December 1, 2010 at 11:44 pm #253847
We are having lightbulb troubles here at Apple Isle Cottages and I am wondering if it because our 113 year old house has such dodgy wiring (the way it has been put in would make your hair curl- literally) or because the light bulbs we bought are rubbish but we simply cannot bear compact fluorescent light bulbs.
when we turn them on they take a good five minutes to warm up to full light and this means they are useless if you turn them on at the time that you actually want to see anything in a dark room. I know that there is a warm up time but is five minutes normal? We bought cheap ones but I have ahad a sample sent to me of a “good” one and it was still unbearably slow to warm up.
We are using halogen bulbs now which is not nearly as good energy wise but at least they work (well some do- stay away from the cheap 4packs and Bunnings- have of the bulbs are duds!)… are we missing out on something good with compact fluorescents or are they as bad as we think they are?December 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm #484133
I don’t like the energy efficient bulbs either. No such thing as turning on a light to quickly find something in a room. Need to turn it on several minutes before you want it.
We’ve gone to halogen ones too. Most of the time they’re fine, but we have the odd one that blows quite often.
I wonder about these so called energy efficient bulbs. They might use electricity, but we seem to have to replace them more often and they cost a packet to start with. Where exactly is the saving?December 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm #484134
yes that is our experience too, I have never had this much trouble with a simple bayonet incandescent plain pack bulb!December 2, 2010 at 6:36 am #484135
yeh they take some time to glow to full luminacy but ours aren’t that bad that they don’tilluminate the room. ours are all edison screw could that make a difference, and maybe more modern wire has better capacity.
there are different construction cf bulbs out there we have some that are enclosed in an outer glass casing say looking similar to normal incandescent, which has a reflector in teh back of the glass casing they are the best we have seen. you will ahve to buy from elecrician supply shops, i guess, we got ours from a sparkie. the outer glass also protects the inner standard looking cf bulb. they look like those spot light bulbs many have outside their homes.
our ext bulbs are going to be led’s, yep dearer (app $35 for some i have seen) but use almost no power and by all accounts a real lifetime bulb, plus unlike the cf’s no toxic mercury contained within.
lenDecember 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm #484136
We had nothing but trouble with the old incandesant bulbs we were replacing them every few weeks and it wasn’t just the cheap ones even well known brands.
With the new cf bulbs we get several months out of them. We had a bit of trouble just lately but that was because of the power supply.December 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm #484137
Judi, you should be getting a lot more out of them than several months. Perhaps you have a wiring/power problem?
I agree that they take a long while to warm up and it can be a pain if you just want to grab something quickly… I just use the torch.December 2, 2010 at 11:58 pm #484138
Do you happen to have a dimmer switch on the lights you’re having trouble with? We do in our loungeroom (it’s the oldest room in the house, over 100 years) and the energy saver light globe doesn’t work well in there. It takes a long time to warm up, it buzzes even when turned off and flickers all the time. I’m going to get an electrician to remove the dimmer as we don’t use it anyway. All the other lights are working well, but we were told the wiring in the house was replaced before we bought the cottage.
Oh, if you do have dimmers, don’t bother spending extra for the energy saving globes that dim. They dimmed for a little while, but are useless now. Oh well, $50 lesson learned. :blush:December 3, 2010 at 6:45 am #484139
sounds like you should be getting the wiring checked (maybe your system is not earthed as well as it should be?), we did a whole home replacement of cf bulbs 3 years ago and apart from a couple early failures they are all still burning. incadescence bulbs lasted a long time as well.
lenDecember 3, 2010 at 10:52 am #484140
There have been some stuff ups with the power supply here but it was sorted out a few weeks ago.(fingers crossed)
I’m not too sure on the full story but I heard snippets that there was too much power coming through it was found when the neighbours saftey switch/alarm or something went off all the time don’t know how long its been like that.
I think finally the power boys are getting it right used to be everytime it rained the power at this end of the line would go off and come back either as a surge or a brown out.
The longest we’ve had a cf bulb going for is just short of 2 yrs the shortest was 6 months.
When we first came here and had the incandesant bulbs we could watch them go bright and dim I cursed them as trying to cook in that is no fun.December 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm #484141
We recently bought LED globes from ebay. they are getting cheaper now, though not quite as bright. We bought these small bulbs which are quite cheap for small areas and they are quite effective where we have put them which is in 2 hallways and 2 toilet rooms and the pantry. In the living area we put these globes. They are not as bright as regular globes and the light is how I would describe a “twilight” kind of effect. we are getting used to it. I have a bright lamp beside my chair for work detailed work like sewing and such.
I have ordered a 6w LED for the kitchen where light is needed for safety and where clear light is imperative.December 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm #484142
I don’t see how they can be enviromentally friendly when thye have mercury in them????we have not been happy with the light that comes from them at all and they said they would last much longer and they haven’t at all in many cases they haven’t lasted as long as the old style ones(which is what i prefer to use)December 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm #484143
These new bulbs freak me out a bit as they still glow in the dark a long time after you have turned them off and as mashelly says they do have murcury in them. I think they are more profit friendly for the producers rather than more enviromentally friendly.December 5, 2010 at 7:21 am #484144
at the end of the day how long and how many lights do we have on? we only use lights after dark/dusk and then for a short term only 2 then one for a couple of hours or so, i wonder realy what these less then anviro’ friendly cf bulbs are saving.
if one breaks there is a special clean up process to follow, seen it posted i think on an elect’y co’ site?? then there is no disposal point for them so any blown ones end up in landfill.
lenDecember 5, 2010 at 9:41 am #484145
We are in a newish house around 10 years old so our wiring would/should be fine. I do not like these new bulbs at all and have had to replace them more frequently than the old incandescent bulbs as they tend to blow more frequently. Considering the packaging says will last a number of years!!!
I would take them back but who keeps a receipt for a light bulb? and can you imagine asking for a refund or exchange for a blown bulb:S
I think the quality of light given is poor, my 23 year old son commented recently saying Mum we are all going to need glasses in the near future:dry: considering how dull the rooms are.
May be they were invented by optometrists:laugh:December 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm #484146
I have to say mine are brilliant, I have them everywhere in the house and they last 3 – 4 years. Warm up time I would guess at 10 – 15 seconds. I did go to an energy seminar recently where they said to stick to the well known brands Osram, Phillips which cost more initially but are worth it over the years. I also found out that there are now different ones giving off warm light for the bedroom and brighter light for the kitchen/study which I didnt realise. They seem to be improving them all the time.
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