A Lightbulb Moment

I know you are thinking, “Barb’s going to share some profound wisdom with us here.” Unfortunately lovely, I’ve actually been wrestling with a lightbulb.

For longer than a moment. It’s been weeks.

Obviously, I don’t give up easily, but I learned something from this lightbulb. I’m really good with change, if it’s a change I decide to make. If the change is made for me, with no say so in the matter, that’s not so good.

I have lamps that use 3-way bulbs. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a lightbulb that has 3 different settings, and each setting has a level of light. I’ve loved these light bulbs all my life, but someone decided to make a change.

Photo by Federico Bottos on Unsplash

This is the LED version of the 3-way bulb.

Looks harmless enough, right? The original 3-way bulb would start out on a low setting. You turn the knob of the lamp, and it would get brighter. A third turn of the knob and it would be at it’s brightest light. It would start out low and gradually become brighter.

The LED version does the opposite. As soon as you turn on the lamp, the bulb starts out with the brightest setting.

Gives a whole new meaning to, ‘blinded by the light!’

With each click of the knob, the light grows dim.

My only consolation is at night while laying in bed reading, it’s kinda nice the light gets softer instead of brighter.

I’m proud of myself for not replacing it with a normal one, although there is one in the cabinet, just in case I snap. Enough time has passed now where it really doesn’t bother me anymore. I’ve adapted to the change. Here’s to you darling, and may you have a lightbulb moment.

4 Comments

  1. Since I’m living in my mom’s house I think I have a very good excuse to stick to the good old-fashioned energy inefficient bulbs. This would have been easier if, before I came crawling back here, Mom’s neighbor AKA Saint Joe, hadn’t already purchased some of the newer ones!

    Just in case you are not familiar with another “modern (at least to me 30 years ago) marvel of electricity”, my about-to-be-ex, whose late father was an electrician, introduced me to some light/power switches that communicate with the device(s) one wants to control remotely. I can’t tell you how many times these “conveniences” (because wiring was not required) drove me nuts. He “installed” multiples of them at different spots around the house. They worked great until I had to try to synch them up i.e. when they were used on lights in two separate closets that I wanted to turn on/off simultaneously.

    Sometimes the oldies are better for us old farts who may not be clear on the concept of how these new products are supposed to improve our lives. I’m glad you found the benefit of your new 3-way bulbs!

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    1. Sometimes a simple idea doesn’t need improving, and when it’s remade, it becomes more complicated. It looses it’s simplicity. I have friends who tell there lights to come on, which is a nice convenience, but I still enjoy turning the little knob and hearing the click.

      Infants crawl before they learn to trust their legs and walk. You’ll be able to stand up and walk when ready. Thanks for stopping by! xx

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  2. I want one! You are definitely ahead of me in the three-way LED department. Of course, I grew up with incadescent three-way bulbs, but I mean seriously, why is only one bulb brightness even acceptable? Now I need to go out and find a three-way lamp.

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