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About three years ago we bought a brand new flat. One thing with having a new build property is it is apparently super energy efficient and uses all the latest mod-con light bulbs. This was an education in light bulbs to say the least and caused some problems finding replacements.
Most of the flat has spot lights, of various sorts, however the lounge had hanging energy efficient bulbs. The problem was that these energy efficient bulbs were so long that we could not get a light fitting to cover them! We the fore set about trying to find a shorter version of the same bulb, which was easier said than done. Eventually online I came across this Osram bulbs, which are a good inch shorter than the ones which came originally with the flat and fit inside light fittings.
Previously I had never encountered this type of energy efficient light bulb. It has the strangest fitting, a plastic square in the middle of the fitting with two pins on either side. It's called a G24q-3 fitting. The bulb itself is about 17cm long, so a long bulb, even if it is shorter than the original ones and is made up of two glass pipe elements, it's actually rather funny looking.
Looking online now these bulbs seem to quite ready available, which is good for use in the future! And, one bulb costs around £3, which I am sure is much less than we paid. It does say these bulbs last around 20,000 hours and after just over three years we still haven't had to replace any. These are very efficient bulbs.
They are 26 watts, which seems little compared to the old fashioned light bulbs which generally came in 60 watt, however they are very Brit and give out a nice, clean light. They do take a while, 30-60 seconds to get to full beam though.
Most people won't be able to buy this sort of bulb as this fitting is only in new build properties, that is unless you change your fittings at home. For anyone with a new home I would recommend these as they are long life, and at about £3 a bulb super good value.