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looking for low-power, low-light, long-life, warm-tone LED lamp or bulb.

I am looking for a reading lamp which closely imitates the light of a single candle. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Nov 14, 2014 - 3 answers

How can I warm up the LED can light tone in my office?

Our office building is in the process of switching over to all-LED lighting. Our recessed can lights were recently swapped and it's causing a lot of grief- will we just get used to it over time or can I buy some warming filters that won't melt or look like yellow/orange/red dots all over our ceiling? I have only found theatrical lighting sources online so far. Help!
posted by Lilbetty19 on Nov 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Is my house killing LED bulbs, or is it bad luck?

I've been switching to LED bulbs in our house as the old bulbs burn out. But despite their advertised long lifespans, the LED bulbs seem to have been burning out fairly quickly. Am I unlucky with bulbs, or could it be another problem? [more inside]
posted by borkencode on Oct 4, 2014 - 17 answers

I know what I want, but not what I need

ElectronicsFilter: I would like to construct a box with 4 lights that work on a timer. I know lots about software, and little about hardware, please help steer me in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Aug 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Light to the outdoors

I have a deck, and it needs a light fixture next to the door. There's no electricity on the deck, and I can't cut through the wall (mounting a fixture to the siding is fine). Do they make battery-powered, wireless, remote-controlled exterior light fixtures? [more inside]
posted by mgar on Jul 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Will this LED rope light kit work in Tokyo, Japan?

This is the appliance in question. I'm aware that Tokyo's electrical system is 100 volts at 50 Hz, but I'm not sure how that applies to this rope light kit, which is rated for (according to the instructions) 120V, 60Hz, and 100 mA. Does the low current/wattage (12 watts) mean it will work anyway, due to some transformer inside, or is it just not going to be compatible?
posted by Maximian on Jul 2, 2014 - 3 answers

Do LED lights cause permanent eye damage?

I came across this article and became concerned about my eye health, in light of a new LED monitor that I recently bought and use for about four hours each day at home (at work, I look at an older LCD monitor with a CCFL backlight for eight hours). Is this something to be concerned about? Also, can some sort of (UV) filter be placed in front of the screen to reduce risks? Currently, I have my LED monitor set to 0% brightness and 25% contrast.
posted by kalsifur on Jul 2, 2014 - 6 answers

What is a good, professional level, television/video monitor?

I need a professional level (able to color calibrate) television/video monitor to use a client monitor. [more inside]
posted by matt_od on Jun 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me make this rotating globe

Making a desktop clock out of a 24-hour clock movement, a globe, and an LED. Help me design it within! [more inside]
posted by rebent on Apr 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Help James Bond fix his car please!

I'm trying to help a friend locate a replacement LED Left Side Head Light Cluster for a 2006 Ford Mondeo Titanium (as seen in CASINO ROYALE). Preferably in the UK but anywhere would do - sadly everywhere I look has nothing available... thank you all in advance!
posted by timpollard on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me Automate my new apartment/townhome

I am looking for ways to simplify/automate my apartment. Things like automatic lighting, automatic fridge contents lists, everything turning on/playing music when I enter my apartment, and any other household hacks. I don't have android OS. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Mar 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Best (cheapest) place to buy PAR30 and PAR20 LED bulbs?

I'm remodeling the house and have converted everything to can lights. I have to go buy about 36 PAR30 bulbs and about 12 PAR20 bulbs. Where can I get the best deal? Difficulty: NO EBAY. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Mar 17, 2014 - 10 answers

I want replacement LED/CFL lightbulb same as 100 watts

Can anyone link me to some place I can buy a lightbulb the same brightness and size as a 100 watt incandescent bulb? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 on Nov 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Fun with LEDs

I want to start messing with LEDs; I have two (similar) projects in mind. I want a strip of multi-colored LEDs to respond to music. And second, inspired in part by this thread, I'm interested in learning about turning sound-responsive LEDs into a costume. I imagine those two projects are pretty similar, other than needing a portable power supply for the latter, right? So, can anyone help me figure out what I should get to start with? [more inside]
posted by inigo2 on Oct 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Which LED light bulbs do I want in my bathroom?

My bathroom has six light bulbs in it and, to my shame, they're incandescents. I'd like to replace them with LEDs so I never have to think about them again. Which LED bulbs are most like your standard 60W incandescents? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Light me up

Winter has come. Because of my schedule and the late sunrise/early sunset, I find my daily run is happening in the dark morning or dark night. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Oct 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me with my LED Light Motorcycle Jacket Project (in California)

I'm planning a project to put strips of LED lights on my jacket to increase my day-time visibility in heavy LA traffic, which I commute through every day. So far, I have a general plan, but I'm a little unsure of California laws regarding lights, and I have never actually worked with LEDs before so I'm looking for tips/tricks/suggestions to make it work. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Aug 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Glowing red jewel?

