Does it take to change a light bulb?
We’ve been in this house about 2-1/2 years. The house is about 8 years old. The ceiling fans came from Home Depot — Hampton Bay brand. The lighting on four them is just horrible. The one in the master bedroom has amazing light. The family room/eating area is all one big open space and there are two fans in there. They’ve always had horrible lighting. Apparently these lights take “intermediate” bulbs and they are very hard to find. They’re not candelabra or medium . . which are easy to find. We tried to get new light kits for them . . no . . can’t get those. Vince found some little adapters that you screw into the holes and then you can screw in medium end bulbs. The problem there is that it makes the bulbs stick way out of the globes.
These bulbs are honestly sticking out about 4″. The problem with them is that they take forever to get bright. If we turn the dining room light on when we start to eat dinner, by the time dinner is done, the light is bright! I hate that!
When we were at Home Depot Friday (believe it or not, we didn’t go on Saturday), Vince found some kind of flat looking disk bulb and he said “Oh, these may work!” He got one to try it. This evening, we were going to Home Depot so he tried the bulb so, if it worked, he could get more.
Vince: Oh, this is great! It comes right on and it’s bright!
Me: NO WAY!
Vince: What’s wrong with it?
Me: It sticks out of the globe about 6″ and it’s ugly (think . . big white disk sticking out).
Vince: That’s the best we’re going to do.
Me: You think?
That conversation did not end well but off to Home Depot we went. Vince said “Are you staying in the car?” Nope, I’ll be in the lighting area!
By the time he found me, I was talking to a guy who does remodeling and he was giving me his business card.
Vince: Did you find a light that will work (knowing I probably did not!)
Me: No . . but this nice man has a remodeling business and he will change the ceiling fans for us!
Vince: *I* can change a ceiling fan!
I knew he could and he will eventually but it took that little exchange for him to think I really might hire someone to do it . . tomorrow . . if he thinks big flat disk light bulbs are going to stick 6″ out of the light fixtures!
In the end, we did find bulbs that may work but . . I don’t know for sure because Vince had the whole light apart and dropped a screw and we can’t find it so until he gets to the hardware store and gets another screw . . this is what we have.
Sometimes the simplest of tasks . . like changing a light bulb . . can be the biggest pain!