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TaliaB

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I was called out by a client in Cpt for a burning smell only at night in his main bedroom. As he explained it smells like something is burning. Indeed this is what i found. Old type Tungsten screw type bulbs in the headboard recess both sides of the bed. By the way these Tungsten filament bulbs is now officially discontinued and are not allowed to be sold in SA. Pictures below that could have had serious consequences for the house owner. As the pillows moves around when persons lying on the bed pressing against the bulbs that could have ignited the pillow. 

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4 hours ago, TaliaB said:

I was called out by a client in Cpt for a burning smell only at night in his main bedroom. As he explained it smells like something is burning. Indeed this is what i found. Old type Tungsten screw type bulbs in the headboard recess both sides of the bed. By the way these Tungsten filament bulbs is now officially discontinued and are not allowed to be sold in SA. Pictures below that could have had serious consequences for the house owner. As the pillows moves around when persons lying on the bed pressing against the bulbs that could have ignited the pillow. 

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Just to reiterate!! More than 90% of the energy from incandescent bulbs is lost as heat. About 80% of the energy from CFL bulbs is lost as heat. LED bulbs give off almost no heat. I changed the 2 bulbs to 5w E14 LED Warm white(3,000k). No heat whatsoever.

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I also have LEDs throughout the house, and I'm used to having them. And therein lies a trap.

Recently I was in the UK, booked into a Holiday Inn. Now the UK is very concerned about energy consumption right now and the "efficiency of houses" (EG if they leak too much air, or otherwise lose heat, they consume more power and this is inefficient). So UK, big international hotel chain, lots of encouragement to go green, rental e-bikes all over the place.

Me, being used to LEDs, went to adjust the bed side reading lamp which was on an arm sticking out of the head rest. Ouch! Thing was hot. I then checked the other light fittings in the room, or at least the ones I could get to. All incandescent. 

Anyway, one needs to be careful. Don't take it for granted that wherever you are has low energy lighting. As @TaliaB reminded us earlier on, those old globes give off lots of heat (which is whey they're now regarded as so inefficient). We should still be careful when approaching any sort of lighting.

Incandescents may be on the come back there, or at least there is nostalgia for them. I'm guessing this a manifestation of the "it was good enough for my dad, and for his dad before him" thinking that gets people worked up when (a real life example I bumped into) a new owner sands the filthy, warped floor boards in a pub. We were in Milton Keynes. We went to see a show at a very nice theatre called The Stables. All mod cons (including a special RF loop that modern hearing aids can tune into). But there was a forthcoming show whose main selling point was that the stage would be lit with "edison" light bulbs. Presumably this gives a different ambience, or enhances the performance in some way, or is just two fingers up to the interfering government who tells us to use LED lighting and get heat pumps and has introduced energy efficiency certificates for houses (you must get your house inspected and rated before you sell, and must present the certificate to prospective buyers).

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