Thursday, March 01, 2007

Let There Be Light

How many conservation charity employees does it take to change a lightbulb?


Well, it did today anyway. Kind of. The lighting system in the Great Hall is an example of staggeringly bad design. There are four halogen spotlights, hiden way up high in the ceiling rafters. When a bulb blows we have to wait for a passing builder with a long ladder to check it out for us, as our stepladders don't come close to reaching the lights.

Two of the four bulbs have been out since October. The passing builder who bravely ascended his super-long ladder on our behalf reported that the bulb was fine, it was the light fitting itself which was broken. Naturally, I flagged this up to the Buildings Department immediately. Just as naturally, the required electricians, and their hired tower scaffold, only arrived today, two days before we open.

Turns out both lights are beyond hope of repair. Hooray! Now begins my campaign for replacement, accessible lighting!

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