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Lights and their shades

the house i have just moved into (inexplicably) has all the lights mounted on the walls, with bulbs pointing sideways out of the fixtures, no sconces or shades on them, just plain light bulbs. the bulbs are all (HORRIBLE) fluorescent lights. This will not stand. 1) exactly what bulbs should we be using? Low- to medium budget solutions preferred. 2) where can you get (or make) awesome light covers for wall-mounted lights? i have no idea. 3) general tips about bulbs and lights are very welcome, thank you. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on May 29, 2016 - 8 answers

Can I use this bulb in this lamp?

I have a lamp. The socket is marked "660W", but the outer part of the lamp says not to go over 60W. I used a 250W infrared bulb in the lamp for a few hours with no problem. Is it safe to continue doing so? Is it even safe to use a normal 60W bulb?
posted by gray17 on May 27, 2016 - 7 answers

Looking for a light bulb that's possibly discontinued.

We have three pendant lights in our kitchen that use this bulb. I'd buy a bunch if I could find them. Any help would be much appreciated!
posted by Gusaroo on Dec 14, 2015 - 2 answers

What kind of light bulb is this?

What kind of light bulb is this? Will I be able to get an LED bulb to replace it? I would take it to a hardware store to ask, but I don't actually own it (or the fixture it fits in) yet - considering buying it from someone.
posted by Dec One on Jun 4, 2015 - 6 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

Lightbulb broken in socket - dangerous if fixture is turned on?

We have three lights on our hallway/stairs that are all controlled by the one switch. The bulb went out in one of them and when I went to change it, the glass part was broken off from the metal screw part. Additionally I discovered that the breaker for these lights is not in my breaker box - it must be in my landlord's breaker box, so I don't feel safe attempting to remove the broken screw part... I'm going away for a bit tomorrow (so don't have time to do much!), but my catsitter will be in and out. My question is if it is dangerous for the fixture to be turned on at all - should I tell the catsitter not to turn on those lights or is it fine for it to be on without removing/replacing the broken bulb. I don't want my catsitter to fall on the stairs, but I also don't want to electrocute anyone or cause an electrical fire while I'm away!!
posted by blu_stocking on Apr 19, 2015 - 13 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

How to change a light bulb?

How do I get access in order to change this light bulb? This is located in a shower stall. I tried turning the glass covering to the left but that doesn't seem to do anything. And if I try to rotate the outer white part to the left if feels like I'm going to break it.
posted by Ike_Arumba on Aug 30, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I change the bulb in this light fixture?

I can't for the life of me get the hang of changing the bulb in this wall-mounted lighting fixture. I've done it before but it always takes me ages, I'm never quite sure how I did it, and this time I just can't seem to get it open no matter what I do. [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Jul 29, 2014 - 11 answers

Please help me figure out what type of bulb fits this lamp!

Someone left a nice heavy lamp in my building's laundry room. Probably because no one (including the local lightbulb store) can figure out what sort of bulbs these fixtures take. I'm lamp-poor at the moment and this would work great in my office. Please help me identify! There are no markings on the base of the lamp. Three images are here: http://imgur.com/a/fw3AX Thank you for saving this from the landfill! [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on May 7, 2014 - 21 answers

What's up with this light?

OK, so we have this ceiling fan with a light fixture above the kitchen table. One of the three lights burns out regularly, like every 10 days or so. Both of the other lights have been fine for a year or more. Any idea why this should be the case? FWIW, the voltage at the sockets is identical to within .1 volt.
posted by pjern on Apr 18, 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

How many Ask MetaFilter readers does it take to change a lightbulb?

I've recently moved into a new apartment and found that two of the three bulbs in the bathroom vanity lighting are burnt out. The problem? I can't figure out how to actually get at the bulbs to replace them. Can you help? Images and description inside... [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Oct 13, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I make my ceiling lights more dim?

I have lights above my bed that look like this, and when turned on they are far too bright for me. How can I make the lighting dimmer and more relaxed? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Aug 2, 2013 - 6 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

Where can I get CFLs that aren't orange or blue, but just white?

I'm apparently part of the minority that really dislikes warm colored light. I used daylight incandescent bulbs back in the day, and I'm looking for an equivalent CFL. All I've been able to find are either pink/orange (supplied by the apartment) or blue (the GE bulbs at the grocery store). Isn't there a good, just, white? Like the tubes in an office building?
posted by hishtafel on Feb 27, 2013 - 11 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

I want to switch off my room lights without getting out of bed.

I am embarrassingly lazy, and wish to switch off my ceiling lights without getting out of bed. What kind of contraption can I rig, to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Xere on Jan 2, 2013 - 28 answers


So my cat just spectacularly broke a CFL lightbulb. I've read the other Asks on this topic, but I still have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue on Sep 28, 2012 - 17 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

Ersatz sunshine, my only sunshine

Help me bring sunshine into my new windowless office! I and my plants will be moving into a windowless office soon, and those SAD lights look so, so awful (also, I don't need that level of intensity). I thought I might just find some nice lamps and find special magical daylight bulbs for them. If I get very ambitious, I might make a rice-paper "window" fixture to put on the wall. What bulbs should I get? Do I need fluorescents or incandescents? What specs should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Feb 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Glowing light bulbs in my hair: help me wear this piece of art

Help me create a functional light bulb crown! I saw this amazing sculpture at an art walk this week, and I'd like to make it into something wearable for Burning Man. My guess is that I can start by buying this type of bulb, but I need some advice beyond that. Wiring type and strategy? Batteries? How about affixing them to my head? I have long hair and could do something creative with little buns - I want to secure everything in a minimalist way (no baseball hats) so that the focus is on the lights.
posted by red_rabbit on Aug 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Save me from the horrors of overhead lighting!

