BBC NEWS | UK | Switch off for traditional bulbsDon’t get me wrong, I’m all for being environmentally friendly but, call me selfish, my sanity has to come before the well-being of the planet. We have tried numerous types of energy efficient bulbs and they’re all dreadful in one way or another. The least offensive in terms of light quality are the ones my mum has in her bathroom BUT they have a nasty head-hurty flicker as they come on which makes me wince and it’s really only acceptable because it’s not a room you have to spend a lot of time in. The one Codepope has in his room at the moment is like letting the light from a particularly grey day into the office. Hardly effective. 100W equivalent be bollocksed. I don’t know how you’re making this comparison but it obviously doesn’t involve anyone actually looking at the light. I can stand on out landing and see the light in my room (a standard 100W bulb in a uplighter shade) and the light in his. They are not comparable in any way. I can look directly at the energy efficient bulb and not be left with a hint of an after-image. And that uplighter shade? Well I use that to minimise reflections and highlights on my computer screen and a jolly good job it does to; nice balance of general light in the room without any glare. I have yet to see an energy efficient bulb which will even fit in an uplighter shade. They’re all much bigger than standard bulbs. And what about the great Philips Wake-up Light we bought yesterday? That sure as hell won’t take one of the new bulbs and quite frankly I’d rather wake up to the natural light from a miserable November morning than the piss-poor light from an energy efficient bulb. Light is important to me. Especially around this time of year. If I didn’t have my Brightspark and hadn’t been using it for the last month I would currently be sitting in the corner wondering what the point of it all was and wishing desperately for spring.