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Bedroom Upgrade: Remote Control LED Light | Circline Fluorescent Light Bulb LED Replacement

Bedroom Upgrade: Remote Control LED Light | Circline Fluorescent Light Bulb LED Replacement


Hah!
I can now switch on or off this ceiling LED bulb…remotely! How cool is that! At our ancestral home, I have converted the interior and exterior lights to LED
several years ago. All except for this one in my mom’s bedroom, which still has
an old circline fluorescent lamp. Today we’re going to convert that to LED
and even upgrade it with this wireless remote control E27 light bulb socket
switch. In Lazada, this sells for about Php700 but we got it on sale for Php300. It comes with a remote controller, its
holder, and the E27 light bulb socket switch itself. I’ll cover these in-depth
later but first we need to convert the light fixture on that ceiling. Hey there!
This is HanDIYman 007 and if we’re just meeting for the first time,
hello! And my passion is building, fixing, and improving all sorts of stuff at home
for my family and sharing with you what I have learned from experience and from
others. For safety, before tinkering with any electrical wires, never forget
to shut off the appropriate circuit breaker or the main fuse box. I’ve
already done that off-camera. What we need next is a trusty ladder so that…we
can now reach this old circline lamp and release it from its three metal brackets. And disconnect its plug…then with a
wrench, let’s loosen the lock nut that holds the
lamp holder housing. While grasping the housing, cut the wirings above it. The
mounting plate is attached to the ceiling with three to four wood screws.
Let’s remove them one at a time. Remember to support the plate with one
hand unless you want it to drop on your head. Pull out the wirings from the
center hole and get rid of the old fixture. Cut the electrical wires to the
desired length and strip the tips for later. You should strip about half an
inch from the tips. Now we need to prep this E27 bulb socket to mount on that
ceiling. To do that, we cut two pieces of solid
electrical wires about three inches long. Then strip one side about a quarter of
an inch and the other side about half an inch. Cut as necessary to arrive at the
right measurements. Now insert the quarter of an inch stripped side of the
wires to the socket’s plates and screw in tightly. This is how they should look
like up close. Then we twist together the respective wires with the wires from the
ceiling and insulate all exposed connections with electrical tape. Make
sure that the connections are fully covered so there’s no risk wires coming
in contact with each other. Once you have accomplished positioning the wires so
that you can press the socket flat on the ceiling,
time to mount it with the screws that came with it. Now we’re ready to test our connection.
So let me turn on the circuit for that bedroom. What I like to do is test first
with a cheap light bulb so if something goes wrong, it’s a small price to pay.
Testing in 1…2…3. Ok! One more. Good! Last one. Nice! Thank you test bulb, good job! By the way,
let me explain for a minute why I consider converting from this circline
fluorescent lamp to an LED bulb is an upgrade. There are many reasons why LED
trumps fluorescent any day. And number 1 on my list is energy efficiency. Looking
at the specs of this circline lamp, it consumes 32 watts and it barely
illuminates the room. My test LED bulb is just 7 watts and is equal, if
not brighter, than the lamp. In a way, it’s about 75% more energy efficient.
And now let’s talk about this wireless remote control E27 light bulb socket
switch. “E27” simply means it can hold a bulb base with a diameter of
27 millimeters which is the standard diameter for 220-volt screw-in
bulbs in the Philippines and even in Europe. The remote controller is powered
by an A23-sized battery. Here’s how small it is relative to double A’s and triple
A’s. The good news is convenience stores like 7-eleven also sell A23
batteries. This E27 socket switch is where the magic happens
and is actually the one being controlled remotely to turn on or off. Oh and in
case you’re curious, the standard in the US is E26 — a millimeter smaller
and designed for 110 volts. You might also be wondering what the “E” stands
for. “Edison”, of course! Okay, now let’s screw this in. Followed by our test bulb. For now, I’m
just going to test using the conventional light switch by the bedroom
door. Switching on and off a few times…good. Now that we’ve seen everything is okay,
I’m going to replace this 7-watt test bulb with a 10-watt LED bulb because
the lumens this generates is the optimum relative to the size of this bedroom. From here on out, the light switch by the
door should always be in the ON position for us to use the remote control. Here we
go. I can now switch ON or OFF this ceiling LED bulb REMOTELY. How cool is that!

9 comments found

  1. Wow this is an informative video regarding the replacement of circline into Led I'm sure many can relate to this especially our electricians or dads who's concerned fixing their lights at home or in office thank you for sharing this wonderful video

  2. ayeee… gusto ko rin ito.. hehehe so convenient and no hassle getting up from bed just to turn off or on our lights.

  3. Another job well done. This is worth the share. Thanks for always sharing very easy diy projects HanDIYman. That remote thing is an epic. We don't have that yet in our old apartment here. Although Koreans typically prefer AI speakers which I don't like because I don't pronounce korean well enough i need to repeat the command over and over. Haha! Anyways, kudos! And have a blast this 2020.πŸ‘πŸ₯‚

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