Why is it that sometimes the most seemingly insignificant replacement parts cost more than they should? I have a rather nice lamp that sits over my desk at home. Nothing fancy, but it’s one of those flexible “bendy” lamps that you can contort and twist into any direction that you’d like. It has holes in the top, so I keep it pointing upward to direct most of the light towards the ceiling and have just a small amount shine directly onto my desk — sort of like recess lighting, in reverse. (I guess?)
Anyways, it’s not very heavy and I accidentally knocked it off while cleaning my desk and broke the bulb. I didn’t think too much about it as it had a small bulb and thought, “No biggie, I’ll just swing by Wal-mart and pick up another one!” So last weekend I am in ‘Wally World’ and strolling my way back to the home lighting section and find myself staring at a whole aisle of bulbs — none of which look like the one which came out of my lamp (or what was left of it!). Luckily, I had jotted down the make and model of the lamp and looked it up on my Helio. (Hooray for Google!)
A quick query gave me the “type” of bulb I needed which narrowed down the search greatly … to the one bulb which Wal-mart currently carried. They were $3 … each … for a little freakin’ one inch bulb!
Every other light bulb on the aisle — even those 10 times larger were over a buck or two cheaper!
Yeah, that teaches me … next time I’ll buy a lamp that takes a REGULAR 40 watt bulb!