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    • nirajn123
    • By nirajn123 3rd Oct 16, 4:55 PM
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    LED Lights
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 4:55 PM
    LED Lights 3rd Oct 16 at 4:55 PM
    I haven't given it a much thought until I saw some Fake Britain episodes recently.

    LED bulbs (mainly GU5/10 as halogen ones are notoriously inefficient) from known brands have significant mark-ups, and while cheaper options can be found on Amazon/eBay they nearly always shipped from China, does this mean these are potentially not fire tested - they do carry CE marks but there is nobody to check if they are really certified?

    Where do you buy your bulbs from? - I replaced my bulbs to these Amazon variety 3 years ago - while most of those are still working ok, I am thinking of replacing them with Philips (or similar) ones to avoid any disaster.
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    • lstar337
    • By lstar337 3rd Oct 16, 5:00 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 5:00 PM
    It's best to always stick to known brands and bricks and mortar shops. That way if anything does go wrong you have somebody to go to about it.

    No name bulbs bought from the internet are always going to be a gamble.
    • ossie
    • By ossie 3rd Oct 16, 5:03 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 5:03 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 5:03 PM
    Screwfix have 3 year warranty
    • jbainbridge
    • By jbainbridge 3rd Oct 16, 6:04 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 6:04 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 6:04 PM
    Screwfix - bought box of 10 GU10 (by LAP) for £20.
    • WobblyDog
    • By WobblyDog 3rd Oct 16, 7:49 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 7:49 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 7:49 PM
    I generally buy from Screwfix or Toolstation, their prices are pretty good so it's not worth bothering with potentially dodgy no-name lamps.

    Also, the lighting department at Ikea is a glittering LED smorgasbord - I'm still trying to think up a reason to buy a 2000 lumen LED globe lamp.
    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 3rd Oct 16, 10:39 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 10:39 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 10:39 PM
    I'm still trying to think up a reason to buy a 2000 lumen LED globe lamp.
    Originally posted by WobblyDog

    Simples. To fit the lamp on the top floor of your lighthouse
    So many cats, so few good recipes.

    Treasure the moments that you have. Savour them for as long as you can for they will never come back again.

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    • phil24_7
    • By phil24_7 3rd Oct 16, 10:59 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 10:59 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 10:59 PM
    I generally buy from Screwfix or Toolstation, their prices are pretty good so it's not worth bothering with potentially dodgy no-name lamps.

    Also, the lighting department at Ikea is a glittering LED smorgasbord - I'm still trying to think up a reason to buy a 2000 lumen LED globe lamp.
    Originally posted by WobblyDog
    I can think of 2000!

    Just buy it and figure out where to put it later!
    • Kiran
    • By Kiran 3rd Oct 16, 11:13 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 11:13 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 11:13 PM
    The screwfix ones actually provide a nice quality light. I was impressed
    Some people don't exaggerate........... They just remember big!
    • Kiran
    • By Kiran 3rd Oct 16, 11:14 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 11:14 PM
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    • 3rd Oct 16, 11:14 PM
    I can think of 2000!

    Just buy it and figure out where to put it later!
    Originally posted by phil24_7
    I like your style! 😃
    Some people don't exaggerate........... They just remember big!
    • phil24_7
    • By phil24_7 3rd Oct 16, 11:20 PM
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    I have the IKEA light that sort of looks like the death star. Saw it and though, I have to have it. Not sure if it will go in mine and the wife's room or my 3 years old boy's room...I have been undecided for over 12 months! lol
    • stator
    • By stator 4th Oct 16, 12:05 AM
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    Yes anything that connects to the mains it's best to get a brand or buy it from a reputable shop.
    Most of my lightbults came from supermarkets or DIY shops. Quality varies a lot.
    Changing the world, one sarcastic comment at a time.
    • Kiran
    • By Kiran 4th Oct 16, 6:32 AM
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    I have the IKEA light that sort of looks like the death star. Saw it and though, I have to have it. Not sure if it will go in mine and the wife's room or my 3 years old boy's room...I have been undecided for over 12 months! lol
    Originally posted by phil24_7
    I've resisted an IKEA trip for months, I think I've just found a compelling argument to go now, lol.
    Some people don't exaggerate........... They just remember big!
    • SallyD
    • By SallyD 4th Oct 16, 8:44 AM
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    Bought 25 replacement GU10 LED's from Home Bargains about 18 months ago for my Mum and not one has blown and light is nice & bright. Based on this I replaced 13 GU10 with LEDs in my bungalow, again from Home Bargains. I think they were £1.99 each.
    SallyD
    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 4th Oct 16, 8:52 AM
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    Our house is filled with LAP bulbs from Screwfix; I've no complaints. I doubt no-name brands are going to explode, or burn your house down, but they might fail sooner than you'd like.

    Then again, they might outlast their more expensive brethren - who knows.
    • JP08
    • By JP08 4th Oct 16, 8:55 AM
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    Ours have come from https://www.ledhut.co.uk ... no complaints so far ...
    • d0nkeyk0ng
    • By d0nkeyk0ng 4th Oct 16, 9:50 AM
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    I've stuck to Philips. Recently, our local B&Q were having a clear out of old stock so I ended up buying Philips bulbs at 3 for 2 (and each priced at £6) instead of paying the usual £10 for them.
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 4th Oct 16, 10:17 AM
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    I started with Philips but got BELL 7w dimmables with my new downlighting.

    All IKEA lighting is switching to LEDs, and I have a few of their "bulbs" for table lamps which are very good.
    • nirajn123
    • By nirajn123 11th Oct 16, 3:32 PM
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    I brought some from ScrewFix over the weekend, let's see how they perform. Could not find GU10 on IKEA's online store - they have similar styles in screw on ones, not sure if anyone other than IKEA does fixtures for those in the UK.

    One other issue I have is the dimmable switches - previous owners of the place have gone to town with these - I hate these as they tend to blow up bulbs (dfimmabel variety), perhaps should replace the switches along with the bulbs too.
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 11th Oct 16, 3:55 PM
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    I get my 5W GU10 from Home Bargain. 99p each.
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 12th Oct 16, 7:36 PM
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    The best ones I've bought are from well-lit.co.uk. I've had some from LED but too bit they didn't work properly with my Lightwave dimmers (buzzing).
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