Buying From Strangers Over the Internet
One minor, thorny problem: the overhead lights in the kitchen have been a pain. Slender double neon bulbs, they push into slots, which is easy.
These bulbs start flashing brightly on and off to announce they are sick and going to die.
Changing them is a bitch. With adjoining lights right next to one another in the overheads, you have to break off the glass bulbs and then jiggle the base up and down while pulling at the same time.
The Original Bulbs
I’m pretty sure that 22 years ago these exotic bulbs were made by Philips or Sylvania.
At various times over the years, I ordered replacement bulbs.
When they arrived, I looked at the boxes. The pictures matched the bulbs in the ceiling so I put them in storage without checking the manufacturer.
The last batch was of ProLumes — a brand I never heard of.
The bulbs worked okay.
Recently looking for replacements I Googled ProLumes 18W-D. A ton of suppliers turned up — folks I never heard of. Some of the sites had nothing like what I was looking for. A sampling:
- Myriad offers from eBay.
One of the purveyors on eBay offered 1 bulb for $10.98. The sales message:
Married to my high school sweetheart for 32 years. Been in liquidations as long. Started selling on eBay Feb 02 in order to expand our market. We love selling Online!
I finally settled on Atlanta Light Bulbs. They seemed to have real people on their website and looked legit.
I placed an order for 3 bulbs and gave my credit card.
My card was hit for $12.30 plus $9.95 S&H for a total of $22.25.