I´m in Brazil on holiday....things are very cheap but one thing that
has caught my eye is the low cost for those halogen(?) downlighters
(you kno...the bog standard ones that everyone has in the uk). Here,
they work out at about 60p! (last time I looked in woolies they were
about 5 quid each!). I need quite a few so it might be worthwhile me
buying them...however I dont have the uk physical dimension´s (& they
look a little smaller here)...therefore I´d be really grateful if
someone could measure the diameter in millimetres for me? I´ll then
pop along to the shop with my ruler!
I think all else remains the same...ie they are 12V 50W
I´m in an internet cafe so wont be able to check back here for a
couple of days, but any response in the meantime would be warmly
I personally wouldn't bother, you may find they all stop working
within a matter of weeks. Woolies probably isn't the ideal place to
buy them anyway, overpriced lesser quality. Try shopping around,
you'll probably be able o find a supplier nearer to your 'bargain'
Cheap european counterfits can be dangerous unless you know exactly
what you're buying, it doesn't sound like you do. Quite a few
counterfits have made it into the UK in the form of lamps, fittings,
plugs etc that haven't been manufactured to British Safety Standards.
On Wed, 14 Jan 2004 21:35:43 +0000, David Hemmings
Foreign, Europe, it's all the bloody same! I'm ill, that's my excuse.
And I never did much at school, probably why I became a sparky, long
as I can find my way to CEF, Eddys and Senate that'll do me!
Sorry everyone, won't happen again!!! ;-)
My thoughts too. No matter what size of fittings just cut the holes in your
ceiling to suit them. If they are still 12v 50w, then you'll still be able
to get the lamps for them here. Just remember that the UK lamps are set
with two rigid pins moulded into the lamp as connectors and not two thin
pieces of wire folded down the sides of the glass envelope.
I think the OP was talking about just the bulbs - not complete
units... (also better tell him our wants from Brazil while he's
About Europe - Turkey is trying to get in, I guess soon it will extend
as far as Brazil! wait and see!
Well, if you're talking about the normal 12v elv halogen bulbs that go into
ceiling dowlighters, etc, then the one I have here has the following
38 degree beam (M258)
It's a sealed dichroic bulb.
I can confirm using the specialised equipment known as a ruler that the bulb
at it's widest point (ie the bit that the light shoots out of) is 50mm.
I'd check on the screwfix website (or CPC or others) what the UK delivered
prices for a joblot would be, though. I have no idea what the percussive
shocks delivered by baggage handlers would do to the longevity of the bulbs,
or indeed any unusual environmental conditions that might be experienced
during the flight. If you get a friendly customs official sniffing through
them, make sure they use cotton gloves or a clean handkerchief when
inspecting the contents.....
email me at
richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
thanks to all (especially to Richard...the 50mm diameter info is bang
on the money for what I need!). I should have been clearer- ie I was
just talking about the bulb ...& I´m sure as hell I won´t find them
for 50p in England!
There, that`s enough about all this diy melarkey -there`s just way too
many foxy chicks with the most perfect posteriors I´ve ever seen in my
life that I´ve go to go & look at on the beach (even the mingers here
are worth referring to screwfix)
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