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Battery Operated LED Lights

Because I've not yet tackled tape wire and could not envision drilling holes in mdf for hard wire, I thought I'd try out the HBS battery-operated LED lights in this house.

1) Must make sure you have room for your fingers to flip that little switch. I can hit this one with the end of a pen or paintbrush.

2) The cool blue light is obnoxious. I'm going to outfit the top and bottom of the shade with a little circle of yellow cellophane (thank goodness its Easter... there's basket wrap everywhere) and see if that doesn't tone it down a bit.

3) I can replace the batteries easily but the bulbs only last about 400 hours. Fortunately, I could just buy a new fixture ($20 for this one) and screw it into the same "socket".

4) The light doesn't seem to reach as far (yes, I understand this is in an alcove) as traditional bulbs.

I'm going to take this one down and paint it brushed silver.

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Princess Anne

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WooHoo! I think these lights have possibilities....especially since I'm so chicken to try real lights.

Thanks for showing us...and by-the-way...that Bathroom is lovely!! :wave:

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Thanks so much for the compliment!

I've not tried tape wire. People swear by it and I'm sure there are many advantages but for some reason, the whole layout process boggles me.

To me, hard wiring is a piece of cake. With a smaller house, the leads that come with the lights are plenty long to reach a centralized power strip. If you've got a big house, though, you need to learn to strip and splice wires. Very easy but it'll take a few practice tries to get the hang of it because the wires are so tiny. For all I know they make a tool that strips the wires for you but since I worked as an electrician's helper for years, I just use my own hand tools.

It does take a little thought to drilling holes in ceilings before you finish the floor above or double-checking that lights/outlets work before you add any exterior siding which may cover wiring. Really, no different than any other planning we do when building these things.

One thing I learned by trial and error is that any time you can, use an outlet to plug in a light, do it. It makes it so much easier to change out lightbulbs or even change your mind on fixtures. Also, just like in a regular house, you want to have extra outlets in case you buy a new lit fish tank or computer or even Christmas lights.

Give lighting a try!

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I tried out those lights on my Buttercup and found them to be violet hued and horrible. I am trying to figure out out to hard wire now. Good luck!

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