February 16, 2005

Remote Dimmer

Ellen and Alla gave me my birthday present today: a remote control light dimmer. I installed it in the home theater today and it works great. The previous incandescent lights were making a lot of noise when dimmed though, so I went to The Home Depot and purchased some expensive high-quality halogen bulbs and checked the filaments by shaking them at the store. The noise created during dimming is sometimes called humming or singing.

These new halogen bulbs have a short neck, however, because the long neck ones rattled a lot when I shook them. Probably because there is a longer binding post for the filament in the long neck bulbs. Since my recessed lighting receptacles are built for long neck bulbs, I had to take them apart, bend the insides with pliers, and now the short neck bulbs can fit although it looks a little funny. The noise is greatly reduced when dimmed with these bulbs.

So I've finally got a remote dimmer for the home theater lights. No more getting up to adjust the lights. It's very good.

When Alla and Ellen gave me the present, they wrapped it in a bag that says "Party Girl" or "Pretty Girl" on it. And then Ellen crossed out the Girl part on one of them and replaced it with Boy. Jeanne helped them plan this gift wrapping.

Posted by josuah at February 16, 2005 6:14 AM UTC+00:00

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Author Profile Pagerunnershigh says at February 17, 2005 12:34 AM

Just to set the facts straight...it was my idea to use the bag as the wrapping paper. Alla is the one who crossed off girl and wrote boy. Yes, I must take credit for that idea. It was too cute of opportunity to pass up. At least we all got what we wanted in the end. You got your dimmer and we all got nice smiles from seeing your reaction.

Author Profile Pagehey dude says at February 19, 2005 5:08 PM

Hey, that was great. However, :( I am concerned. I have a resevation about using halogen lights in a house. They give off too much heat and can present as fire hazard. Please reconsider it. There have been many house fires casued by halogen lighting. Please check this out on the net. A concerned reader. :)

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