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The Frugal Approach to Lighting

September 27th, 2010 at 09:17 pm

The frugal approach to lighting: sit around in the dark.

In May or so the light fixture over our dining table shorted out. Thatís a time of year we have plenty of daytime (although we may or may not have plenty of light Ė depends on the cloud cover). Mr H removed the old fixture and put caps* on the wires. . I wasnít heart-broken to see it go. The fixture was ugly and had lots of clear glass. No matter how often I cleaned it it always looked dirty.

Weíve been light-less in that area of the house since then. I have spent hours looking for a new fixture Ė local stores, the internet and Craigís list. Due to space (small) and location (two other nearby fixtures) Iím looking for something specific. I really donít want to spend several hundred dollars on a light fixture.

Itís getting darker now and because of that I finally bought a fixture via Craigís list for $5. The seller was nearby and Mr H installed the new-to-us fixture in 10 minutes. The new fixture isnít really the right thing either, but we will get our $5 out of it. Iím going to keep looking for something that looks better in that space.

*Do I know what these things are called? No, not really.

3 Responses to “The Frugal Approach to Lighting”

  1. Homebody Says:

    Great buy!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Way to go!

  3. Jerry Says:

    Well, whatever those things are called, they look like caps to me! I know exactly what you are talking about, at least. =) That is a good find, and for $5 at least it leads to some light on the subject when you need it. When the right fixture is there at the right price, you can get it. At least now you have the insurance of knowing that your hand isn't being forced to pay a ton extra for this one item.
    Jerry

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