New lamps for old

Some of you might have caught the lamp implosion story.

Simple thing getting a replacement within the EU?  Not a chance.  All of the wide screw-in are being phased out, these silly three filament LEDs are in and the old equivalent of 40 watt and 25 watt are the new standard.  100 and 60 watt are a thing of the past.

The EU has decreed that we are using too much light.  Anyway, this is it:

23 comments for “New lamps for old

  1. Toodles McGhee
    October 10, 2018 at 14:13

    It seems the EU wants to do away with the Light. The Light will come anyway.

    • October 10, 2018 at 14:43

      Not if May can help it.

      • Mark Matis
        October 10, 2018 at 15:28

        And Merkel. And Macron. And Corbyn. And Juncker…

  2. Bill
    October 10, 2018 at 17:23

    Get the ‘industrial’ bulbs that come in packs of five or ten.

    • Chuckles
      October 10, 2018 at 18:30

      Good point Bill, ‘Industrial’ is one of the ‘secret handshake’ keywords you have to use to be able to buy incandescents.

      They’re also called ‘Rough Service’ in some places, which makes one wonder about the clientelle.

      • Bill
        October 10, 2018 at 18:37

        My ancient tail light has a rough service 60 watter in it. Rarely used these days but has been working perfectly since the very early nineties.

        Many outlets sell these ‘bulk’ bulbs. As Stuart Wilde said “There are ways round everything”.

      • Mudplugger
        October 10, 2018 at 20:23

        As I understand it, it’s quite legal to sell old-style bulbs as ‘incandescent heating units’, where the light output is just a convenient by-product of their heating function.

        I’ve still got quite a lot of incandescent heating units in stock, 40w, 60w, 100w, 150w, BC, ES, clear, pearl, golf-ball, candle etc – enough to see me out.

  3. wolfie
    October 10, 2018 at 19:53

    I’m having this problem with the led bulbs in the cottage. Too dim. Why? Led uses a fraction on incandescent power.

    • The Blocked Dwarf
      October 10, 2018 at 20:19


      I recently felt it might be a good idea to ‘condition’ the battery of the Charger/jumperstarter power pack thingy (its a big battery in a tasteful plastic casing with +/- cables and big arse crocodile clips) that I keep in the car. (Two words: “Norfolk” & “winter”). The power pack has a built in LED strip work light and so I thought I’d be really clever and just put that light on and leave it on until the power pack was emptied of juice. After 21 days of it being on all the time I gave up and just recharged the bloody thing. I know those LED use very little juice but even after 3 weeks it was still burning strong and bright. Come the Zombie Apocalypse I know how I am going to light my bunker.

    • ivan
      October 10, 2018 at 23:24

      wolfie, there are a few things that make the LED lights ‘dim’. First and foremost they are a semiconductor device that produce light when a current is passed through it – passing a current through a semiconductor causes it to heat up and unless you have a large heatsink you are limited in how much light you can get out of the lam. The next thing they run at a different colour temperature to incandescent lamps. while incandescents give a ‘warm’ colour temperature LEDs give a hard cold colour temperature. While they use less power from the mains the switching power supply inside that provides the low voltage they need to work it is also the main point of failure especially if they get hot.

      Here I have 6 of the highest wattage LED bulbs to replace one 100w incandescent – they just manage to give the same amount of light as measured by my light meter. So much for LEDs saving power usage.

  4. Toodles McGhee
    October 10, 2018 at 19:55

    May can attempt to stifle the light with all her gruesome ilk, but the Light comes forth.

  5. The Blocked Dwarf
    October 10, 2018 at 20:11

    “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

    Although I suspect we would disagree about the Twilight of the Govs.

  6. October 11, 2018 at 00:11

    Much to think on above.

  7. Toodles McGhee
    October 11, 2018 at 03:47

    BD, you may not know, but the only answer I definitely knew on the book quiz recently here at N.O. was the children’s book, Charlotte’s Webb, by E.B. White. Sooooooo, keeping that in mind, you may conclude with just a hint of thought, that I would probably have no idea to what you are referring when you say, ‘We would disagree about the the Twilight of the Govs.’

    Now, I quickly looked up Twilight of the Govs on the internet thingy and after discarding this and that, then having to close for a bit to feed Cuddles his evening victuals, I searched again only to NOT find one item that caught my feeble, but lovely eyes, [actually these days only to be admired by a blind dwarf if at all] on my original search. Frankly, I just got a bit overwhelmed because the second search brought about some school in the Volunteer State of Tennessee, which is one of fifty states in my country, the U.S.A., or as some prefer to hear, the U. S. [ I think I read that on this blog when I mainly lurked, which I hasten to say, J. H. may wish I would go back doing. ]

    Knowing your somewhat low esteem of my country, and I realise everyone has their reasons for things, and that really is not the issue here except, if you are referring to that school in the Volunteer State of Tennessee, I would just be so surprised because it is about an American school.

    I do recall seeing that some governor in one of our kooky western states here in my country, oh way back in 2015 sometime, because of blah and blah, was concerned about some movie called, Twilight. was not able to be made, or something uninteresting like that. Well now, that doesn’t sound like a B.D. topic of interest in my estimation. If it truly is a topic of interest, by all means, forgive my presumption and impretinence in assuming such a silly ole thingy!

