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I look like a space alien, and wish to stop frightening small children.

I do a lot of online video conferencing from a home office. I’m looking for desktop light fixtures that create a video image that makes me appear to be a good guy, as opposed to someone you want to avoid at all costs. The lighting is good during daytime hours, but at night I look creepy. I need to find lights that provide even, gentle, and warm illumination. [more inside]
posted by elf27 on Jul 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Cheap, easily obtainable full-spectrum fluorescent bulb

I've read and been confused by many other AskMe's about this, so here is all I want to know: What bulb can I go out and get at Home Depot or Lowes, for under $20, that is a full-spectrum fluorescent that will fit into your standard ~24" housing? This is for a bird kept inside. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Apr 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Show me more sconces like this one

I like this sconce (with the plain white shade) from Schoolhouse Electric but am wondering if there might be others available that are more affordable and/or that I might like even more. [more inside]
posted by contraption on Feb 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Why do fluorescent lights burn out?

When fluorescent lights burn out, what is happening? Also, why do they flicker when they're about to go out? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Jan 6, 2015 - 6 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

DIY: Old ceiling light, no ground -- what's the worst that can happen?

I replaced a ceiling light in a 1950's-wired apartment. There are insulated black and neutral wires, but no ground connection (fixture has ground wire but just connected it to mounting bar). If wired backwards, what happens when I flip the switch? When I touch the fixture while power and/or switch are on? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleGargoyle on Oct 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Brief water leak through ceiling track lighting-- what now?

Clueless new homeowners here. After a shower and a use of the toilet upstairs, water started dripping through a screw on the track lighting in the kitchen. It started maybe 10 minutes afterwards and lasted maybe 10 minutes, maybe a cup or so of water total, then stopped. What happened? What do we do now? Call a plumber, presumably, but how urgent? An electrician too? Is there danger because of the light fixture? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Oct 19, 2014 - 7 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

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

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

Can I dim these lights?

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

Filter that makes laser beam visible?

Are there types of laser light, color or wavelength, whole beam can be seen in daylight conditions with a special eyeglass filter? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Mar 6, 2012 - 11 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

What kind of knob will thread on to this lamp control?

What kind of knob will thread on to this lamp control? [more inside]
posted by thebigdeadwaltz on Nov 2, 2011 - 1 answer

Concert lighting question

What machine produces this type of light? [more inside]
posted by phaedon on May 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Custom LED lights without burning down the house

I've been looking around at lighting options for my bedroom, and my geeky self decided that custom LED strip lighting would be awesome. Then I read previous AskMe's and want to make sure I can do this without burning down my house! Questions and a search for the easy way inside! [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Feb 9, 2011 - 4 answers

How many times can you split power from a light socket?

How many y-socket adapters can you string together into a single light bulb socket? [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Dec 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Total Eclipse of the Bulb

What are those A19 light bulbs with the silver in the center called? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Sep 9, 2010 - 2 answers

Know some good lamps?

I am an artist. I broke an old lamp that I used as my main light when drawing and coloring. Can you please suggest some cool lamps you know? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Aug 31, 2010 - 8 answers

For now we see through a roller door shutter, not at all

What are some good ideas to preserve your health and happiness if your flat has windows, but they are covered with exterior metal roller doors? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Jul 14, 2010 - 9 answers

What equipment do I need to take clear photographs of 2d artwork from above?

What equipment do I need to take clear photographs of 2-d artwork from above? [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Sep 24, 2009 - 8 answers

What happens to a candle's wax?

When a candle is burnt indoors, what happens to the wax? An amount of smoke equivalent to the mass of the candle is released as it's burnt (?)--does this manage to escape the house, or does most of it stay in the room and coat the walls, floors, ceiling, etc.?
posted by mstillwell on Nov 23, 2008 - 25 answers

How can I light up my apartment?

How can I light up my apartment? [more inside]
posted by jennyesq on Sep 14, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me take better photos in my home studio!

I am a hobbyist photographer starting to do some serious studio work and I need help deciding on lighting equipment. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Sep 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Need info on Chauvet stage fixtures

LDs, stage techs, pro musicians: what has been your experience with Chauvet lighting? Despite the goofy packaging, they have a couple of pretty innovative fixtures that I'm considering for a permanent install. [more inside]
posted by milquetoast on Jun 21, 2007 - 0 answers

Evenly light an irregular shape from behind?

I have an irregularly shaped metal object that I want to light up from behind. I want to the lighting behind it to be very even. [more inside]
posted by dmd on Jun 8, 2006 - 11 answers

Lightbulbs they use in bookstores?

Why is it that one can go into the library or a bookstore (Borders/B&N) and read for several hours without getting tired or distracted? And yet reading at home for half an hour can be a chore because your eyes get tired, or you fall asleep? Is "Full spectrum" lighting the answer? [more inside]
posted by Quami77 on Dec 22, 2005 - 16 answers

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