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Good-looking low energy light bulbs
Sat 4-Jun-11
9:28 am
Hattie
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I have already changed most of my bulbs to low energy ones but I hate the shape of them.....they are so dumpy & ugly.  

As I am hoping to redesign my kitchen I have been scouring the internet for ideas & especially in terms of lighting. I have got to have my house rewired as the system seems to date back to the late 1920's when the cottage was built......eeek  eeek  eeek

In the kitchen & maybe in the hall I would like to use bulbs without shades but I want something aesthetically pleasing & easy to dust etc. I think I might have found the answer......here are a couple of links.

http://plumen.com/

 

I also think they would look beautiful under translucent shades etc. I am quite excited about this whole project now. It cheered me up as I was dreading having the whole house ripped apart, let alone the cost. I may see if I can use them in other rooms as a reward for the chaos.....!!  what_the_heck  ponder

 

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from Les Miserables

Sat 4-Jun-11
9:51 am
Sooliz
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A designer lightbulb, who'd have thought it? eeek

They look really stylish, Nadine.  I don't envy you all the chaos, but the end result will be worth it.

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Sun 5-Jun-11
9:44 am
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Wow they do look good. Hope they last at that price though but I guess you save on having a fancy light fitting.cheers

Sun 5-Jun-11
10:18 am
Hattie
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Yes, Joanna I think I will save quite a lot¦.but my main reason for trying to find something good-looking like this is that they will be much easier to keep clean (with a long-handled feather duster)¦..I am getting a bit creaky in the knees these days & find climbing stepladders daunting. My sense of balance has never been good but now with my sight problems is a lot worse. This is why I am trying to prepare the house for the future. Also my house being made of wychert & the fact that the windows & doors are often wide open to the garden it seems to attract a fair amount of dust & a huge number of spiders¦¦¦.monster.

These bulbs seem to last for ages so I don't regard them as expensive, especially as they will be quite a feature in the areas where I want to use them. Having been a designer affects my choice in all sorts of areas & I tend to put off buying things until I can find just what really turns me on, looks-wise ! I know these bulbs will give me a lot of pleasure every time I turn the lights on. 

 

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Sun 5-Jun-11
8:12 pm
JoannaS
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Sounds like me with a wardrobe, been looking for two years, in the end we will go with the local joiner and have it made. Do post pics of the light bulbs in place, it will be interesting to seecheers

Sun 5-Jun-11
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Hattie
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I will but it will be a good while till they are in place as so much other work has to be done first¦¦¦I HOPE all will be finished by late autumn but knowing how often members of the building trade become invisible for days on end I have my doubts¦..!aargh

 

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Sun 5-Jun-11
11:45 pm
Danny
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Cool bulbs, Nadine. Nice find.

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Mon 6-Jun-11
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I usually have problems finding suitable light fittings as I can't bear looking at lightbulbs- but these are lovely, thanks for the tip off Nadine!

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Mon 6-Jun-11
7:08 am
SumpRat
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Have you thought about LED light bulbs. They are even lower power than conventional low energy bulbs (which use mercury by the way). The LED bulbs use between 2 and 5 watts.

Approximate comparison...

40 watt  bulb =   9 watt low energy = 3 watt LED 

60 watt bulb =  11 watt low energy = 5 watt LED 

 

They last about 50,000 hours.

 

Here is one supplier

 

Class Ohlson also sell them and are very well priced.

 

Simon 

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Mon 6-Jun-11
7:35 am
Hattie
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Simon, 

Thank you so much for the suggestion & links but I am afraid the look of those bulbs just demonstrate what I mean by ugly.  [Sorry to be so blunt...!!] I know they are a sensible choice but I know they would upset me to look at them. They also would not go with my old country furniture which is very simple. If I had a load of very modern furniture etc I might feel differently.

 

Kate,

I wondered whether you would like them. I'm glad to know I am not alone in having a thing about light fittings & bulbs......!! 

[How is Fred settling in , has he taken over yet?   laugh ]

 

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Mon 6-Jun-11
5:32 pm
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Must admit the Plumen bulbs are pretty funky :-)

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