Lighten Up: The Highlight Bulb Changer's Origin Story
Posted by James Ellis on January 21, 2017 . 0 Comments
My name is Jim Ellis and this is the story of the development of the Highlight Bulb Changer…
I had never owned a chandelier.
I had written music for a legendary television show (WKRP in Cincinnati), had 2 songs in the Olympic Games, and even conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded them at Wembley Stadium in London.
But I had never owned a chandelier…..until now.
I stood in the atrium of my family's nice new home and marvelled at the glittering beauty of the classic fixture, flame-coloured beams glistened warmly off the gold of the finely crafted chandelier and shimmered icily through its diamond glass beads, lighting the entrance hall like a royal palace…this was very cool.
Soon, however, my unmitigated enthusiasm for the new fixture began to wane as I noticed that at least two bulbs were not burning… either they were loose or burned out.. and the scenario of addressing the bulb problem began to play out in my head:
In order to change the bulbs I would have to actually touch them.... and that would require standing at the very top of an insanely tall ladder... which had to be brought into the atrium... extended into the stratosphere and then leaned against one of the walls while attempting to avoid damaging anything, including said walls..... then, having made it to the top of the ladder... trying to turn around and reach out and over to the fixture..…. twisting it around if necessary.... holding the chandelier with one hand and ...changing the bulb with the other… all the while maintaining a death-defying balancing act worthy of the Cirque du Soleil.
Not only did I not have such a ladder, the whole process just screamed: “you’re gonna die.”
Eureka! I thought (okay, okay, it was really more like ‘dang, y’all!’, but that isn’t as classy and after all, I was now a certified chandelier owner) as an idea popped into my mind that was so obvious and so simple, that it was a long time before I was convinced that it had not been done before.