I Am Dated.

A tube shaped fluorescent lamp is termed as tube light in India and someone who is slow on the uptake is also called a tube light as when one switches on the lamp, it takes a bit of time to light up unlike the other bulbs that come on instantly.

I had installed one in my bed room to give enough light to read while lying down inside a mosquito net. This lamp had given me long faithful service since 1999. I had to replace the choke for it a couple of times but, it worked perfectly well till just a few days ago. It simply gave up its ghost. Since it was during the Deepavali holidays, I had to wait till this morning to get an electrician to come and have a look.

The electrician, took one look at the ancient installation and smiled and said that the whole shebang had to be replaced as chokes and the tubes are no longer available. I was intrigued and agreed to replace it with whatever has come in the market in its place and this is what has.

It is a compact LED unit which actually gives more light than the old faithful and what is more important, lights up immediately on switching on.

I did not even know that something like this was available!

7 thoughts on “I Am Dated.”

  1. in my old house, there was such a fluo light in the kitchen…I never liked to touch it because it looked like any cleaning, it would collapse, but it was reliable. I would guess it has gone, since those house owners updated the home…and the kitchen was replaced.

  2. The garage in this old house has those tube fluorescent lights. I don’t like them, but I have a stash of the bulbs, so I”ll keep them until I’ve used them all up.

    But I will now add “tube light” to my list of insults. (We have a similar insult, when we call someone a “dim bulb.”)

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