Product Type: Philips gadgets
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Philips Energy Saver
Member Name: newby2
Philips Energy Saver
Advantages: money savers
Disadvantages: not quick to light up
==Phillips Energy Saving Light Bulbs=
I am terrible for wanting to save money on my gas and electricity bills as I really don't like having to hand over money for these sorts of things and of course the less power we use the more friendly this is to the environment also. I was really shocked to visit my best friend house recently and to look up at her light fitting and see an old classic non-energy saving bulb! I couldn't believe that people would still be choosing to use these bulbs at all! In fact it has been bothering me ever since and I vow next time I go over to take her some of the stash of energy saving bulbs I have in my kitchen cupboard.
Most of my energy saving new type of bulbs are indeed the Phillips variety. I think this has to do with the fact that I got a lot sent to me free of charge and then they were on some ridiculously cheap special offer somewhere that I filled my cupboards and because these energy efficient bulbs never seem to "go" like the old bulbs used to my cupboard supplies have more or less stayed well and truly stocked up.
You can really pay anywhere from £1 to £3 for a Phillips energy saving light bulbs and that would depend on a few factors. There are of course higher or lower wattage bulbs to choose from and also the bottom fitting of the bulb can denote a high price tag. For example the standard two pin bulbs are probably the cheapest where as I have to purchase a 3 pin bulb for my old flat as the builders had installed this new three pin socket in order to make sure people chose the energy saving bulbs as three pins only come energy efficient. This single bulb set me back an amazing £15 and I really did shop around!
The Phillips energy saving light bulbs do seem to be the best and really do last the longest. I don't think I have yet to replace one that has fused on its own accord and these "new" energy saving bulbs have been out for many years now. I do believe that they have actually stopped making the old sort of bulbs although a few shops are still selling the stock that they have left.
Okay so there area few draw backs when using these energy saving light bulbs like the fact that they take a little while to "heat up" and thus the light is not as strong when the light switch is flipped to when the light has been on 10 minutes or so. This is a pain if you have one of the lower wattage bulbs in place but often I try to get the higher watt energy bulbs so that it is not so dim when you flick the light switch on.
Another draw back is that a lot of these energy saving bulbs cannot be used with dimmer switches although now I do believe that you can get special energy saving bulbs that will meet this purpose (of course this is where the price hikes up).
Really these are the only couple of downsides I can think for choosing to use an energy saving bulb over the old style energy suckers. I can however think of a few positive points which certainly in my view outweigh the negatives ten fold. The main factor is SAVING YOU MONEY! Who really wants to pay the electric company hundred of pounds! Not me and if I have to life with a dim light bulb for a few minutes every day then I would much prefer this.
I am proud to say that our bills are really very low and even with the recent hike in costs we are still better off paying our quarterly bill than signing up to a fixed pay monthly tariff. I make sure lights are off when I leave the room and use only energy efficient bulbs wherever possible. Those light fittings that don't have energy bulbs in only go on if necessary and although people may think this is going a bit over the top I am happy for it to be this way.
Another great fact in using energy saving bulbs is really that you are not just saving energy to make your bills lower but saving energy to lessen the drain on the environment. If everyone were to be super cautious then the impact that this would have surely would be immense.
Seeing as these energy saving bulbs have such a long life expectancy, not only are they saving you money when it comes to bills but they are saving you money when it comes to buying and re-buying the bulbs that I seemed to be forever doing when I used the older style energy sucking bulbs. I should think changing to these bulbs will in my life save me hundreds of pounds. Seeing that you can pick up energy savers for more or less the same price as the old bulbs used to be and they last so much longer this really is a great saving!
The Phillips bulbs can be bought singularly on as I believe I did in packs of 5 which are all individually boxed but held together with some cellophane. I paid around the £2 region for a five pack from Sainsbury's ages ago when they were on a crazily good special offer.
They are the medium sized wattage at 11 watts which gives an old output of the 60 watt mark. The bulbs have an energy rating scale of A which of course is the best that you can get and are smaller than the bulbs which have a brighter output. They have and 8 year life expectancy and Phillips even guarantee this though unless the bulb decided to die within a year I shouldn't think many people would be sending of their broken bulbs to Phillips to recoup the minimal amount that was paid for them.
All in all I feel that these Phillips energy saving light bulbs are a real must have in every possible light fitting of the house. They work well and I have never had any problems with them in all the year I have been using them. They are a money saving item that should not be passed over! I think a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and an exceptionally high recommendation is in order.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Summary: a great bulb