Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Light Housekeeping

On Saturday, while we were at Lowe's on an unrelated errand, Lisa decided it was time to finally tackle a job she's been meaning to do for a while now.

Old Fixture

There being no built in light fixtures in our living room, shortly after we moved in, Lisa put in this temporary construction: it holds six 40-watt incandescent bulbs. She has been meaning to replace it with a long-tube florescent fixture for years, and today was the day.

Old Fixture

Lights off in preparation for removal.

Old Fixture

Old fixture and bulbs removed. Lisa says she plans to install it in the garage later to throw light into areas that aren't very well lit right now.

Fixture Installation

New florescent fixture installed, with stand-offs to make room for the wire coming out of it that runs to the connection in the ceiling.

Fixture Installation

Wired and ready to go.

New Fixture

Works the first time!

This replaces a 6 x 37-watt incandescent fixture with a 2 x 32-watt florescent fixture that also generates roughly twice as many lumens as the old installation, using bulbs that have a multi-year rated lifespan. (The old fixture will be useful in the garage, but won't get used very often.) It's a different kind of light, even with getting the "warmest" bulbs available (3000K), and will take some getting used to; however, it's now much easier to read things while sitting in the living room, and inasmuch as this is my home office for the foreseeable future until a major (i.e. expensive) upgrade happens upstairs, I'm happy that it's done. It took Lisa part of one afternoon (I held the ladder and passed tools to her) and didn't cost very much, either.
Tags: house, lisa

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