When I took the bulb out of the package, I noticed that it felt funny. Light bulbs normally have a rigid, hard and brittle feel, as a result of being thin glass. However this bulb was almost soft and slightly flexible - not visibly so, but to the fingers there was a tiny little fit of give. Upon contemplation, this appeared reasonable; there was no need for these bulbs to be gas-tight, so they did no have to be glass; a softer plastic actually made sense because it might resist damage were the bulb dropped.
The bulb went into the socket as designed; it was funny to look around that room and see that we had almost nothing that really needed 110 current; everything had some sort of transformer built in to step the electricity down to something like 6 volts. Perhaps at some point we'll go to a 6 volt house, and use rechargables for anything portant the needs more ooomph - like the vacuum.
We liked the way the bulb worked. It was noticeably brighter than the bulb it replaced, and seemed to have a fuller spectrum of colors. However when I took a photo with which to illustrate this blog, I noticed a striped pattern.
This pattern appears whenever I get a direct view of the bulb. When taking a picture of the bulb when it's lit, there is a strip pattern. Here are some examples. Any idea what causes that?
|No stripes when bulb is not visible|