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I knew that incandescent bulbs were set to (finally) go away this year.

I didn’t care.

As soon as CFLs were less than $5 a pop, that’s what I started using.  I haven’t used an incandescent bulb in a whole bunch of years.  Except that special one in the dryer (wonder what we’re supposed to use in there now?).

The new townhouse, however, had some flickering fluorescents that needed replacing.  I motored over to Home Depot this morning (with the tubes in a box, ‘cuz I’ve learned that lesson: never, ever go to Home Depot without measurements, samples, dead stuff that needs replacing, and a credit card that isn’t screaming for mercy…yet) and got some very bad news.

Most of the fluorescent tube lights are becoming extinct, too.

I know!  I couldn’t believe it either.  I thought fluorescent = energy efficient.  But I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

I’ve got these fluorescent tubes in the pit of despair (aka: the garage) as well as under the cabinets in the kitchen.  I don’t want to replace actual lighting fixtures, for cryin’ out loud.  I bet there’s a whole bunch of other people who feel the same way — or will feel the same way when they have to go on the black market (aka: eBay) to get some replacement tubes.

Today’s post is a public service announcement:  either stock up on fluorescent tube lightbulbs for your home’s fixtures or stock up on fluorescent tube lightbulbs to sell on eBay.  Your choice.