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Author Topic: Birthday Riddle  (Read 1888 times)

Offline Alianora La Canta

Birthday Riddle
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:48:12 PM »
It was the annual emergency light test at work today, which was duly announced on the message board.

Somebody immediately replied "Happy birthday!"

Someone else suggested getting the emergency light test a lightbulb for its birthday because it was dark.

This puzzled me. Every light was working earlier. Every socket that is meant to have a light has some sort of functional bulb in it. It's not clear what it would do with a bulb if it got one.

What do you get the emergency light test that has everything?


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Offline Robem64

Re: Birthday Riddle
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2018, 05:15:01 PM »
Candles....just in case.....they could of course be birthday cake candles  ;)
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Re: Birthday Riddle
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2018, 12:34:20 PM »
How about a nice lamp shade, naked lights don't look very pretty now do they.  :D
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Offline Monty

Re: Birthday Riddle
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2018, 04:26:38 PM »
Arrgh!! You plant bulbs in the ground; you are referring to lamps. Lamps not bulbs!!
 :crazy: sorry, I've been a lighting engineer for over 30years  ;)

By the way, the emergency lighting should be tested every month and the full duration (normally 3hours in the UK) should be checked once a year.
Every emergency light should operate during the monthly tests and should still be operating after 3 hours during the yearly test. The internal batteries normally only last about 4 years. These are life safety products and do not get sufficient routine maintenance. Lecture over.....

Offline Scott

Re: Birthday Riddle
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2018, 04:48:37 PM »
https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/light-bulb

You guys call sidewalks “pavements”, so it appears you’ve confused some vocabulary while trapped on that little island.   :tease: :tease:
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Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: Birthday Riddle
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2018, 05:39:39 PM »
Hmmm. Do florescents and LEDs have filaments?
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Re: Birthday Riddle
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2018, 08:06:04 PM »
Arrgh!! You plant bulbs in the ground; you are referring to lamps. Lamps not bulbs!!
 :crazy: sorry, I've been a lighting engineer for over 30years  ;)

By the way, the emergency lighting should be tested every month and the full duration (normally 3hours in the UK) should be checked once a year.
Every emergency light should operate during the monthly tests and should still be operating after 3 hours during the yearly test. The internal batteries normally only last about 4 years. These are life safety products and do not get sufficient routine maintenance. Lecture over.....


I worked in street lighting, only for 18 months I grant you in the 70s, and I can confirm that in the trade the actual lighting element was called lamp, it is held and powered by the lantern. Having said that mostly everyone I know in Britain in the public arena calls the lighting element a bulb (tube if its florescent) and the actual fitting/power part a lamp. 

Unfortunately Monty the Vox pop has to take it.  :tease:


Try shopping for a standard light element for your back bedroom in DIY warehouses and you will be directed to different areas if you ask for lamps instead of bulbs/tubes.  :D


 
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Re: Birthday Riddle
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2018, 10:40:02 PM »
A lamp by any other name is a bulb
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Offline Monty

Re: Birthday Riddle
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2018, 11:30:45 AM »
Accept it; you are just wrong! Tulips and daffodils come from bulbs; electric light comes from lamps.
Oh and while we are correcting 'fake news' it was Swan (British) that invented the electric lamp not that late-comer Edison!
My problem is that while I am trying to convince everyone that they should be fitting 'lamps' the technology is moving so fast that soon we will all be fitting 'LED light-engines'  :'(

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Re: Birthday Riddle
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2018, 12:11:03 PM »
Accept it; you are just wrong! Tulips and daffodils come from bulbs; electric light comes from lamps.
Oh and while we are correcting 'fake news' it was Swan (British) that invented the electric lamp not that late-comer Edison!
My problem is that while I am trying to convince everyone that they should be fitting 'lamps' the technology is moving so fast that soon we will all be fitting 'LED light-engines'  :'(


 :DD  :DD

Nice try Monty but 99% of the population still thinks light bulb not lamp.

Returning to my Street lighting days we find more variance from the technical/proper names. The actual upright things that hold the Lanterns containing lamps in the air are called lighting columns/masts (formerly poles) in the trade, however all & sundry insist on calling them lampposts. :-*

Go figure?????  :confused:  ……. I know! - I know!    :crazy:   ;)   
« Last Edit: August 01, 2018, 12:20:14 PM by John S »
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Offline Alianora La Canta

Re: Birthday Riddle
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2018, 09:41:52 PM »
By the way, the emergency lighting should be tested every month and the full duration (normally 3hours in the UK) should be checked once a year.
Every emergency light should operate during the monthly tests and should still be operating after 3 hours during the yearly test. The internal batteries normally only last about 4 years. These are life safety products and do not get sufficient routine maintenance. Lecture over.....

I believe this is exactly what work does, hence we have "the annual emergency light test". (The smaller ones aren't publicised because they happen when few people are in the building; it's open 24/7, but the annual test is always done when loads of people are around, and 30 min, 1 hr and 3 hr are separately tested on the same day, so has to be publicised).
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