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Polaroid stock by mistake

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On Amazon I ordered 20x 40W opal BC candle bulbs that were made by EVEREADY. But it turns out to be the dreaded Polaroid

Looks like I have to use them all up

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Nov 11, 2014 at 02:55 AM Author: migette1
Peter, don't think the name really matters as these are probably China made, do they have a slanting filament and a black spot on the stem ( gettering material) As opal you will not see the filaments sorry.

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Nov 11, 2014 at 05:01 AM Author: Prismatic
Maybe they can be used as flash-bulbs on Polaroid instant cameras

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Nov 11, 2014 at 05:35 PM Author: Flurofan96
@Peter: I bought this lot online as they're had good value in price and therefore would be a good supply for my chandelier in the living room. Actually when they're switched on I saw that they had a slanting filament and the box of these bulbs say made in PRC

@Prismatic: I must say they'll do the job quite well for that

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Nov 12, 2014 at 08:32 AM Author: migette1
Thanks Peter, yes China thought so don't expect long life and bet there not fused either.

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Nov 12, 2014 at 09:36 AM Author: Andy
Yes as Migette says these are basically the same as the Eveready lamps - China made Crap! The only way to find decent lamps is to look for old stock British/European made lamps.

My main area of interest is vintage fluorescent and mercury lamps. Always interested in doing lamp trades - just let me know! Smiley

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Nov 12, 2014 at 04:57 PM Author: Flurofan96
Peter and Vicar: well that's why I bought a bulk pack of these bulbs to supply my Chandalier for a while. Once I start to run low on these, I'll turn to the BELL 40W candle bulb which Liam suggested me or I can pop to this small electrical shop in Reading whenever I can

I just came across this make of bulb back in May when I asked for some opal candle bulbs in a local electrical shop (and that shop did have BELL incandescents in general, regretting now that I did not get the BELL make)

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Nov 22, 2014 at 04:38 AM Author: migette1
Bell lamps now China made with slanting filaments and a black spot of getring material, possibly from the same stable as the others...sorry.

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Nov 22, 2014 at 01:52 PM Author: Flurofan96
Oh dear

Well I see what I can do when I have the chance to visit my favourite small electrical shop in Reading, plus I still have the link reference to what Liam gave me (3000hr candle bulbs)

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Nov 22, 2014 at 01:53 PM Author: Flurofan96
And why do the Chinese use slanting filaments btw?

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Nov 22, 2014 at 02:39 PM Author: Beta 5
If you really hate these, try to find some better ones and use these up, it may of been a one off bad failure of the original polaroid but what I would do is run them for 2/3 of their rated life then "clean and change" (change the lamp at 2/3 way through its life and clean fixture of dust etc, also put 4 lamps in at once and do a bulk change of all 4 at 2/3 of their life to eliminate nasty EOL) Like they do with streetlights to avoid spot replacements etc
BTW if you dim them expect a longer life and to also help stop nasty EOL slowly ramp the dimmer up to 100% to "Soft start" them.

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Nov 22, 2014 at 04:08 PM Author: Flurofan96
Well Beta 5 that is a fantastic solution to give the bulbs a soft start by starting them from the dim position and slowly turning them up to 100% brightness but unfortunately the replacement switch is an ordinary white plastic one not a dimmer one

The other method of replacing them when they reach 2/3rds of their rated life sounds ok but my dad would think I'm wasting my money by replacing working bulbs. The other thing I can do is to examine the cosmetic condition of the working bulbs (I have another Polaroid bulb which is showing its significant blackening, the other two are still clean)

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Nov 22, 2014 at 04:16 PM Author: Beta 5
yes that is a good idea, although for safety (avoiding nasty EOL) I would consider a well made dimmer and get one to use with it, if not there are always CFL...LOL

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Nov 22, 2014 at 05:13 PM Author: Flurofan96
Ahh ok thanks for the advice i shall get a well made dimmer or even a nice looking ordinary switch and if I have no luck of finding the right incandescents that are well made then I would have to go CFL.... Chandalier looks great with incandescents

But hey CFLs are also soft on the eye like opal incandescent that's good

OR WHAT ABOUT THE DURACELL OPAL BULBS!!! are they reliable

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Nov 23, 2014 at 03:49 AM Author: Beta 5
BTW Sylvania Candle CFLs are quite nice Link to Toolststion where they can be bought:
http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Lighting/d220/Energy+Saving+CFL+Lamps/sd3283/Sylvania+Energy+Saving+CFL+Candle+Lamp+T2+/p24776

They are a bit costly but last well, especially when run base down

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Nov 24, 2014 at 04:30 PM Author: Flurofan96
Well thanks for the recommendation, Beta 5 I'll keep the link safe and there are some toolstation shops in Reading

Hmm apart from the warmup stage, I think they will do a decent job. I'm a little bit put off of using CFLS because the chandalier in another section of my house has got 5 7watts megaman CFLS and they are soooo dim at startup and they give a kinda weak light output

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Nov 24, 2014 at 04:33 PM Author: Beta 5
The SES Sylvania candle I have is good, or always could try good brand led filament

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Nov 24, 2014 at 04:46 PM Author: Flurofan96
A good brand LED filament bulb.... Right ok if I do this then my house will no longer be free from LED retrofit bulbs

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Nov 25, 2014 at 01:12 AM Author: Beta 5
well, you could always give the CFL a go, at an equivalent of 40w each your room should be quite bright, I suspect the duacell frosted bulbs are about the same as the polaroid, but before you get another dimmer, get 2 2pks of 40w Duracell and give them a try, if you get another dimmer then don't use these rubbish lamps in it if not it will end up failing again at EOL

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Nov 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM Author: Flurofan96
Hmm ok I think I've made the decision to get a nice gold coloured ordinary switch because we don't really use the dimmer switch tbh

I shall try to get some of the Duracell candle bulbs sometime, see if they outstand the lifespan test to the Polaroids (unlikely)

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