After we moved, I went round the house and tallied up the fittings, then
threw away all the bulbs we had no use for (actually, I gave them back
to to the people who bought our house, since they had the appropriate
fittings and I can't bear to throw away perfectly functional "stuff".)
When the end of filament bulbs was announced, I stocked up. Totally
unnecessarily as it turns out, since they're still widely available, and
we had loads left over.
Annoyingly, I've just had to buy some R63 spotlight bulbs for our study,
since I hated the CFLs in there and couldn't find a good LED equivalent.
They're about the only incandescent bulbs left in the house.
Today is Boomtime, the 50th day of The Aftermath in the YOLD 3183
Yes, I think I posted here years ago asking for recommendations for
good, bright R63 CFLs, but you guys confirmed that no-one made any
over "60 W equivalent".
I had to rip out the false drop ceiling in the kitchen a couple of
years ago because of a loose screw terminal in a junction box buried
in the real ceiling, but one long-term benefit (apart from a bit more
storage space on top of the cupboards) was getting rid of the last 4
R63 fittings in the house.
Yes, one of the problems with modern light bulbs is that they have various
different fittings - large bayonet, small bayonet, large edison screw, small
edison screw. And some CFLs and LEDs are only made with one fitting, so you
need to change your fitting (or get an adaptor which increases the overall
My previous house had been a show house for the development and so all the
light fittings were supplied with the house. And almost every fitting used a
different type of bulb, so I needed to keep a stock of candle bulbs (SBC and
SES), conventional bulbs (LBC and LES) and *low-voltage* mini-spotlight -
the bathroom, the hall, the landing and the kitchen all had transformers in
the loft to power 12V spotlights (ie not mains-powered GU10 bulbs). Most
shops stocked GU10 bulbs, but not many stocked the similarly-sized 12V
I found them annoyingly slow starting on outdoor PIRs, so swapped them
to LED before they died.
The only CFLs here now are in the loft, where usage is so infrequent
they'll effectively last forever, but I have a handful of the 10p
supermarket 'giveaways' as spares.
They do have a noticeable start-up, especially in cold weather, but I
find them good enough for getting to the worm bin or the shed (which
has a better light inside) in the evening. I'd rather put up with
that outside occasionally than inside frequently (until I use up the
We've got daylight CFLs (mostly 25W or 30W, equivalent to about 150W or 175W
tungsten) in wax-paper lampshades on pendant fittings in several of the
bedrooms to provide general room lighting; likewise for the hall and landing
lights. I find for single-fitting ceiling lights, CFL provide a much
brighter light. For rooms where multi-bulb fittings are available, a group
of LEDs provides enough light.
My bedside light and my wife's (*) bedside and pendant ceiling lights are
coloured Philips Hue, as are some of the GU10 mini-spotlights in the kitchen
and bathroom, with white versions (2800-6500 K) in the remaining GU10
fittings in those rooms. We also have an LED strip light (a flexible clear
strip with LEDs embedded all along its length) under the wall cupboards to
illuminate the worktops.
These are supplemented by a dimmable tungsten photoflood uplighter in the
dining table part of the living room, and by a conventional 3x
tungsten-candle-bulb ceiling fitting in the centre of the living room; the
latter has a mixture of 60W conventional tungsten and 40W halogen tungsten
bulbs (the 60W are replaced by 40W halogen as they fail).
We've got the Philips Hue bulbs controlled by a Hue hub from an Android app
and an Amazon Alexa voice control; this also controls a switchable 3-pin
plug for the photoflood uplighter so we can ask Alexa to turn on
"downstairs" (living room uplighter, kitchen 5x GU10 fitting and kitchen
worktop LED strip) or "living room" (just the switchable plug for the
My wife has a dimmable LED-array desk light in her study and I have an
ancient U-shaped fluorescent tube (warm white) desk lamp in my study - the
sort of tube that has a flash-flash-on bimetallic starter in the fluorescent
The LEDs on "concentrate" setting and the CFLs appear to the human eye to be
fairly close to cloudy daylight, though to a digital camera on fixed white
balance setting rather than auto-white-balance, the LEDs appear fairly warm
compared with the CFLs which the camera sees as white when on its
cloudy-daylight setting; the LEDs appear white on the camera's
warm-white-fluorescent setting if they are on "concentrate" or else as white
on the camera's tungsten bulb setting if they are on the "reading" setting
which looks slightly warmer (though still less orange than a tungsten bulb)
to the human eye. In other words, a camera sees the LEDs as warmer than the
human eye when compared to daylight or to tungsten bulbs. The auto-white
setting on the camera seems to sort it all out very well: the days of any
fluorescent light reproducing as sickly green went out with the demise of
I did some comparison photos of a makeshift colour chart, with the camera
white-balanced under various lights, and the results are fairly consistent
apart from a slight dulling of reds under LED and, to a lesser extent, CFL:
- illuminated by daylight in
the shade (ie not direct sunlight)
- illuminated by
- illuminated by "cool white" GU10
- illuminated by "white"
4-foot fluorescent tubes
(in all of the above, I white-balanced the camera from a sheet of A4 printer
paper illuminated by the relevant light source)
fluorescent tubes, with camera on "cloudy" daylight setting, showing that it
is fairly warm compared with daylight
The red plastic box of screws (left of the face in the photos) was a fairly
vibrant red which is a bit dull in the artificial light. The blue box of
drills was dark royal blue. As expected, both of these have reproduced most
faithfully in shady daylight
(*) I snore, so we tend to sleep in separate rooms - mostly :-)
Everywhere apart from the front outside light that I cannot see been
bettered by an LED, the rear outside light that will be LED as soon as I
drop on a spare at work:-), and the loft light (that can keep it's
crappy CFL and I have a few spares).
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