Shortly after I finished renovating my bathrooms, my friend Alexis gave me a beautiful, vintage triptych vanity mirror as a gift. I really love it and knew it would look great in my master bathroom. The mirror is European and has a type of light bulb that I had never seen before.
Unfortunately, the bulb broke and I have been trying to find a replacement bulb with no success. I did some research and found an amazing source for all types of light bulbs, The Lightbulb Store.
I contacted them and spoke with Larry Birnbaum, the owner. I described the broken bulb to him and read off any information on it that I could. Before I even finished the description, Larry knew the bulb exactly and said that he was pretty sure that he had it in stock. He needed to go into his warehouse to check and said he would call me back. About 15 minutes later, Larry called to confirm that he did have the bulb. I was thrilled and received it in the mail a few days later.
Larry is passionate about light bulbs and his business and it really shows. His shop, located in South Hackensack, NJ, is open to the public and carries every size, shape, color and function of bulb imaginable. You can also order online directly from his website. There's also a great history of light and lighting section on the site under "About Incandescents", with interesting facts and images. If you're searching for hard to find bulbs, be sure to visit the The Lightbulb Store.
This search got me thinking about the power of the lightbulb itself. Here are some of my favorite lighting looks that put the bulb front and center.