Monday, October 5, 2009


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That’s 6W up there, dear readers, and a few ounces. It’s built on a wreath armature suspended from three hooks. The green things are called zip ties. If you’re careful, with a small tool you can hold back the internal latch on one and reuse it. Use nail clippers to modify the ties and round the sharp trimmed edges over an open flame.

My friendly local Righteous Value hardware store sells an Edison base light socket that has been modified to accept the smaller 6W bulb, which I think is sold for car headlights.

Early electrified halls were lighted with fifteen-watt bulbs, which must have contributed in later, over-illuminated decades to the sense of Victorian houses being dismal relics. Nineteenth century houses are meant to be a symphony of shadows inside and out. In the Fifties, two films laid out the dark and light sides of Victorian culture. Joseph Cotton’s Magnificent Ambersons shows a family in decay. Hayley Mills’ Pollyanna, with sets by Seattle painter Franz Gerstl, is altogether positive.

More after the jump.