Replacing bulbs in lantern light fixtures


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Replacing bulbs in lantern light fixtures

Does anyone know how to open this type of outside light fixture? Hopefully, the pic will be visible:



I've tried several things, but the only movement I've managed was twisting the long, thin part at the bottom. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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The picture is way too small to see any detail.

With most outdoor sconces you remove the top to change the bulb. On some there are 2-4 small nuts. Sometimes there are decorative nuts.
 
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Thanks so much for your response. I didn't know how to upload a pic here, so I uploaded it to flickr and attempted to share the link to it here. Any suggestions on uploading pic directly to this site?

I saw several small bolts, but couldn't get either of them to move, even after using WD40.
 

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For direct picture applications to the board..... http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html

Your picture in Flickr is to small.

There should be a brass nut at the top of each glass partition.

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I have four (4) such carraige lamps outside my Office, and have to change the bulbs several times per year.

There should be two (2) brass thumb screws holding the top circular lid (with the pointy end).

I always need a ladder that's tall enough for me to get higher that the light so that my hand can descend vertically into the lamp to unscrew the current bulb . . . .there's not much room to maneuver in there; so overweight hands won't fit !

It's probably a twp person deal, with someone inside turning the power OFF while the bulb is being changed, and back ON afterwards to verify everything is working . . . . just to avoid multiple trips up and down that ladder.

Make sure you have pockets to hold bulbs and the brass fasteners and lamp parts because its hard to find them in the lawn below, or to locate matching replacements in any retail outlets.

I use 40 Watt Gold incandescent bulbs (we're Golden Rule Properties) and in our climate, outdoor bulbs succumb in about 1 year . . . . so after 30 years I'm quite practiced at replacing these bulbs in four such fixtures.
 
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I suggest installing LED bulbs. They will last 10 - 20 years, depending usage.
 
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Originally Posted by Tobyn Ironhand
I suggest installing LED bulbs. They will last 10 - 20 years, depending usage.
I would do that in a New York Minute . . . . if I ever ran across decent gold colored LEDs . . . . but I haven't.
 
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Gold, as in a bug lamp?
 
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Again, thanks so much for the help and suggestions in this thread, including making the pic visible for everyone! It looks like I can't see the option to insert pic from my phone, so the next time I need a question answered, I will email pic to myself and post it from my laptop. :-)

I will try the suggestions here this morning and post my results.
 
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Originally Posted by Tolyn Ironhand
Gold, as in a bug lamp?
No, those are too stark, and most are 60 Watt or above. Here's what I use:

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They cast a warm glow around the property. I've tried Bug Lights and they're are too bright and are really too YELLOW and look like, well . . . . Bug Lights !
 
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Thanks to everyone!

The bulbs have been replaced! I couldn't find a youtube video on this issue yesterday, so I made a quick one.

I can't express how much I appreciate everyone on this forum always being so willing to help. I've posted a question once or twice in the past and I always get instructions on how to fix whatever needs fixing. You all rock!!!!

https://youtu.be/qvjo77nZITY
 
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Ah, kind of like the old Edison light bulbs.

How about this: Amber LED F15 Light Bulbs - 15 Watts also Google "amber F15 LED bulb"
 
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Originally Posted by Tolyn Ironhand
Ah, kind of like the old Edison light bulbs.

How about this: Amber LED F15 Light Bulbs - 15 Watts also Google "amber F15 LED bulb"
Thanks for bringing my attention to those; they're certainly worth a 2nd look.

I buy my Gold 25 Watters by the Case of 25 for approximately 96 apiece, and have about a half case left; but I could consider buying four (4) of them and replacing them in pairs (two on either side of the two doors where I have them) so their light and color is balanced.

I don't know how well LEDs do outside in frigid weather, where I currently ask my incandescent filaments to suddenly wake up when they're sleeping at -48F; but changing out bulbs mid winter is no fun either, when you lose the tactile qualities of your fingers . . . . that's how I've lost some of the brass fasteners I spoke of earlier this morning. And McKinsey now knows how tiny these Brass Thumb Screws/Bolts are and how easily they could disappear into the grass or a snowbank !

With the LEDs you're suggesting, I could maybe go 6 years ! (were I to even live that long)
 

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In the video you showed the top of the lamp from the start. Had your picture shown that we could have told you immediately that there were the two nuts holding the cap on.
 
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@Vermont - I actually did drop one of the thumb screws, but thankfully, my 15 yr old was helping and his much younger eyes were able to spot it on the ground almost immediately!

@PJMax - the pic I took with my phone captures the entire fixture, including the top, but the uploaded version somehow blurs it. I now know that I need to use my laptop to see the option of entering a pic directly to a thread on this site.

Thanks!
 
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Just so people know I take the advice I receive here seriously and as I depleted my supply of the 25 Watt Incandescent Bulbs described above (only 96 apiece), I decided to order some of the LED Bulbs suggested by Tolyn Ironhand shown here:

Amber LED F15 Light Bulbs - 15 Watts

I know that the lives of LEDs can be cut short when over heated . . . . and hope the same doesn't occur when they're subjected to chillier temperatures outside my doors, where I have these Carriage Lamps installed, like -48F ?

They may not like the shock; but I'm willing to experiment.
 
 

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