I moved into a little apartment in Providence RI, with all of the quirks and personality that old buildings and old apartments always have, the only problem are these eyesore exposed ceiling lights. I've looked for replacement covers, but to no avail. Does anyone know of a lighting resource where I wouldn't have to replace the whole fixture?...
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I have these all over the apartment. (one actually has the cover intact and, believe me, it's worse than the exposed bulb) I enjoy a good DIY, so if anyone has any clever ideas, I would be open to that too.
First of all, ditch the florescent completely as it kills interiors. The best thing to do is to do a simple replacement with an inexpensive fixture that will mount and install easily. We like the simple ones that we found at Chinatown Electric on the Bowery near Canal.
Another way to go is to simply cover the fixture with rice paper or a nice paper, pinned to the ceiling on either side. This will at least serve to shade the whole thing and make the glow of the bulb a little more bearable.