Well, no pictures to prove it, but I got a good bit done today. My sister-in-law's husband (my brother-in-law?) came over to help out with some drywall work. We got the last of the ceiling hung and basically two whole walls. That includes virtually every tricky piece, so I hope to get the last of it hung Sunday. I'm into my third (of four) pail of green glue.
We took him out to dinner at Argosy. It's the first time I have been back since we talked about the light bulbs. I asked our server, who said the owner would love to talk to us about it. He brought around one of the spare bulbs that TMcG knew he would have - the server said that they keep whole shelves of all the different bulbs around.
I'm trying to do the research and figure out if this is the way I want to go. Right now, I'm not finding all the details for parts and fitment to price out assembling some finished fixtures. I see from a quick search that the bulb is readily available, but the pricing is weird. It seems that most retailers price them as though they are selling to customers who only need one and the customer doesn't know any better. So most retailers charge about $10 per bulb (lamp, in the industry lingo, right?). On the other hand 1000bulbs will sell them for less than $2 through amazon. It's a T6, according to Donsbulbs.com. I'm familiar with this style of base, as the dual contact bayonet base is ubiquitous in automotive applications, but how do you find the socket? The socket is known as a BA15D (of which there are many variations in orientation, materials, etc). BA for Bayonet, I presume. D for dual contact, I conclude. But I don't know what the 15 refers to - I expect it's the size - diameter or some such. Donsbulbs.com shows a couple they carry that would fit, but not suit my design needs. Should I be searching for a "socket" or a "lamp holder" or a "base?" I think it's lampholder, but I can't seem to find a good assortment for sale. So if any of you speak lighting industry lingo, I think I could use a tip on searching. Google shopping for BA15D finds only lamps, while adding lampholder finds only adapters. This
search for retailers was fruitless as well.
Also, as a follow up about the humidity around here - it's still rough, weather-wise, but the situation is improving some. I took J_P_A's tip (thanks!) and set the fan to auto and have gotten better results. I'm still hoping to borrow a small dehumidifier to see the effect, but haven't gotten that done yet.