Wednesday, February 07, 2018

tentokan

Untitled In our kitchen and bathroom, we have fluorescent lighting.

One of the first things that the building manager taught me is that 9 out of 10 times when the light flickers, it is the glow lamp or tentokan in Japanese.

The glow lamp or tentokan is a teeny bulb that "starts" up the larger fluorescent bulb.

Unfortunately the other night, when the light started to flicker (like a neon sign) in the kitchen, it was the larger bulb.

Which of course I don't really keep spares around because 9 out of 10 times it's that teeny one that needs changing.

I could've ran to the convenience store, but who wants to go out in -3C (26F) weather, especially at night...

So, I went to the DIY store the next day and was surprised that the Japanese made bulb was 3 times the price of the one made in China.

I guess I could've bought the cheaper of the two but thought if I did, I would only need to purchase another one in a couple of months.

Anyway, at least we have light now (that is not blinking like a neon sign).

5 comments:

Rowena said...

I wouldn't go out at -3° either, but at least you have light on your birthday! happy birthday!!!!

jalna said...

Interesting!! And it's your birthday??!! Happy Birthday!!

K and S said...

aw thanks Rowena :)

Thanks Jalna :)

Take care you two.
Kat

KirkK said...

Happy Birthday Kat!

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk!

Take care.
Kat