A friend of mine has been trying to get Philips Softone lightbulbs and
can only get the low energy ones which,as low energy ones go, pretty
much look the same as ordinary lamps except for the price .I saw a
place selling them at £63 for a box of 10 bulbs FFS.
I'm guessing that Philips no longer sell them and Ebay only has the LE
ones as well.
This place appears to still have them tho' at £14 for 5 x 2 incl
delivery of £5.99
I'm also guessing that this problem is only going to get worse .
Get yourself some lighting gel and wrap it round a low energy lamp.
Then you can get your replacement lamps anywhere for peanuts and still
get the nice colour.
BTW, it has already got worse... much worse: I saw screfix selling a
standard 60w bulb for a tenner the other day, it was a special offer
too! Nope, not low energy, not shatterproof, not anything other than a
20p bulb. Cant find the part no though
Your friend needs to be planning their way to remove filament lamps
from their home. In particular, anything other than clear glass ones
will probably vanish from the market within a year.
Softone lamps in particular are very inefficient.
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On 29 Dec 2008 12:58:56 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew
Oh she should should she .Try telling her that :-)
WTF should folk be forced in to doing something that they don't want
It's like this fascination with buying LCD tellies which are shite.
So what's inefficient with Softone bulbs or any other kind of non Low
Energy ones for that matter . It wouldn't be so bad if the price of
Low Energy ones was similar to ordinary lamps but it isn't as I said
Umm people clearly want to buy LCD TVs, hence the huge number of CRT TVs
at any local dump. The purchasers are not "forced in to doing something
that they don't want to" (sic) the purchasers are doing exactly as they
I would have thought that manufacturing resources have completely gone over
to LCD or Plasma - or preparing for some newer technology.(OLED or
whatever). Therefore any CRT TVs will be old stock - or have been in a very
slow supply chain. However, CRT was a good product - but when you consider
all the complications (akin to a carburettor!) it is a wonder it gave such
good results - painting different phosphor dots inside a glass tube - don't
Well I don't know about anyone else, but I prefer the modern plasma and
LCD displays to the CRT's. I started with a LCD monitor for the PC,
then followed it with a big plasma screen TV and since then we have
gradually got rid of all the old CRT's. The only CRT left in this house
is my oscilloscope.
No, my last CRT monitor was 19" costing around £500 when new - Sony or
something similar, just one of many I've had over the years. I bought a
15" cheap LCD monitor, not really expecting much and for my type of use
(mainly text and diagrams) was sufficiently impressed to dispose of the
CRT. As already indicated, I have since got rid of all the CRT's.
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