Saturday, February 5, 2011

How Many 50 Year People Does It Take to Change A Light Bulb?

How many 50 year old people does it take to change a light bulb? Apparently more than two! I have absolutely loved my two sets of track lighting in my office since Rex installed them last winter. They can get a little warm in the summer, but the light they give off is fantastic. Well, after a year one of the light bulbs went out and it happened to be the one that shines right on the sewing machine. We had a little time on Saturday and while we were out we stopped at Lowes and picked up a new bulb. After getting home and each taking turns on the step ladder, we discovered that we didn't have a clue how to get the old one out! We finally figured out that there was a small metal clip which some how assisted in holding the bulb in, but nothing to grab to get the bulb out. Can you believe that I had to get online and Google "How to change a light bulb!" It recommended a small suction cup. Rex went back to Lowes and bought a small suction cup and the bulb popped out like magic. We then discovered that we had bought the wrong bulb, so back he went again. Then because of his large hands and my inability to focus my eyes while looking up and standing on a step ladder, it was no small task getting the little metal ring back in place! After an hour and a half and three trips to Lowes, I finally had light again.

The worse part is, that we did not learn a trick to make the next one easier and now live in dread of the next bulb going out. If you happen to be the person who came up with the design of this system, it might be best if you kept that information to yourself!


1 comment:

Kathy said...

My husband would remind you to hold the bulb with a cloth or paper towel so you don't get oils from your finger on it. Apparently, this will concentrate heat unevenly and can cause a shorter lifespan for the bulbs.
I let him change the things.
Isn't it odd how the simplest chore can require THREE trips to the hardware store?


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