In the era of CFL and LED bulbs, I've got to check:
- the socket type. Is it an Edison screw base? Is it bi-pin? Is it a gu10 type? A gu25? Do I need a suction cup to remove the bulb from it's housing?
- the colour. Is it a soft white, bright white or daylight? Having mismatched bulbs in the same fixture is one of the things that morphs me into a Little Miss Type A.
- the size of the plastic base and the spirals. Some of them are too big or long for some of our fixtures.
And don't get me started about how CFL bulbs much touted longevity is dependent on the orientation of the socket or the degree airflow is restricted by the cover on a light fixture. Then there's the fact that I am suppose to recycle the bulbs. According to the Light Recycle website, the two closest depots are 184 km and 177 km away. Driving 2 hours to recycle something doesn't strike me as being particularly environmentally friendly.
Maybe I should go back to the incandescents? Should I start stockpiling incandescents before the January 1, 2014 ban?
Do I sound like Andy Rooney? Don't answer that. I already know that I do. It's just that I'm pissed off because this morning I went to change the lights in the front hall (semi-flush mount with horizontal sockets) and found this:
[Commercial Electric brand bulbs from Home Depot. Model EDXO-14]
Scorched and melted plastic doesn't grant me any piece of mind.
So now I'm adding "confirm brand name of product so that you can sue the company for BIG money if/when your house burns down" to my bulb checklist.