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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

What am I seeing?

Holding a mug close to my face, there is an interesting effect. It's not like other things and I can't duplicate it with other objects. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Jul 3, 2014 - 5 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

Recommend some non-violent TV

Season 4 of Game of Thrones was brutal, full of death and gore. Now we're watching Penny Dreadful, True Blood, Fargo and catching up on Hannibal, Dexter and Vikings. All of this is enjoyable, but the violence and gore has become a bit rote and unnerving. Recommend some lighter tv stuff, please. Examples of what we've liked and disliked below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 1, 2014 - 51 answers

Visual doorbell in a rental home

What is the easiest, cheapest, least intrusive way to have a light go on in my basement when someone pushes a button at my front door? [more inside]
posted by ltisz on May 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Cute, trendy, natural fabric garments for a 20-something woman?

I'm a 24 year old woman who needs to do some serious wardrobe updating. I'm tired of rayon and polyester, especially for summer. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on May 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Hexagonal bicycle tail light

Where can I get more of this hexagonal bike tail light? It has 6 LED's, a yellow on-button, and a clip in the back. No other identifying marks. Takes CR2032 or similar batteries. Would love to buy a whole bunch more!
posted by Questolicious on Apr 28, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I subdue the harsh glare from sunlight?

I spend a good deal of time video-conferencing via Skype. During summer afternoons, as the sun hits a certain point in the sky, there is strong sunlight glare from a nearby window that makes it almost impossible to work. I need screening, but cannot install permanent window treatment. I want a simple screen that I can prop in front of the window when needed. What materials or solutions will enable me to eliminate/minimize the strong glare? [more inside]
posted by elf27 on Apr 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Recommendations for cheap (__cheap__) notebook/laptop

I'd like to buy a small (10-12 inch screen) very inexpensive (sub-$300) notebook, to use for reading PDFs, taking notes, and very light coding (i.e. emacs and python). Any recommendations would be most welcome. [more inside]
posted by uninformative on Apr 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Can you diagnose my gas stove burner that won't light?

One of the burners of my gas stove does not go "click click click" when I turn it to "light". It does light if I turn it on and then light any of the three other burners. Can anyone diagnose the problem? Any DIY fixes?
posted by xo on Apr 14, 2014 - 6 answers

How do connect a neckless globe to this light socket?

DIY Light Fixture: I want to connect a neckless globe like this to a swag cord like this. [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Apr 4, 2014 - 2 answers

Have ceiling fan, need small CFLs!

Just purchased a ceiling fan that allows for 2 60W lightbulbs with a candelabra base in a closed glass dome. Need something brighter as this will be the only light source in the room. Having trouble finding small CFLs or LEDs with a candelabra base in 18W (equivalent 75W incandescent) or higher that will fit in the dome. Any ideas on where to find these kind of bulbs, or if they even exist? If not, any other ideas on how to keep the fan and to safely add some wattage? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc on Mar 21, 2014 - 7 answers

How can I stop my computer screen from fogging my brain?

I have to stare at this thing an awful lot for work, and of course I stare at it recreationally too. But after a few hours a horrible dazed feeling creeps up on me. It's not eye strain, I don't get a headache. I just stop being able to think straight. This is not viable. What do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Because on Feb 24, 2014 - 13 answers

help me fix my three way… lamp.

we have a three way floor lamp (you know, the one that goes low, medium, high as far as light intensity, and requires the special bulb) in our bedroom. recently, the switch seems to have gone wonky, and only offers low, and, if we twist the knob only a certain amount, high. while we've learned the trick to make it work, and it's not like it's hard, i'm starting to get pretty annoyed with the fact that this isn't working anymore. it was not a crazy expensive lamp, but it also was not cheap, and i like that lamp, and i don't want a different one. i assume the problem is in the socket itself. can someone who hasn't tinkered with electronics since she was a teenager (and that was mostly to take stuff apart to see how it worked) but worked as a mac tech as an adult change out the socket pretty easily, or is this something i need to leave to the professionals?
posted by koroshiya on Feb 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Can I stretch out my light bulb?

I have a candelabra chandelier (E12) and I want to use LED bulbs in them. The problem is, the bases of the bulbs are so wide that they bottom out in the socket before the bulb's end pin can make contact with the bottom of the socket. The socket does not have a tab I can pull out, and the chandelier is made in a way that replacing the sockets does not seem very accessible. I have encountered this with two different brands of light bulbs, and looking around, it seems that it is a common problem with LED lights. So, I want to stretch out my light bulbs. [more inside]
posted by razdrez on Jan 13, 2014 - 14 answers

LED pattern light display

What are those things called / what should I search for to purchase one? [more inside]
posted by lulz on Jan 9, 2014 - 7 answers

How do ceramic infared heat bulbs work and are they safe to stare at?

