Best Lightbulbs, August 2012
The vanity mirror takes only nonstandard bulbs, and you've searched high and low for something to fit that '50s flea market lamp. Light Bulbs Unlimited in Sherman Oaks has a helpful crew that explains the distinctions between LEDs, halogens, and fluorescents (some you might actually like) and guides you through aisles of contemporary and antique-style bulbs, Christmas twinklers, solar lights, and hard-to-find fittings. (Sales of EL wire—brightly colored, glowing flexible cord—soar in advance of Burning Man.) Kids love the small annex and its display of lava lamps and other illuminated objects. » 14446 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Also at 8383 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Grove; 2309 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.