A couple of months ago I got an email from a reader asking me how we change the light bulb on our David Trubridge designed Coral light. It was a strange request. I didn't want to write back, "umm..like, der", so I sent a nice reply telling him how to do it.
My reply was totally theoretical by the way, as the bulb in our light hadn't blown at that stage.
And then our light bulb blew and I appreciated fully what that reader was on about. The bulb that goes with the light is ginormous! Think childbirth thoughts.
The light is constructed from about 60 pieces of very thin bamboo pieces which plug together to form a sphere - you need to unplug some of the connectors to make an opening wide enough to squeeze the old bulb out and the new bulb in.
The thin bamboo pieces are liable to split if you are too heavy-handed when unplugging a section. If you don't have spare pieces, you could run into a spot of trouble.
This is lighting obstetrics 101 and was to be handled very delicately. We photographed our lighting (reverse) birth to show you how it was done:
|Fully dilated Coral Light|
I unplugged the pieces in three places to make an opening large enough to squeeze the light bulb out.
|Jason was the midwife (or husband?) in charge of the reverse birth of the light bulb.|
There was a bit of manoeuvring to get the bulb in without damaging the pieces.
|Nearly there. A few more deep breaths and a big push, Jason! You can do it!|
The light bulb is an energy saving Philips Ambiance Globe
|It's a...it's a...|
working light! Aw...Congratulations!