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Energy saving light bulbs.

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Registered: ‎04-04-2007

Re: Energy saving light bulbs.

Quote from: MikeWhitehead
On the subject of enery saving lightbulbs; may be a stupid question I know but can you get energy saving spotlights these days? I have a few spotlight strips in some rooms of the house. I don't want to get rid of them, but I fancy cutting down costs.

You can get them in large B&Q stores, but they are very pricey, and longer than filament lamps so look very odd, in some fitting.
Chilly
madswitcher
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Registered: ‎01-08-2007

Re: Energy saving light bulbs.

Before everyone starts replacing their light bulbs en bloc, can I suggest you have a look at this article and others on the subject - the politicians certainly have not thought the whole thing through (as usual - pandering to a short-term PR opportunity)
http://sound.westhost.com/articles/incandescent.htm
Mike
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Re: Energy saving light bulbs.

Great article.
Chilly
Denzil
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Re: Energy saving light bulbs.

Quote from: MikeWhitehead
On the subject of enery saving lightbulbs; may be a stupid question I know but can you get energy saving spotlights these days? I have a few spotlight strips in some rooms of the house. I don't want to get rid of them, but I fancy cutting down costs.

www.screwfix.com
They are owned by B & Q, but might be a bit cheaper and they deliver next day.
Rikaitch
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Registered: ‎08-06-2007

Re: Energy saving light bulbs.

I just got one of the energy monitors from Lidl's (thanks Ed) and I have to say I can see it saving me a fortune! The thing cost me £5.99 and already I have worked out my son's bedroom (stereo, tv, xbox, dvd player), even with everything turned off, is using 250 watts. That means it's costing 60p a day, and that's if he doesn't turn anything on! I can see it only taking a week and a half  to pay for the thing!
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Registered: ‎02-08-2007

Re: Energy saving light bulbs.

If all these items are using 250 Watts while on standby you either have a bad power meter or a serious electrical fault!
alanb
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Registered: ‎24-05-2007

Re: Energy saving light bulbs.

I've been a little disappointed with the low-energy replacements for globe shaped bulbs, but I've got a couple of light fittings with low-energy compact fluorescent R80 spotlights and I'm very impressed with them.
The low-energy R80's are possibly a little brighter than the old incandescent bulbs I took out, and there is only a brief delay of about 2 or 3 seconds before they achieve full brightness. My only negative comment is that the R80 bulb is about 0.5 inch longer overall, so it sticks out of the light fitting a bit - it's not a problem for me, but could be for others, depending on the nature of the light fittings.
I also got mine from B&Q and they were a little expensive, but that was about 18 months ago.