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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 improvise a magnifying glass?

If you have a smooth, cylindrical drinking glass made of clear glass, you could fill it with water and allow the convex shape of the glass to magnify the object behind it. Alternately, if you have a ...
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How can I effectively black out my room for sleeping, cheaply and such that I can still open the curtains during the day?

An also very easy, cheap and quick solution could be using aluminium foil. Just stick it in front of your windows and your room should be blacked out perfectly!
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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 improvise a magnifying glass?

If the reason you are having trouble reading the small type is because you are farsighted/nearsighted, or because it is dark (causing your pupils to dilate and your vision to get fuzzier) you may find ...
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How can I effectively black out my room for sleeping, cheaply and such that I can still open the curtains during the day?

I'd invert the problem and ask if you'd be comfortable wearing a sleep mask such as the ones airlines give you. I'm guessing even premium versions of these are less expensive than any blackout shades ...
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Hiding or covering annoying LED lights on computer and accessories

I know these two tricks - one of them to cover any light, and the other to turn off the motherboard lights, specifically. Nail Polish Yes, nail polish. Just grab one with a dark color (black, deep ...
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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 effectively black out my room for sleeping, cheaply and such that I can still open the curtains during the day?

Roller shades, the ones that are thick. Some shades outer sides are reflective even. I have one of those. When it is down, no light gets in. The sun can even shine directly at it and nothing. Make ...
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How to read in bed without upsetting my wife?

Use E-book. While costly, this is by far the simplest solution. E-book media can generate enough light for you to read, but be dim enough for your wife to not be disturbed. This also allows you to ...
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Hiding or covering annoying LED lights on computer and accessories

Something I found out the hard way is that a layer of super glue significantly dims the brightness of the LEDs. While it won't remove the light completely, it will dim it a lot, and you could apply ...
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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 to avoid background reflection Computer display

As long as you can't block the major light sources easily, then you need a Monitor filter (wikipedia), which has anti glare or anti reflex/reflective behaviour. These can be bought commercially for at ...
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How to prevent people accidentally turning the lights off from leaning on the switches?

You can use one of these light-switch guards designed to cover the switch while still allowing deliberate access: Ironically, these are commonly called "child-proof switches"… although I'll ...
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How to read in bed without upsetting my wife?

I have stumbled upon this issue myself. I think a book light will suite your purposes. It's a small LED lamp that you clip onto your book and in most cases can be adjusted so that it points to the ...
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How can I effectively black out my room for sleeping, cheaply and such that I can still open the curtains during the day?

Dirt cheap solution: Get a roll of black garbage bags and sew them onto the back of your curtains. If it'd get too hot in direct sunlight, try a layer of aluminum foil on top. Or save some pizza ...
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How to see better in the dark

I use only one eye. I get up, walk to the bathroom, close an eye, turn on the light, and switch eyes when the lights are off and I am walking back to my room. I read this somewhere (I think a ...
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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 dim the 20+ LEDs that are in my room to help with sleep?

Two immediate thoughts comes to mind: 1) Move the equipment out of the room, 2) Improve on your dimming idea. Assuming it's not an option to move the equipment out of the room, I'll suggest some ...
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How to turn off the lights without getting out of bed?

Two ideas spring into mind, so I have to make two answers to this one: Remote control Today there exists loads of remote controlling actions in the shops, just try searching for remote control light ...
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How to see better in the dark

Put your Hands in front of your eyes before going in the dark room , your eyes will adjust much faster because it's darker than in the room. Or maybe try a flashlight with redlight, eyes don't react ...
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How to avoid background reflection Computer display

Tell your employer they are likely breaking health and safety rules regarding screen glare and need to do something about it, ideally a blind on the window would be the best (as then you can also ...
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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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Hiding or covering annoying LED lights on computer and accessories

Easiest way to "block" the lights is to disable them. Just cut one of the wires leading away from each LED (keep reading). Unless one has plans to get real fancy later on, it doesn't matter which ...
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How to read in bed without upsetting my wife?

Use a headlamp. Many headlamps come with dim light and red light settings, which you can use to make the light less bothersome for your wife. [Note: I am not recommending this specific product, just ...
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How to avoid background reflection Computer display

This sounds bizarre, but can you tilt your monitor down a bit? It should then reflect more of the floor and your lap, and you wouldn't see the sunshine in it. (It may become difficult to read, though.)...
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How to avoid background reflection Computer display

You can knit a privacy sock. The one in the image is for a laptop, but I'm sure the design can be adapted. It's a sock that covers your head and your monitor, so no one can see your display but you. A ...
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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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