A vintage doctor's lamp that we use everyday stopped lighting yesterday and as the kids had been playing with the switch I thought that was the problem. I checked the switch, the plug and the fuse but still no light. Today dh brought a bulb home from work to 'test' the lamp. New bulb in and it lit again!
This lamp has been with me since my teens when I found it dumped and rewired it. The bulb had been in there since we moved house in 1999!
It was a GE 15W low power bulb which is indeed flourescent.
We haven't had problems with flickering and I honestly don't mind waiting for a second for the light to appear. We have only 1 bulb in the house which is not flourescent because we can't get the width of the bulb into the fitting and still get the glass cover on.
The color! We recently moved and are setting up our home. To be honest, Ihaven't had to purchase light bulbs since the low E ones became so popular. So, I went to target bought some for our new home and our house looks blue. It's so weird. It doesn't feel natural at all - and my husband says it gives him a headeache. So I'm not sure what we'll do...