Before and After: Why I Was So Freakin' Depressed. Thank You GE Reveal Bulbs. THANK. YOU.

So I mentioned a week ago that GE was sending me some Reveal light bulbs to make a difference in my life.
To change me.
To make me a better person.
You laugh but it is true.
Winter is killing me inside.
Eating my soul.
I was googling "happy lamps" and pricing homes in the Riviera.
By the way, I can't even afford a plane ticket to the Riviera.
By the way, I don't even know where the Riviera IS.

Anyway, when they said "free light bulbs" I was all in.
I will do anything it takes to make my home and my life look a little brighter especially from December to April.
I live in Chicago.
So really June.

But as you all know, I am skeptical.
I didn't really think a bulb could change my life as it pertains to household illumination.
I am a secret Debbie Downer.

Here, you be the judge.
These pictures were taken around dusk on a mid January day.
Which is 4 o clock 'round these parts.
Or 3:30 if it is cloudy.
I should also state that I did not edit any of these pictures in Picasa or Pic Monkey.
As to sway you.
And make YOU less Debbie Downer.

 I received four bulbs.
So I chose to do two lamps in my living room.

And two lamps in my family room.

Normal people would have chosen to do FOUR lamps in ONE room.

 I wanted to spread the love to the entire downstairs.

OK so skeptical me was all, "there is no way this is gonna make a difference".
I even said that to the hubs.
Then he left to take our youngest to a birthday party and I am pretty sure my last words to him were, " see you in two hours when the house looks EXACTLY THE SAME AS WHEN YOU LEFT."

I was a little wrong.
OK I was a lot wrong.
Who knew a light bulb could make a difference.

I don't know if you can tell from my horrible pictures....I don't do well with night pictures.
But there is a HUGE difference.
I noticed right away and said out loud," OMG. I can see the dust on my floor!"
Thanks GE.
Thanks a lot.

It made a difference in this WinterStinksAndIAmTakingAllOfYouDownWithMe mentality.
So do YOU want to make a difference in YOUR family room?
Or bathroom???
No one needs to see THAT much in the bathroom.

I was given product to review by GE.
I was not however paid to endorse this product and all ideas expressed are my own.


  1. I love these light bulbs... they really do make a huge difference :) Plus I'm a target carwheel app crazy person and I had a coupon... so it was like they were giving them away when I bought them!

  2. Very cool comparison. And if it keeps you from killing someone, then all the better! PS - I want the mercury glass lamps behind your sofa.

    1. These bulbs make me feel less stabby so everyone wins.
      The lamps are from Lowes!!

  3. Wow! What a difference! BTW cute lamps behind the sofa.:)

    1. Has it been that long since you were at my house?? We need to do a lunch soon.

  4. I must admit - it looks like daylight in the 'after' pictures. Which is a good thing, I suppose... However, I love the yellow glow of regular light bulbs. So, you see my confusion?

    1. I get this completely.
      Finally someone who understands me.

  5. Seriously. "How Kari makes even lightbulbs funny and interesting." I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Also, just curious, how many times did you have to retake that picture in front of the mirror b/c you kept seeing yourself or your flash in it? Or is that just me?

    1. It's not just you it's that you and I were apparently separated at birth.

  6. I am heading to Home Depot at lunch! These would make all the difference in my little casa! The sun is out until 6-ish but our living room always looks like it's the middle of the night!

    1. I need to go to Home Depot, can you pick me up some pink paint swatches???


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