Ester Hudson Table Lamp November 06th, 2018 - 16:20:32
The light fixture in our bathroom, it's from the 70s or 80s. And although it's not great to look at, it does work, so we never got around to replacing it, but now that we need to show off the house, I want it to be updated. So today I'm going to make a really quick and simple replacement for it. It's nothing fancy, but it should get the job done all right, good.
Now my fixture is probably different than yours, but one thing that is universal between all of them is that you need to turn off the power before you start messing with any light fixture at all. It can be extremely dangerous, just cut it off at the breaker before you take anything apart. Usually, I'm making a point not to talk about the cost of the things that I use in my projects because, depending on where you live and what you have available, that cost is really different.
But for this one, I want to point it out because we're improving the house to sell and it's not going to cost very much money for the lamp fixtures I'm using these outdoor lamp sockets. They don't have to be these outdoor ones, but there are a few things about these that are really nice. They have a nice taper to them, so they will fit snugly into a hole that you drill. They've got a black rubber top to them, so they're not bad to look at and they come per-wired out of the back. These are about a dollar fifty apiece. Until I got six of them, I got a simple bag of wire nuts and these are made for the correct gauge wire for those.
So you just wrap up the wires in one of these nuts and then wrap electrical tape around it to secure it. I've got a box of LED bulbs. These are the way to go these days, they're a lot cheaper than they used to be, and they last forever. One of the coolest things about LED bulbs is that they run much cooler and temperature than a normal incandescent bulb and when you're making your own light fixtures, you want to do everything you can to vent out heat or just not generate eat in the first place.
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