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How to Install a Pendant Light

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor discovers the proper way to install ceiling-mounted light fixtures

How to Install a Wall Sconce

Adding a wall-mounted light fixture in the living room, bedroom, or bathroom is a very achievable project. These pro tips and tools will shed light on the simplest way to install a wall sconce.

The 5 Best LED Lights (2022 Review)

LED lights can help you enhance your gaming or movie-watching setup, decorate your countertops, or just give any room in your home a new aesthetic. Here are our picks for the best LED lights on Amazon.

The 5 Best LED Strip Lights (2022 Review)

Strip lights can upgrade the look of any room or space. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best LED strip lights on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

5 Savvy Uses for Smart Lighting

Sure, you’ll never have to come home to a dark house again. But this technology is also helpful when it comes to home security, monitoring energy usage, and more

How to Install Under Cabinet Lighting

Here are step-by-step instructions to get the best kitchen under cabinet lighting for a range of tasks.

The 5 Best Spotlights (2022 Review)

Whether you attach it to your car or truck, your boat when fishing, or bring it to the woods while camping or hiking, spotlights can be versatile tools to have while outdoors. To help you select the spotlight that’s best for you, the This Old House Reviews team researched the best spotlights on the market. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Camping Lanterns (2022 Review)

Lanterns are typically used during outdoor adventures, such as hiking and camping trips, to produce light once the sun goes down. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best camping lanterns on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

S20 E34, Heath Eastman moves a ceiling light fixture
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How to Move a Light Fixture

Master electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner with an askew light fixture, centering it over their dining room table.

Everything to Know About Bathroom Chandeliers

Are you considering adding a chandelier to your bathroom? Bring glamour to your most personal space with one of these fabulous fixtures.

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LED Light Bulbs 101

Master electrician Heath Eastman enlightens host Kevin O’Connor on everything he needs to know about LED bulbs.

The 5 Best Desk Lamps (2022 Review)

Whether it’s for a college dorm or a personal office, a quality desk lamp is essential for ensuring you have a well-lit workspace. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best desk lamps on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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How to Install Deck Rail Lighting

Ask This Old House master electrician, Heath Eastman, installs undermount, LED deck railing lights for a homeowner whose only deck lighting includes a single, bright spotlight.

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How to Install Recessed Lighting

Do you have a room that can benefit from recessed lighting? Brighten up your home by installing this simple fixture that can make a huge difference. Watch this DIY Smarts project, as This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman installs recessed lights in a homeowner’s playroom.

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How to Install an Entry Light

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor illuminates the key steps to lighting up an entryway.

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How to Install an Antique Light Switch

Ask This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman replaces a standard toggle switch with a reproduction antique push button switch to match the rest of the house

The 4 Best Outdoor Solar Lights (2022 Review)

Outdoor solar lights transform a dark yard into a bright one by converting energy from the sun into light. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best outdoor solar lights on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Christmas Lights (2022 Review)

Christmas lights are versatile string lights that can brighten any area of your home. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best Christmas lights on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at local home centers and online retailers like Amazon.

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How to Use LED Lighting

Electrician Scott Caron shows new technologies and applications for LED lighting.

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How to Install Outdoor Landscape Lighting

Heath Eastman demonstrates how to install landscape lighting along a garden path. Adding landscape lighting to a walkway or path can improve the look and experience of the area.

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How to Fix Flickering Lights in Your House

Ask This Old House Master Electrician Heath Eastman demonstrates a variety of ways to troubleshoot and repair flickering lights.

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How to Control Smart Lighting

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey tests out some new smart lighting configurations.

How to Put in Landscape Lighting

Read this step-by-step guide to learn how to illuminate a walkway by installing landscape lighting.

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How to Install Under-Cabinet Lighting and Power

Electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner upgrade her kitchen with new LED lights and electrical outlets

Bathroom Lighting Guide: Shower and Vanity Lighting

How to select the best lighting for your bathroom by considering types of lighting, fixtures, and layout.

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How to Safely Hang Outdoor Christmas Lights

In this DIY Smarts, This Old House Master Electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner safely install a variety of Christmas lights.

Front Porch Lights: From A to Z

More than just a beacon leading to the front door, exterior lighting helps define the look of a house. With planning and a bit of math, you can put your home's best face forward.

How to Install Outdoor Garage Lights

A step-by-step guide to lighting the driveway with outdoor garage light fixtures with a motion sensor.

Pro Lighting Tips | 2020 Idea House: Cottage on the Cape

Interior designer Denise Enright tells us what inspired her lighting selections throughout The TOH 2020 Idea House on the Cape.

Velux Sun Tunnel Skylights

Learn how to "live lighter" with this cost-effective, energy-efficient, and simple-to-install skylight option from VELUX.

10 Electrical Wiring Problems Solved

Do you have an electrical issue you’re looking to fix? Read our guide to learn some common electrical problems you might face, and the best solutions for each.

Buying the Right Light Bulb: Types, Wattage, Lumens & More

Light bulbs. Everyone uses them. And there are plenty of options when it comes to what kinds of light bulbs to use in your home or apartment. Read this guide to learn how to choose the right light bulbs for your home.