Tuesday, April 10, 2007


I want some light bulbs please.



Bayonet or screw?


Large or small fitting?


What shape?

Golf ball.

Pearl or clear?


This conversation has happened to me before and I always try to be as prepared as I can so today I walked into the hardware store and asked for, 'Two, 40 watt, clear, large-bayo, golf-ball light bulbs please.' I felt smug until I was asked:

Energy saving or conventional?

Smugness evaporated. 'I didn't know you could get those in energy saving,' I said.

'You can't yet but you may as well be ready.'

Ironmongers with attitude. What's not to love?


Martin said...

Energy savers have still not managed to come up with a true equivalent to their incandescent competitors. Even when they don't have the tube effect, they still have a bulky base, and they still don't get up to full brightness for a while.

It was suggested to me that they don't save energy, as they generate heat, which means you use less central heating. However, after some thought, this would only be true in winter - In summer they will definitely save you energy because at this time you will not be using your heating, or may even be using air conditioning to remove the heat of conventional bulbs.

There is one thing I have yet to work out though. How relatively efficient are low/high voltage incandescent bulbs in summer.

Mike Peatman said...

I bet they do low-energy versions at IKEA! Actually I often get one rating up from the 'equivalent', as it's never quite right. They are getting better, though.

Your experience started to sound like a hardware equivalent of buying coffee in Starbucks.

Chris said...

Does that make low energy equivalent to "Skinny / De-Caf"?

E. Louise said...

Hi. When they said 'wattage' weren't you tempted to say 'I SAID I'D LIKE SOME LIGHT BULBS PLEASE'. Probably your humour is much more sophisticated :)

Rainbow dreams said...

thank you for the laugh.. :)
Have a good week, Katie