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A Lightbulb Moment

It’s been a dull and rainy day today, and this is a dark house at the best of times. So this morning I walked into the living room and turned on the lights. There was a flash of light, a shower of red sparks and a very loud bang. All the lights at this end of the house tripped out, so I was plunged into darkness, and to cap it all, the blown lightbulb flew horizontally out of the wall fitting at great speed and hit me on the head! I’ve never had that happen to me before, and I have to admit it gave me quite a fright! 

It wasn’t easy to fix, either. The bulb had exploded at the point where the glass joins the screw fitting. The bulb had been ejected violently from the socket, leaving behind the screw cap still stuck in the housing. It needed a pair of pliers to prise the broken screw-end out, and of course it all had to be done up a ladder and by torchlight, as there was hardly any daylight, and all the lights were out as I’m not going anywhere near a potentially live electrical fitting with a set of metal pliers!

I know that in the grand scheme of things, it’s very much a first world problem. But I’ve got a bump on my head from a high-velocity light bulb, and I’m definitely not happy!

{ 3 } Comments

  1. RichardP | 19 November 2017 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Sounds rather scary – hope you’re ok.
    Your description implies that the bulb remained (mostly) intact – I trust you (and the room) weren’t showered in glass fragments.

  2. Sally B | 19 November 2017 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    I had a similar experience when Geoff was working abroad. My neighbour came in to help, but couldn’t fix it up a ladder (high ceiling) in the dark. Unfortunately he had managed to get some of it out, so then he had to tape the ends of the wires sticking out until we could see what was what. I t was easy to fix in the light of the next day, although I had to buy a new fitting for the bulb as that had crumbled as well.

  3. pauld | 20 November 2017 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I dropped a large heavy low energy bulb once when taking it out to replace and it shattered into long nasty shards of glass all over the room, i was stood in a little clearing in the middle, the epi-center !