Fixing Fixtures

My front door has porch lights on either side of it. It makes for a bright entryway. I like it. Sometime over the summer, one of the light fixtures broke. At first I thought I could glue it back together, but on closer inspection, I saw that a bolt had broken. Not only was the housing of the light dangling – the insides of the light were loose. The socket was spinning freely. Dang.

Busted.

Yesterday was pay day. I decided to celebrate by getting a new pair of light fixtures. I would stop at Home Depot and Lowes, and whichever style of fixture I liked best, I would get two of them. Home Depot was my first stop, and after looking there, I decided not to go any farther. I made my decision. I replaced my old, broken fixture…
Dangly and broken.

…with one exactly like it.
Sturdy and unbroken.

I couldn’t believe they still had the same style available. I bought the original lights probably ten years ago. And the style is still being made? Awesome. I only had to buy one light instead of two. I only had to install one light instead of two. But now one of my lights is really dusty, and one is sparkling clean. I can’t decide if I should clean the old one, or just rub dust all over the new one.

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3 Responses to Fixing Fixtures

  1. Lauren says:

    I think if you just percolate on that decision for a while, the decision will be made for you. Just give it a couple of weeks.

    It looks great!

  2. Carol says:

    Why don’t things like that happen to us? We went to just replace the bulbs in our former porch lights and they had stopped making the bulbs (!), so we had to get two totally new fixtures! The good news? My dear hubby got me yellow bug light CF bulbs for the new ones so we don’t welcome flying insects through our doors after dark as much now. The cat has fewer distractions when he’s on the porch, but I’m sure he’s adjusting. Congrats on the find and rapid installation! You’ll be ready for Trick or Treaters in style…not that I’m pushing the calendar or anything…

  3. Peggy says:

    Indeed, what a perfect time to get your light fixed…what with the approaching Halloween season. I’m pretty sure zombies don’t like the light, so you don’t have to worry about any sneaking in as you go in & out.

    Now zombie bugs…..that’s a whole other matter:

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/pictures/110303-zombie-ants-fungus-new-species-fungi-bugs-science-brazil/

    Don’t worry……I’m sure your big-headed ants aren’t zombies…….yet.

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