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jema
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 06 8:56 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
I'll let you know, I'm waiting delivery of 3 different types of low energy bulbs, the LED ones that Jema and I tried were crap


I was certainly going to leap in and say they were awful. Can't recall what problems you had?

Goxhill



Joined: 27 Mar 2005
Posts: 245
Location: Lincolnshire
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 06 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I really struggle with them too. I thought it was just me as the other family members don't seem affected & I'm a SAD sufferer.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 06 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

puffedpride wrote:
There are some rather expensive new ones that have a spiral tube, producing a bright 'natural light'. Has anyone tried these?


I think these are among those we've tried - the light is interesting, it's definitely clearer and brighter than your typical ecobulb , which I think are what we have in the kitchen and living room, supposed to be better for crafts/reading etc than "normal" ones but it's still odd compared to them. However we've been through two and both popped far too quickly - weeks, rather than months or the alleged years. That could be our dodgy house with dodgy 1930s electrics though, I'll get the man of the house to comment properly while I go back to hanging out the washing and brushing my silken locks

jema
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 06 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our LEDS died in weeks making them a complete lie from an eco point of view

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 06 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jema wrote:
Our LEDS died in weeks making them a complete lie from an eco point of view


No recourse to the supplier?

ele



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Posts: 814
Location: Derby
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 06 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I do like the normal non flickery warm light from ordinary lightbulbs so in our lounge we do have a mix of those and a couple of side lamps with energy efficient bulbs. In summer I switch them all to energy efficient as I don't want waste heat (where as in winter at least they help to heat the house a little!), and I'm not under them so much with the long days so I'm not so bothered.

jema
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 06 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
jema wrote:
Our LEDS died in weeks making them a complete lie from an eco point of view


No recourse to the supplier?


I am terrible on that sort of thing. I should have made an issue of it as a matter of principle. But I am up to my ears in work and could do without the aggravation.

tawny owl



Joined: 29 Apr 2005
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Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 06 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Goxhill wrote:
I really struggle with them too. I thought it was just me as the other family members don't seem affected & I'm a SAD sufferer.


Me too. The light is awful and they make me feel really depressed. I've switched to halogens, which at least use less 'leccy, but like someone (TD?), I've made a resolution to just make sure they're switched off now.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44144
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 06 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

puffedpride wrote:
There are some rather expensive new ones that have a spiral tube, producing a bright 'natural light'. Has anyone tried these?


Bought some for 2.60, 8000hr life apparently, the lights OK but they take ages to get up to a decent level of brightness

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 06 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jema wrote:
tahir wrote:
I'll let you know, I'm waiting delivery of 3 different types of low energy bulbs, the LED ones that Jema and I tried were crap


I was certainly going to leap in and say they were awful. Can't recall what problems you had?


The light output is pathetic and the light is very cold, blueish

bernie-woman



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 7824
Location: shropshire
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 06 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
puffedpride wrote:
There are some rather expensive new ones that have a spiral tube, producing a bright 'natural light'. Has anyone tried these?


Bought some for 2.60, 8000hr life apparently, the lights OK but they take ages to get up to a decent level of brightness


That is one of the problems that we have with them i.e the time they take to get bright enough. We have them in the garage and unfortunately by the time the light is bright enought for me to see properly I ahve already tripped over the recycling boxes, stubbed my toes on the piano (don't ask), tripped over the copper sculpture being stored in the garage for the nature reserve etc...

We only have them in the house on the stairs and landing where there are two lights that come on at the same time so no danger of falling down the stairs - I also hate the light from them - so use others elsewhere in the house, although I haven't had to change any of the energy saving ones for the last 4 years

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 06 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Am I the only person here that thinks the light level is fine, colour is OK and they get up to correct luminescence quickly?

Perhaps it's because we don't have any normal bulbs so i'm not always comparing.

gingerwelly



Joined: 08 Dec 2005
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Location: Wales ...in cardiff at the mo but from mid wales
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 06 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I dont mind them all our lights are the eco ones ..... I use a desk lamp for reading and work, (they are the low energy ones aswell) > The only probs we had was with the low energy bulbs from that great store ikea ... every few mins when the light was on the tv channel would change !! ... talked to the electric guy about it, he said that loads of people had the same probs !
local council's at one point were selling them for 1 each (well thats what we got them for).. you just pop into the local office,show them your council tax form and they will let you have some ... they were realy good lasted for years

Mat S



Joined: 07 Nov 2004
Posts: 282
Location: Leicester
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 06 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got CFLs throughout the house now and think they're great. Some of them start up a bit slowly bit it's bearable, especially for their life and energy consumption.

I've seen ones that claim to be closer to daylight colour temp on la web which I fancy trying but they're about 13 a piece which is more than I want to pay right now.

Mat

marigold



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
Posts: 12458
Location: West Sussex
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 06 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't like low-energy bulbs either. Though I think they are less ghastly in a white-painted room, than one with darkish decor. I've now got them in the hall and on the landing as a token gesture, but don't use them in rooms I spend any time in.

Like Mat I'd like to try the "full spectrum" long-life, low-energy type bulb, but they are very expensive. I sometimes buy a "daylight" bulb for my study which gives a lovely light. Costs about 5 and does last longer than an ordinary supermarket bulb, but not as long as the low-energy kind.

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