I just wanted to share something with you - because try as I might, i can't keep this one to myself...
Now, if you're like me, you've been thinking of investing in an Ottlite for your crafts or creative area - but either can't justify the expense, or already have a desk lamp and can't bring yourself to replace something that seems to be in perfect working order. Yep, that was me.
Thing is, (and I may not be the first to discover this whatsoever), yesterday, I sat at my desk (in the conservatory, in the daytime) wondering if it was possible to buy a replacement bulb to fit a lamp that isn't an Ottlite lamp. Hmm - it appears you can - or rather, if you have a lamp that fits one of their bulbs anyway. However, if you haven't got a lamp to fit a replacement bulb - you won't have to pay a fortune! I wish I had a £ for everyone who might read this and go out and buy this now LOL...
I have one of these on my desk:
Yesterday, after looking at Ottlites on Amazon, I wondered if they sold a bulb that would fit this lamp as they seem to have one that looks similar. So, I went on to a couple of websites and found that the Ottlite site itself was the cheapest. I ordered a bulb with the SAME fittings as the IKEA lamp. The bulb cost £10 (inclusive of VAT) and shipping was £1.20 - and it came this morning. My son handed me the parcel from the courier and said that's lite, are you sure there is anything in it - but I couldn't remember what I'd ordered! Then I saw the shipping note and laughed (and was surprised at the same time!) - it was my bulb - in a bigger than needed box (probably as its a fragile shipment), opened it up, got nervous in case it didn't fit after all my hopes were up - and lo and behold... it does, and it works.
That's why I just HAD to share this with my buddies and anyone in the crafting world wanting to own a daylight lamp, but in these hard times when a full priced Ottlite is out of the question. I certainly can't afford or justify the purchase of a new one.
Here is the bulb that fits the lamp:
I know I can for £12.20 (bulb + Shipping)... when all said and done - I already had the lamp so unless I was going out to invest now, I haven't really included this in the amount it's cost me to get Ottlamp quality lighting - but if I needed both, its going to cost the grand total of £22.20 - and probably your dinner at IKEA (or whatever you usually do when you get there) LOL!!!
Hope this helps... same as I said - I couldn't wait to share this with you.
Please leave me a message if you think this might be something that has helped, or whether you think you will go for it! I should be on a commission - what do you think?
Paula is one Happy Bunny right now :O)
hugs to all
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