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Light bulbs

(15 Posts)
Lilygran Mon 19-Nov-12 17:09:41

You used to be able to go to the shops and buy a light bulb. You had to choose which wattage you wanted and decide pearl or clear glass. I've just been to buy some light bulbs and found I had to decide what fitting I wanted (small bayonet cap, standard BC, small screw or standard screw) what strength (but I don't know what the new descriptions mean and anyway I don't trust the comparisons with 'old' bulbs), whether I want halogen or fluorescent and too many other alternatives to count confused

Anne58 Mon 19-Nov-12 17:18:16

We have so many lights and lamps with different fittings that Mr P typed a list of them all and sellotaped it to the inside of a cupboard door. So now if, for example the standard lamp uplighter thingy in the sitting room blows a bulb, I can look at the list see which type it needs and add it to the shopping list.

The new bulbs are also bloody expensive!

kittylester Mon 19-Nov-12 20:50:01

And, they don't last as long as they ate supposed to!

Anne58 Mon 19-Nov-12 20:54:13

I agree kitty , especially with one particular light fitting in the kitchen.

Plus, the low energy bulb in the home office (which is where I also put my make up on) is so bad that I turn it on before going to have my shower, just to give it a chance to actually produce enough light.

Deedaa Mon 19-Nov-12 21:05:35

Bought a low energy bulb in a shop in Vatican City and it lasted for years! Not sure if it was the Papal influence?

AlieOxon Mon 19-Nov-12 21:16:54

Did it light up your life?

Pud Mon 19-Nov-12 21:21:41

Tell me about it Lilygran! I work in a shop that sells light bulbs. I dread the days when new ones come in as checking them off is like working in a mine field there are so many different ones. I love the people who bring an old one in with them to replace as it makes life so much easier.confused

Lilygran Mon 19-Nov-12 21:37:45

Good idea phoenix, thank you. Pud I usually do take the old bulb but didn't this time and was utterly confused. No, they don't give enough light and don't last as long as so-called long life bulbs should. As for energy saving, we used to have a standard lamp and an overhead light. Now we have six lamps.

Anne58 Mon 19-Nov-12 21:40:32

Lilygran Mr P's list is a whole sheet of A4, but perhaps we just have too many lights!

On another subject, I think you and I once "conversed" over the Lily thing? Lily cat is now on my profile!

absentgrana Tue 20-Nov-12 09:25:09

We've had small/standard bayonet and small/standard Edison screw fittings for ages.

Greatnan Tue 20-Nov-12 09:38:39

When I first came to live in France, in 2002, I think all bulbs had screw fittings, but now there is a plethora of different types. I also take the old one to the supermarket to check the size. Is it true that only long-life bulbs will be available eventually? Not very good for anyone with poor eyesight - you will have to wait by the door until the light is bright enough.

Bags Tue 20-Nov-12 09:41:03

They contain mercury too. Awkward to dispose of.

Lilygran Tue 20-Nov-12 09:56:12

Only long life bulbs are sold now in UK. I think they are potentially very dangerous, on staircases, for example. Oh, phoenix Lily-the-cat is lovely!

Ana Tue 20-Nov-12 10:27:14

No, you can still buy the 40w and 60w ordinary bulbs in the UK. They stopped selling 100w and will be phasing the others out. We are stockpiling!

harrigran Tue 20-Nov-12 15:18:30

I have cartons of bulbs in my attic, bought just before the new regulations came into force. DIY store still sell the standard light fittings for ceilings and we renewed ours so we could use the bulbs, Downside is we can no longer buy lampshades suitable for 100 watt bulbs.