Jul 27, 2011

~ light bulbs


We've already established the fact that I am a self-proclaimed weirdo when it comes to obsessing about certain details. (Many of you have commented that you are equally obsessive... just the encouragement I need to follow through with more obsessive posts like this one!) I fully understand that there are more important things in the world to worry about than light bulbs, but I can't help what is going on in my brain, and light bulbs have been in there for weeks. Seriously? Light bulbs? I know what you're thinking... This lady really has lost her marbles... Let me explain.

When I was at my sister-in-law's house recently, (blue and green post) I happened to notice these amazing light bulbs on her kitchen light fixture. These weren't your ordinary light bulbs. They had these fancy tips... like hand-blown glass or something! I did some detective work and after wasting my time at Lowe's, Target, the Electric Supply Store, and every other light bulb selling store in the area, I called the owner of the fancy light bulbs and asked her to fill me in on the light bulb situation. Good news and bad news. 
Bad news: She couldn't immediately locate the source she ordered the bulbs from. (There was a minimum order and she had plenty of bulbs... not at the top of her list... understandable... she would find it eventually and get back to me...) 
Good news: She hooked me up with 9 bulbs so that I could finish off my new chandelier for the reveal post

Again, I refer to the crazy train and yours truly riding on it, when I tell you that I decided not only the new living room chandelier would be the lucky recipient of the new fancy light bulbs, but also my bedroom chandelier and my dining room chandelier, neither of which have shades, and both of which could use a little light bulb makeover. 

Here are the fancy pants light bulbs...

Here they are in my new living room chandelier...

I am not much of a waiter. I am more the annoying type who, when something is on my mind, it must be figured out immediately, pronto, yesterday. So waiting for my sister-in-law to locate her bulb source was not going to be an option... Who know's when she would have the time, or remember to do something so trivial... Thank goodness she was kind enough to hand over 9 bulbs for my living room chandelier, but I had other chandeliers to worry about! So I did a little searching of my own and came up with a source myself. Silicone Bulb Shoppe, in South Dakota, dips the bulbs by hand, and they are beautiful as you will see. It's hard to tell in the photos what a difference the new bulbs make, but believe me when I tell you, I notice, and I love them! Here are some before and after shots of my light bulb upgrade extravaganza...

dining room before

 dining room after

master before

master after

Turns out the tips are not hand blown glass, but silicone! Glass bulbs are dipped in silicone and the silicone tips are rubbery! Silicone light bulbs are my new thing. I think they are the greatest. The husband was a bit leery of this new development...

~ Some of the tips are too long.
I solved that problem (if long tips are a problem) with a little snip snip of the scissors.

~ The 5 watt bulbs are not as bright as the 15 watt bulbs we were using before. 
I quickly pointed out the fact that we used the dimmer with the 15 watt bulbs, and probably lowered the 15 watt bulbs to, can you guess? 5 watts! 
Such a problem solver...

They're perfect!

Is anyone else feeling the excitement? 

Contact The Silicone Bulb Shoppe if you can't live another minute with plain ordinary light bulbs! They completely understand and will take care of the problem!

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9 comments:

Richard Cottrell said...

I have used those light bulbs for years, but, they do not give a lot of light. Thanks for sharing. Richard at My Old Historic House

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I have a couple of those in two Christmas candles decorations that they came with. I am glad you found a source for those. I love them and need some for my chandeliers, too.

Acquired Objects said...

I'm laughing and I love all your chandeliers with your new dipped lightbulbs. They truly look better and think I need to check them out. Don't worry about not being a wait-er, neither am I or most people for that matter.

Acquired Objects said...

I'm laughing and I love all your chandeliers with your new dipped lightbulbs. They truly look better and think I need to check them out. Don't worry about not being a wait-er, neither am I or most people for that matter.

The enchanted home said...

This had me laughing..oh boy do I know about obsessions....YES!!!!!!! I love these light bulbs, who knew about cutting the tips and them being silicone! See, nothing i would learned in 'real life" only in blogland do we walk away with so much knowledge about so many random things! I love the bulbs almost as much as I love your gorgeous fixtures and chandeliers. Almost! Thanks for the tip and the eye candy....

Chris said...

Seems to me I've had one or two of these for small Christmas lights ??? Maybe.......? But I love them in the chandeliers! Thanks for the idea.

Anonymous said...

Darn now you have me going as well! I have mostly open chandeliers and feel that I need these as well. Only thing is I am oceans away!!! So I am going to do some own my own dective work~~~

Veronica
www.tasselsandtwigs.blogspot.com

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

I completely understand the importance of making sure every detail is considered and just perfect even if it is only about a light bulb! They compliment the gorgeous chandelier perfectly!

Charlotte Des Fleurs said...

YES!! Details are important. I tend to use the small 7.5 watt bulbs and then dim them down a bit. This makes the color more yellow-orange which replicates candle light.

I never worry about chandeliers not putting out much light. In my home, at least, they are for atmosphere. People look so much better when the primary light source is NOT overhead but at face level. My rooms with chandeliers are always supplimented with sconces and or table lamps.