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    • swindled
    • By swindled 16th Apr 18, 7:56 PM
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    Energy saving lightbulbs...
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    • 16th Apr 18, 7:56 PM
    Energy saving lightbulbs... 16th Apr 18 at 7:56 PM
    Not sure if this is the right place but couldn't find anywhere more suitable, if not, please delete/move as appropriate.

    In order to reduce my electricity bill, I'm looking to replace all my landlord's incandescents with energy saving lightbulbs - leaning on the side of LEDs over CFLs because the latter are a pain to dispose of properly.

    Looking for something that'll give me 100w incandescent equivalent or better - yep, I like things bright, and will be instant on to full brightness - some energy saving bulbs I've seen take a while to warm up which can be a pain.

    Any ideas what sort of thing I should be looking at, retailers/brands etc?
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    • gsmlnx
    • By gsmlnx 16th Apr 18, 8:10 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:10 PM
    LED are instant on. CFL aren't.

    I use screwfix.com and pick on price.
    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 16th Apr 18, 8:12 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:12 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:12 PM
    Indeed screwfix do some good bright bulbs at good prices (the multipacks). I love the 4000K ones they do - have a mixture of these and 2700K depending on the room/purpose.

    Remember to store the old bulbs somewhere safe to put back if your tenancy ends!
    • ajbell
    • By ajbell 16th Apr 18, 8:15 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:15 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:15 PM
    I bought 6 LED off ebay a few years ago for about 2 each, still going and I think they are 9w. Nice and bright and instant on.
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    • silverwhistle
    • By silverwhistle 16th Apr 18, 8:16 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:16 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:16 PM
    Going for LED is now a no-brainer. Have a look at some of the national chains (eg: Screwfix, Wickes, Wilko) or some of the specialist on-line LED sellers. If you want to see them in action there are examples on display in Wilko and IKEA, although the latter seem a little dearer than other suppliers.

    You can even get LED fluorescent tube replacements, and overall if you're going from incandescents straight to LED you'll see big savings, over those of us who were already on CFLs.
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 16th Apr 18, 8:18 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:18 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:18 PM
    I love the energizer LED ones. (great brightness and colour) B&M sell them.

    No point replacing every bulb in your rented place, just the ones that are on a lot. Living room, hall,
    • fatbelly
    • By fatbelly 16th Apr 18, 8:23 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:23 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:23 PM
    I've replaced a load of bulbs with leds from Poundland - no problems.
    • Economic
    • By Economic 16th Apr 18, 8:27 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 8:27 PM
    A 13w LED is equivalent to a 100w incandescent bulb. CFL bulbs are useless!
    • TheStevieGee
    • By TheStevieGee 17th Apr 18, 5:26 PM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 5:26 PM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 5:26 PM
    LEDHut are also a good place to go to for bulbs / specialist type LED bulbs. You can also get cashback from TopCashback. Ikea are good too for 'Standard' type bulbs I.e bayonet and Edison Screw types.
    CFLs I find shoddy and agreed they can be a pain to dispose of and go a funny colour towards their end of life.
    • House Martin
    • By House Martin 17th Apr 18, 8:36 PM
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    Personally I would nt buy any LEDs from Ebay
    After seeing a BBC program on fake Britain where they showed LED s so dangerous you could get a shock just screwing the bulbs in.
    Ebay can t be trusted at all, and I m not that keen on Amazon neither.
    I would stick to a reputable supplier such as Screwfix .
    I tried a 12 watt LED and it did nt last long but all my 5 watt bulbs from Screwfix and a few from Poundland have all lasted over a year so far.
    I use 2 x 4 hanging ceiling pendants of 5 watt Leds for my fairly large lounge which is plenty bright enough and all 8 bulbs only use 40 watts.
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 17th Apr 18, 8:43 PM
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    its the ones where you can see the individual LEDs and metal solder joints that have the risk of shock.


    If its all covered in plastic/glass its fine.
    • swindled
    • By swindled 17th Apr 18, 9:55 PM
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    I went to Home Bargains today, found some delightful 6500K 1500 lumens (14W) e-luminate LED bulbs, the brightness and light colour is exactly what I was looking for. Price very reasonable at 2.99 each.

    I looked in plenty of other shops, either didn't have bright enough bulbs or the light colour was a bit on the warm side for my liking.
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 18th May 18, 3:58 PM
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    I use to buy my led lights from eBay uk but many of them did not last very long. Now been ordering from xxxxxx these lasted much longer and were priced similar.
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    • alyxuk
    • By alyxuk 18th May 18, 4:18 PM
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    I've been using Poundland bulbs for a few years. 1 out of 20 was dead on arrival which they were happy to replace, and the rest have been trouble-free!
    • fatbelly
    • By fatbelly 18th May 18, 5:07 PM
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    I've been using Poundland bulbs for a few years. 1 out of 20 was dead on arrival which they were happy to replace, and the rest have been trouble-free!
    Originally posted by alyxuk
    Similar. Not one failure. All performing well
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