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When we moved into our new house six years ago now it was a new build so it came with lots of fancy lights in it. I really liked these, especially the lights in the kitchen as we have six spotlights that are flush in the ceiling. They create a really nice sleek look in my opinion which really goes with the style of the kitchen. THe lights we have in there are halogen lights.
So, how does a halogen lampo differ to that of a regular bulb? Well, according to an article I read, "A halogen lamp, also known as a tungsten halogen lamp or quartz iodine lamp, is an incandescent lamp that has a small amount of a halogen such as iodine or bromine added. The combination of the halogen gas and thetungsten filament produces a halogen cycle chemical reaction which redeposits evaporated tungsten back on the filament, increasing its life and maintaining the clarity of the envelope. Because of this, a halogen lamp can be operated at a higher temperature than a standard gas-filled lamp of similar power and operating life, producing light of a higher luminous efficacy and color temperature."
These bulbs are different looking than a regular bulb too. They are in a sort of cone shape and are flat at the biggest end. Inside they have a patterned surface which makes it really shine even when there is no light on. THe bulb then reflects of all of these once the light is turned on to really give it some shine. Apparently they use approximately 30% less electricity which means the wattage of the bulb can be reduced, reducing electricity costs and putting less strain on the electrical circuit. At the end of the lightbulb there are two prongs and they are really easy to fit into the light fixture. There is a metal wire which sort of holds them into place and actually only once in six years have I had one of these bulbs fall out, it was really strange, it just sort of fell from the ceiling with nothing prompting it to fall but apart from that they are great.
These are really bright and ligthen up the room really well. Its really funny becasue when one of them goes out you can really tell the difference in the room as it looks so much darker than it did before, even with one lightbulb out of six gone. I have to say, these lightbulbs don't last incredibly long. We probably have to change one every six montsh or less which I don't think is that good but the lightbulbs are faily cheap.
We bought our last pack of three which cost just £3 although my dad told me that even this was expensive and he can buy them at his local DIY store for a couple of pence. All in all, a cheap, very bright, good looking light.
A couple of years ago I decided to modernise a lot of the light fittings in our house. I really wanted some of the halogen light type fittings. The ones where there are three or four separate bulbs on a bar that you can direct to different areas of the room for a more focused lighting effect. Mr H promptly followed my wishes and as we decorated each bedroom the old fashioned pendant fitting came down and up went a stainless steel swirl with four bulbs attached.
Little did I know the strain that was soon to come on my home maintenance budget. I already have a box with small bayonet, large bayonet, small screw in, large screw in, candle bulbs, golf ball bulbs and energy bulbs so I added a couple of spare 30w GU10 Osram bulbs to my collection in the happy belief that I would get the promised average of 2000 hours out of my bulbs and would need to replace bulbs less than I already do.
The light cast from the bulbs is very good and strong, maybe to strong for bedroom lighting as no one wants all those crinkles and wrinkles lighting up in all there glory everytime the light is turned on, but for the kitchen they were great for shining a bright spot of light on to each of my work surfaces. Within a few weeks I spotted that a bulb had gone, so I climbed up and removed the old bulb and easily slotted a new one into place by lining up the notches in the socket with the pegs on the bulb and then twisting it in the right direction to lock it. Sorted.
Unfortunately this was to become such a regular occurrence in all three light fittings that I had an electrician out to check the wiring for possible fluctuations that would cause my bulbs to keep popping, most of them quietly but occasionally with a spectacular bang that would flip the circuit breaker on my fuse box. The electrician declared my wiring safe and off he went.
Eventually I got fed up of spending £2-3 on each light bulb (available from amazon and pretty much every DIY store and supermarket); I was buying a couple each week at one point and still had bulbs missing from my light fittings. I am now looking to replace my light fittings with the boring old pendant fittings again with nice energy bulbs and pretty shades. My venture into modern lighting did not go well and proved to be quite an expensive venture.
I would not recommend the Osram GU10 bulbs as they have an alarming tendency to just stop working, I am now using some super cheap pound shop bulbs and my problem seems to be over.
Thank you for reading.