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2014-03-12 / Loose Ends

Awash in lights

Susan Nienow

First we changed all of our incandescent bulbs to fluorescent to save money on electricity. Of course, there is no “all” in life – some of our fixtures wouldn’t take the fluorescents.

Since we are going to paint our bathroom any day now, I went in and turned on the lights to check the paint color again and noticed that two bulbs in the fixtures over the sinks were yellow-toned, two were pink-toned, one was blue-toned and the other green-toned.

Now these light bulbs are the same size, from the same manufacturer, but bought at different times. So I gave my other half orders for matching light bulbs. I didn’t realize he would come home empty-handed two days later.

Seriously, this shouldn’t be that hard. We do now have matching LED light bulbs but they are bigger than the last ones, turn on instantly instead of by the time I am finished with my shower, and despite being the same wattage, are much brighter. I now wear my sunglasses into the shower.


Robious Middle School's cheerleaders pose for a photo after winning first place in a recent Chesterfield County competition at Manchester High School. The team is coached by Jessica Martin and Jordan Chapin. Robious Middle School's cheerleaders pose for a photo after winning first place in a recent Chesterfield County competition at Manchester High School. The team is coached by Jessica Martin and Jordan Chapin. My other half suggested a dimmer switch. Then we might be the only people in the state with a dimmer switch in our bathroom. They are LED lights meaning they will live longer than we do. And they were $8 each.

Of course, that second mortgage really hurt, but I can see the dust bunnies more clearly now.

No wonder older people complain about change. Not that I am “older” - just that I can understand what they mean. It usually isn’t the change itself. It’s that change usually costs more. And it takes up more of our time. And it isn’t the same.

I liked the soft light of incandescent light bulbs. They were always the same color. If there was more than one in a fixture I could guarantee if one went out, the others would soon follow. There was something comforting about changing light bulbs. Now these bulbs will be vintage and using them will be a nostalgic experience.

We have fluorescent bulbs throughout the house now except in the fixtures that required halogen bulbs. They’re the ones I can’t touch without gloves or a paper towel. Those are really irritating. They are also expensive, and the fixtures won’t take another kind of bulb. They require a hunt to find the right ones. There are shelves full of light bulbs in the big box stores but with a lot fewer choices.

Shouldn’t someone do something about this? Is there a light bulb store somewhere? Do we need a law against making the fixtures so only one kind of bulb will fit? Oops! It’s a new law that got us here.

My daughter-in-law has requested a care package with all of the working incandescent bulbs that we replaced with fluorescents. She is young but not taking this change easily. Do you think she would notice if we slipped in the six compact fluorescent bulbs in four colors?

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