Thursday, January 20, 2011

You Dim Some you lose some

You know I can accept that the world is not flat and eggs actually DID come before chickens ( or is it the other way around?), but one fact I cannot grasp is that the light bulb as I once knew it is CHANGING??? Oh sure those freaky squiggle and LED bulbs may save some energy but I am not sure that they are either better or less costly in the long run? All I know is they sure look dumb sticking out of the ‘in the door’ lighted refrigerator water and ice dispenser.

I like my old fashioned bulbs. It was the one constant in my life that worked just as well when I was a kid as it does now. To this day I never tire of switching between all three levels of a 3-way bulb and basking in their warm glow as I am trying to spy through the neighbor’s mail. Now those squiggle lights start-up a little dim and then burn hot and glaringly stark for my taste.

I am also not a big fan of having to evacuate the premises if I drop one of the loopy lights due to the poisonous gas prize inside. LED lights are safe but always have a kind of cold bluish tint to them and can’t cast a wide beam. Why would ANY wife need something other than their husbands, when having to put up with something that is ‘dim’ and emits killer gas when treated improperly?

I hate buying light bulbs that are made in China over good ol’ fashioned globular American bulbs. We Yanks still love wall to wall carpeting and our space program is more mature than the Chinese, so logically we should know more about vacuums than anyone right? Now even though these new bulbs last longer and use a few cents less energy every day, when they do burn out they cost $5 to replace paid to a foreign manufacturer over a traditional 50 cent light bulb built domestically.

If this losing ‘False economy’ thinking continues to catch on, I expect we can export chopsticks to China at ten times what they are paying now (assuming we leave out the costly poison gas). Sadly I forgot though, the world is still not flat AND the Chinese are not 'dim' enough to ‘see the light’ my way - who would have 'thunk' it!


  1. Don't even get hubby started on THIS topic, either. (Are you in his head? Is he in yours?)

  2. I don't use them either. I don't really get them.

  3. You really know how to shed some light, and I couldn't agree more..

  4. Hey -- I LIKE those curly bulbs even better than Curly Fries.

    But never had one last even close to the 'years'
    they advertise. Maybe a bit over 2 yrs. sometimes three years(?)
    The mfgrs KNOW you'll forget when you bought them.)
    Has anyone ever tried to get a replacement for "not as long-lasting as advertised)?
    Maybe still standing in line waiting. But
    they DO save electricity and slow down building
    new generators. But not as much as 'Der Ekologists' have done.

    LAST WORD: These bulbs are better than most other
    things the Eco-Nazis have forced on us "Because we know better than you what's good for you, no
    matter how much it costs."

  5. Your play on words is amazing! Love it! I also love that you can write a whole post about light bulbs and that it is entertaining. I laughed out loud at the part about reading your neighbor's mail in the warmth of the 3-way lightbulb. I do the same thing!

  6. It's been awhile since I dropped by Billy. Missed you!

    Another great post! You do have a way with words.

    Thanks for stopping by the old Back Porch.

  7. I have two issues with the new carp (do you sense my bias?).
    1. they take a long time to brighten up. When I run downstairs to fetch something from the freezer it still dim. And at my ageI don't see well!
    2. The regular bulbs give warmth...
    Around here we can use all the heat we can.
    cheers from frozen Perth

  8. P.S. Oliver could be rented out. He's a pretty happy-go-lucky lad! Although Vet on Wed.!!!!