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to think lightbulbs these days are shite

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SirSugar Tue 23-Oct-12 18:51:54

and I have to put more fucking lights on to be able to actually see thus negating their supposed low energy usage. educate me please if I am incorrect

londonone Tue 23-Oct-12 18:53:21

Get the halogen ones, they are much better. The fluorescent ones are hideous and shit

BadgersGhostlyRetreatWoo Tue 23-Oct-12 18:54:05

YADNBU - pet peeve of mine

i won't buy them - incandesant all the way till they can make them in a decent colour

AND they are fucking expensive - to change our bathroom fixture (4 bulbs) would have cost over $100


TheHeirOfSlytherin Tue 23-Oct-12 18:54:42

Yanbu energy saving lightbulbs don't show up properly on my phone camera and have been known to change the channel on the tv. And you have to wait for them to "warm up". And they don't fit in a lot of lamps anyway. Utter shit.

SirSugar Tue 23-Oct-12 18:58:36

There are so many of the fuckers now I don't even know what I'm buying - used to be simple 60w/100w, bayonet/screw.

Oh how I lust after a 100w bulb, the one in my dining room ceiling fitting is so fucking dim you can barely see dinner

freddiefrog Tue 23-Oct-12 18:59:36


the one we have in our dining room has to be turned on about 20 minutes before we want to use the room or no one can see a thing.

And the choice is boggling. I needed a replacement for a bedside lamp. Just wanted a standard 30 watt bayonet bulb. I was in B&Q for 20 minutes until a member of staff took pity on me. I'm still none the wiser.

MommyVan Tue 23-Oct-12 19:00:40

Totally agree, we got fed up with dimly lit rooms, DH bought normal "old style" bulbs online and in bulk. Can now read without switching on a hundred lamps.


HoratiaWinwood Tue 23-Oct-12 19:01:02

We have expensive but brilliant ones from Low energy, good natural colour, near-immediate brightness (say two seconds from switch to full force), and fittings identical to old style. And they can be used on dimmers.

SirSugar Tue 23-Oct-12 19:01:34

The only other place I have ever been to in the world where the lighting was as poor as we are subjected to these days was communist

TessCorpseDissect Tue 23-Oct-12 19:03:23


Those low energy light bulbs actually suck the light out of the room.

bureni Tue 23-Oct-12 19:40:56

both halogen and fluorescent lamps are obsolete now and have been replaced by the superior LED lamps that use practically no energy in comparison to halogen or fluorescent while giving good instant light with no heat at all. Halogen lamps imo should be banned due to being a fire risk.

minipie Tue 23-Oct-12 19:43:10

bureni IME the light from LEDs isn't nearly as nice as the light from halogens. It's quite dull in comparison and there is often a bit of a flicker.

edwinbear Tue 23-Oct-12 19:45:06

I stockpiled proper lightbulbs when I found out they were stopping making them. <smug icon in beautifully lit room>

OlaRapaceFru Tue 23-Oct-12 19:47:39

<whispers> I'm a stockpiler too!

whizmum Tue 23-Oct-12 19:48:42

"there is often a bit of a flicker."

That explain why the one in cooker hood is trying to give me a migraine!

To be fair, I managed to find 42W LEDs to replace the previous 40W incandescent and the light it amazing. Just thought the flickering was due to a bit of fluff though, so disappointed about that.

NormanTheForeman Tue 23-Oct-12 19:48:54

YANBU. I am so pleased to have found a local shop which still stocks Ye Olde Fashioned Lightbulbs. I have changed all our dimbo bulbs and put lovely proper ones in their places. I can now actually see stuff! smile

orangeandlemons Tue 23-Oct-12 19:50:26

I hate them, the light they giveout is crap, AND, if I am in a badlylit room I start to feel depressed. I can't explain it, but the drabness starts to pull me down very quickly.

Subtle and soft lighting doesn't do this to me, just these horrible draining bulbs

whizmum Tue 23-Oct-12 19:51:10

If halogens are out too (I didn't realise as I still have the ones I bought 10 years ago - they last a long time) does that mean I will have to replace all the low voltage fittings, or is there a suitable replacement?

TessCorpseDissect Tue 23-Oct-12 19:51:39

You can usually find real light bulbs in Poundland / world / emporium type shops.

maillotjaune Tue 23-Oct-12 19:52:19


The one in our toilet is currently flickering for about 30 seconds so most of the time you're in and out before it's actually light.

And they don't always last so we seem to get through more, despite the manufacturer's claims.

bureni Tue 23-Oct-12 19:52:58

My led lamps are vastly superior to halogen which produce ten times more heat than they do light making them very inefficient and dangerous . All my LED lamps run of a DC low voltage supply so I have never seen any flickering as such. Downside is they are still quite expensive but are coming down in price.

bureni Tue 23-Oct-12 19:54:04

whizmum, you can buy direct LED replacements easily

ThalianotFailure Tue 23-Oct-12 19:55:14

bizarre, I have never had a problem with them. Yes, they need to warm up, but mine do in seconds (less than 10, I would say). I just buy them in Sainsbo's, bayonnet or screw and the equivalent wattage, which is on the packaging (so 11 watt for 60, IIRC). Can't remember the last time I either bought or changed a lightbulb. I prefer side lights to main in the living room at night, don't know if that's down to the lightbulbs or not, just feels cosier.

whizmum Tue 23-Oct-12 19:56:02

Thank goodness - I will not have to find an electrician when I run out of halogens then!

They are a bit wasteful as each bulb is 100W, and there are three in each fitting.

OH saves electricity by not replacing the spent bulbs until we are on the last one!

DorothyGherkins Tue 23-Oct-12 19:59:26

We have the bulbs that take forever to get going and give out a light that I can work in. When I want to use my room for sewing, I go in about five/ten minutes beforehand run the light on to warm up, then carry on doing whatever I was doing for a bit. Then I go back to my sewing room - and DH has nearly always turned it off by then! I do tell him now, I ve left the bulb on to warm up please, but its instinct with him, he sees an empty room and turns the light off.

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