04 Feb 2010
I'm a CC sceptic, but the cost saving on electric using low energy lighting is incredible, and well worth converting your existing lighting. However these Energy Saving Bulbs and pretty horrible. The megaman ones for example, look to the untrained eye like bulb style bulbs, but it is simply a plastic'y shell covering the curly-whurly horrid bulbs of the past. The dimmable (or Dimmerable - who up?!) ones do not like dimmers that fade-on. You have to turn them on to 100% first, then after they have "warmed up" (about 90 seconds) you can then dim them. If you try and fade-them-on they strobe for a few seconds. Hardly great. The warm-up light is poor to say the least. Regards to low voltage halogens you're stuffed. There are LED alternatives, but they are ALL crap. The way forward is to change these to GU10 mains downlights and use the new Philips Master LED range which quotes "the same as 50w" - they are NOT as good as 50w, but are about as good as 35w downlights. I have used these in my place and am pretty happy with them. These ARE dimmable, fade-on and fade-off, and have a considerably better dim range than any dimming Energy Saving Lamp
08 Sep 2010
Well I’m also a sceptic on many issues, but not on this one. I’ve found that the key to replacing old-style incandescent bulbs with CFLs is not to look for the same colour, shape, warm up characteristics or light output, but to take the best on offer and use it in the most effective way. Complaining about the appearance and construction of CFLs is about as useful as saying that the motor car doesn’t look the same as a horse and cart.
Virtually all the lighting in my place has been converted now, and we have used candle types, spots, golf-ball models and horrid" spirals to good effect. Result? Excellent lighting and an impressive reduction in electricity bills.
As for the brand used, many of the lamps I have used are Megaman branded and I have to say that they perform better, are constructed better, are safer (no mercury) and are more reliable than any other brand I’ve looked at so far.