How many musicians does it take to change a light bulb?
None. They just steal somebody else’s light
Ah! It never grows old! <grins>
Todays DIY job was a simple light bulb change. Gone are the days of Edison screws and bayonet fittings! Now is the era of the myriad fittings, voltage, wattage, sizes, and shapes.
Fortunately, in the UK at least, all types of lighting should state bulb type and wattage somewhere on the fitting or as a sticker on the cabling. Hence I knew that I required a G9 type bulb with a maximum of 33 W.
Not only is there a cornucopia of bulbs, but also whole host of fittings. This particular light fitting came with its very own tool to attach the shade. It was a simple case of slotting the tool over the bulb and unscrewing the shade which fitted behind and around the bulb.
After removing the (doesn’t-work-very-well-as-a-screen-but-looks-very-pretty) shade it was just a simple job of carefully pulling out the old bulb and carefully slotting in the new. The most important part of this whole process (other than making sure the light switch is off so you don’t electrocute yourself) is making sure that you don’t actually touch the bulb with your fingers as the salts and oils on your skin will transfer onto the bulb*
So I carefully pushed my G9 halogen bulb into place using the cunningly provided bag that came with the bulb, presumably for this very purpose. Once properly in place, I climbed down from my ladder and tested the bulb worked, before climbing back up again and screwing back the shade.
I know what you’re thinking; there is never a dull moment in this household…
*A halogen bulb such as this reaches much higher temperatures than a ‘normal’ bulb. The slight amount of grease and salts from your fingers will create an uneven temperature distribution on the quartz (halogen bulbs use quartz rather than glass) creating weak spots which will shorten the life of the halogen bulb or even make it shatter.