New Light In My Life
You know you're getting old when you find yourself saying such cliche things like "They don't make 'em like they used to. " The sad part is, it's true. They really don't make 'em like they used to.
Cheaper, thinner plastics result in cheaper, crappier products, which is the reason that the newest light fixture in our house was the one to break, while the older, sturdier fixtures remain strong and unbroken.
Originally I thought that one of the bulbs in our purpley kitchen light simply burned out. But once I replaced it with a brand new one, I discovered the actual socket was broken. Jiggling the bulb made it light up for a second, but without constant pressure, it didn't work.
Off to Home Depot to buy a new halogen light fixture.
We picked out an 'Ice Cube' halogen light which looks quite neat-o. And it was a pretty good price since I didn't have to buy any expensive halogen bulbs for it. I transferred our existing bulbs to the new light once it was mounted to the ceiling.
Our first house, built in 1941, had most of its original fixtures when we moved in, so I gained a lot of electrical experience replacing 11 of them. When faced with the challenge of replacing our new kitchen light, I actually got a little excited, despite my past light-related horrors.
Although I prefer quality stuff, sometimes cheap plastic has its place - like when you can't afford anything else. Our new light doesn't contain any plastic parts, so I'll make the bold assumption that it will last forever, or at least until the sun explodes.