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Hello you wonderful beautiful people! I just love the heck out of you for sharing your expertise.

I have two alcoves in my livingroom. Uptop each has what looks like a lighting fixture. I can't figure out what kind of bulb to put in it or if it's actually complete?

I believe they are connected to a lightswitch at my front door. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated! Here's hoping I attached the jpeg correctly!

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Old school Florescent fixture. How old is this house? I would just change it out for either LED, or a newer Florescent fixture.
Hi Gregz. Thanks so much for your quick response. The house is a 1920 Philadelphia Row Home. I have no information about anything because the previous owner died.

I'm on a tight budget. Is there anyway of just putting in an old school fluorescent light for now? If so, where could I find it? The ones I see now in stores have two little pointy things sticking out each end.

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You can not put a florescent bulb in there, because of the fixture. Easy way is to go out and purchase a newer fixture at either Lowe's, Home Depot, or Ace hardware and replace. I personally would start making a list, and find out costs by looking at said websites, and then figure a budget & time line to replace. For $100, you could replace quite a few fixtures in the house to bring it up to date, but due to the age, you could also have Knob & Tube wiring, which means you have another problem to deal with.

Also, pick up the Black & Decker "The Complete home wiring guide", which would give you info per the 2011 NEC guidelines, and also has pictures to walk you through most wiring schemes. Also the latest book has a DVD with it that has more info.
 

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You can not put a florescent bulb in there, because of the fixture. Easy way is to go out and purchase a newer fixture at either Lowe's, Home Depot, or Ace hardware and replace. I personally would start making a list, and find out costs by looking at said websites, and then figure a budget & time line to replace. For $100, you could replace quite a few fixtures in the house to bring it up to date, but due to the age, you could also have Knob & Tube wiring, which means you have another problem to deal with.

Also, pick up the Black & Decker "The Complete home wiring guide", which would give you info per the 2011 NEC guidelines, and also has pictures to walk you through most wiring schemes. Also the latest book has a DVD with it that has more info.
Gregzoll- thanks so much for all your expertise and pointers. I will get right on it.

Just out of curiousity- why can't I put a light in it?

Thanks again! -JoAnn
 

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From the looks of it, looks like it would take blade ends on the "tombstones", that the bulb fits in. Is there another fixture of the same, that you can show the bulb that is in it?
 

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From the looks of it, looks like it would take blade ends on the "tombstones", that the bulb fits in. Is there another fixture of the same, that you can show the bulb that is in it?

Hi Gregzo. Neither have lights and both are identical. I'm guessing they are about 12 inches long? Each is on the top of my livingroom alcoves.

Thanks so much! -JoAnn
 

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Those are Lumiline fixtures.

You can still get lamps and end caps.
 
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Those are Lumiline fixtures.

You can still get lamps and end caps.

Thank you Speedy Petey! I followed your Google link and got a little lost. Since I have two of these- I'm guessing I need 4 caps and two bulbs. The actual fixture itself is about 12 inches long. I'm guessing all I need is a 60 watt bulb. Do I need any other info to be able to order these?

Forever grateful- JoAnn
 

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I found this in one of the links:
But if your old clips have a single disc-shaped contact on the outside of the end clip, or your fixture has a single rectangular slot for the clip contact to seat into, then these aren't the right clips; you need these instead.
This takes you to here: http://store.candlepower.com/gelulaendcle2.html Only $7 in this link as opposed to $11 in yours.

Two lamps and four clips is all you should need.
 
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Lumiline lamps are incandescent. The end caps must be saved and are similar to the "tombstone" sockets for straight tube fluorescent lamps. The end caps snap out of the Lumiline fixture because it is not possible to get the lamp out by twisting and aligning prongs with a slide out slot with the end caps still in the fixture. Someone not familiar with the fixture might discard the burned out lamp, end caps and all.
 
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