MontereyJack
 
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Reply Mon 16 Feb, 2009 03:08 pm
Maybe I'm not getting your picture here. There's a cord from the ceiling. At the end of that cord, you mount the keycase. The dangler is at the keycase when the keycase cord (not the ceiling cord)is retracted. You reach for the dangler and you're at the keycase. Then you pull the dangler down from the keycase to the height you want it, put a clip at the keycase, which is at a height you can reach, and the dangler's at the level you want it. 2 different cords, one retractable, one not. The keycase in the middle.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 16 Feb, 2009 03:26 pm
Oh I see what you're talking about!

That might work if I can think of a way to disguise the keycase. That shouldn't be too hard.

Thanks!
MontereyJack
 
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Reply Mon 16 Feb, 2009 03:32 pm
Good luck. They're cheap, if you can figure out a way to go that route--I googled "retractable key case" and Ideal Hardware, wherever they are, had an unobtrusive round black one for $2.49.
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mismi
 
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Reply Mon 16 Feb, 2009 03:49 pm
@boomerang,
Hey Boomer - you know how they have the cord covers for chandeliers and such? Something like that might work if it were a light weight fabric.

http://www.customcordcovers.com/images/chandelier-2.jpg
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 16 Feb, 2009 10:06 pm
Some other retractable objects you might be able to adapt to the use:

retractable dog leashes
http://www.pet-dog-cat-supply-store.com/shop/dog-retractable-cat.php

retractable clotheslines
http://www.nextag.com/retractable-clothesline/search-html

retractable keychains
http://www.nextag.com/retractable-key/products-html
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pimp79
 
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Reply Mon 30 Mar, 2009 01:57 am
@boomerang,
Hi, i've been looking for one of those lamp mechanisms for weeks on google, ebay, from european lighting retailer (all lamps I've seen that use this mechanism are from there), etc with no luck at all, that would be the bad news, the good news is I do have a lamp that has exacty what you need, and it is not inside a bubble in the middle of the cable, it is inside the junction box? cover. It would be basically the same as a retractable keychain but twice the diameter, twice as thick and made with some metal parts instead of all plastic, I think it even has wire instead of a cord. So in the unlikely case you get one if this lamp mechanisms it will be someting that will probably last decades, the lamp I have is vintage and again, it is not the bubble mechanism mentioned in a previous reply, it would be more like a heavy duty keychain mechanism. Hope this helps
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slkwhitt
 
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Reply Sat 15 Oct, 2016 07:27 am
The foyer ceiling at the entry to our house goes up to the second floor. Because of the location of he foyer light fixture and he stairway bannister, the light is too high to change the light bulbs without a scaffold. Does anyone know if a retractable device for light fixtures so that the light can be lower for bulb changing and the power back up to position afterwards.
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