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How Hard Is It?

A light bulb burned out. No problem. I have plenty in my stash in the cupboard under the kitchen sink!! I exit stage one and sally forth to the kitchen for a replacement bulb. I need a dimmable bulb 'cause the light fixture in the library [where our puzzle table is set up and we're working on a 1500 piece puzzle; small pieces] -  I need plenty of light. I need all the light I can get in fact!! Naturally, the dozens of boxes I have of bulbs, not a single one is for a dimmer switch. It's Sunday, all the work is done around the house and in the yard, I think I'll just hop in the car and go bulb shopping. First stop...Home Depot. They open early! I wanna get there before all the other DIYers show up. I find the aisle with all the lighting stuff. I walk up and down the aisle, not seeing the wattage I need; none can be found.

"Can I help you find something?" A masked clerk asks.
"Ya, I need a box of 75 watt dimmable light bulbs with a medium base", I say through my own mask.
He looks for them. He too can't find any. "We must be all out".
"Thanks"...I walk out, back into the morning heat.

I drive to Walmart just down the road. I really don't want to drive clear to the other side of town to another Home Depot. Walmart should have what I need.

I don my mask again as I get out the car to enter Walmart. I find the light bulb aisle. On both sides of the aisle, light bulbs!! Hmmmmm, as I peruse and search for the correct wattage. 75 watt. Yep, here it is! Nope, not dimmable! I put it back and walk some more. I'm getting my steps in just in one lane of bulbs, and I think I'm going the wrong way on a one-way aisle. They're coming out of my ears; so many different bulbs! Do you know how many different kinds of bulbs there are?!! I'd exaggerate of course and say "millions". But probably at least 100! Anywhere from 15 watt to a gazillion! We have pink, blue, green, red, black, yellow, soft white, bright white, clear, frosted, flood, LED. undimmable, dimmable, fluorescent, tubes, candelabra, mercury, incandescent, night lights of Disney characters, nautical, western, Texas [of course], round regular, irregular, long tube flattened, flat globe.  Oh, and the base size varies, too, but I won't get into THOSE options this time 'round...One box of 4 lights was $21.97!! But, on the box, clearly visible, this package of bulbs, one bulb lasts for 22 years [guaranteed]. All I want is to replace one bulb, but want a box of 4 for the unexpected burn-out that will surely be coming sooner than later. But, do I need one that will last 22 years? That means I'd be 94 years old. By the time I make up my mind which to put in my cart, I just may BE that age, and still working on the same puzzle! Besides, my mask is getting sweaty and uncomfortable. Should I get this kind, or that kind? Another thought crossed my mind while I decided...heck, this mask wearing may go on for another 22 years the rate I'm going...and we'd all be stressing over Covid 41!!!  I just say "What the hell" and toss the bulbs [gently, not to break 'em] in the cart, and walk off.  Hmmmm, I really should get some new underwear while I'm here.  You know what that'd be like, right?   Nylon, cotton, briefs, bikini, high waist, low waist, flowery, plain, colored.... Too many decisions for one morning already.  I pay for the bulbs and leave.

When I get home, Bud says:  "What took you so long?  I was beginning to worry."

I say to him:  "Do you know how many different light bulbs there are?  Let me tell you......"

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  1. Oh my gosh!! BUT, I have to tell you. We have had a dimmer switch on our bedroom overhead light for many years. We just buy regular bulbs, not dimmable. And they work fine for dimming.

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    1. Ya, regular light bulbs will work, but eventually you will damage the wall switch & wiring. Besides you buy a dimmable bulb, you save energy consumption. Dimmable LED light bulbs can be dimmed with a normal resistive dimmer. They consume very low wattages and are extremely energy efficient. However, there are also non-dimmable LED lamps that won’t work with any of the dimmers and can be damaged if connected to any.

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  2. I know the struggle. I went looking not long ago for a simple little night light bulb. And you're correct, shopping for underwear is just as bad.

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    1. Lol. I shudder at the idea. Easier to do it all online if you don't need the purchase that very day.

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  3. Thanks for my morning laugh it's 6:41 and I'm getting dressed in just a minute to take big for his walk and then we're going to get Bob's bandage off so I did not post today but I'm glad I read yours before I leave thank you. The thing is just a couple of weeks ago I went to get a light bulb I wanted a 40 watt you are right Walmart I went up and down the aisle up and down the aisle just got a ditto ditto ditto what you wrote here I have never seen so many different types of light bulbs and then I decided to replace the ones in the fan and their bedroom because two of them were burned out and I got four of them and when I got home the base wouldn't fit so then I had to go back. Also I have never been in Walmart to buy a lightbulb or any single item that I didn't come out with more things

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  4. Hello, so many decision and so many light bulbs. I have seen the light bulb section in Home Depot recently. They do have a big selection. Have a happy day!

