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If you've ever torn your cupboards apart looking for the right lid for your food container, you'll appreciate Mr. Lid.
The product is a plastic storage container with a hinged lid that stays attached. The container is microwave- and dishwasher-safe, and its lid creates an airtight seal. Mr. Lid containers can be stacked for storage.
The containers are available at some Wal-Mart, CVS and Bed Bath and Beyond stores, and they're expected to be available at Walgreens stores soon. They can also be ordered at www.mrlid.com and from online retailers including Walmart.com. Suggested retail price is $19.95 for a set of 11 containers in various sizes.Which light bulb to use
Q A recent article mentioned it's unsafe to use a light bulb with a higher wattage than the lamp or fixture is designed for. I've often wondered how I should know that. For instance, the bulb in my garage ceiling burned out, but I couldn't tell what size bulb to replace it with. I chose caution and used a 60-watt bulb, but that is really dim. Any suggestions?
A If you don't know the wattage limit, it's usually safe to use a 40-watt bulb, said John Drengenberg, manager of consumer affairs for Underwriters Laboratories.
However, as you noted, that's pretty dim. So you might want to use a compact fluorescent bulb, which provides much more light for less wattage. A CFL that uses 40 watts provides roughly the same brightness as an old-fashioned 100-watt bulb. If your garage is unheated, choose one that's designed for outdoor use.
Not everyone likes CFLs, but for now it's probably your only reasonable option. There are energy-efficient incandescent bulbs available, but the bulbs that are bright enough for your needs are still going to use more than 40 watts.
Eventually you'll be able to buy a low-wattage LED bulb, but most of the brightest LED bulbs on the market now produce only about as much light as a standard 60- or 75-watt incandescent bulb. (Switch Lighting makes a bulb that's supposed to be as bright as a 100-watt incandescent bulb, but it doesn't produce the warm light most people want in their homes.) It's likely that 100-watt-equivalent LED bulbs will be introduced before long, however.