I have a 150 watt ceramic infrared heat bulb similar to this one http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiCare-Ceramic-Infrared/dp/B0002AQCPK that I use next to my desk to help keep me warm. It produces no visible light, only heat. Sometimes I have the urge to stare at it, can it hurt my eyes from the infrared radiation, similar to how looking at a regular light bulb can hurt your eyes? I am also interested in how these bulbs work, and the type of infrared radiation they give off if someone can explain it to me.
posted by john123357 on Dec 17, 2013 - 16 answers

Packing light

I've always packed light by taking a backpack on all trips and going carry-on only. But I'm going to be extensive international travel with a 35-liter backpack and want to know how to pack even lighter. Usually I only go on 1-week trips, and thus pack a shirt for every day, etc. How can I pack lighter? I've heard that Merino wool is a good material for shirts that can be worn a couple times before needing a wash. What are your tips and tricks?
posted by signondiego on Dec 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me change a light bulb in an old fixture

I need to change the light bulb in this older overhead light fixture (and others in the building like it). Problem is, I can't figure out how to get the glass down. [more inside]
posted by OHSnap on Nov 14, 2013 - 9 answers

Rave on Two Wheels

If you had a MonkeyLectric bike wheel light kit for one wheel, would you put it on the front or rear wheel? Expositions welcome. [more inside]
posted by planetesimal on Nov 11, 2013 - 7 answers

One Second of Red Light Camera Flash = 1 Month of Worrying

Could a red light camera flash lead to an unregistered vehicle ticket due to just-expired out-of-state plates? [more inside]
posted by tasty on Nov 3, 2013 - 8 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

What light fixture is this?

Some enthusiastic home dance party moves caused me to shatter one of the glass lampshades on this light fixture. I'd like to replace the shade, but I have no idea what lamp's brand or model is. Do you? [more inside]
posted by esd on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Curtain fabric for maximum light, minimum visibility?

Moving into a new apartment (yay!) with big windows, and I love me some sunlight. The problem is that the apartment is on the first floor and located in a pretty busy area where people will be walking and driving right by my windows a lot. Thus, I want curtains and I'd like to make them myself. My question: what fabric would allow the most light to enter the windows but also provide me with some decent privacy? [more inside]
posted by RingerChopChop on Sep 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me find this ridiculously obscure book.

Help me find this ridiculously obscure book. [more inside]
posted by summit on Sep 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Tell me where to buy / how to make a DC light timer

Our chickens [!] have trouble hopping up on their roost at dusk. We have glued a keychain LED to the inside of the coop and have been turning it on every night, and then off when they are roosting. I would like to have this turn on automatically at dusk and then off again an hour later. If this were AC I would buy a timer from the dollar store. For DC do I need to build something? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Sep 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Suggestions for a children's reading light with a timer?

Suggestions for a children's reading light with a timer? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Sep 6, 2013 - 6 answers

How to Get More Light?

I recently moved into a new apartment on short notice. One thing I didn't realize when kicking the tires was that there is no natural light in my bedroom during the morning. This tends to make waking up an unpleasant and lengthy event—it's dark, and often I just fall asleep again. I don't want this to happen, and I've noticed that when I sleep in a room with good morning light exposure I wake up earlier and happier. So: how can I replicate a rising sun in my room? Full spectrum light (like for SAD) hooked up to a dimmer hooked up to a timer? Clever arrangements of mirrors?
posted by Maecenas on Jul 30, 2013 - 12 answers

For how much can I sell this stained-glass pendant light?

I know nothing about stained-glass, but I do know that at some point, someone spent hours making this and we're finally updating the room it's in, so it's time for it to go. Just wondering what I could reasonably sell it for, and if there are any good forums for doing so (other than Craigslist).
posted by suchatreat on Jul 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Light fixture/ceiling shade mystery.

Looking for plain shades for light bulbs in the ceiling. Having a heck of a time finding the right search terms to find something to buy something online. Pictures and details inside. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Jul 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Has anyone heard of spontaneous remission for severe bouts of depression

I've struggled with depression for 30 years and have tried multiple medications/treatments, light therapy, Transcendental Meditation, etc. The last modality I had so much hope for was Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation; the treatments actually made my depression worse. Since we all know of cases where tumorous cancers have disappeared without explanation, I'm hoping someone has witnessed this occurring in a friend or loved one who's been diagnosed with clinical depression?
posted by Jeanne3 on Jul 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Traffic Lights: Timers or Sensors?

Is there an easy way to tell if a traffic light is on a timer or has sensors? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Jul 8, 2013 - 20 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

What to do with friends during Seatac lay over?

