The bare 40 watt light bulb just outside the sliding glass doors powers the eco-system that is my patio. Ok. I am being pretentious, but I am also being truthful. When I turn that dim little sucker on, the moths bump into it, rest next to it. Recently, I have noticed a large spider web against the eve of the house. The web is on the other side of the sliding glass door but it is close enough to the light bulb that some moths with poor senses of direction get caught. Then, to watch it all my cats sit next to the glass door. I have even put a chair and an old sleeping bag near by so the cats have a comfortable place to lay and watch their MTV (Moth Television). I stand in the doorway between the kitchen and the living room watching the cats watch the moths.
See, that little light bulb attracts more life than you would think possible from an 80 cent piece of glass and filament. Well, it is not the same light bulb. I have to change it out every few weeks. I always use 40 or 60 watt bulbs that I buy at the grocery store. I like the ritual of changing out the bulb and I like that there is no fixture to undo so that I can change it. I just reach outside, un-screw the old and re-screw the new.
What am I going to do now that lightbulbs are becoming more efficient? And why am I not even excited by this efficiency? I should be glad that I can buy a fancy pants bulb that spits out light using less energy. I should be glad that I can find a new-fangled bulb that won't require me to change it constantly.
Still, I will miss the old-fashioned light bulb and it's dim, expensive glow.