HAHAHA. Years ago at Christmastime I went into the local Drug Fair and saw a pile of flourescent torchiere lamps on sale for $5 apiece! I thought that was a tremendous deal and got five or six of them. PRC-POS hahha cool word. They were boxed up in that china cardboard that's prolly made out of dead bodies and earthquake hut straw. Massive styrofoam molded halves held the whole lamp in pieces with the wiring through the base, pole sections, screw in pole connectors and to the lamp top. The screw in pole connectors were plated cast pot metal with cast threads, prone to busting out if the lamps get moved too much. Two round bulbs in the top with a three-intensity switch on the pole.
I got a lot of mileage out of those lamps, but they attract stink bugs in my place like crazy. I've been nodding out more than once when one will fall on my head and I'll jump up out of the recliner "Gaaaaaaa", slapping my own head in surprise.
So I got this forced ritual where I hear that annoying buzz, know one has landed in the lamp top with a "clink", get up, get the dustbuster, and vacuum the bug out. I always have to tilt the lamp to see the bug. I was summarily executing them by tossing them in a coffee can of laquer thinner for a while.
Last week I was after one and dropped the lamp and the bulbs busted all over the place
I think the stinkbug got away
Now I know I'm supposed to call the EPA, HAZMAT team, the cops, the fire department, NASA, and the FBI, when a flourescent bulb breaks.
I just got the shop vac hahahah.
Usually save everything like Les Stroud on Survivorman, but I just clipped the wires and threw away everything. OK I saved the tube sections. And the switch. But I fully intend to throw away the base and I already threw away the ballast and lamp top. Wait. Did I? Maybe I can use it as a Jethro Bodine cereal bowl.