Product Type: Philips gadgets
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Doesn't last long!
Philips Energy Saver
Member Name: ladyradley
Philips Energy Saver
Advantages: help save money, easy to fit
Disadvantages: not very nice looking, don't last long, a while to brighten up
About a year ago my husband and I went through the house and replaced as many bulbs as we could with energy saving ones.
There was a huge drive to try to reduce energy bills and I thought these bulbs would be a great idea. My daughter couldn't believe we didn't have any energy saving bulbs already. We bought a variety so that they would fit in all connections and also fit in our lamps.
My husband fitted them and said they were easy enough to do.
One thing I noticed right away is that they are rather ugly looking! Luckily this doesn't matter as they are hidden by the lamp shades but if you do have them on display then they won't be looking too great!
When you first turn the light on it takes a while for them to get very bright. It tends to take about 15 minutes or so for them to be bright, it's a gradual change, it's not like you're suddenly sitting in a dull room and then ping it goes bright, it is so gradual that you don't notice it. I only find this frustrating if I want to read my book as sometimes find that the light at first is not bright enough to do so.
These bulbs are not as bright as ordinary ones but I don't find that this is too much of a problem really. I have soon got used to them.
The only thing I Have noticed is that they tend to not last all that long. We have had several 'pop' and have to be replaced and this is really quite frustrating. Yes it's cutting down our energy bill but it's not great havig to keep buying more to replace the broken ones with.
I am glad that we have changed to these as it's good to know we're doing our bit for the energy bill and environment but I am disappointed that they are not as good as usual bulbs.