I've fitted my house with low consumption (20 watt = 100 watt) bulbs
Trouble is they are very dim when you first switch them on which is not
suitable for landing/hall light where you need good/safe lighting
I was going to try and get some 25 watt = 125 watt ish which I can't find so
easy - but it lead me to wondering
Are there any low consumption bulbs/brands that give total brightness
Had the same problem myself ... appears to be more of a problem with screw
in bulbs for some reason. The one's I fitted in our conservatory lights take
ages to 'warm up' and provide any worthwhile light.
My wife returned back from our local Dunhelm store the other day with 10
11watt (60watt) Osram bayonet bulbs for £1.00 and they provide a bright
light straight away and get brighter the longer they're on.. Have you
thought about maybe a fluorescent light if you need a decent instant light?
Have you been to a B&Q store and had a look at their low energy lights ? The
standard fluorescent light has come a long way and you can get low energy
lights in all sorts of designs, shapes etc. I've also found our local B&Q to
be every helpful and they may be able to point you in the right direction to
a more suitable light.
Costco have some 23W Feit ones at the moment which I have
found to be good, although I've only had them long enough
to get to 3000 hours so far. This won't solve your issue
of lower initial output though.
No, at least, not at anywhere near that light output
(a 2W LED does, but it's equivalent to a 2W filament lamp
unless you go for very expensive ones).
Conventional linear fluorescent tubes start off nearer to
final light output, near enough that many people don't
notice that they have a warm-up period too. (If you're
striving for efficiency, they're also a little more
efficient than CFL's, if used with electronic control
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To my eye Phillips low energy CFL's seem to achieve full brightness quicker
than some other makes that I have installed, they also start off brighter
than others, including Feit, which seem rather poor in this respect in my
installations. They are 60w equiv Feit.
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