Dimmable Recessed LED lighting to replace incandescent bubs

I've been replacing all the recessed light fixtures in our house with these recessed LED downlights. Amazon has a good deal on a 4-pack right now: $31. Read the rest

Dimmable LED light bulbs - $10 for 4

LED light bulbs are now very cheap, but dimmable ones have commanded a premium. Today, Amazon is selling a 4-pack of Cree's 60W equivalent soft white bulbs for just $10. I bought them after reading the reviews that stated they don't buzz, which is a problem that a lot of LED bulbs have. Read the rest

4-pack of LED lanterns for $15

Amazon has a good deal on this four-pack of LED lanterns. They take 3 AA batteries and collapse to a compact size. With 350 reviews, they've got an average rating of 4.7/5 stars. Read the rest

Useful magnetic LED clip lights

I bought a pair of these magnetic clip lights a few years and they've proven to be incredibly useful when I have to do repair work. The light has 8 LEDs and it throws a pretty wide beam of bright light. It sticks securely to any ferrous metal surface and has a clip so you can attach it to your pocket. I used it when I was installing a new safety switch in a washing machine. I stuck it on the side of the washing machine cabinet and it gave me plenty of light to attach the ground wire and route the cable. I haven't had to change the batteries yet, either. I keep one on our fridge and the other in my toolbox.

The price is right, too. A set of 2 costs $9 on Amazon. Read the rest

This LED flood light is handy and inexpensive

I ordered 2 of these LED flood lights - one for mood lighting in the living room, and another to light up my workbench in the garage. I happy with how they work for both applications.

The unit is small: 4.5 x 2.8 x 3.4 inches. It comes with a bracket that can be screw mounted to a surface. I'm just using a clamp to secure the light for my workbench. And the light in the living room is on the floor, behind a drum. It comes with a remote control that lets you select 16 colors and different brightness levels. I've had the living room floodlight running for a week and it is cool to the touch. It also has special effects: strobe, flash, fade, and smooth.

I'm going to buy a few more of these and install them outdoors (they are waterproof). Read the rest

Phillips wireless dimmer switch - hassle free lighting

We got one of these Phillips Hue ($25 on Amazon) wireless dimmer switches for our bedroom about six months ago and it has not failed us once. It's not an Internet of Things gadget that requires using your smartphone to turn on a light bulb. It's just a wireless switch that you stick to your wall. The little remote can pop out of the frame if you need use it away from the wall, but we just keep it in the frame. It can control up to 10 bulbs at once. Of course, you need to use a compatible Hue bulb (About $15 each). A kit containing the bulb and the switch is $35. Read the rest

LED camping light bulbs

The power went out in our neighborhood for 24 hours earlier this week, but we had a lot of battery-powered LED lights. These bulb-shaped one are meant from camping, but you can hang them from chandeliers, curtain rods, hooks, etc. (I might make an adnapter with my 3D so they can screw into bulb sockets.) They use 3 AA batteries. They're on sale on Amazon: 2 for $8.

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This $6 headlamp is very useful for a variety of tasks

If you don't have one of these headlamps, now is your chance, because Amazon has it on sale for $6.39. I use it for barbecuing, walking in our no-street-light neighborhood at night, repairs, and even reading in bed (on the lowest of 3 brightness levels). It's lightweight and comfortable, and comes with 3 AAA batteries. Read the rest

Solar powered string lights for $11

I bought this string of 100 LEDs with a solar charger a couple of years ago to put on our front gate. I set it to blink and it was a nice way for people to find our house at night. But a couple of months ago we had some work done on the gate and the guy severed the wires. So I bought a new one. The solar panel has a built-in battery and I used Sugru to mount it to the gate. It works really well. Amazon has this on sale right now for $10.99. Read the rest

String of 100 LEDs for $11

These LED string lights are an easy way to add outdoor lighting. I just bought my third set. They are cheap - $11 for a 30-foot string of 100 lights. It includes a remote control to adjust the brightness or make the lights blink. They are strung onto what looks like very thin copper wire. At night, you can't really see the wire, just the lights. Read the rest

Simple hand-drawn diagrams for improving your photos

Paul Schlemmer recently dug up some popular diagrams he made a while back to show how he lit some nice photos. He shares lots of tips and tricks, like how to use your phone's flashlight to give texture to the background. The drawing style is really fun, too. Read the rest

100 LED lights on a 33-foot string of copper wire

I placed this 33-foot string of LED lights along the brick path leading to our front door. The light from the LEDs is pleasantly warm and does a good job of illuminating the path without hurting your eyes at night. The whole string burns just 5w so when I forget to turn it off, it's not a big deal. It's just $10 on Amazon with free prime shipping. Read the rest

Fantastic DIY, 3D-printed nuclear explosion lamp

Sebastian Wac designed and made this fantastic 3D-printed "Nuke Lamp." He posted the parts and plans for free at MyMiniFactory, or you can purchase one pre-made directly from him. (via @pickover)

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Phillips Hue dimmer switch kit

I wanted to be able to control a light above our bed without having to get out of bed. The Philips Hue Wirealess Dimming Kit ($32 on Amazon) was an easy way to do it. The kit comes with an LED bulb that connects wirelessly to the dimmer. The dimmer is mounted to the wall, but you can remove it from its magnetic housing if you want to control your light from another part of the room.

The remote is much easier to use than a smartphone app (and more secure, too, I imagine). I've learned that the remote can be used to control up to 10 light bulbs.

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Surprisingly beautiful chandelier made from toilets

Upcycler extraordinaire Rodney Allen Trice turned salvage toilet bowls into designer lighting! From Refitting the Planet:

To contribute my ideas and vision and energies in the arena of creative repurposing or applied deconstruction was an honor.

here are some off the initial sketches and the build of THE TOILET CHANDELIER. My latest, largest and first piece built in my studios new home base of PITTSBURGH, yinz!!!

Very Exciting! Now I am making tweaks and changes to this design. There are still things to work out as it was a race to complete it at this event on Saturday, but the piece will be on permanent display at Construction Junction forevermore once completed! WOO HOO!!

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Motion sensing solar-charged LED outdoor light for $11

I have a larger model of the Mpow motion sensing solar-charged LED outdoor light and it has performed well since I installed it earlier this year. The light is very bright and the motion sensor is sensitive enough to turn on the light when a person or coyote walks by, but doesn't turn on the light unecessarily. Right now, Amazon is selling a smaller, 8-LED model for $11 (use code PWAVPADF). Read the rest

Recessed LED light kit

For some reason, when we moved into our house, many of the trims for the recessed lighting were missing. At $14, they are pretty expensive for what you get - a ring of plastic and a disc of frosted glass. Recently I discovered these recessed LED light kits, which include LED lights built into trims. You get 4 for $40 (I've seen them as low as $30 for 4), making them cheaper than the trims!

They are dimmable, they don't buzz, and were super easy to install. I love them and I'm going to replace every recessed light in the house with them. Read the rest

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