Not just Britons who like bulbs

PUBLISHED: 12:41 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:23 15 June 2010

IN a very recent telephone conversation with my sister in Austria, she told me that, as here in th UK, people are not too happy with the imposed change to the new lightbulbs for all the reasons already stated in your article last week. There is, howeve

IN a very recent telephone conversation with my sister in Austria, she told me that, as here in th UK, people are not too happy with the imposed change to the new lightbulbs - for all the reasons already stated in your article last week. There is, however, one additional point which may need to be checked out and then publicised: these new lightbulbs do sometimes blow up and, if this is the case, people are advised to leave the room for about 20 minutes to allow the toxic fumes to disperse as these could be a health-risk. My own experience shows that the advertised (guaranteed) longevity of these bulbs is highly exaggerated. I doubt that, even if I were to keep the packaging and write the date of start of use and then, on early expiry of the bulb, take the trouble of returning it to the manufacturer, I would get a refund/replacement. Elli Pang Yonder Street Ottery St Maryn THE Midweek Herald will be staging a phone-in on this subject, from 9am to 5pm on Friday, April 17. To take part, call (01392) 888488 and ask for Belinda Bennett.

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