Thursday, November 20, 2008

Why?

We've lived here for over two years and we're still discovering things about our residence. A couple days ago, the light burned out in the walk-in closet and so I went to the store to pick up some more of the newfangled light bulbs that last forever. I figured that since that light hadn't gone out for over two years, that it must me that new kind of light. I got a chair and pulled off the cover. I thought it was glass, but it ended up being a flimsy plastic. Once I got the thing off, here is what I discovered:

Are you kidding me? Have you ever seen such a retarded thing? How much does a bulb like that cost? Where does one procure one? (It better be available at home depot.) How does one install such a thing? I don't even know where to begin. I predict that we'll end up replacing the whole darned thing. For now, we're using a flashlight to help pick out our clothes.

24 comments:

Rick said...

They snap right out. I've seen them readily available at Home Depot.

CoffeeDog said...

Yeah, what Rick said. No prob!

(my verification word is smeter, sounds dirty)

Petie said...

I think you should replace the whole set. Those bulbs are expensive. And not environmental friendly (I think).

Snooze said...

It looks like an operating room light.

Doug said...

Yeah, I'd be replacing the whole fixture. I like nice, simple lights.

Anonymous said...

These florescent bulbs are very efficient although a bit old fashioned. They snap right out after you unplug the wire from the bulb. Take them with you to Home Depot to get the right size. As you know they last a very long time beween needing replacing. The cost of replacing the whole fixture would be very high. ed

travelling, but not in love said...

I can't begin to tell you how much this made me laugh. It's that moment where you just go 'what the f@%$ kind of rubbish is this?'...

hilarious. I hope you find one easily enough. I'm sure you will...

Lemuel said...

I think you should replace the fixture with something more efficient, but "have you ever seen such a retarded thing?" Yes, indeedy do, I grew up with them! ;) Just remember, Torn, those fixtures, like all things "ancient" [a-hem], was once the way of the future. *grin*

mare said...

Available at Home Depot, Reno Depot and probably even your nearby Rona store.

I'd get only one, two tube rings seem to be overkill in a closet. Unless it is a really big closet.

/insert your favourite closet joke here

Patricia said...

Have you guys really been in the "new" place over two years? Wow.

I'm still finding idiotic things about my house, too, a little over 3 years in.

In fact, there's still a light switch that we have no idea what it controls. There's no fixture, outlet or secret passageway that seems to care whether the switch is there or not. So I have this irrational fear that every time I flick it up and down, I'm unknowingly causing the neighbor's garbage disposal to go on and off or something.

David said...

I have two of those fixtures in my current apartment. I'm not crazy about them but they work and I've been here 8 months and haven't had any problems.

Laverne said...

A light that big in your closet? I can only dream about a closet big enough to require a lightbulb, let alone one that size.

Serge is handy, he'll fix it.

Just don't go electrocuting yourselves with the DIY new fixture.

GayProf said...

I have that light fixture in my kitchen. It does seem like overkill for a closet.

The blubs, which are not-compact fluorescent, last for many years. As others have indicated, they are available at your local mega store. For the amount of light they produce, I think that they are energy efficient. Compared to more modern bulbs, though, not so much.

Roxrocks said...

Get a new fixture. That one is ugly. :) heehee

Java said...

I discovered the same thing when I had to change the light bulb in our kitchen (not in this house. A couple of houses ago). We've got Lowe's here, no Homo Depot, and Lowe's had the bulbs. good luck.

don said...

I'd like to see what you two are wearing to work during your days of selecting clothing using a flashlight. Could be some funny fashion faux pas.

Enemy of the Republic said...

It's a conspiracy! Once the light ceases its use, you will have no choice but to light torches which will set your house on fire and the insurance you pay will be useless as you will be accused of arson and sent to jail--or asked to pay a hefty fine. Oh wait, this is Canada--they still treat people like humans. Silly me.

Beautifully Broken said...

Yeah, I've seen one! Everyday in my kitchen right above the refrigerator. We've been silly enough to not even buy a cover for it.
Good luck with your lighting issues!

peter said...

Replace it with an LED fixture, loads of light for the next 10,000 hours for a fraction of the costs. In your case that will be the next 25 years.

Scooter said...

I work retail (quelle surprise!).
We used to sell a really cool torchiere lamp for the unbelievable price of $50. It was gorgeous...and we sold a ton of them. The only problem, it used a light bulb you could only order from the manufacturer...at $50 a pop (plus $15 shipping and handling). It was hella cheaper to buy a new one.

Back to your lighting question, I think you can easily remove it with a hammer and duct tape. That works with just about everything in my world.

If that doesn't work and you can't find it at Home Depot, I'll bet you can find it on line if you search that maker. Bon Chance!

Mark in DE said...

I'm sure you will be much better off and will thank yourself many times over after replacing that light fixture with a new one that takes 'regular' bulbs. Light fixtures are SO inexpensive these days.

Good luck!

Mark :-)

knottyboy said...

Actually flourencent bulbs are becoming the wave in front of LED lighting. Those really are difficult to replace. Plus your lesbian butchness points go up when you strap on your toolbelt.
kb

truthspew said...

Those are Circline bulbs.

http://www.servicelighting.com/T9-Circline-Fluorescent-Light-Bulbs

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

It looks like a hemorrhoid cushion.