I've got an idea to fix the crappy automatic brightness sensor on my Android phone. Will it work / screw anything up? [more inside]
What kind of knob will thread on to this lamp control? [more inside]
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]
My cousin long ago found some coal along the tracks and tried to light it in the wood stove. It wouldn't light but now it makes me wonder how you can take a piece of coal or a pile of coal and light it? Maybe I could make a small outdoor oven to bake bread with coal. Any ideas?
What's the PC equivalent of a Macbook Air? I'm looking for a light and powerful computer. [more inside]
Give me your best machine-washable sound-dampening technologies. Curtains, mostly. [more inside]
What is the best handheld LED UV blacklight/flashlight/torch for pet stain detection? [more inside]
I want to drive 20ish LEDs, should I run them as series or parallel and why ? [more inside]
I've never had a garden before. I recently bought a house in Canberra with a small established garden, mainly native Australian plants. It has a drip watering system. There isn't a lot of room, but there are a few things I have always wanted to grow, and I've got no idea whether it is possible to fit them in somehow, or where I should put them. I know I can't do anything until just before spring, but I want to start planning now. [more inside]
Recommend versions of my favorite foods, or alternatives to them, that are healthful, low-calorie, and nonetheless tasty. [more inside]
I'm traveling to southern California soon and am wondering where I can see some work of artist Robert Irwin. [more inside]
What machine produces this type of light? [more inside]
How to calculate the cost of LED lighting. Or... renting my apartment, LED lights, energy conservation and fiscal sense. Please help me! [more inside]
How in the hell did the gorgeous cover for ELO's Out of the Blue get designed, created and printed? HOW!?
How in the hell did the gorgeous cover for ELO's Out of the Blue get designed, created and printed? HOW!? [more inside]
What do you do with a screw that turns freely and won't unscrew? I'm trying to replace the brake light bulb on my Audi A4, but the screw that holds the brake light assembly in place turns and turns without unscrewing. I assume that the corresponding nut is loose, or that whatever it seats into is broken, but I'm stumped.
Sound and light board with 4-5 smooth objects - which objects are on the board and where changes the sounds and lights, including light from some of the objects ... what is this thing and where can I get one? [more inside]
What sort of paint should I use to decorate white fabric pendant lightshades? [more inside]
I want to convert a wall switch into a door switch (for a wardrobe light). Is this easily feasible? [more inside]
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]
I just ran a red light in Brooklyn and was pulled over by police. I was given a ticket and the officer urged me to plead not guilty and to attend the scheduled court date and pay the citation otherwise I'd be hit with 6 points to my license. Why did the officer recommend pleading not guilty? And what should I expect in a Brookly TVB court? [more inside]
Pilot light help. [more inside]
My car's dome/interior light won't go off. Toyota Camry, I can't remember the year. [more inside]
We have motion-activated lights in our new office, and office plants that need light over the weekend. I'm looking for some kind of plug-in kinetic sculpture that we can have on a plant timer, that'll run (hopefully without being too annoying) during the day to keep the lights on.
How many y-socket adapters can you string together into a single light bulb socket? [more inside]
I've got a lamp plugged into a wall switch controlled outlet. I'd like to be able to turn off the light at the switch and next to the lamp while somehow maintaining the ability to turn the light on from either spot regardless of how I turned the lamp off. (Degree of difficulty: I don't want a Clapper). [more inside]
Best book light? [more inside]
Help me figure out if compact fluorescents are the right lights for my outdoor light fixture? Difficulty: the fixture is on an electric eye, the weather gets really cold in the winter, and the lights will be oriented vertically (with the sockets on the bottom). [more inside]
How can light have momentum? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good sunlamp for getting Vitamin D? [more inside]
Does light have magnetism?
What can you tell me about these old ceiling light fixtures? [more inside]
What causes laser source speckle patterns, and why do they remain constant even if the observer moves?
Why doesn't the speckle pattern that you see around the source of a laser change when you move your head, and what causes the pattern? [more inside]
Is it possible to spray something on clear light bulbs to make them frosty and not make them dangerous? [more inside]
Help me find the right pair of minimalist shoes! I've been a member of a Crossfit gym for six months, which means I've been exposed to the peer pressure regarding Vibram FiveFingers. Plus, I'm starting to travel a lot (and lightly) and want a pair of running shoes that have a small footprint (heh) when packed in a suitcase. Recommendations for this recreational runner? Are Vibrams a good option? Which model? How do I size them? I'm training for next October's Portland Marathon, if that makes a difference. Bonus points for shoes available at REI (though that's not a requirement).
The SRS light on my 2003 Honda Civic comes on when the ignition is turned on and remains on while the car is being driven. I googled this and understand that Hondas as well as other cars have this problem. I can take it to a mechanic to have it diagnosed and repaired. Or I can turn it off myself which I'm tempted to do since it appears that Honda has a faulty system that has nothing to do with the airbag --just the light. But there is a small part of me that wonders and is concerned if something could be wrong with the airbag. Does anyone have experience with this?
Is there a portable light that is as useful as the x-mini speaker? [more inside]
I want to put a light on my bike helmet. Do you have any specific products or strategies to recommend? [more inside]
Can you help me find this outdoor porch light? [more inside]
Can someone recommend me a folding road bike please.. [more inside]
What are those A19 light bulbs with the silver in the center called? [more inside]
One dead laptop, means time to go shopping. Help me askmetafilter.....again. [more inside]
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]
Looking for opinions on commuting from Greenlake or Beacon Hill to downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue. [more inside]
How to attract the attention of a be-headphoned person in a cube across an aisle facing away from the entrance without touching them? Ideally this would be inexpensive and not require any hardwiring. [more inside]
I have two problems with the bedroom door in my apartment. First, light gets through the 0.5-inch gap underneath it and wakes me up. Second, my Roomba bounces against it, causing the door to bounce against its spring doorstop and close, trapping the Roomba inside. [more inside]
Can the infrared light of a tv remote control be seen by airborne rescue personnel? [more inside]
Where can I find this light fixture? [more inside]
Photographers, what's the best time of day for a senior photoshoot? [more inside]
Why did push-button light switches go out of fashion? [more inside]