From: Maris on
On Sun, 13 Jan 2008 12:09:51 GMT, "Lin Chung"
<lin.chung(a)the.Water.Margin.com> wrote:

>It's a Mayor of London's initiative. Two incandescent light bulbs in
>exchange for FREE one energy saving light bulb at any branch of B&Q.
>Be hurry, today is the last day!

Went along to my local B&Q last Saturday but discovered that they were
only exchanging 2 per family. In any case they only had the equivalent
of 60W, which is no use to man or beast, except for maybe a side
light. I thought the original promotion, as advertised in the Evening
Standard, said a straight swop, anyway.
From: Lin Chung on
Maris wrote:
> Lin Chung wrote:
> > ...Two incandescent light bulbs in exchange for FREE one energy
> > saving light bulb at any branch of B&Q...
> ...they were only exchanging 2 per family. In any case they only had the
> equivalent of 60W, which is no use to man or beast, except for maybe a
> side light. I thought the original promotion, as advertised in the Evening
> Standard, said a straight swop, anyway.


I had stacked up boxes of cheap light bulbs, and thanks to 'Red' Ken, I
now got the no-brainer chance of getting rid of them all. I had 9 energy
saving bulbs in return. The 60W equivalent Philips ones give just the right
brightness for desk use, in my opinion, and in fact I can't recall using the
100W equivalent in any situation for any length of time: they are far too
bright for me. One drawback of these cheap Philips ones are that they
don't give the more modern soft warm glow of natural sunlight (colour
temperature), and are just not suitable for the regular, normal room
lumination: it's too ghastly (or ghostly!) white. Oh, the current crop of
LEDs are no better.

There was quite a queue at B&Q in Yearding, Hayes, on Sunday when I
was there. As it now appears that this 'amnesty' was popular, I won't be
surprised a repeat just before the mayoral election.

--
Lin Chung
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From: Zimmy on

"Lin Chung" <lin.chung(a)the.Water.Margin.com> wrote in message
news:LZNij.75553$wD5.55416(a)newsfe3-gui.ntli.net...
> Maris wrote:
>> Lin Chung wrote:

>One drawback of these cheap Philips ones are that they
> don't give the more modern soft warm glow of natural sunlight (colour
> temperature), and are just not suitable for the regular, normal room
> lumination: it's too ghastly (or ghostly!) white. Oh, the current crop of
> LEDs are no better.

This is the only thing that stops me using them, I hate that "industrial
strip light" colouring and the fact that most poke out the top of lamp
shades (unless you pay a fortune for extra small ones). They are good for
cupboards, garages, etc though and maybe the bathroom at a push.

As for start-up times, this seems to vary considerably across brands, but
seems to increase slightly with age.

Z