Light bulbs used to be simpler in the olden days ! When I was a child, to me, there appeared to be one type of light fitting and one type of bulb to go in it. Life looks simple to a child 💡
In my growing up years I discovered they had something called tungsten filaments and could be clear or opaque. To make matters more complicated they had watts, although most were either 60 or 100 watts. Oh and finally —— they could be pushed in with a twist or screwed in. That was it.
Then I became an architect and learned there was an illumination of light bulbs out there. Flourescent ones first, not much used in the house, but there were also, up lighters and down lighters —— and recessed lighters —– and wall lights —-and spot lights.
More recently when we discovered all these lights meant we were running out of energy, there came along a new breed of ‘low energy bulbs’. Watts were bad, saving the world was good! They just cost more to start with but would save a fortune eventually.
What has all this got to do with clutter, I hear you ask? Well our house has lots of light fittings and the bulbs for just about each one are different. That explains why we have cupboards and drawers with light bulbs in all over the house. It is also why, when a light bulb blows, it sets off a search around the house in the dark which can take days.
We have attempted to get organised by having one cupboard for light bulbs next to the fuse board in the hall. Low down, behind a chair, with a sticking sliding door, with one broken handle. It’s very convenient, especially in the dark.
When you finally open the door bags full of light bulbs fall out. Which is generally not good for light bulbs ! At the latest count there were 56 bulbs all ready to light up our world and half of Blackpool as well. Of course we also have bulbs for light fittings that were replaced years ago. And for fittings we never had that were bought in mistake 😟
Now you know why light bulbs are clutter.