We've been dealing with a porch light possessing "issues" since just a few weeks after moving in. One of my first tasks after getting the keys was to rid the entire house of all brass fixtures, and that included replacing the old, worn-out porch light. We decided to be hip and cool by getting a motion-detecting light and quickly found and ordered a perfect solution on Amazon. John's dad, while acting as my house slave during our first week of home ownership, changed the light out for us.
I loved it. Until we tried to get it to work properly.
Unbeknown to us, we accidentally bought a Schizophrenic porch light. It turned on with the switch but would then turn off after just a few moments. If left on, it would continually flick on and off at random. And the darkness would always occur when people were walking to or from our door. Needless to say, it wasn't quite a hospitable environment in which to welcome guests. "Oh, we're so glad you're here!" (Light goes out and casts everyone into utter darkness). Nobody believed us that we were happy to have them over.
So we finally did something about it the other day. John attempted a re-wire to get rid of the motion-detecting ability. After such a sporadic lighting experience, we wanted just a normal porch light that would remain on anytime the power was supplied. However, in attempts to make it work properly, we heard a popping noise and subsequently lost the light forever. I was secretly glad...I had experienced enough sorrow over one form of illumination and wanted to move on to a fresh, new start! We hopped online to find a new light.
I was surprised at the limited selection, no matter where we looked. It needed to have a Brushed Nickel Finish to match the house numbers and doorbell. This brought the selection down to almost nothing. And our house simply isn't a carriage-light type of house. We are anything but traditional, and I'm rather proud of that. So we finally stumbled upon the only light in the world that didn't require an accompanying horse to be tied out front to match. Luckily, it was available at the local Home Depot. I ran to get it yesterday and prepped it for installation for when John got home from work.
The new light went in without a hitch, and I am thrilled with the modern look. It goes without saying that having a functional, non-delirious light is just an added bonus. We will never let Schizophrenia have such a prolonged impact in our lives again.