Light Bulbs, Really?
It looks like this week I have one more short story for you. Like the google keyboard trick described in recent article “How to Move Cursor Editing Text in Android“.
Let’s talk about… light bulbs. Yes, about light bulbs everybody uses everyday. No, I’m not going to suggest you to purchase WiFi connected bulbs, like Flux WiFi Smart LED Light (but if you want to – you can find them here – they are not that expensive, as they were).
Let’s talk about usual light bulbs we all have. Whatever technology your light bulb is built on – filament, energy saving, LED or something else they all have one thing in common – sooner or later everyone (ok, mostly everyone) light bulb stops working. And you need to replace it.
And you better have one backup item at home.
Definitely you can order one by Amazon. Or if you do not want to wait for delivery you can go to an offline store and buy it there. Moreover, it could happen, that when you read this article Amazon already offers 10 minutes drone based delivery as well – who knows.
Meanwhile, what I personally learned is:
- offline stores prices are rather high. And to be honest for me it could take days to find a time slot to visit them (I care about productivity and prefer to spend my time better way)
- Amazon asks quite a lot for delivery.
Actually, I found IKEA light bulbs best in price/quality balance (at least offline IKEA prices)
So, the straightforward solution for the issue is … have a several backup light bulbs at home.
And Here Comes a Trick
How many different types of light bulbs do you use in you home/apartments?
I found that I have at E14, E27, GU10 and few more I do not remember exactly. Having few backup items of every format is not an optimal solution (and relatively pricy one). It makes a lot of sense to use only 1 or 2 types of light bulbs. In this case it is easy to have and maintain a recovery light bulbs set.
So, buying new nice light… consider not design only, but if light bulbs type it requires is the one you already use or something new.
I’m going to reduce diversity of my light bulbs types (in this context this is a negative term) to only two of them: E14, and E27.
With this I fundamentally remove one problem I do not want to take care about.
By the way, do you have a idea how many different bulb types exist (without googling)?