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

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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

FreyaFridays Fri 03-Jan-14 09:49:58

They must still use chandaliers filled with candles, or strategically bounce the light off their piles of pound coins or something.

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Fri 03-Jan-14 09:58:50

I had an ecozone daylight bulb. It was really good and brighter than the usual 100W equivalent. One of the builders ran off with it angry.

Absy Fri 03-Jan-14 10:11:32

Kimye probably have specially hand blown designer lightbulbs

RandyRudolf Fri 03-Jan-14 10:15:13

Maybe they have these I think it's amazing.

Rooners Fri 03-Jan-14 10:18:08

LED lightbulbs are apparently the new thing and better than the low energy ones
(which I loathe)

They are about 15 quid each but last 25 years or something

No idea, not tried one yet

When my poor old Granny died I filched her stash of real, old fashioned lightbulbs as a matter of urgency. I don't know why you're not allowed to buy those any more.

msrisotto Fri 03-Jan-14 10:20:56

£15 for a lightbulb!

MadeOfStarDust Fri 03-Jan-14 10:29:50

I'm not rich, we use our halogen uplighter if I want to read/do needlework/crafts (230W) but not on all day..

or if you want old fashioned lightbulbs they cost around a quid online from places like the lightbulb company.... (they sell what it says in the name!)

specialsubject Fri 03-Jan-14 10:32:32

what is all this about?

when the bulbs first came out they did indeed give low light and took ages to brighten. No more.

LEDs are best, still a bit pricey but coming down.
eco-halogen are a con.

you can use about a fifth as much electricity if you go to the new bulbs. The rich may be rich because they don't pay five times as much on their bills as they need.

BTW be careful about sticking energy-guzzling bulbs in closed fittings. Just had to replace wiring in a new house because someone did that, how they didn't have a fire is beyond me.

Binkyridesagain Fri 03-Jan-14 10:35:41

I managed to buy real old fashioned bulbs 100W, I squeeled when I saw them.

Rooners Fri 03-Jan-14 10:36:06

I disagree that LE bulbs are now fine, they are hideous, everything looks orange.

MadeOfStarDust Fri 03-Jan-14 10:36:37

LED bulbs will last 15 years if used for 3 hours a day...... if you are at home, and they are on for 15 hours say 3 years at £15 seems a lot... per bulb... especially as £15 are online prices -

in a shop for an 80W equivalent with a wide beam - i.e. standard type of lightbulb - almost - the coverage is NOT so good as a standard bulb yet.. they will be anything up to double that...

Trills Fri 03-Jan-14 10:36:54


They just don't use crap energy-saving lightbulbs like the one you apparently have.

Preciousbane Fri 03-Jan-14 10:40:27

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Theodorous Fri 03-Jan-14 10:46:02

I am not hugely rich although have free house and tax free pay but they still sell normal bulbs here. 40,60 and 100 watt cost about 10p each. Those Eco ones are shit, either yellow or bright white. I don't think it's about wealth, surely about whether you care about the environment at the expense of your comfort. I am afraid i don't really care.

KrabbyPatty Fri 03-Jan-14 10:50:26

We've just replaced every halogen spotlight in our house with LEDs.

There were 20 something of them, so it cost a fair bit. Our (extremely wealthy) next door neighbours gave us the idea as they have done it throughout their palace house.

The light they give is no different but some are flickering now, so DH is fitting new transformers. It's proving to be a very expensive cost saving exercise.

MadeOfStarDust Fri 03-Jan-14 10:51:02

I care about the environment, but read and do needlecrafts - so need decent light in the evenings - low energy bulbs- even the brightest - do not provide me with that... so I HAVE to use even higher energy bulbs than I used to to get a decent light.... sometimes it makes me wonder....

ariadneoliver Fri 03-Jan-14 10:56:06

When the announcement was made that the old light bulbs were coming off the market I just stocked up when I saw them on offer. I now have enough stashed away in the loft to see me through to a point where LED lights will be reliable and reasonably priced.

ashInTheAttic Fri 03-Jan-14 10:58:42

Different low energy lights are very different in quality. We tried a large selection out at our school / church before selecting the best and doing a replacement as each incandescent bulb failed. The difference between the good quality and the low quality was very noticeable. We're now on low energy pretty much thoroughfare the school and church, and don't have any problems with light quality, while having cut energy bills substantially.

ChatNicknameUnavailable Fri 03-Jan-14 11:00:59

Er...I bought 'normal' lightbulbs the other day from the pound shop.

They're not all gone!

Catsmamma Fri 03-Jan-14 11:04:52

god fecking lightbulbs are the BANE of my life....

I never have the right one to replace with

then I buy one and it's still wrong....fucking Ikea and their skinny screw fittings

I have pretty chandeliers and all these eco bulbs are ugly UGLY UGLY

<weeps with temper>

But I did find some normal looking candle bulbs that are halogen or somesuch in Home Bargains for £1.79 so now at least I can get dressed in my room in the light instead of the gloom from the bedside lamp.

Catsmamma Fri 03-Jan-14 11:07:13

and the normal ones available from poundland and home bargains are shocking quality, .......i had some and three times I had to replace the lighting board fuse for the down stairs as they go off with such a whoosh. <-- proper actual electrical terminology.

Fakebook Fri 03-Jan-14 11:13:01

My DH went and bought 15 100w "real" lightbulbs from the market about 6 months ago. We still have 10 left. I hate the energy saving bulbs, they give me a headache as the light is so dim. Our local hardware shop also still sells the old bulbs, 3 for £1 I think.

Jude89 Fri 03-Jan-14 11:58:19

They use ones like these. Which are compatible with their dimmable lighting system, if they use proper ecofriendly ones they only last about a week and that's not very eco friendly.

QueenStromba Fri 03-Jan-14 12:02:36

We've bought a load of these LEDs. They work out less than £2 each if you buy five or more, they're lovely and bright and don't give of blueish or yellowy light. The wrong type of light drives me demented but I like them.

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