To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
Turns out that sucker will last longer than its purchasers.
Some are Born to sweet delight,/Some are Born to Endless Night.
But not if you install an LED light.
According to the package, at a usage of a mere three hours a day, it should last 22.2 years.
Hmm-mm--mm. I will probably have been carted off to my semi-final (and as yet undetermined) resting place by then.
But this light fixture is in use only half the year, so that brings its life span to 44.4 years.
I will definitely have been carted off to my final resting place (an ash plot in Mount Auburn cemetery) by January 2059.
It gets more dramatic. This light is on no more than a half an hour a day, which brings it's life span to an astonishing, and sobering, 132.2 years.
The house may not be standing by then, although it was solidly built 133 years ago and has a new roof. Even if the house is abandoned in the great flood of the next century, the light bulb will be worth salvaging, unless the grid has collapsed and the residents of my leafy suburb have regressed to a state of feral paleolithicity.
I have just had a birthday, and as the years pile up, I have more and more thoughts about lost possibilities, last-time events, and the disposition of valuables. But I never expected those thoughts, bitter or sweet, to be triggered by a light bulb.