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This post accompanies a joint class that Des Moines Rehabbers hosted with Area515 Maker Space.
Thanks for attending! We’ll update this post as we find more resources.
A Brief History of Lighting in The U.S.
||Welsbach Gas Mantel: brighter gas light, allowed burning downward
Supplies! (These are Brian’s recommendations, and are not meant as endorsements from the Des Moines Rehabbers Club or Area515)
- Lighting parts:
- Miller’s Hardware has some more attractive plugs and a variety of socket options. They also sell lamp wire by the foot.
- Lowe’s has most of the parts you may need for working on newer fixtures and many older parts too.
- Menards doesn’t quite match Lowe’s but is close; they’re better for black iron pipe if you want a 1-stop shop.
- Sunlan Lighting has one of everything! Stop in and see it all at once if you’re ever in Portland, Oregon (They do mail order also)
- www.mylampparts.com (Chicago)
- Black iron pipe fittings:
- American Plumbing Supply: 504 E Grand Ave in East Village (note: hours are M-F 8:30AM-5:30PM)
- Menard’s seems to have the most extensive selection on hand
- Ace Hardware stores tend to have the largest selection of adapters from one size to another
- Lowe’s has limited selection
- PlumbingSupply.com has more unusual fittings
- Wire gage vs Current capacity
How to tie an Underwriter’s knot:
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- Incandescent, traditional:
- familiar look
- likely the least expensive per bulb
- Still the easiest to find in specialty shapes / colors / etc
- standard efficiency is below 5%, remainder is converted to heat
- Uses the most current
- Lifetime is usually shortest of all options
- Incandescent, retro Edison filament:
- Historic look
- Warm light
- Recently became popular and now fairly easy to find
- can run hotter than regular bulbs
- still inefficient
- can be expensive
- CCFLs (cold-cathode compact fluorescent lamps)
- Con: losing popularity
- their real-world performance hasn’t been nearly as good as in the lab.
- burning them base-up can drastically shorten life
- not recommended for table or floor lamps that could fall over, as the bulbs are fragile and will release a small amount of mercury when broken.
- LED Filament Bulbs (2015)