Enlightenment

Who would have thought that buying a lightbulb would be difficult? A recessed floodlight in my kitchen burned out, so off I went to Home Depot to replace it. I may not be a handyman, but changing a light bulb should be a piece of cake, or so I thought.

When I arrived at the store, I was met with a wall of bulbs in varying sizes, shapes and capabilities. I had the burned out bulb with me. Nothing seemed to match. Wattages and sizes differed from my recently departed bulb. After staring at the wall for a while, I realized I was in over my head and sought expert assistance. My education was about to begin.

It seems my bulb was of an endangered species known as incandescent and sadly, they are no longer manufactured. The choices are now LED, compact fluorescent or halogen. They can be dimmable or not, enclosable or not, for indoor or outdoor use. Oh, by the way, lumens have replaced watts. A sixty watt bulb equals 800 lumens. My head was spinning. Watt? All I want is a lightbulb!

Good news, these technological wonders last for up to fifteen years and can save energy. Monetary savings will accrue over time. Hopefully, I’ll still be of mortal coil to enjoy them.

Bad news, the initial cost is significantly more than their incandescent counterparts and they tend to use a light spectrum that can be a bit harsh on the eyes. A warm, comforting glow is a thing of the past. Plus, the frustration factor is quite high as you navigate the puzzle that is light bulb replacement.

My advice, learn and embrace the technology or stock up on incandescent bulbs, if you can find them. Consider yourself enlightened!