A few weeks ago, the desk lamp I use at my standing desk went on the fritz. I thought at first that it was just a bad light bulb, but I quickly figured out that there was something fundamentally wrong with the lamp.

At that point, I had some decisions to make. I could spend some time taking the lamp apart, figuring out what was wrong with it internally, and attempting to fix it. This actually wouldn’t be too bad of a task. I could probably fix the issue with an hour, a small set of tools, some solder, and maybe a brief trip to a hardware store.

On the other hand, I could simply buy a new lamp for my desk. The lamp I was using was purchased for a dollar or two at a yard sale and served its purpose well for a few years. Is another used lamp the right solution? Or, since I rely on it every day, should I look for a better model?

My instinct in this situation is to repair it…

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