Wife's desk lamp.
Feit 13/60 Watt curly.
Didn't explode, just wouldn't light up.
I see her opening a 4 pack of CFL's down here in the basement.
I asked her how old the failed bulb was.
She said four years, since daughter gave her the lamp.
I mentioned here my kid got us two 18-count cases of Feits for 28
cents a bulb at Menards. About a year ago.
I was going to track their longevity.
Been pestering my wife because she's the bulb-changer here.
She's opening a pack of something called "Ecosmart."
I ask why she isn't using a Feit from the cases my son bought.
They're on a nearby shelf.
She says, "I just grabbed these from the closet."
I say, "What? You got CFL's in the closet?"
Then, "Let me see the bulb that burned out."
She says, "I threw it in the garbage."
I say, "Get it for me. I want to see it."
She goes and gets it.
It's a Feit that looks likes the ones in the cases my son bought.
So I ask, "Are you sure this bulb is four years old?"
She got pissed, and said,
"If you don't quit bothering me about these god damned light bulbs
you're not getting dinner."
Then she went upstairs.
I go to the basement closet and see about 6 varieties of CFL's
in there, different sizes, and a pack of old "special" incandescents
we used to use for the bathroom vanity before CFL's.
I had no idea how little I knew about my wife's secret bulb-buying.
Then I heard kitchen noises and smelled a pork roast.
So I'm giving up on light bulb tracking.
I'll leave it to the ladies.
Did check to see that the burned out Feit didn't match the ones in the
So I'll go with 4 years for that one.
And that's all you'll ever hear from me on the subject.