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Sainsbury's Basics Lightbulbs

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Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Pearl Light Bulb, Basics 60w Bayonet x1

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      03.04.2012 19:36
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      I wouldnt bother buying these

      Recently the light in our living room broke and we needed a new bulb, I picked up Sainsbury's Basic Light bulbs simply because I was shopping there that night and came across them in the home isle by chance.

      This light bulb was really easy to fit and from the outside looks and fits like any other light bulb I have used before.

      This particular light bulb is 60 watts and creates quite a good amount of light in the room, it isn't overly bright though definitely enough for our little living room.

      These light bulbs aren't energy efficient, so they will be more expensive to run than other bulbs, however at 20p a bulb, you probably make your money back by buying them.

      These bulbs didn't really last that long within our house though, we use our living room quite often and would sit in it together every night, this light bulb lasted about 6 weeks and then it stopped working altogether, although these light bulbs are very cheap, I do not think that they last quite long enough.

      You can buy Sainsbury's Basic Light bulbs for around 20p, I remember thinking at the time they were unbelievably cheap and thinking I had got a real bargain, though because they didn't really last that long, I would have been better to invest in a better, longer lasting light bulb.

      Overall I wasn't really impressed with these light bulbs, they are very cheap, but they don't really last that long and I wouldn't recommend them or use them again, overall I would give these 2 out of 5 stars.

      *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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      21.11.2011 13:20
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      Cannot recommend. Stay away!

      Having bought a few Sainsbury's 60w Pearl Light Bulb's for my house a six weeks ago, I do feel compelled to share how completely useless these bulbs really are. Luckily I only bought 3 bulbs and didn't buy bulbs to put in throughout my house otherwise I'd be seriously unhappy. If I start with the one positive first - and there is only one real positive - and that's the price. One bulb cost me just 22p from Sainsbury's and it was the cheapest bulb on offer by quite a long way. It is in the basic range of products which, in my experience, can be a little hit or miss when it comes to whether it's a bargain or not, but as 22p per bulb I thought it was worth trying. It came in a flimsy cardboard box and so I had to be careful not to knock it on the way home because I don't think the cardboard would have afforded much protection.

      The lightbulb did screw into my lamps without any problem and so the fit was okay. However, the amount of light the bulb gave off was pretty pathetic and - compared to other 60w bulbs I've used - it was really under par. In the first week of using one of the bulbs, the filament went and I had to replace the bulb - so that was one down. A few weeks later, another of the bulbs (in another device) actually cracked and I had to remove that one from service as well. The final bulb lasted for 5 weeks before also burning out. So 3 bulbs useless within 5 weeks of purchase is really not on - and it shows what a poor quality product this really is.

      I really cannot recommend this product and suggest you spend a few more pennies and get something more reliable!

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      05.11.2011 11:38
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      False economy

      Light bulbs are a necessity in a home and I have calculated that throughout my home I need around 25 bulbs! They range from bayonet to halogens. I thought I would try a cheaper option. After all, who cares what brand it is so long as it is throwing out light!
      *Price and availability*

      I paid 21p per bulb from Sainsbury's and it is part of the basic range. I was pleased that I was able to buy the light bulbs singularly as often they come in boxes of two or more.

      *Description*

      The light bulb I bought has the standard bayonet fitting and screwed neatly into the light fixture. The light bulb was a 60watt bulb and is fairly bright. The light bulb felt fairly flimsy and when I looked at the filament, it looked like it would not last that long.

      *My experiences*

      The light fitting I used the bulb in is only on for a few hours a night and managed to last around 4 months. This is around 224 hours of usage. I was a little disappointed  with the length of time the bulb lasted, however I had an idea that the bulb would not work out that economic after I had taken it out of the box and seen how poorly it was made. It was very thin glass and very cheap looking with a rattley filament.

      The cost of running the light bulb totals around £7.00 per year, going on current electricity prices. A low energy bulb would be lower than this but would cost me more in the initial output.

      I would not recommend this light bulb, initially I thought I was getting a good deal but with the value of hindsight, as it did not last very long, I should probably invested in something a little more robust.

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      22.11.2007 15:23
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      Economy lines might not always prove to be economical!

      Who in their right minds would write a review of light bulbs? Well, to judge from my researches on Dooyoo, very few. In fact the only bulbs I found here were the sort you plant in the ground. So maybe I am mentally challenged but recently I have been doing a little research into the longevity of these everyday necessities! Maybe readers will feel my conclusions are worth sharing. If not, at least this is a more concise offering than my normal ramblings!

      A few months ago I received one of those unsolicited state pension projections/ illustrations. It came as a bit of a shock as the reality of my approaching retirement age hadn't hit me before and this prompted thoughts of living on a much reduced income. I must admit that, previously, I was not a keen student of prices because, always being in a hurry, I would just grab what I needed when it came to essential supplies and pay up looking reasonably happy. However that week I needed a light bulb and popped into my little local independent store only to pop out just as quickly when I found an ordinary 60 watt bayonet variety was priced at 99p which seemed exorbitant even to me and prompted my indignation!

      My next online Sainsbury shop had me studying the price of light bulbs with renewed interest and the cheapest option was in the "Sainsbury's Basics" range. This consists of over 260 everyday products and is actually their economy range. The no frills packaging of these items is easily identifiable with it's white background, prominent red and yellow "Basics" label and naïve red graphics describing and illustrating the contents. Boxed items come in rather thin, recyclable cardboard which do not seem to offer much protection to goods but must be adequate.

      In this range there are two types of bulbs, a halogen two pin and a pearlised 60 watt bayonet. Both are only sold singly. I purchased two of the latter at 19p each and, on a whim, a pack of four Osram bulbs with the same specification at 84p. I hear some protesting screams that I should be buying those ugly energy savings specimens. In my defence, I do and I use them elsewhere but, in my lounge, I rarely use my centre light as I love subdued relaxing lamp light and I find the type of the mood lighting I require is only produced by the old conventional alternatives.

      And so my experiment began and this just shows how "sad" I have become since adopting the role of consumers' champion. I removed the bulbs in all three of my lamps reserving those with some remaining life for use later. I have two identical lamps, one of which I fitted with the Sainsbury bulb, the other with an Osram. The remaining Sainsbury bulb was placed in the other lamp.

      This feat was accomplished on 2nd September. My lounge is quite dark and as I work from home and rarely go to bed before 2am, I calculate all the lamps were in use for 8-10 hours per day and I made sure the lamps were switched on and off at the same time each day .Three and a half weeks later, on the 26th September, the Sainsbury bulb in the twin lamp expired. The other Sainsbury bulb lasted a week longer until fizzling out on 4th October. The original Osram bulb finally gave up the ghost on 5th November and the two I used to replace the defunct Sainsbury bulbs are still going strong some eight weeks later.

      Of course this was not a scientific test under laboratory conditions but it does suggest that the "economy" option might not always offer the best value for money. For 2p more the Osram bulb had at least double the life of the Sainsbury equivalent. Maybe it was all just coincidence. Readers can draw their own conclusions but I have learned one valuable lesson from this experience ----- I must get out more! :0)

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