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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

If you are looking to save money and go the easiest route, I would purchase a sleep mask. Years ago I worked the night shift for a few years and couldn't find any curtain that would truly make it ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

When I was a kid there was a bad heat wave and we used aluminum foil on the windows to keep the sun out. I don't know exactly what you mean by "do anything to my windows" but with a few cents worth ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

There are large paper blackout shades (see example on Amazon) that block out all the light on the window's I've used them on. They are a bit like giant sticky notes, with a sticky end that attached ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

I had an eye surgery a while back and needed to black out a room under similar conditions. Though in my case it was the morning sun I was trying to black out. I have tried 2 methods. Foil/Paper Do ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

Use double layer of black garbage bags I have used double layer of black garbage bags in the past. I've fixed the bags with black tape that doesn't stick much to avoid leaving marks. However, over ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

Sleep mask Yes, sleep mask is best (economic and effective). Canopy If you find sleeping mask uncomfortable, try to build a canopy (DIY will be economic) as seen in below image. DIY cost may ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

Build a frame from some lengths of wood, to fit in the window opening. Cover with a few sheets of paper, or some plywood. Maybe some rubber foam around the edges to close any remaining gaps. Add two ...
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

If you want all the light-blocking of tin foil, and all of the subtlety of not having a shiny surface behind your window, consider "blackfoil" or "cinefoil." It's essentially aluminum foil, but with a ...
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Lifehack to remove GU10 lightbulbs from light fixture?

I have this exact problem with one of my light fittings. When I bought the light, it came supplied with a special sucker for removing and refitting the bulbs. Stupidly, I used the device when the bulb ...
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How can I dim the 20+ LEDs that are in my room to help with sleep?

SIMPLE, EASY, FAST, CHEAP, NEAT, REMOVABLE (but leave 'em on) Get a roll of Black Plastic Electrical tape and cut squares to cover the indicator lights.
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How can I black out a bright bedroom at night?

Put a pillow on your head This is an alternative to the sleep mask because I have found that the sleep mask doesn't stay properly when I move and the elastic band are quite uncomfortable. Pros ...
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Lifehack to remove GU10 lightbulbs from light fixture?

I believe you could use suction pad with diameter smaller than size of light bulb. GU10 lightbulbs are usually flat so suction pad can easly adhere to this ligthbulb. Then you could catch suction pad ...
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Laptop screen brightness irritates me at night

In Windows 10 Settings, for controlling the brightness of your device. Go to "Settings" and then select "System". Now under "Display", you will find a "Change Brightness" slider at the top. Move that ...
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How to disable our outdoor motion light?

Disabling the light does not seem to be an option, but you can avoid the bright light going directly into your eyes by shading your eyes with one hand as you approach the light wearing a hat with a ...
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Adjustable height of light fixture

You have it attached to a fixed bracket, but if you replaced the bracket with a twin-slot bracket bar: You could keep adjusting it.
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What are some good strategies for dealing with the end of daylight saving time?

Try using light therapy to give you more energy and help your circadian rhythms. There are many options for S.A.D lights. Your doctor may be able to recommend a particular one for your lifestyle. Some ...
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Laptop screen brightness irritates me at night

There is an application called F.lux, which reduces blue light and irritation to eyes during the evening. It is available on most platforms, including phones and tablets. EDIT: This program can ...
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How to make UV light visible

In most (if not all) cases the LED light of a mobile phone will not produce the wavelength needed for producing UV lights, see comments on https://www.instructables.com/id/Turn-Your-Phone-Into-A-Black-...
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How can I turn an echoey alcove into a home office suitable for video & audio calls?

When you're thinking about outfitting a home office, making that space suitable for audio and video calls is a multi-step process. You need to make sure that you hear the caller, that you are heard ...
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How can I turn an echoey alcove into a home office suitable for video & audio calls?

I'll assume the camera is directly in front of you. Position a floor lamp with a transparent/translucent white lampshade a few feet to the left of it, and a foot or two above it. If the light is too ...
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how do you easily turn a flash light into a lamp

A white, plastic shopping bag. Even when this bag is not completely white, it will still work! Basically, this is a combination of all answers mentioned before :)
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How to make your hotel room dark?

Rather than making your hotel room dark, you could use an sleep shade (photo from Amazon, but there are many types available). Also called a sleep mask. It's worn over the eyes, in case that isn't ...
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How to avoid background reflection Computer display

A variant of the quilters plastic template suggested by @holroy : punched pocket, the one which are a bit rough or "granular". It's kind of a quick/cheap fix because there is some color issue on white ...
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How to turn off the lights without getting out of bed?

Simple! You're looking for Home Automation. It's rather all the rage right now, as "The Internet of Things" becomes the buzzword for marketers over the next couple of years. But it's not really ...
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How to turn off the lights without getting out of bed?

If you don't want to just turn off the light and then get in bed (as for instance you read a bit before going to sleep), just get a lamp that clamps or screws to the headboard, so that you can use ...
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Can RGB lights (on blue) help with concentration and focus?

f.lux works like this: at the end of the day (sundown), sunlight contains decreasing proportions of blue light. This lack triggers the production of sleep hormones like melatonin. In the morning, ...
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How can I increase the size of the projection from my projection clock?

If you have mirrors in the room, you could bounce the projection off the mirror on one side of the room and then read it off the wall on the other side of the room. This should get you up to 14 ...
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How to make UV light visible

You can purchase a thing called a UV Dosimetry tag on-line. These are little paper stickers with a UV-sensitive yellow dye on one side and stickytape on the other so you can stick them on things ...
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How to read in bed without upsetting my wife?

The SleepCurtain was designed to solve this exact problem: it enables a partner to read an electronic device (or book) while blocking the light from interfering with the sleep of their partner, and ...
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How can I improvise a magnifying glass?

Usually, I just take a picture of the label with my phone and then zoom in to the image to read. For example reading nutrition info off a choc/lolly bar the size of my thumb. Zooming in and taking a ...
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