Fitting Megaman bulbs – first hand experience

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Megaman 9W GU10 replacement

We had 6 x 50W halogen bulbs in our kitchen (so using 300W of electricity) and I felt it was about time to try and save some money and energy by replacing them with energy-saving equivalents.

So on a personal recommendation, I purchased 7 x Megaman 9w CFL reflector bulbs (halogen-replacement). This would mean I was only using 54W and I’d have a spare bulb for use elsewhere.

I worked out I should recoup the initial outlay within the first year and never have to buy replacements bulbs for the kitchen ever again (15,000 hrs of use). Some would say a better investment than putting your money in the bank.

Fitting
Like some other energy-saving GU10 replacement bulbs which I bought a while back, these ones also don’t really fit into the holes as well as they should. It’s not the height that’s the problem (as my fitments are free-floating inside), but more the width of the bulb as it goes up into the recess. The bulb gets caught on the fitting which grips onto the inside of the ceiling.

So anyway, I eventually had to bend the light fitting back. Undeterred and having done this 6 times, I switch the kitchen lights on. I’m then confronted this horrible gloomy white light, just like you would get from a single fluorescent strip light. Leaving it for a minute to allow the bulbs to warm up improves it slightly, but its still horrible.

So I take the bulbs out in disgust, feeling that I’ve been done out of £60. The next day I write an email to Megaman stating my frustration – I’ve yet to receive a response!

Thinking laterally!
However, after a few days, I start to think laterally. My final solution is as follows:

1) In the kitchen I’ve totally removed two of the halogen lights (immediately saving 100W) and am now using 1 x Megaman and 3 Halogens. 159W in total as opposed to 300W – not a bad start!

2) Strangely enough, the main bathroom is acceptable with 3 x Megaman bulbs totalling 27W (I previously had 4 x 50W Halogen bulbs = 200W). My only thought as to why they work fine in the bathroom is that there are lots of reflective surfaces (bath, shower, mirror etc) – more so than in the kitchen.

3) Small boys bedroom now has 2 Megaman bulbs (rather than 2 x 50W bulbs) and he already has a different energy saving one already in there. So his room is also down to 27W – and considering he often plays in his bedroom and forgets to switch off the light, this is worthwhile.

Conclusion
Until energy-saving replacements can be directly compared to what they are replacing (in terms of quality of light as well as size), then they will never appeal to the less-initiated.

There seems to be a green premium on all environmental products and until prices drop significantly then this will be yet another barrier to take-up. Some would say that its not that energy-efficient products are too expensive, but that everything else is disproportionately cheap.

I don’t believe this response, especially when the Government should be actively encouraging the use of energy-saving products (which they’re doing in other areas).

If products don’t immediately work as you had expected, think laterally. Having removed some bulbs out of my kitchen, I’ve now also reduced the energy consumption of my lounge down to 4 x 50W and 1 x 9W. It had originally been 10 x 50W halogens. Thinking laterally has saved me almost 300W in this room too!!

The end result is still nowhere near perfect but my energy consumption is much better than it was. Unfortunately until manufacturers can actually come up with decent replacements, I’m not inclined to go too overboard.

There also should’ve been someone to stop me from encouraging our electrician to fit so many halogen spots in my house when it was first built (where was the building inspector or environmental angel when I needed him)!

As a layman, it had never occured to me how wasteful Halogen spots are. I’m trying to think different now!

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6 Responses to “Fitting Megaman bulbs – first hand experience”

  1. Paul Says:

    There is a little bit of hope from the government – they are actively discouraging the use of normal bulbs (voluntary but with retailers and manufacturers onside)
    http://www.xpressdigest.org.uk/2007/09/28/energy-guzzling-lightbulbs-phase-out-to-start-next-year-2/

    Timetable as follows:
    * By January 2008, cease replacing stock of all inefficient (General Lighting Service, GLS) A-shaped incandescent lamps of energy rating higher than 100W (predominantly 150W lamps).
    * By January 2009, cease selling all inefficient GLS A-shaped lamps of energy rating higher than 60W (predominantly 150W lamps, 100W lamps, plus some 75W lamps)
    * By January 2010, cease selling all GLS A-shaped lamps of efficacy of energy rating higher than 40W (predominantly 60W lamps)
    * By 31 December 2011, cease selling all remaining inefficient GLS A-shaped lamps and 60W “candle” and “golfball” lamps. (predominantly 40W and 25W A-shaped GLS bulbs, and 60W candles and golfballs).

  2. Robert Says:

    Reference your Megman bulbs, when replacing low energy GU10 bulbs we would also recommended going one step higher rather than using th 9W Megaman you should have gone for the 11W GU10. The wattage figure relates only to the power each bulb consumes not to the amount of light given out (lumens) many manufactures dont quote this figure. In terms of the colour of the bulbs they come in two different types a cool white 4000K and a warmwhite 3000K. Choosing the right one makes a difference between looking like a doctors sugery and a home. In terms of the additional lenght place such as !!<http://www.LowEnergyGU10.co.uk

    >!!

    have items that are 100% the same size and also have a really accurate calculator for working out how much money they save you.

  3. lowcarbondiary Says:

    If you lived in Ashton Hayes, you could have borrowed the Light Bulb Library set up by the Brownies. There are vast differences in the quality of light produced by different bulbs, which is why we started the library. Much better to “try before you buy” and avoid expensive and discouraging mistakes. The Energy saving Trust also produce a really good guide to low energy lightbulbs which you can download from their website.

  4. How to Get Six Pack Fast Says:

    The style of writing is very familiar to me. Have you written guest posts for other blogs?

  5. aftececyday Says:

    Outstanding site!! i will come back again=D

  6. daylight spectrum lamp Says:

    What a wonderful post. It has got me thinking, thank you.

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