The Light Switch

I guess because other things were higher on my list, it took me 12 years to replace our outdoor light fixture. I never really loved it. When it was turned off it was fine, but when it was turned on it shed the most glaring light that would blind our guests and whoever answered the door. When I put a lower watt bulb in the fixture, the light was so dim, it was useless. I thought about frosting the glass panels with etching cream to diffuse the light, but again, I never acted on that either. I did always think that I would prefer it as a candle holder, so we recently made that switch…

Our new outdoor light fixture — it casts a very flattering downward light that effectively illuminates the stairway and doesn't make our guests feel like they're being interrogated. Very happy to have picked it up at The Home Depot for $19.99.

Our old light fixture has a vented top that swivels open for easy access – I knew I wanted it as a candle holder.

Now it's inside of our home and shedding some ambient lighting – just in time for the holiday season.

I removed the wires and placed a glass votive candle holder inside.

Love it so much more now.

Looking forward to hanging a bundle of evergreen bows from this during the Christmas season.



  1. Erin  October 22, 2013

    Smart. Love using it indoors as a candle holder.

  2. Tamera  October 22, 2013

    That is a very clever switch. I really like how the old light looks with a candle in it.

  3. Julie  October 23, 2013

    What a perfect idea!!!!!