Shedding a “little” light on it

What lurks in the heart of the 3-way bulb?

What lurks in the heart of the 3-way bulb?

I have never had any luck with incandescent 3-way light bulbs (yes, I still have a smattering of incandescents, and no, I’m not hoarding them like some people. You should see the crazed discussions online, like Amazon: give me life, liberty and my incandescent bulbs – I’m pretty sure that’s in the Constitution.).

From talking to people in real life, I know I’m not the only one to have a pricey 3-way bulb soon become a 1-way, invariably leaving only the crappiest wattage in working order, typically a 50-watt.

I’ve had a 3-way incandescent bulb successfully working on a lamp for about a year now. I believe this is a personal best. Each time I’ve made it go through its 3 paces, I’ve been kind of surprised but pleased like getting a present. However, I moved the lamp the other day and now the bulb is flickering and suggesting it’s ailing. Sometimes I feel like I should just take a 3-way bulb and smash it just to get the inevitable over with. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the right attitude.

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7 thoughts on “Shedding a “little” light on it

  1. Deb

    My house is still holding onto 3, maybe 4 lamps that use 3-way bulbs. I say a few words each time one passes on and remember my childhood long, long ago when these things were soooo amazing.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      I didn’t know about 3-way bulbs (well, like A LOT of things) till adulthood so I am still newly impressed (if only they’d work/last!) I am also impressed you have 3 working! Have you tried the CFL 3-ways? I am nervous to waste money on them…

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      1. Deb

        No, not yet as my old ones seem to be hanging on for now, although now that we are discussing them they are most likely mounting a revolt…my outdoor porch light was out this morning (not 3-way but still…) so I bet it won’t be long now 🙂

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