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To not believe the rich light their homes with energy saving bulbs?

(72 Posts)
LaurieFairyCake Fri 03-Jan-14 09:43:49


Are they really sat in such shitty light as I am ?

Simon Cowells ironing his high waisted underpants in yellowy 40 watt equivalent my arse light?

Where the fuck are the rich peoples light bulbs ? Is there a special shop? One wee man crafting them by hand out of fireflys in Monaco?

I've got a lightbulb that cost £18 in my side light as it has a 20 year life span. It's more white than usual but not brilliant white like I remember light used to be

montysma1 Sat 04-Jan-14 20:33:14

ALDI, 100w or 60w old style incandescent bulbs. 3 for £1.49. I take nothing to do with new fangled bulbs, they are an abomination.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sat 04-Jan-14 14:46:01

Nice shades make a big difference IMO, they filter the bluey or yellowy tones.

This house had LEDs in parts of it when we rented it last year and they seem fine to me where they're set into the ceiling or in decent shades, but the rest looks a bit cold.

sashh Sat 04-Jan-14 12:37:14

Where are you OP I have a cupboard full of them. I can send you some.

My house has them fitted when I moved in and for some reason my mum keeps putting my name down for free light bulbs and as none of mine have ever blown I have loads.

BackOnlyBriefly Sat 04-Jan-14 12:32:34

Amazon sell standard bulbs. Just search for 100w or 60w light bulbs

hollyisalovelyname Sat 04-Jan-14 11:22:31

Am really fed up with EU rules on light bulbs. I can't get replacements for the light bulbs on my lovely chandeliers. Just horrid see clear bulbs available. I know it's a first world problem.

themaltesefalcon Sat 04-Jan-14 11:18:22

You can always import proper ones from a less daft country.

notallthere Sat 04-Jan-14 11:09:12

I think the energy saving lightbulbs have improved over the last 5 years.

When they first came out I tried one (the twisted coil version) but ended up taking it out and replacing it with a normal lightbulb because it wasn't bright enough (even after time to warm up) and it strained my eyes to work in the dim light.

About a year ago I noticed we had a different type of bulb (with long loops instead of coils) and found this version was much brighter, almost as bright as the original old style bulbs.

EeyoreIsh Sat 04-Jan-14 09:28:40

Our house is entirely lit by energy saving or LED bulbs. We have no problem with them not being bright enough (quite the opposite at times).

It makes a massive difference to the electricity bill.

We don't spend lots on the bulbs, we really shopped around to get a good deal.

We've not had to change a single light bulb in this house since moving in 18 months ago, apart from lots of bloody halogens which we've swoped with LED as they go, as we've worked out that's cheaper than constantly replacing halogens.

Gladvent Sat 04-Jan-14 09:19:37

Don't get LEDs the light is terrible for your sleep patterns.

msrisotto Sat 04-Jan-14 09:16:46

I bought some lovely bright bulbs from Homebase yesterday, box of 2 for just under a fiver.

caroldecker Fri 03-Jan-14 20:35:04

I have got them from JL.
Also people who bought them several years ago may not be benefitting from the development in the last few years

SpikeyTree Fri 03-Jan-14 19:14:46

You just have to get bright ones. 40 Watt bulbs were never bright, so no chance a 40 Watt equivalent would be bright. I'm sitting working in the office with a 100 Watt equivalent white light energy saving bulb and it is plenty bright.

Orangeanddemons Fri 03-Jan-14 19:12:48

Where do you get them from?

OneUp Fri 03-Jan-14 18:59:28

What am I looking for to get the old fashioned lightbulbs? I don't WANT the energy saving ones, they have mercury in them.

CynicalandSmug Fri 03-Jan-14 18:36:27

I had energy saving bulbs, bloody awful things that ended up in the bin. Good old fashioned bulbs here.

caroldecker Fri 03-Jan-14 18:10:46

You need to buy the daylight ones - 6,500k colour temp.

2rebecca Fri 03-Jan-14 16:42:41

Mine are fine, the old energy saving bulbs took a while to brighten up fully but most people just don't buy bright enough low energy lights. I get our bulbs online as there is more choice. The wealthier people I know have more enrgy saving bulbs as long term they are cheaper and you don't need to faff around changing them. You do need to pay more for decent ones though.

BackOnlyBriefly Fri 03-Jan-14 16:35:57

If you have a 100w bulb now then you want the same brightness in lumens. That narrows it down as even the ones that claim to be 100w equivalent are mostly not. I'm looking at a standard 100w bulb now that says 1150 lumens and a 100w equivalent which is 950.

They need to fit in the same space because replacing all light fittings is not environmentally friendly and doesn't save money.

They have to be the same color and they just don't offer that. They say they have other colors you will get used to.

Oh and they are directional like standing a torch upright. In some light fittings that might be ok, but mostly not what you want.

The bit about them warming up might be fine if you plan to leave the light on all evening, but take kitchen, hall and bathroom lights. You really need them to work right now.

Ticktock80 Fri 03-Jan-14 16:10:25

WINK. wink wink... Jeso....maybe I do need more light blush

Orangeanddemons Fri 03-Jan-14 16:09:40

Do they actually save anything? You seem to need twice as many.

Ticktock80 Fri 03-Jan-14 16:09:39

Our energy bulbs seem fine too. Bedroom one is silly bright! We have difference wattages depending on what they are for. Ie ceiling bulbs are brighter, lamps are Lowe to give more of a glow. I don't need a light to read with as ipad is backlit [wank]

DeathByTray Fri 03-Jan-14 16:07:11

I hate energy saving light bulbs. I am convinced they actually suck any light out of the room.

And they make me look green. Like Kermit.

FitzgeraldProtagonist Fri 03-Jan-14 16:04:35

Got some energy savers. Flickered like some mad disco. Gave up. Went back to cheapest at supermarket that fit.

Orangeanddemons Fri 03-Jan-14 16:04:00

Sorry for typos. Can't see what I'm doing obviously grin

Orangeanddemons Fri 03-Jan-14 16:01:16

I decking hate these energy saving builds, thy give shite shite light.

I have to look in my sock drawer with a torch when the light is on. I keep a sodding torch in the drawer to locate them.

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