Monday, December 11, 2017

A Tip On Lighting To Save You Money

Last week when the electricians replaced this light in our entry hall, we had another repair for them to do outside. 

See the light in that corner of the front-yard patio? It faces up and provides quite a bit of light on the wall.

Our house has six "UP" lights like that, which are mostly for display. The six lights use just a teeny tiny LED bulb that is barely the size of two cardboard matches.

It had been about 2 years since those UP-lights have worked! 

In the photos above and below, you can see the outdoor entry has a chandelier up top (behind the window) and two lanterns (on either side of the brick doorway) to provide lights for safety, so the UP-lights weren't a priority since we have lots of other things on our To-Do list.

Wild Bill had spent several sessions over that 2-year period trying to troubleshoot the circuit boxes and minor stuff, but since all six lights went out at the same time, he knew it was the wiring or some electrical issue best left to an electrician. 

So after quickly putting up the new inside chandelier, the two guys tackled the outdoor electrical problem. They were up and down in the attic and outside at all the light boxes, checking for any default they could find.

It only took all of 15 minutes for the two electricians, and a sheepish Wild Bill, to come in and announce the problem was fixed!

What was it? All six LED bulbs had indeed gone out around the same time, making it look like a wiring problem! A trip to Home Depot and all our lights were back in business. 

So, even if it appears the lightbulb couldn't be the problem... our tip is to check the lightbulbs anyway! 

While we were having a good laugh at Wild Bill's expense, the electricians told us the maintenance man at their company had complained a light in the maintenance area was out. 

They said they took all their equipment over to repair the light, and when they climbed up and looked into the light fixture -- there wasn't a lightbulb in the light socket! 

Just shows even maintenance professionals can make this mistake.

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  2. How funny! Sometimes we overlook the easiest solution, or at least I know that I do. The light look lovely at night.

  3. Better a laugh and a simple solution than the other way :-) I love your entry hall, so warm and inviting.

  4. Ha, ha! Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. I once had a repairman tell me that the number of calls they go out for repairs that things are just not plugged in is astounding. lol!

  5. Oh we had something very similar with the light bulbs. Glad to hear they are now working.

    Hugs Diane

  6. This is too funny! Who would have thought all six bulbs would go out at once, though? It looks great! Hugs xo Karen

  7. I must admit I would have tried to change the lightbulbs first, but it is unusual for them ALL to go at the same time. Anyway, they do look great, I love up lighters.