Alice, Can I Take the Lightbulbs With Me When I Move?

Alice, Can I Take the Lightbulbs With Me When I Move?

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Jul 14, 2015
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Hi Alice:

When we moved into my apartment 3 years ago, I had to replace all the lightbulbs within the first month. The unit had a bunch of the old incandescent bulbs that all burned out. All of them. Even the fridge and oven! I spent a lot of money on new cfl efficient bulbs, and I don't want to give them to my landlord. I know taking them is kind of petty, but they last so long (and were expensive!) and I don't want this landlord or the new tenants to enjoy all the money I spent.

It probably helps to point out that I'm a broke college student.

What do you think? I was thinking I'd take all but one bulb from each room. So at least the new tenants will be able to see.

Please let me know,
Broke and Bulbless

Dear BB,

I get it! Energy efficient bulbs can add up, especially when you have to buy them all at once. They're an investment because they last so long so of course you want to get your money's worth.

I don't think you need to worry about the new tenants. At the very least, your landlord should be doing a walk through/cleaning/check of the apartment before his new tenants move in. If I were you I'd mention to him that you're gonna take the cfls you bought so he can be sure to put in new bulbs after you move out. Easy peasy!


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