Mr. & Mrs. Match-The Electricians

Dr. House[To Dr. Kutner] You’ve electrocuted yourself and set a patient on fire. I like the dedication.
Dr. Kutner: Thank you. –House

On Match’s days off this week we decided to tackle our lighting problem. You see, our house was built in the early 80s, and florescent lights were all the rage. I guess they didn’t realize that florescent lighting makes you look TERRIBLE which is exactly what a person wants when putting on their makeup in the bathroom mirror.  The other problem is the bulbs tend to flicker and give the illusion of a murder room. Again, not something a person wants in their bathroom, let alone the rest of their house.

I forgot to get a good close up of the one in the guest bathroom, but here’s what it looks like in the downstairs bath. We have the same setup in our master bedroom. Eventually we’ll have to replace those too, but we’re doing things room by room. I’m trying to convince Match that we don’t need wireless security cameras and instead to focus on the rest of the lighting in the house. Though a security system woulnd’t be so bad eventually.

While we were at it, we tackled these two hideous lights in our upstairs hallway.

Those two tiny dome fixtures turned out to be the biggest pain in the ass! The outlet box crumbled and Match had to put in a new one, only the way they’d installed the previous one made it almost impossible to put a new one in. We both had insulation falling all over us and it was not pretty. But after they were installed I’d say it was completely worth the effort!

And, we got rid of the terrible ceiling fan in the family room. It was a bit too Grandma for us. It even had a hummingbird on the fan pull. Really?

I have to admit that for this project Match did most of the work. I did help hold things and there were many times where it was a two person project. But I have to give all of the credit to Match. I know nothing about electrical work and Match was able to get the wires to work and the lights to turn on. He even installed new outlet boxes! I’m so proud of my handy hubby. He also sacrified most of his weekend to working on these home improvements. He didn’t even play video games!

Now if I can just convince him to repeat this procedure next week so we can finish the rest of the lighting in the house. I’d better stock up on steaks and beer as a bribe. 😉


    Brittany E.

    I love the new look! And how awesome to have your own home, that you can slowly renovate! We have a lot of 1920’s esqe light fixtures because thats when the house was built. And they are really really pretty but give off awful light too! I never know how my make up actually looks until I check out the mirror in my car 🙂

    Sarah Kate

    It is incredible what a difference changing your lighting makes. I LOVE the way your lights look in the bathroom now. That’s MUCH better! I was cracking up at your mention of the hummingbird pull on the fan. That is taking it a little far…even for grandma!! ;o)

    Becca@R Ww There Yet Mom?

    I love all the improvements! It is looking good!!



    It’s amazing what a difference light fixtures can make! Looks wonderful!

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