I want to make a choker/necklace with some sort of glowing red "jewel" in the center for Halloween... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Aug 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for a solar lit acrylic, plastic, whatever sheet

I bought a number address plaque from Etsy and I love it. However, the wall it is mounted to is blue, and consequently it is pretty difficult to read the sign from the street. I'd love to mount something behind it to solve this problem. [more inside]
posted by cacophony on Jul 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Will my room look nice if I illuminate it with LED strips?

I have a large room that I would like to illuminate with LEDs. I'm thinking of putting a ledge around the the walls about 45 cm / 18 inches from the ceiling and laying LED strip lights along it, directed upwards so they bounce off the walls and ceiling (which are painted white). Would this look weird? Would it light the room adequately? I'd make the ledge with a groove in the top surface so that you can't see the LED lights from floor level. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Jul 7, 2013 - 14 answers

When should I buy LED light bulbs?

Dimmable LED light bulbs seem more economical than halogens. But they're really expensive. Will they quickly come down in price, so I should wait? Or will they come down slowly, so I might as well start saving? Also, how good is the dimming? I tried dimmable CFL's, but they don't seem to dim past 50%.
posted by musofire on May 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Should I convert MR16 halogen downlights to GU10 before installing LEDs?

When converting from halogen downlights to LEDs, if it's going to be a difficult job either way, is it better to replace MR16 sockets + transformers with GU10 sockets or just to use LEDs that are designed for MR16 set-ups? (Assume that I already know that the specific transformer I have would work with the specific LEDs I would buy). And if I want to convert, where can I buy cheap GU10 sockets with Australian 3 pin plugs wired to them (without buying an entire "LED downlight kit")? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 6, 2013 - 8 answers

How to go from zero to TV?

We haven't had a proper TV in over a decade. I would like to have something other than my laptop to watch streaming media, DVDs, Netflix, etc. Can you explain how this works in 2013? I imagine we'd buy something like this Samsung LED HDTV and some kind of speakers. Then what? Do we plug it into a laptop? What exactly is Apple TV and how does it stack up against Roku? This seems like it should be a simple question, but I feel like a caveman emerging from the dark, and am fairly bewildered at all of the options and variations out there. [more inside]
posted by barnone on Feb 11, 2013 - 27 answers

Why do LED lightbulbs have a bulb?

While changing a bulb in one of our rooms, replacing a LED with a CFL because of a need for brighter lighting in this work area, it suddenly hit me: Why does an LED light have a bulb? In both incandescent and CFLs, the bulbs trap gas (or vacuum as the case may be.) But why an LED? It doesn't use a gas and it doesn't need to operate in a near-vacuum for efficiency. Closer examination showed that the bulb was plastic and had no lensing effect. This question is almost answered here. Because of the question regarding heat sinks (which seem much reduced in modern LED lights, I'm guessing the answer is because they get hot. So I'm guessing that's what it is, though I also think that having a bulb makes it easier to screw into the socket. Taking these points together, I can imagine getting a burn if there was not bulb by brushing up agains an LED stalk that was on until a few seconds ago when you decided to unscrew it. So...have I answered my own question or is there more behind the bulb?
posted by BillW on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

LED with the warmth

What are your favorite LED christmas lights that are closest to incandescents in warmth and glow? [more inside]
posted by hazel on Nov 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Best Low-Drain, Long-Life Battery

How can I continuously run a 3W - or less - LED light with +/- 350 lumens as long as possible (1 year minimum) with a relatively compact battery source? [more inside]
posted by xod on Nov 14, 2012 - 18 answers

Can I use a CFL or LED bulb in an outside flood light type fixture that is hooked up to an in-wall Intermatic timer?

Can I use a CFL or LED bulb in an outside flood light type fixture that is hooked up to an in-wall Intermatic timer? I was told no but I would like to confirm. If that is the case, I'd love a short explanation in plain English. I tried Googling but I'm still confused. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Nov 10, 2012 - 11 answers

How would one go about buying a TV that isn't black?

I'd like to buy a TV that ISN'T black. Is that even possible? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Light up her life: find an LED version of a 40W incandescent

Looking for a LED light that gives an equivalent brightness and spectrum as a 40W incandescent. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Aug 25, 2012 - 9 answers

DIY LED Light Panel

I would like to learn more about electronics and circuitry by making a LED light panel. I have questions about how to calculate the number of LEDs I need, soldering, and how to diffuse the light. [more inside]
posted by gagoumot on Aug 2, 2012 - 2 answers

I would like to use LED lighting in my apartment and be able to change colors and brightness. how do I go about that?

I would like to use LED lighting in my apartment and be able to change colors and brightness. how do I go about that? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jul 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Where to I find this Samsung LED TV component adapter cable?