We are relatively new to Seattle and have some friends who have a five hour layover coming in tomorrow afternoon. We do not have enough room in the car to carry them all, so they (1 father, 2 sons - ages 3 & 5) will jump on the light rail and meet us somewhere. Where would be a good, child-friendly place to meet along the light rail route to hang out for a few hours on what will likely be a rainy afternoon?
posted by lil' ears on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

What do I call this lamp/light thing?

This is a light with a picture of some sort of presumably Italian religious icon. When turned on, a colorful disc rotates behind it, creating a psychedelic effect through the clear radiating slits in the picture. I want to buy something like it to modify to display my own image, but what' it called? What do I search for to find more? Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jun 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me come up with a sassy quip in response to people's sexism.

I work in a small shop in a male dominated trade. I am 26 but read younger (by up to 10 years if you have a weird idea of how teenagers look) small, blonde, and need to dress casually (jeans and a tshirt and sneakers) due to the nature of my work. Customer's ask me on a near-daily basis if I'm my boss's daughter. I hate this, I feel it undermines my value as an employee who has worked hard to be in the position I'm in. I'd like to think of a response that makes them feel like a ninny for one second, without offending customers. [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 on May 17, 2013 - 47 answers

I think I'm living with a reptile?

I suspect my partner may be an ectotherm. Is there such a thing as the combo full-spectrum lamp + heat rock that you'd get for a lizard tank but for adult humans? Anyone have any success making one? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Apr 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Inexpensive desk lamp with adjustable brightness?

I'm looking for a nice, inexpensive task lamp to put on my desk at work. It should have adjustable brightness (low/high is fine) so that I can have either a little or a lot of light, as required. Free-standing, not clamp-on. $30 or less would be ideal. Help? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Fun Springtime Movies!

Looking for a fun spring movie to watch on Easter. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Mar 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Stubborn check engine light ideas

A few months ago, my car's check engine light came on. They fixed it, it came back on again, they fixed it again, and now it's back on. I'm looking for possible explanations so I'm more prepared when I take it back yet again. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Mar 29, 2013 - 33 answers

Taking Suggestions for Library of Low Stakes Fiction

My taste for bleak fiction is making me miserable. Help me lighten it up. [more inside]
posted by murfed13 on Mar 18, 2013 - 19 answers

Is there a way to make my iPhone screen redder at night?

A friend introduced me to f.lux for Mac, and I'm hoping to find a way to adjust the color of my iPhone screen to be more in line with my circadian rhythms. [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Mar 17, 2013 - 1 answer

Disagreement at work about best photography practices!

When shooting and preparing an image file for print, I've always tried to set things up so that the highlights are bright, the shadows are dark, and everything else is in the middle. At work, I've occasionally been told by my immediate superior that I'm overexposing my images, and that the highlight detail is, in their words, 'blown away'. Checking my files, the highlights in the images in question cut off around 245, sometimes as low as 240! Is there a reason why they'd want the highlights even greyer? [more inside]
posted by rhooke on Feb 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Light weight foldable wheel chairs

Need a bare bone light weight fold able wheelchair - But with the normal size wheels. Not the little casters qll round.. My wife uses a wheel chair 30-50% of the time, other wise she walks with crutches. I see beautiful chairs with great construction AND DESIGN , and lightweight products like this for $4k that perfectly fit the bills. problem is this is isn't an acceptable price for us (if that what we have to pay so be it )but i bet there is a minimalist wheel chair maker out there (coming from a guy who put almost 5K into fitting up a Tommasin sintesin bicycle Frame) its hard for me to believe there isnT a high quality wheel chair out there with some degree of the workmanship for less thaN $2k [more inside]
posted by Carbolic on Feb 6, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I make my dormitory hallway's sound activated light stay on cons

How can I make my dormitory hallway's sound activated light stay on constantly? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Feb 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Can you explain to me this shadow-line phenomenon in a photo?

I feel like I understand a thing or two about light, but I can't figure out how/why this particular phenomenon happens. This photo I took shows a shadow line cast by my bank (on the right) that seems to just hang in the air. [more inside]
posted by heyho on Jan 26, 2013 - 16 answers

What equipment can I use for a food photography setup in low light?

What kind of equipment could I purchase within a $300 budget for the backdrop and lighting? My house is naturally very dark. I use white plates and minimal props for the food. My camera is a Canon 40D. I don't have much time lately so I'll spend a little more for convenience. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jan 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me protect my car from vandalism.

Is there a practical way to keep someone from f-cking with my car? [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Jan 17, 2013 - 38 answers

Looking for theatre plays with important light prop

I'm looking for major theatrical plays, set no later than 1950, that feature a lamp, flashlight, or other luminous prop as important to the story. If possible, please summarize the prop's usage including where in the story the prop is used. Thanks in advance!
posted by landonmoon on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 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

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