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A Project: Updating To A Smart(er) Home – Part 5: Halogen Free Corner Lamp

For years a corner lamp has plagued my house(s). I’ve always had to have it, due to not enough light in one place or another but its really a pain.  Its a halogen based lamp, with a toggle/dimmer switch. It also sports a half useful light cell so that it only comes on when its dark.  It also hums, very very very loudly.  Since we bought the house in 2014, it has stayed in my office for the most part until I moved it up to the bedroom.  With the Hue lights in the bedroom, the color temp is so far off, not to mention the buzz, we just don’t use it.  So I had this great idea of converting it to something that some spare Hue bulbs could fit into.

So I set off to Lowes to see what I could get my hands on.  In the electrical section, where the lights are, I found a variety of sockets and hardware for mounting ceiling fans, chandeliers, and so on.  The hard part was what socket I wanted.  I obviously wanted something that the a20 bulbs would fit into – that is pretty standard in our house.  There was options with a built in switch, a pull switch, did it mount with a screw or did it snap in, etc.  I went with a no-switch option that had a single screw hole.  I got 2 of them and a kit with hardware.  It was about $10 at the end of the day.  I knew I had enough wire nuts and spare wire at home to finish the job.

The 3 items I got, 2 sockets, 1 hardware kit.

The 3 items I got, 2 sockets, 1 hardware kit.

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The fixture as intended by the manufacturer.

The wiring under the covers, very simple.

The wiring under the covers, very simple.

New wiring, sockets held in and spaced out by the hardware kit.

New wiring, sockets held in and spaced out by the hardware kit.

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Removal and bypass of the switch. Since this is going to have smart lights in them, I felt no desire to add a toggle here, but I could have. I may do it later if needed.

This is the pile of parts removed.  Its all trash/recyclable.

This is the pile of parts removed. Its all trash/recyclable.

So here is the final, working, product.  As an after thought – the solid wiring was difficult to work with, braided would have been fine.  But I am happy with the results.  This will likely leave my bedroom and go into the dance/pole room.  That is also our guest room but the lighting is the worst in there.

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About Ashley Young

I'm a North Carolina transplanted girl reaching my 30's. A few years ago, I procured my first DSM that would eventually mature many of my skills. This website is dedicated to the stories, adventures, and lessons that the car has brought to me over the years.

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