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    Light bulb passion

    Does anyone else get this overwhelmed feeling when shopping for light bulbs?

    I had to replace the bulb above our shower today. I, on a whim, brought the burnt bulb into Home Depot with me. Good grief, I started sweating over the choices. I even had an employee helping out. We searched and searched and finally found a replacement.

    Why are there 4 million choices for bulbs

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    Because we're a spoiled rotten species that thinks they're so smart and can never have enough, and that will be our demise, but I'm glad you found your light bulb. Now no matter what time of day or night you can get a look at the only thing we are good at and should be making before you flush it, while simultaneously adding to the Earth's pollution and using natural resources for chit.
    Hope you drove a really big suv to pick up that bulb, and good on you for supporting home depot with it's big ugly buildings and huge parking lot that could be at least 10 acres of natural land.
    Round and round we go

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    Just when I was about to give my 2 I read theMeats post. Nuff said!
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    HA !

    I'm in Building Facilities Repair and Maintenance.

    Here's the list of bulbs I have to go through when I need one I haven't replaced yet.

    LITHONIA PSDL3
    LITPSDL3 1 185.00 0
    LITHONIA PS1400 QUICK DISCONNECT
    LITPS1400QD 1 144.00 0
    TCP LE2WGBF 2 WATT LED LAMP
    TCPLE2WGBF 1 27.75 0
    LUTRON H3DT832GU210 BALLAST
    LUTH3DT832GU210 1 92.25 0
    H3DT550GU210 DIMMING BALLAST
    LUTH3DT550GU210 1 92.25 0
    2 WATT LED ELEVATOR LAMP BA155 BASE
    TCPLE2W1383 1 27.75 0
    LUTRON EC3DT4MWKU1S DIMMING BALLAST
    LUTEC3DT4MWKU1S 1 85.50 0
    LUTRON H3DT540GU210
    LUTH3DT540GU210 1 92.25 0
    GE 22181 F38/2D/835/4P POLYLUX
    ATRGEF382D8354P 1 15.50 0
    METROLIGHT HBF-400P 8890001
    METHBF400P 1 335.00 0

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    I have 6 buildings of full lists like this ... I don't call it 'passion' so much..
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    How many pot growers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    None, they use fluorescent bulbs instead.

    How many recovering addicts does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    One, but it takes twelve steps.

    How many Jewish mothers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    None, they would rather sit in the dark and suffer.

    How many journalists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
    Three. One to report it as an inspired government program to bring light to the people, one to report it as a diabolical government plot to deprive the poor of darkness, and one to win a pulitzer prize for reporting that Electric Company hired a lightbulb assassin to break the bulb in the first place.

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    Went to Home Depot the other day to get a small tube light for
    under my kitchen cabinets. Got home, put it in and the light is a
    different color than the other ones. Looks like crap, so I went back
    and got some more so they all would match. What a bunch of BS,
    and no they didn't have any like what was in there before.

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    Lighting is a big part of my work. Aquariums have to have light in order to keep the critters thriving. I apply a few types of fluorescent, metal halide, and now LEDs to them. Spectrum is of utmost importance depending on the environment one is trying to recreate.

    For example, in a freshwater aquarium, the strongest color in the spectrum to penetrate the water is red. But if you applied a bulb with that spectrum to a saltwater aquarium, you'd have major algae growth issues.

    In saltwater, red is all but filtered out and blue is the strongest spectrum.

    Then you have wattage to consider which is a whole different chapter in aquarium lighting...

    heyyall, different color temps & spectrums provide different mood settings. Yes, our moods are actually influenced by lighting.
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    I've got an idea ......animated light bulb above my head.

    Seriously though.
    I used to work at Home Depot for many years. I never worked in the electrical / lightbulb area but I certainly got pulled in there by many a customer on many occasion. Guess what area I learned to avoid walking by in my little orange apron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I've got an idea ......animated light bulb above my head.

    Seriously though.
    I used to work at Home Depot for many years. I never worked in the electrical / lightbulb area but I certainly got pulled in there by many a customer on many occasion. Guess what area I learned to avoid walking by in my little orange apron.
    DJ, can you walk me over to the lighting department please? I need your help to find an extremely rare, hard to find replacement bulb for my light fixture that was built in Nigeria. Thanks pal!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Guess what area I learned to avoid walking by in my little orange apron.