How can I make my new living room light cozy and not overhead-style sterile? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Jul 24, 2011 - 8 answers

LED lightbulbs are illuminating but not illuminating.

What is going on in LED lightbulbs? I mean the devices, not the industry. [more inside]
posted by chairface on May 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Sparking, short-lived light bulbs - is there any solution?

Why do our light bulbs seem to burn out far faster than they ought to? And our light switches make sparking noises? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Apr 18, 2011 - 15 answers

special lightbulb sought

Where can I get this light bulb and cord for an imported nightlight decoration? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Mar 31, 2011 - 6 answers

Do contractor light bulbs last longer?

Why do the light bulbs my builder installed last so much longer than the ones I replace them with? [more inside]
posted by magicbus on Feb 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Let there be light!

CluelessHomeownerFilter: How do I remove a fluorescent tube from a fixture? [more inside]
posted by philokalia on Nov 17, 2010 - 10 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

Shine on, little bulb

Is the light bulb in the microwave different than the ones in our lamps? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Flickering Lights

I had 4 compact fluorescent bulbs (candelabra base) in a ceiling fan that I recently installed and they would flicker terribly until I replaced one with an incandescent bulb and it stopped. The fan is not on a dimmer switch. Any ideas on what is causing this and does it need to be fixed? [more inside]
posted by tvgraphicsguy on Sep 20, 2009 - 11 answers

How to deal with chemical warfare in my apartment building?

Someone balanced a compact fluorescent lightbulb on my doorknob so that it would break inside my apartment when I opened the door. Can I do anything about this? Am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Aug 25, 2009 - 30 answers

My air conditioner causes my room to have brown-outs. Can I fix this?

When my window-unit air conditioner revs its motor, my overhead light dims... then seriously brightens up when the AC slows down. It's annoying. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova on Aug 19, 2009 - 13 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

What kinds of light bulbs and trims can I put in my ceiling-recessed light cans?

What kinds of light bulbs and trims can I put in my ceiling-recessed light cans? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Mar 16, 2009 - 8 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

CFL - Cold, fugly luminescence

Are there some specific CFL models that will light just like my old soft incandescent light bulbs? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Sep 12, 2008 - 13 answers

What's the best light bulb option these days?

What's the best light bulb option these days? I need to replace the bulbs in my bathroom (9, 40 watt bulbs currently). Lights are typically on for about 20 minutes a day. Occasional they'll be on and off quickly. There are no windows. I want to be environmentally conscious, but price does factor in at some level. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jul 22, 2008 - 10 answers

How many [x] does it take to change a lightbulb?

How can I change this lightbulb? [more inside]
posted by BorgLove on Jul 14, 2008 - 10 answers

Can a one-way CFL bulb be used in a three-way socket?

Can I use a one-way CFL bulb in a three-way socket? [more inside]
posted by binary on Jun 8, 2008 - 6 answers

My fridge is failing to cool my food.

The side-by-side fridge in our rental (a GE tfx22zrs, tfx22jrs) has been failing to keep the refrigerator side cool (freezer side works fine). I think I have traced this down to some kind of lightbulb short -- the bulb heats up so much, so fast, I presume it is keeping the food from getting cool; possible fuse problem? Do fridges have user-serviceable fuses? Or is this a compressor problem and the lightbulb a red herring? [more inside]
posted by fishfucker on May 17, 2008 - 11 answers

I want to turn you on!

Why won't CFLs work in my fixture? [more inside]
posted by Shebear on Feb 1, 2008 - 9 answers

CFL or similar for recessed lighting?

What's the best CFL or similar for recessed lighting? A previous question didn't quite provide the direct recommendation I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Jan 5, 2008 - 5 answers

How many metafites does it take to change a light bulb?

How many metafites does it take to change a light bulb? [more inside]
posted by jesirose on Jun 16, 2007 - 21 answers

What is up with my lamp?

I have a table lamp that takes a three-way bulb. The lamp does not have a standard switch; rather, you adjust the intensity of the light and turn the lamp on or off by tapping the metal base one, two, or three times. Recently the lamp's bulb burned out and I replaced it with the same kind of three-way bulb that was in there before. But now tapping the base produces no effect - the lamp stays on its brightest setting and can only be turned on and off by plugging it in or unplugging it. What happened, and can it be fixed? I've only had this lamp for about six months, and it wasn't cheap. I've tried various different bulbs, but nothing seems to work.
posted by zembla3 on Jun 8, 2007 - 7 answers

Turn an antique bottle into an incandescent bulb!

Craftiwork Filter: Help me turn an antique bottle into a light bulb/fixture. The incandescent sort. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on May 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Why do my light bulbs hate me?

Why do my light bulbs keep burning out? [more inside]
posted by PEAK OIL on Mar 5, 2007 - 17 answers

Autonomous Lights for Installation Art

I'm looking to do an art project that involves photographing a bunch of lights, 25-50 lights, spread throughout a small area of a pine forest. What would be the best, really cheap, way to make these "independent lights". [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Mar 2, 2007 - 21 answers

Better bulb for those halogen torchieres?

Does anyone make a better bulb for those ubiquitous halogen torchieres? [more inside]
posted by bink on Feb 20, 2007 - 13 answers

How many dorks does it take to change a lightbulb?

My wife and I have the dumbest homeowning question ever: we can't figure out how to change a light bulb. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Feb 16, 2007 - 42 answers

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