How to Convert Circline Fluorescent Fixture to Remote LED | Remote Control Light Bulb for Bedroom

Hah!I can now switch on or off this ceiling LED bulb.

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remotely! How cool is that! At our ancestral home, I have converted the interior and exterior lights to LEDseveral years ago.

All except for this one in my mom's bedroom, which still hasan old circline fluorescent lamp.

Today we're going to convert that to LEDand even upgrade it with this wireless remote control E27 light bulb socketswitch.

In Lazada, this sells for about Php700 but we got it on sale for Php300.

It comes with a remote controller, itsholder, and the E27 light bulb socket switch itself.

I'll cover these in-depthlater 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 homefor my family and sharing with you what I have learned from experience and fromothers.

For safety, before tinkering with any electrical wires, never forgetto shut off the appropriate circuit breaker or the main fuse box.

I'vealready done that off-camera.

What we need next is a trusty ladder so that.

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wecan now reach this old circline lamp and release it from its three metal brackets.

And disconnect its plug.

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then with awrench, let's loosen the lock nut that holds thelamp holder housing.

While grasping the housing, cut the wirings above it.

Themounting 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 onehand unless you want it to drop on your head.

Pull out the wirings from thecenter hole and get rid of the old fixture.

Cut the electrical wires to thedesired length and strip the tips for later.

You should strip about half aninch from the tips.

Now we need to prep this E27 bulb socket to mount on thatceiling.

To do that, we cut two pieces of solidelectrical wires about three inches long.

Then strip one side about a quarter ofan inch and the other side about half an inch.

Cut as necessary to arrive at theright measurements.

Now insert the quarter of an inch stripped side of thewires to the socket's plates and screw in tightly.

This is how they should looklike up close.

Then we twist together the respective wires with the wires from theceiling and insulate all exposed connections with electrical tape.

Makesure that the connections are fully covered so there's no risk wires comingin contact with each other.

Once you have accomplished positioning the wires sothat 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 firstwith a cheap light bulb so if something goes wrong, it's a small price to pay.

Testing in 1.

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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 circlinefluorescent lamp to an LED bulb is an upgrade.

There are many reasons why LEDtrumps fluorescent any day.

And number 1 on my list is energy efficiency.

Lookingat the specs of this circline lamp, it consumes 32 watts and it barelyilluminates the room.

My test LED bulb is just 7 watts and is equal, ifnot 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 socketswitch.

“E27” simply means it can hold a bulb base with a diameter of27 millimeters which is the standard diameter for 220-volt screw-inbulbs in the Philippines and even in Europe.

The remote controller is poweredby an A23-sized battery.

Here's how small it is relative to double A's and tripleA's.

The good news is convenience stores like 7-eleven also sell A23batteries.

This E27 socket switch is where the magic happensand is actually the one being controlled remotely to turn on or off.

Oh and incase you're curious, the standard in the US is E26 — a millimeter smallerand designed for 110 volts.

You might also be wondering what the “E” standsfor.

“Edison”, of course! Okay, now let's screw this in.

Followed by our test bulb.

For now, I'mjust going to test using the conventional light switch by the bedroomdoor.

Switching on and off a few times.

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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 becausethe lumens this generates is the optimum relative to the size of this bedroom.

From here on out, the light switch by thedoor should always be in the ON position for us to use the remote control.

Here wego.

I can now switch ON or OFF this ceiling LED bulb REMOTELY.

How cool is that!.

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