After three years in the suburbs, I'm back in Portland. (There's a plan in place—we'll see how it works out.) Among other changes (oak floors again!), I have become an LED convert. After resisting them for years, I've finally been won over because the newer LEDs are more golden in tone than the older blue-toned ones. Lamplight should resemble candlelight—the yellows and oranges of fire at night. Blue is for water and sky, things seen in daytime. Thus lamps, which are for evening, shouldn't be blue-tinged: water extinguishes fire.
Though I downsized back when I lived downtown, selling off a couple of extra-large lamps (and most of my furniture), I realized I could use another lamp in this new space, my bedroom being north-facing and sun-deficient. So I purchased a vintage table lamp I'd admired from my former housemate, who had scooped it up at a thrift store for resale. It has a creamy-white glazed textured ceramic base and vintage shade and looks like a modern reproduction but isn't.
|compact fluorescent vs. LED light bulbs|
Since most of my stuff was in storage for a couple of months while holidaying and apartment hunting, I couldn't access my light-bulb stash, a set of 11-watt compact fluorescents purchased in 2003. Those IKEA CFLs have lasted forever. The two leftovers could last another 15-plus years, but since they were stuck in storage and I'd bought this lamp to use (at first) in a dark guest room, I bought a new LED bulb from Goodwill for $2 to try out—but only because the package said "Soft White" instead of something like "Arctic Icicle."
|LED light bulb|
The light is slightly cooler than the compact fluorescents, but the pros outweigh the cons. Unlike the CFLs, these $2 LEDs are dimmable, don't contain mercury, and will last for 25,000 hours (!) compared to 6,000 hours for the old bulbs. Plus, with 9W I can get 800 lumens compared to 11W of 600 lumens with the CFLs. Lighting technology has apparently improved in 15 years.
|LED bulb in vintage lamp|
Evolve or die. Remain flexible in thinking or pay a higher electric bill. If I ever do build a tiny house or buy a house, it will be outfitted with LEDs—until something better comes along.