Fancy Schmancy Lights: A Wee Rant


LED Desk Lamp (February 3, 2020 – August 3, 2020)

The label on the base of the LED Desk Lamp read:


My LED went DED.  I bought it on February 3rd, 2020.  It died on August 3rd, 2020.  Six months.  Long-lasting?

I did not use it much.  It was a night-table lamp.  I used it to read before going to sleep.  In the six months of its long-lasting life, I estimate that I used it a total of 24 hours—if that.  I did not read every time I went to bed.

If it was not a fancy-schmancy light, then I could replace the bulb.  But it was a LONG LASTING LED WITH NO BULB TO REPLACE.  EVER.

Today I bought another desk lamp.  There were lots of desk lamps with fancy-schmancy light bulbs, but I made sure I bought one that uses the type of light bulb that appears outside my head when I get an idea.  When this regular light bulb burns out, I can buy one anywhere.  I do not have to consult with electrical engineers before going on a major expedition to find a fancy-schmancy replacement bulb.

I am also pleased that my new desk lamp came with Assembly Instructions even though the lamp was already assembled.



1.  Place lamp base (A) on a stable, flatsurface. [sic]

2.  Install a 40-watt max. medium-base incandescent bulb or a 13-watt max. medium-base CFL (none included).

3.  Insert the plug into an electrical outlet.  Use the switch (C) to turn the lamp on and off.

4.  Move the arm (B) to position the light as desired.


My fancy-schmancy LED desk lamp, which went DED on August 3rd, did not come with instructions.  It took me several days to figure out how to plug it into an electrical outlet, and turn on the lamp.





“How many Gary Johnstons does it take to change a light bulb?”
“How many?”
“Just one as long as the replacement bulb comes with instructions.”





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