Philips Energy Saver 11 watt light bulb
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  • The long, slow change over from the older incandescent type of light bulb to the newer energy saving ones - officially known as compact fluorescent lights, but called this by just about nobody I know - is continuing to gather pace

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      The long, slow change over from the older incandescent type of light bulb to the newer “energy saving” ones - officially known as compact fluorescent lights, but called this by just about nobody I know - is continuing to gather pace. 100 watt bulbs of the old type have now disappeared from the shelves, and although 60 watt bulbs remain on sale, and will do so in the United Kingdom until September 2011, more and more people are choosing to move to the new style before they are forced to.

      Philips are of course


      a very well known brand in the electrical arena, and although these particular bulbs are made at their Chinese factory rather than in western Europe I can see no reason at all to be concerned about their quality. The packaging is very clear, including a helpful graphical guide which indicates that these 11 watt bulbs should be used as a direct replacement for the incandescent 60 watt type. Tucked away in the small print is the important information that these bulbs are not suitable for dimmer switches - you will need specialised “dimmer” ...

      • bulbs for that.

        The outer box is made of fairly sturdy cardboard, although as always with light bulbs it needs to be handled with a reasonable amount of care - if you drop it then it may well break. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the environmental reasons for Europe mandating the use of these bulbs in the first place, there is a lot of green colouring on the pack, though I rather like this as it gives a soothing and reassuring effect.

        The pack claims that these bulbs will last for ten years in normal use. Of

        course as they have not even been available for that long I have had no opportunity to test this, but I do think it fair to say that they will substantially outlast the incandescent type. As usual with this type of bulb, they can be a little bit dim on first switching on your light or lamp, so I would advise waiting a minute or two for them to “warm up” before worrying that one might be faulty. Overall, these are solid bulbs and can be recommended, especially as they are commonly available discounted.




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