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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

 

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

What are these halogen bulbs from a traffic light?

I have a UK traffic light head with 3 halogen bulbs (12V AC). The bulbs it came with are just like G4 12V halogen bulbs, except that the legs are fractionally thicker. It seems like they are not G4 bulbs -- so what are they? [more inside]
posted by richb on Dec 3, 2013 - 5 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

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 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

Broken CFL exposure

Toddler knocked over a lamp with one of those god forsaken CFLs in it. [more inside]
posted by johnstrick on Apr 13, 2013 - 29 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

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

Can I dim these lights?

How can I dim these lights? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Oct 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Bright idea

Can I put a 100W incandescent bulb into a metal desk lamp that says to use a max 60W bulb? [more inside]
posted by spockpuppy on Mar 5, 2012 - 21 answers

What can I do with a sudden supply of amaryllis bulbs?

I have come into a supply of very large, robust Amaryllis bulbs- more than I can deal with. A little help? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Feb 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Intense, hard artificial lighting

Whats a good way to get hard, directional, intense lighting indoors? Preferably for not too much money. [more inside]
posted by Hither on Dec 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Low pressure sodium lighting

Indoor monochromatic light [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Jun 9, 2011 - 10 answers

help us change the light bulb

Does anyone know how to take out this halogen light bulb? Is there a trick? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe on Mar 11, 2011 - 9 answers

How to eat a (stinking) rose.

How can I eat a whole bulb of garlic in one sitting? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Apr 30, 2010 - 55 answers

Let there be light...

One of the two halogen lightbulbs in my Wolf range hood needs to be replaced, but we cannot budge it. The bulb is very hard to grasp because it is almost flush with the sides and we can't get it ro turn. The other comes out no problem, so it's not like there is a special trick to removing them. Ideas, suggestions, etc. greatly appreciated.
posted by mmf on Apr 25, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I change a (halogen) light bulb?

How do I change a lightbulb? Sounds like the start of a bad blonde joke, but I'm seriously struggling to work out how to change my blown halogen lights without breaking the halogen leads of bulb after bulb. [more inside]
posted by tobtoh on Feb 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Broken CFL in 2-year-old's room

Okay, need some help regarding a broken CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) in my 2-year-old son's room. I've looked through a couple of similar questions here, but this situation is a little different so I'm hoping for more specific insight. I've also already seen a lot of varying information relating to proper clean-up procedures, potential long-term contamination and adverse health effects, etc. I really need to know what I should be concerned about with regard to my son's health. [more inside]
posted by S1C EM on Feb 11, 2010 - 24 answers

E10... G14... 5V... 1W... Bingo!! Help me find this bulb.

Please help me find replacement light bulbs for my gadget. [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Jun 13, 2009 - 7 answers

What is this tool? Seedling waterer? Bonsai?

Looking for a gardening tool & have no idea what it is: seedling waterer? bonsai tool? It's a metal rosette like you'd see attached to a watering can, maybe 3" across, with a pencil-sized metal pipe leading to a squeezy rubber bulb on the end. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Jun 5, 2009 - 11 answers

In the dark about my light bulbs

Why do the glass parts of my light bulbs keep separating from the metal? [more inside]
posted by emumimic on Jun 2, 2009 - 7 answers

[Insert obligatory lightbulb joke]

Three of our lights have burned out, and it's about time I replaced them. Thing is, I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by robcorr on Feb 21, 2009 - 4 answers

Best CFL bulbs???????

Which CFL bulbs are the longest lasting and cheapest to buy? I'm concerned about saving money on my electric bill but not worried about mercury content (if lights are broken). Are there any CFL bulb giveaways that are online?
posted by boby on Dec 20, 2008 - 12 answers

Where to get colored refrigerator bulbs

Where can I get different colored light bulbs for a refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by jinatrix on Apr 20, 2008 - 9 answers

Broken compact fluorescent bulb

I broke a compact fluorescent light bulb in my bedroom. Rudimentary cleanup, but I'm must go to bed, and my husband's already asleep in there. I saw the scary "leave the room for 15 minutes" mercury warnings on the government cleanup page. Anybody know the science? How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Feb 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Go towards the light Carol Anne!

Is Al right? Am I really saving the environment by switching to CF bulbs? [more inside]
posted by Pollomacho on Dec 22, 2007 - 46 answers

My Bulbs Are Loose . . . Again!

How can I keep scoreboard light bulbs from working their way loose? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy on Oct 6, 2007 - 7 answers

LCD Projector Bulb life - when to turn it off

To maximise bulb life, what's the minimum length of time an LCD projector should be turned off for? [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Jan 31, 2007 - 14 answers

Planting Lily Bulbs in SoCal?

I want to plant some Casablanca lily bulbs, so that I may cut them at various times and give them to the SO. I live in Los Angeles, and have sandy soil around my property at different degrees of sunniness and facing different cardinal directions, mostly directly against one wall or another. What should I know?
posted by sdis on Aug 2, 2006 - 1 answer

Halogen bulb makes crackling noise

Is it normal for a halogen light bulb to crackle a little bit after you first install it? [more inside]
posted by adrian_h on Jul 5, 2006 - 8 answers

I just don't want to shower in the dark.

Homerepairfilter: a light bulb blows out. The glass and metal part separate. How do I get the metal part out so I can replace the bulb? [more inside]
posted by Famous on Jun 6, 2006 - 21 answers

Video projector bulb rip

Holy %#$!. I just priced out bulbs for our Proxima X350 video projector. The stores I looked at want $350, about equal to the price used projectors are going for on eBay. If I shell out $350, am I getting ripped off? Since when did it cost so much to make a light bulb?
posted by zek on Dec 26, 2005 - 17 answers

Fluorescent light problem:

Fluorescent light problem:

I have a fluorescent light fixture in my bathroom using two, different-sized, doughnut-shaped bulbs. Lately it's been taking a long time to turn on (15-30 minutes) after I throw the switch in the morning. If the fixture has been running for a while, this warm-up time seems to go down. Does this sound like a ballast problem (and thus my landlord's problem), or a light-bulb problem (mine)? I'm leaning to ballast because the lights look fine once they start, but I haven't been able to find the same symptoms on the half dozen fluorescent lighting websites I've looked at so far.
posted by cardboard on Jul 16, 2004 - 5 answers

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