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can u get energy saving lightbulbs which u can use with a normal dimer switchthat does not cos a fortune

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babyjjbaby Wed 22-Oct-08 19:20:39

we need at least 5 and the ones i looked at are £11.99

UmMwahahahaaaaa Thu 23-Oct-08 08:53:21

philips eco bulbs were £2.99 each in morrisons yesterday.

babyjjbaby Thu 23-Oct-08 09:11:49

thanks but u can't use them on a dimmer switch

nannyL Thu 23-Oct-08 09:15:02

i got a link through scottish power who i get my energy from

they were much less expensive than £12 (but more than about a £1).... i think that deal is only avaliable to scottish power customers though (i was surprised as i didn even realise they existed)

exasperatedmummy Thu 23-Oct-08 09:50:52

I use a light saving bulb with a dimmer switch and it hasn't exploded yet! It does flicker if i don't turn the light full on which kind of defeats the object though

UmMwahahahaaaaa Thu 23-Oct-08 11:05:50

No, these were ones that specifically said 'dimmer switch'.I know because I thought 'oh, that's interesting, I didn't know you could get dimmer eco bulbs.

Their normal eco ones are usually two for about £1 in Morrisons smile

SaTanicGore Thu 23-Oct-08 11:10:18

Energy saving bulbs used with a dimmer switch (unless you buy the special ones) are a fire hazard and should not be used.

exasperatedmummy, please please change that bulb.

babyjjbaby Thu 23-Oct-08 11:26:12

ok thanks will try morrisons then

Twiglett Thu 23-Oct-08 11:27:32

energy saving lightbulbs don't work well on a dimmer (unless on full) because they buzz and flicker

that said .. go to Lidl .. they have Phillips ones for about 69p (I was stunned)

Twiglett Thu 23-Oct-08 11:28:16

hang on are you saying that they can explode if on full on a dimmer?

babyjjbaby Thu 23-Oct-08 11:29:26

thats why i want the dimmable ones u can't use standered energy bulbs with dimmer u have to buy a specific one

Twiglett Thu 23-Oct-08 11:49:17

well our dimmer light has a normal energy saver on it

SaTanicGore Thu 23-Oct-08 16:35:20

Twig, I have been warned by 3 electricians and a fireman NOT to use them.

They have both the potential to explode and to cause a short, which can cause a fire to start within the switch.

exasperatedmummy Thu 23-Oct-08 16:49:33

Bloody hell!!! I'm taking the bulb out NOW! Thanks Satanic Gore.

exasperatedmummy Thu 23-Oct-08 16:50:44

Its out - will be typing in the dark later, but hey

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