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I have a modern touch lamp in the lounge which I was actually given by my daughter who in turn had it given to her but it was surplus to her requirements. It had one of these spiral bulbs which seem to be in most new lamps and lights that are on sale now. We don't have many of the new energy saving bulbs in our house as most of the older type bulbs are still okay, but obviously as they go I will be replacing them with the newer type as this is really all that is available now.
I had had the lamp for a couple of weeks when it started to buzz and finally gave up so I took the old bulb out and took it with me to B&Q to match it up and bought this Ecozone Biobulb for £1.45. I did think that it was quite expensive for one bulb but then I read that it is supposed to last for an average of 10,000 hours with 5000 switches so I should get my moneys worth out of it.
The wattage of the bulb is 11w and it is energy class A. The light output is listed as 700 lumens which means nothing to me, but I can say that it does give a bright light and seems to light up more or less straight away, unlike a different make of energy saving bulb which I have which seems to give a very dull light for some time after being switched on. It is a bayonet fitting so is easy to push down into the lamp and then twist to secure the bulb.
It has a 10 year guarantee however I have not made a note of when I have bought it to take it back if it doesn't last that long and to be fair I think I would just buy another bulb if I needed to. I think that this bulb is quirky and a pretty swirly design and it does give a bright but soft light and it comes recommended by me.
It might seem a little unusual to be reviewing a lightbulb, but this my friends, is no ordinary lightbulb. This is the Ecozone Energy Saving Biobulb which retails on Amazon for a seemingly expensive £9.41 for the 25 watt bayonet cap type that I purchase towards the beginning of December.
I bought it with the sole intention of cheering me up a little on dark winter mornings, and hopefully motivating me to get out of bed that little bit more swiftly than I have done during other winters. I've never been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I would definitely say that the darker, shorter winter days have a significant impact on my ability to motivate myself in the mornings (and stay chirpy throughout the days).
I decided to put this bulb into a bedside lamp, and switch it on when my alarm went off in the mornings. This bulb contains 1600 lumen, which isn't very far behind the 2500 that lower-end SAD lamps contain. With that in mind, this is not up to the job of treating SAD - but it is definitely a contender to cheer up people like me who just get a touch of the winter blues.
I had one immediate problem with this bulb when I installed it, and that is that I had to remove the lamp shade to fit it. Considering I wanted this light to have a good effect though, I don't see that this is a major problem. I want maximum light exposure after all.
When I turn this light on in the mornings, it's bright but somewhat soft white light fills my room almost immediately. It takes only a matter of seconds to warm up and fill the room with light. It gives my bedroom the illusion of being dowsed in early daylight, which is a pretty nifty trick when it's 6am and still pitch black outside. It is considerably different to the yellow and slightly dull bulbs I'm used to.
I've definitely been feeling slightly more motivated in the mornings since using this, and I don't really feel like I've had the winter blues this year. That could be due to any number of factors though. I'm not quite sure why the price needs to be so high for this product, but I guess I can't complain too much considering how pleased I've been with it. It makes a big difference to my morning routine and has made me feel noticeably more motivated on dark winter mornings that I have previously been. That's got to be worth a tenner?