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I’m gonna knock your lights out!

     When choosing light fixtures for your home, it important to consider whether they will be subject to mechanical damage or not.  I often find light fixtures that can be impacted when windows are opened, or hit by cabinet doors----or merely hung so low that one whacks their head on them when walking by.

     There is nothing quite like hot sharp glass going down ones neck----or under one’s bare feet.

     Here is a light fixture that was a poor choice for its proximity to a swinging door.

I'm gonna knock your lights out!

     Just click on the picture to see what happens.

 

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector

 

 

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Comment balloon 24 commentsCharles Buell • September 27 2010 12:05PM

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wow... that's good planning, dontcha think?

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) about 9 years ago

What's really cool about your job is that you have an endless supply of subjects for your posts.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 9 years ago

No, you faked this photo, what person would hang a light that would get hit by a door and in front of a window no less????  They didn't really did they?  Say it ain't so.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 9 years ago

Alan, the best

Lizette, yes---inspectors should only get half as many points per post :)

Tammy, did you check out the video?   Everyone knows you can't fake a video :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Charles,

Are you video taping your home inspections now?

 

Don

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Charlie -You can't make this stuff up when you have your camera handy!

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) about 9 years ago

I must start pointing this out. I have never experienced this problem but I've seen the conditions!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) about 9 years ago

Don---just for blog fodder :)

Carol, I would have a lot more fun making other things up instead of this sort of thing

Paul, I had one yesterday where opening up a casement window it hit the light fixture outside and wouldn't open fully.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Valerie, thanks----this was a bathroom between two kids rooms----and we know how careful they are with doors :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

As far as films go, not a very exciting movie. What genre would this fall into, bathroom horror or toilet humor? :)

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jim, you mean it isn't one of the silent classics?  I thought the color would do it for sure :)  Either genre should work

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Charles, THAT light fixture looks totally inappropriate for that location... amazing what people think to put in houses. Glad you are there to save them.... I did bring my popcorn for the film so unlike James, I thought the flick was rather entertaining...

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

Gary, many mediocre films "require" popcorn :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Charles I have run into some of those low hanging fixtures, not very pleasant.  I must say your job can keep you entertained.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 9 years ago

Tammy!  You are so cynical!  Our Charles would never fake a photo!  And yeah, people really are dopey about this stuff!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 9 years ago

That is a crazy location for a chandelier ...I dunno sometimes people just don't think I guess? :)  Would have been nice in a boudoir...:)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 9 years ago

Jennifer it is always good to be one's own entertainment machine :)

Patricia, thanks for the vote of confidence but sometimes photoshop is my friend :)

Liz, it certainly was a good place to have planned ahead a bit.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

I am continually amazed at where and how people install light fixtures!

How fortuitous that you found an example on You Tube that perfectly matches your blog's point!  You are good, man!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, very----and I found two more today----me and U-Tube are just like----"that"

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

That's a great short video.  Do you give these to the ones who employed you? 

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

Frankly, it would have been more effectiver had you opened the door wider and harder and maybe busted a bulb. Now that would get a point across.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Barbara, I don't use these in my reports----it is just note taking

Nutsy, oh wise one----someday I will be as good as you

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

I guess if the door hits it enough you don't have to worry about dust settling. I wonder what rock scientist installed the light fixture?

Posted by Carl Winters about 9 years ago

Carl & Ceil, AHHH yes----I knew there just had to be a reason :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

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