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    1. ...but for what I needed, out if stock. Seems to be a regular occurrence these days.

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  5. This is so funny to me.....I go through the same struggle! We have so many bulbs under the sink but NEVER what we need!

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  6. I had no idea there are so many different kinds of light bulbs. Fortunately for me, I leave that whole task to my hubby. If I had to buy one myself, I'd be up a creek. But you sure did make me laugh. :-)

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    1. My struggles...my intention. If you laughed, I accomplished what I was after.

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  7. Too Funny - I Agree With Laurel For Sure - May Your Future Shine Even Brighter

    Cheers

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    1. Lol...and, "cheers" right back atcha.

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  8. Thank goodness we have a good supply of all the bulbs we will need. We have red bulbs, bug yellow ones, clear glass ones, and complexion flattering pinkish ones in among many others. Some are even from the 60's left by my parents. Your search made me laugh and I could see you trying to find just the correct ones!

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    1. You're supposed to have special lights for these dimmer switches.

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    2. Never ever had a dimmer switch. Never ever even used one.

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    3. To me, it is really only for "mood" lighting.

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  9. So glad I got to read and giggle and not have to make the trip myself. Someday I will have to go through my bulb drawer and get rid of the ones that no longer fit into anything. Maybe I bought them 22 years ago?:)

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    1. If I had 'em stored in a drawer they'd all be shards by now. Lol on the 22 years.

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  10. Oh lordy.... that was always my luck too, Anni. I stopped "going shopping" long before the virus, just because of this very scenario. Amazon has been my friend long before they developed their prime membership program. Whenever I need something I turn on my computer, find what I need in usually about 30 seconds, order it, and it arrives within 48 hours at the latest. But I've never been a "shopper" so... any alternative is better than the one you described. LOL Love, Andrea xoxo

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    1. 48 hours is too long when you need a bulb! Even an overnight shipment wouldn't suffice in this instance. I need a bulb to see! And you don't like to shop? That, for me, can become a great pastime.

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  11. That is so the truth. What ever you buy there are just way too many choices!!!!
    It is even hard to pick out toothpaste!!!

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  12. Yep, I like picking out my own fruits, veggies, etc. too but... it's like a pandemic out there, ya know? *LOL* XOXO

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    1. I can't trust someone I don't know to pick my food out.

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  13. I know, I found that out when we needed a bulb for our front porch light that is on a solar eye to turn it on in the dark, etc., anyway, it has to be "dimmable" for the new fixture. The new bulbs were not dimmable. I never noticed there was a difference before this. They just keep making things more complicated for us old folks. You are right...way too many choices, and none of them were the right one! LOL

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    1. Our electrician told us what a regular bulb can do to the switch, so, I guess dimmable or none. It's like how many does it take to change a light bulb?

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  14. It would seem that buying a light bulb should be a simple thing to do. I have looked for them as well and am amazed at how many kinds are available.

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  15. You are so right...I just about hate to have to buy a lightbulb now. Same thing with underwear. If you find some you like, of either one, you should stock up now. while they have them.

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  16. We tend to have spares of things we need, it saves a lot of hassle. Also, the things we buy on Amazon are easy to reorder...Amazon keeps track for us. We do the best we can to keep things simple for our poor old minds.

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    1. I thought I had some under the sink.

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  17. aww...I didn't know there are a lot kind of bulbs....I just select 75 watts...LED...

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    1. The numbers of bulbs on the shelves boggle my mind

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  18. Oh Anni, you really are a Hoot.
    Your post could have been me the last time I needed new bulbs.
    You made me laugh.
    I have not been happy with the way the "new" bulbs work, their cost and they DO NOT Last 20 years...no way!!!
    I get so frustrated when I have to buy new ones and to figure out the different watts..just give me simple!!
    Sue

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    1. Exactly. I'm glad you could laugh. That was my intention.

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  19. That was quite an outing! Made me laugh, only because I can relate :) Thanks Anni!

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    1. If any of us has shopped for these recently, we should ALL laugh at the choices. Almost need a degree.

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  20. I read 'first stop' and knew it wasn't going to go well!

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