my garage go out quite often, even compared to indoor incandescents.) So I bought one box, as a test to use over the workbench.
Within a couple minutes of installing the LED tubes, I was headed back to Costco to buy five more boxes—the difference is that notable. Instant on, brighter and more-even light distribution, no flicker, and they should last nearly forever.
Here’s a before-and-after comparison; click to see the full photo…
As you can see, the right-most fluorescent tube (in the left half of the photo) has a large dead zone in the middle, and neither fluorescent tube light could be described as providing even lighting. By comparison, the LED tubes on the right provide an even spread of nice bright light—perfect for the garage.
If you have 48″ fluorescents in your home/garage, and a local Costco, it might be worth a drive to see if they have the two-pack lights in stock—they’re not listed on the Costco web site, though you can find a four-pack there (at $44 today, or $11 per bulb). Amazon’s FEIT two-pack isn’t as much of a bargain, at $14 per bulb. Amazon does have a couple of 10-packs (one, two) at roughly $9 per bulb, though I haven’t tried either of those.
Total up-front cost to convert the garage lighting was $90—not cheap, but I’ll probably never have to replace another bulb, my energy costs will be lower, and it’s a heck of a lot better than $300 to replace all the fixtures. Add in the brighter more-evenly-lit garage, and this was an upgrade well worth its cost.
I recently checked my iPhone’s Storage & iCloud Usage settings, and it said that I didn’t have a lot of space left. On this 64GB device—which, according to the iPhone, only really has 55.5GB—there was only 696MB available.
But then I synced the iPhone with iTunes. The latter showed me how much free space it thought I had: 2.68GB. And it also said that the iPhone’s capacity is 55.7GB, or 200MB more than what the phone itself says.
I sync my iPhone often enough that I generally have an idea when I’m about to run out of free space. I try to leave at least 1 or 2GB free so I can add a bunch of new music when I want, or download some new apps or podcasts. So I was surprised when my iPhone showed so little free space available. Presented with two numbers, how do I know which is correct?
I set up a test: I tried to sync the first season of Fawlty Towers to my iPhone. If iTunes was able to sync those six episodes, which take up 2.02GB, then the amount of free space on the iPhone would clearly be wrong.
And indeed it was; I put those videos on my iPhone, and afterwards iTunes told me I had 1.36GB available, whereas the iPhone told me that one or more items was not synced, and that I should check in iTunes to find out what didn’t copy. iTunes displayed no error message at all. I tried one more time, and iTunes synced that final episode, telling me that I now had 965MB free, but the iPhone said ominously, “0 bytes.”
Much has been written about storage on the iPhone. For a while, people with the least capacious models had trouble updating iOS. Apple made a change in the way updates were managed in iOS 9 to allow them to be installed with less free space. And if you have a 16GB iOS device, you will pretty much always be short on space.
Most everyone who syncs an iOS device with iTunes knows about the infamous “Other” storage. At times, iTunes tells you that need many more storage space to sync what you’ve selected. When you look at the capacity bar in iTunes, you see a very long yellow section at the right, which represents “Other.” No one knows exactly what is in that “Other” storage, and it’s possible that the iPhone cleared some of it the second time I synced to allow that final episode to be copied to my device.
But my current problem is more annoying. If I want to download a large app or a new video, my iPhone tells me that I cannot do so. But iTunes tells me that I can add more files. How can I find out who is telling the truth? There is no reason why these two numbers should be any different; surely Apple can figure out a method for both iTunes and an iOS device to calculate this free space the same way.
After doing these tests, I deleted Fawlty Towers and my iPhone then told me that I had 2.3GB free. Of course, iTunes said that the same device had 2.98GB free. Back to square one.