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I have these little spotlight lights inside my bathroom which require several of these bulbs.
They cost between £5-£6 and can be found in most diy stores.
I find them to be quite costly and try to buy them when they are on some sort of offer.
They are definitely more pricier than the older standard bulbs that used to be sold and so sometimes they are missed.
As you are going to be needing several of these bulbs in order to effectively light the room, I find the bulbs to be quite expensive - especially if you are purchasing them all at once!
In terms of the light produced, I cannot fault it and the light is clear and bright.. but I can't say that I think these are of higher quality than any cheaper ones that can also be found.
The bulbs look just like the above picture and come packaged in a cardboard box. They are fairly easy to install but may get fiddly at times due to the height and angle you have to put them in at. It does not take too long to fit it as you just place it in the light fitting and turn it to lock it into position.
I don't find the lights to be very long lasting though and so I only give them 3 stars due to the price and duration of it. I only now buy these if I can find them on offer and am not loyal to solely purchasing these as it can get quite expensive.
I think it would be worth looking into any cheaper alternatives as the cost of these can add up, especially if you have these lights placed in several rooms in the house.
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I have these lights in my porch and in my bathroom. The light in the bathroom is on a censor and it takes a while for it to go out which I can't say i'm fond on as it reduces the life of the bulb.
When the bulb is expensive as this one, it isn't wise to waste precious minutes waiting for the thing to turn off.
These lights cost around £5 each!!! Absolutely ridiculous price for a bulb, I really wish I had removed the lights from the bathroom at the time and replaced them with ones that can use cheaper bulbs but you live and learn.
+++How long do they last+++
I had to replace 3 of the 6 when I first moved in and touch wood, only one has gone since, the rest have lasted.
I would be happy with getting 2 years life out of them. I am now up to 16 months and all 6 have been replaced.
Obviously it depends on the light fixture but they were incredibly easy to unpack and fit, the connection means that you just push and twist slightly.
+++Where can I buy them from?+++
I picked mine up from B&Q but I am sure they are available in most other DIY stores. The price seems to be the same everywhere so if possible buy lights that don't require this type of bulb!!!
They are very bright and give a clear light but for £5 each I would have expected them to clean the house while I was out. I really can't justify why the bulb is so expensive, it gives off a bright light and looks good but so do the cheap Tesco make that you can get for 80p!
If you can avoid getting lights that need this bulb then I would but only because of the price. Taking price out of the equation, this is a very good bulb that (so far) has lasted 16 months and it does give off a bright light.
When my husband and I had to relocate for work, we rented a modern apartment. The landlady / letting agent was responsible for the upkeep of the plumbing, electrical appliances and so on but the one thing we did have to purchase was halogen bulbs, and boy did it have a lot of them (about 30 - the 2 bathrooms, lounge, kitchen and hall had nothing else!).
Unfortunately for us, the bulbs in question were Philips Master ES 93036 30W 36G halogen bulbs. 30w is quite a low wattage for a light but the sheer amount of them and the low ceilings account for that. I say unfortunately because they seemed to pop quite often, far more often than their lifespan, and they cost in our local DIY shop £5.50 a bulb! The price seems to vary between £4.50 and £6 per bulb depending where you shop - do you remember when a standard 'old fashioned' bulb was around 50p!?
According to Philips the life span of the bulb is approx 5000 hours which on average use is about 2 years, I'd say. We had to replace them far far more often than that - in the 6 months we were in the flat we must have spent £60 on bulbs - and yes, the electrics were brand new and checked etc.
Anyway, I can't really moan too much about installation they're easy to install, and they give a good clear light. But the problem is entirely that they're either too fragile or that they just don't last as long as the packet says they do. At £5.50 a bulb, it's just insane. I was so glad to move into a 'normal' house where I could at least use regular energy saving bulbs which last far far longer.
Overall I'll give the Philips Master ES 93036 30W 36G 3 / 5, they are easy to use and they give a good light but they just don't last as long as I feel they should, and they're pretty expensive given you very very rarely use one, you generally need at least three or four (and spares).
Expensive pretty lights!
I thought these post modern, halogen, low energy light bulbs were supposed to be very long lasting. According to the packet the Philips bulb should last 5000 hours, which at 5 hours a day for 365 days a year it should last at least 2 and a 1/2 years. I am sure my bathroom lights are not on for 5 hours a day and I doubt even that my lounge lights are on this long either as an average across the year. Therefore I don't think they last as long as they say on the packet.
I usually buy these bulbs from a local DIY type store, where they cost around £5 each. So, they are not cheap. I thought these new halogen bulbs were supposed to be super efficient compared to the old incandescent bulbs, I can't really comment on the use of energy, but from a point of view of buying them I am sure it works out more expensive. Life was so simple with those old fashioned bulbs, when one only had to worry about whether it was a bayonet fitting and the wattage.
We live in a new flat so all our lights were fitted as the new "super-efficient" type. I have struggled to get bulbs for some of the light fittings, these halogen lights were some of the easier ones to find. When one goes to the shop there are masses of these bulbs, all which lo pretty much the same, but aren't. I need the type which has a two-pin plug (fitting GU) as a fitting and they also need to be 12volt. I always take one of the old bulbs with me to the shop for comparison. The bulbs when we moved in were 35 watt, so I never go over a 35 wattage and end up having to get what ever wattage I can, usually it's 30. To make things even more complicated you can even but these bulbs according to beam angle! The beam angle of these is 26 degrees, not that I take any notice of this when buying them, that's just way to complicated for a mear lightbulb!
When you take the bulb from the package you can see why it was £5 to buy. These things bulbs are ultra-modern looking, a bit like a huge diamond! They are about 5cm in diameter, so not big compared to an old fashioned bulb. They are made out of a hard plastic, which I suppose one good thing about them so if you drop it they don't smash. They are sparkly looking with a sort of silver sheen to them.
The light bulbs are of a medium difficultly to get into their wall fitting. These bulbs are all for spot lights in my flat, so on the ceiling. I usually get my husband to deal with dud bulbs, but on the old occasion I have tried I have been balancing on a chair, resign up to the ceiling trying to slime the two small pins to the two holes in the fitting.
On first use the new bulb usually glows whiter than the old bulb for the first few hours of use, and then transforms to more of a creamy colour, so it matches in with the other bulbs. 30 watt is plenty bright enough for one spotlight and the ray it gives is clean and bright.
How would I rate them?
Well, I am clearly not a fan of the modern bulb...so, looking at each function I give ratings as follows:
Cost: £5 is expensive and I have 10 of this sort of spot light in my flat, I give it 3/5
Light it gives: the colour and brightness is very good and a major plus to this type of bulb, 5/5
Life: disappointing, at £5 I expect them to last a bit longer 3/5
Altogether, I guess that works out at 11/25, around 73 percent. I will therefore mark them down to 3/5 stars.