Monday, December 23, 2013

LED Stairway Lighting

We have a couple built in night light fixtures on our stairway so that anyone walking down the stairs in the dark will always have light. That's the idea anyways. In practice, they are never lit because the little nightlight bulbs only last a few months.

Recently I saw someone on the BLF forums mention an LED nightlight bulb which was available as a Prime add-on on Amazon.

Here's the product link:

G7 Power G7S68WW 0.36-Watt LED Multipurpose Night Light bulb with 5-Watt Replacement and E12 Candelabra Base, Warm White

G7 Power G7S68WW 0.36-Watt LED Multipurpose Night Light bulb: Next To Box

It looked nice in the description, but I only ordered one until I knew it would fit and work correctly. We order so much stuff with Prime that tacking another one of these bulbs onto another order won't be a problem.

The only tool I used was a cordless screwdriver.

Black And Decker Cordless Screwdriver

Looking at the bulb closely, it looks like there are 4 el cheapo Chinese style LED emitters in it. That's fine. Even the cheap ones will last a lifetime. About the only reason they wouldn't last 20 years is if they overheat and damage the circuitry. It'll probably be months/years before I find that out, so with an average review of 4.6 stars, we'll just assume the best.

G7 Power G7S68WW 0.36-Watt LED Multipurpose Night Light bulb: Closeup

Taking off the metal cover was easy with the cordless screwdriver. I could have just used a flat head but where's the fun in doing it the slow way.

Stairway Lighting Fixture

The bulb fit perfectly, and here you can see all 4 emitters lit.

Stairway Lighting Fixture With LED Nightlight Bulb

Now it looks about as bright as it did before, except I won't have to replace the bulbs every couple months! Not only that, the LED bulbs are much more energy efficient. 5 watts for the old one versus about a third of a watt for the LED version. It all adds up.

Stairway Lighting Fixture with LED Bulb

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fixing Another Leaky Toilet

A few years ago I replaced the flapper and chain. And then, a few days ago, the extra slack in the chain started getting caught in the flapper and causing the toilet to run. Why it waited almost 5 years to start getting
Here you can see the extra slack in the chain
stuck in the flapper is beyond me. I tried putting it off, but the frustrated users of the toilet in the downstairs bathroom started hammering on the handle trying to get the toilet to stop running. They would crank the handle so hard the chain was coming off. It had to be dealt with.

The Tools

Simple. Just a pair of wire cutters.

Wire CuttersRemove slack in chain

The Job

Simple. Just cut the slack off with wire cutters. The chain could be made of metal like in my case, so you probably want to use the larger cutters. Make sure the clip that connects to the chain is sturdy. I think what happened to my toilet was that the chain slipped off the clip and someone using the toilet hooked the chain back on at the wrong point. I made sure to tighten the clip up a little and position it so that it wasn't really in a position to slip off.