A friend's got a Samsung LED TV which has two input jacks (appears to be the "3.5mm" type) for Component signal - 1 socket for video (red, green, blue) and 1 for audio (red, white). Problem is: where do I find these cable adapters so we can connect (5) component cables into these (2) input jacks? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on May 20, 2012 - 8 answers

LED replacements for halogen?

Any experience with LED replacements for recessed halogens? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on May 14, 2012 - 10 answers

E F P T O Z

Please help me hack severe eye strain due to back-lit devices. [more inside]
posted by rumposinc on Feb 3, 2012 - 5 answers

What LEDs and batteries to buy, and where?

I'm doing a craft project and would like to install two red LEDs that are powered by a battery pack with an on/off switch. I would love your opinion-advice on what to buy and where to buy it. [more inside]
posted by komara on Jan 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Is this the right time to start crying?

My flat screen TV (LCD-LED) is not flat. Help? (Pics inside.) [more inside]
posted by helloworlditsme on Jan 8, 2012 - 13 answers

What do I need to assemble a simple LED light?

Can anyone recommend a book or website to help me in making a small led light? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Dec 18, 2011 - 1 answer

Let there be light: need 120V MR16 type LED bulbs for outdoors! Trickier than it sounds.

Where can I buy 50W equivalent LED lights that work outdoors, operate at 120V, and are of the standard base type? I simply cannot find a bulb that meets all three criteria! [more inside]
posted by The Hyacinth Girl on Dec 18, 2011 - 5 answers

I'm feeling a bit LED astray by my wedding lighting options.

What is the best direction to go in for LED accent lighting/throwies on a budget that demands maximum bang for the buck? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Dec 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Light shades for recessed LEDs

Help me find or make a shade of some kind for my recessed kitchen LED lights. [more inside]
posted by kindall on Dec 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Blacklight bleed on Samsung 40 inch TV

Concerned about "backlight bleed" on Samsung 40" I just bought, can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Nov 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find a count down clock.

I'm looking for a physical countdown clock that counts down to an arbitrary time. Ideally, it would be similar to the one that Robert Khoo has in the Penny Arcade TV Show. I believe this is the clock in question and that underneath the "New Year" is a whiteboard. If I could find one just like this, that would be great, otherwise any digital countdown clock would work fine.
posted by mge on Oct 26, 2011 - 7 answers

How many grad students does it take to change a lightbulb?

School me on light bulbs! My lamp and overhead light bulbs just died, and I'd like to use the opportunity to rethink the type I'm using. I'm totally ignorant in this area, so I'll give as many details as possible, inside the fold.... [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Oct 25, 2011 - 10 answers

High Power LED help.

Electronics help. I'm looking for a good informational/tutorial web site for working with high power LEDs 5 Watts and up. [more inside]
posted by Eekacat on Oct 23, 2011 - 11 answers

One Home Entertainment System to Rule Them All

I would like to buy a home entertainment system. I would like to listen to music, watch television, movies, and play videogames. I would like to have Netflix. I would like to stream media from my network or the cloud. I want great sound but I am not an audiophile, although I am not averse to spending a lot on speakers. I do not want to spend more than 8 hours doing research. I will spend up to $2500-$3000. How do I attack this problem? Can you recommend specific TV's, receivers, speakers, or stuff like a Roku box? Can you recommend sites that provide easy to understand, objective reviews of equipment like TelevisionInfo? I do not want to hit the forums if I don't have to. Can you recommend specific configurations of equipment or point me to sites that supply this information. I feel like if I don't get pointed in the right direction, I am going to over analyze this and spend far too much time that I don't have. I just want a rocking home entertainment solution for my family that I won't want to upgrade a week later.
posted by jasondigitized on Sep 9, 2011 - 13 answers

What happens if I screw in a 110 volt bulb to a 12 volt power source?

I'm setting up my "off the grid" solar lighting system in my home, and I'd like to connect the battery to some LED lights. It's a 12 volt DC battery - Do my lights have to be 12 volt also? If they're LED bulbs, they'll have a transformer inside; will that allow me to use them, or do I have to have a voltage converter or something? I've got some edison-style LED bulbs around the house for 85-265 volts. Thanks in advance for any help. pictures and web links that can explain things simply are helpful. (An earlier, relavent post: http://ask.metafilter.com/182209/How-to-run-some-lights-from-a-solar-panel)
posted by eggrollover on Jul 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Best 32 inch LED TV recommendation.

I would like to buy a 32 inch LED TV. What brand do you recommend?
posted by Tziv on Jul 5, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I run 20ish LEDs with a LED Driver built to run 1 large LED ?

I want to drive 20ish LEDs, should I run them as series or parallel and why ? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks on Jun 20, 2011 - 8 answers

I play my soccer games at night.

I'm looking for a battery powered, light-up soccer ball for playing at night. [more inside]
posted by breakfast! on Jun 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Outputting to LED screen

how to output from a PC to a screen that is 24 pixels by 20 pixels? [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 on Jun 8, 2011 - 5 answers

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