    So, please if you will, unless there is a reason to be covert, do tell me what is the Twilight of the Govs and how and why you think we would disagree.

    However you choose to respond, or not respond, you have piqued my interest. [ I just love using the word ‘pique’ because it looks so fanciful and sounds so, well, French, dontchaknow? I appreciate your giving me the opportunity to use ‘pique’ and it’s past tense!!!]
    Bye now.

    • October 11, 2018 at 05:53

      Don’t worry, it went over my head too but that’s nowt unusual, most things go over my head, I just ignore ’em and press on.

    • October 11, 2018 at 09:01

      Back in the day when I was in the RAF and working closely with USAF bases nearby, we would advise the seviceablity of aviation nav equipment between the bases. The Americans would report some as being ‘down’, and often reacted adversly when we would describe duff kit as being ‘U.S.’, meaning Unserviceable. 🙂

  8. The Blocked Dwarf
    October 11, 2018 at 06:01

    Toodles, I apologise sincerely for causing you any vexation. I was trying to be ‘a bit clever’ (which is , in British English, a fairly damning phrase) and my comment wasn’t directly in reply to you rather more for JH.

    *German Mythology. the destruction of the gods and of all things in a final battle with evil powers: erroneous modern translation of the Old Icelandic Ragnarǫk, meaning “fate of the gods,” misunderstood as Ragnarökkr, meaning “twilight of the gods.”*

    I know James, and most of the Brits here would recognise instantly “‘Götterdämmerung” or ‘Twilight Of The Gods’ as one of Wagner’s more famous works.

    and the ‘govs’, short form of ‘governments’, was a weak pun on ‘gods’. I was of course referring to Brexit, but obliquely as not to upset James . Apologies again.

  9. Toodles McGhee
    October 11, 2018 at 07:49

    Apologise for being clever and and educated? Never. Apologies from Toodles for asking questions? No, how else does one learn? The only problem could rise is when my questions call for other questions from your answers.

    I shall once again search on my own, until I am once again stumped. I am just so glad for you and for my and other’s estimations of you and also for the others who lurk about here and probably are in the know of which you speak, ie, Twilight of the Govs and all the little innuendos. I am so glad you were not speaking of the movie Twilight for obvious reasons. Phew.

    The fact I am more than likely the only one lurking here who did not know of whom and of what you were referring, I have once again placed myself in a humbling spot. To learn is a fine thing to do. To continually place one’s self in a situation of utter embarrassment, a different kind of learning must needs take place to cure those continual blunders, I make for myself — me, myself and Toodles.

    As the reader of Charlotte’s Webb, by E.B. White, and thinking you were perhaps referring to a school in the Volumnteer State of Tenessee who call themselves Govs and perhaps played their game at Twilight(?) again shows my intellectual level. That I am barely tolerated here is actually an honor.

    I however am familiar with Wagner and may recognise upon listening some of his ‘more famous works’ but I am quite ignorant, and to no one’s surprise, to ever entertain the thought of discussing them in these, or any circles.

    My MamaNena would be disappointed that I am exposing my under belly of ignorance as she spoke a bit of German and had been educated in Latin and was quite the pianist. No doubt the Grand Dame could discuss with you, til the cows came home, and of which I know a bit more about than I probably do, Wagner.

    !!!! I do believe that in pronouncing his name the w has a V sound along with just a slight hint of an English W sound. Is that correct or have I Shot Myself in the Foot? The lesser known Wagner piece and of which I am quite qualified to converse.

    • The Blocked Dwarf
      October 11, 2018 at 09:29

      Toodles, once again I fear you overestimate my intelligence and education whilst sorely underestimating your own! “Wagner’s (yes its a ‘v’ sound) Ring Cycle “? Sounds positively immoral and possibly illegal-although I am sure there are members only websites…

      I may have a thing for Heine, and also enjoy Woyzeck , both in the original but thats’ about as far as my classical leanings go and that’s only cos they are rude (What’s not to like about an ode to having breakfast with, and being ‘cock-blocked’ ,by a pair lesbian sisters?). I couldn’t tell Schiller from Goethe and find both terminally boring. Opera, and ‘classic music’ in general I couldn’t give a Figaro for. I have listened to/watched various ‘modern’ interpretations of Wagner but that was only cos they featured naked women and machine guns .

      • The Blocked Dwarf
        October 11, 2018 at 09:38

        BTW just incase anyone is interested, that poem of Heine’s I mention starts:

        “The bottles are empty, breakfast was *good*. The little ladies are rosy with ‘heat’. They open their bodices with gay abandon- i think they are tipsy.

        Their shoulders so white, their little breasts so nice.
        Lo, they throw themselves on the bed laughing,”

        Now that’s my kinda Kultur! Written in 1843 I think.

  10. Toodles McGhee
    October 11, 2018 at 22:19

    I am commentless, BD!!!

    • The Blocked Dwarf
      October 11, 2018 at 23:04

      Sorry to disappoint-what with you thinking i was all cultured like but if I were American I would be a ‘get off my mountain’ red neck with more firepower than any sane person needs, a bible, a cellar full of ‘shine ,’eating burgers and waiting for the Rapture’. Fortunately I’m a Brit and there are no mountains in Norfolk.

  11. Doonhamer
    October 12, 2018 at 07:27

    Rage, rage.

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