    The Customer Service counter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    DJ, can you walk me over to the lighting department please? I need your help to find an extremely rare, hard to find replacement bulb for my light fixture that was built in Nigeria. Thanks pal!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    The Customer
    Service counter?
    Ha,ha funny guy's. What was amazing to me was most customers expect you to know everything about everything in the store. We're talking,about a football field size store with everything imaginable. I got to see the lack of humanity that our society really has for one another. "what do
    you mean you don't carry it" "what you don't know if you carry it" "what do mean you don't know where it is" "what do mean you have to call someone that works in that area" "what do you mean they don't make them like that anymore"

    You name the scenario I've probably seen it. People are ruthless when they want what they want when they want it.

    Fock thank's for bringing back those fond memories guy's.
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    DJ, did you keep your orange apron as a momento?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    DJ, did you keep your orange apron as a momento?
    But of course, I framed it behind glass and hung it above my fireplace. So now whenever I walk in the house and see it, my immediate thought's are of all those gentle nice customers. Did I mention how nice some were enough to actually bring back their "cut" live [now dead and brown] christmas tree a month "after" christmas. Yes dumb ass Home Depot gave them their money back. There are so some serious scum bags out there that find a glitch in every system and take advantage of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    But of course, I framed it behind glass and hung it above my fireplace. So now whenever I walk in to the house and see it, my immediate thoughts are of all those gentle nice customers. Did I mention how nice some were enough to actually bring back their "cut" live [now dead and brown] christmas tree a month "after" christmas. Yes dumb ass Home Depot gave them their money back. There are so some serious scum bags out there that find a glitch in every system and take advantage of it.
    Would you mind putting it on and having someone take a picture of you wearing it? Pretty please? With sugar on top?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Would you mind putting it on and having someone take a picture of you wearing it? Pretty please? With sugar on top?

    Sure! Would you like me naked hence only the little orange apron and my bike helmet sitting on my little bicycle. Or just standing like a goof all orange aproned up.
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    Meat, why are you so angry?

    We don't have eyes that see in the dark like a dog or cat.
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    Light bulb passion

    You guys are great.

    I replaced some CfLs with LEDs yesterday. Wow, what a difference. You flip the switch and have light. /start firstworldproblem I hate having to wait 3 seconds for light /end firstworldproblem

    Meat, sorry, I did drive my truck to the farmers market, to Costco, and then to the big orange. All in 6 miles or so of fossil fuel burning glory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    Meat, sorry, I did drive my truck to the farmers market, to Costco, and then to the big orange. All in 6 miles or so of fossil fuel burning glory.

    I hope your truck is full size V-8 with monster 44" tires that get's 4 miles to the gallon. If so you acted as a true american.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I hope your truck is full size V-8 with monster 44" tires that get's 4 miles to the gallon. If so you acted as a true american.
    I smoked the tires at every light and ran a Prius off the road yelling "keep the golf carts on the cart path."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dru View Post
    Meat, why are you so angry?

    We don't have eyes that see in the dark like a dog or cat.
    Not angry, was kidding, figured it was over the top enough and on oc it'd fly but guess not.
    Round and round we go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Lighting is a big part of my work. Aquariums
    What do you do? I have a fowlr with a couple of nems and been experimenting with some corals. Nothing major, 72 gal bow with fug, dsb and algae scrubber. Whatcha got?
    Round and round we go

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Sure! Would you like me naked hence only the little orange apron and my bike helmet sitting on my little bicycle. Or just standing like a goof all orange aproned up.
    Why, naked of course!
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    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    What do you do? I have a fowlr with a couple of nems and been experimenting with some corals. Nothing major, 72 gal bow with fug, dsb and algae scrubber. Whatcha got?
    I maintain all types of aquariums (except for freshwater live planted tanks, hate those!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    I smoked the tires at every light and ran a Prius off the road yelling "keep the golf carts on the cart path."
    You have rep coming for this.

    Lowes is just four blocks away for me. I could have rode a bike down yesterday to pick up some 2-stroke oil for my weed eater.
    Instead I jumped in my hot rodded diesel p/u. I have a bad habit in that truck of using the accelerator pedal like a switch.
    Its all Shits and Giggles until somebody Giggles and Shits

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    How do you think people with light bulb sexual fetishes feel when they have to pick new lightbulbs, theres a hell of a lot to take into consideration , shape, length, glass thickness, its a tough game for light bulb lovers.
    Dont ever let the truth get in the way of a funny story....

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