Twin Pack - 4.5W LED Candle Bulb - Aldi instore £5.99
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Twin Pack - 4.5W LED Candle Bulb - Aldi instore £5.99

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Found 3rd Mar 2014
Aldi currently have LED bulbs on offer. There are a few different types but I've been after some decent E14 SES Candle bulbs for a while (the small screw type ones).

The problem that most have is that they point the light like a spot light which for my house points them straight at the ceiling. These have a bit of a lense in them which helps them to act more like a regular bulb.

Be careful as there weren't many 4.5W, most were 3W. Oddly the 4.5W (320 Lumens) and the 3W (250 Lumens) were both the same price and look very similar.

The 4.5W gives a good light output and is equivalent to a 30W regular bulb.

Can't comment on the life of these as I've just put them in but they feel a lot better made than the ebay ones they've replaced. The ebay ones claimed to be 4W but on dismantling a dead one they contain 3 x 1W LEDs. You can tell a big difference between these Aldi ones and the cheap ebay rubbish.

£5.99 is for a twin back, so just under £3 each isn't bad for a bulb that gives a decent light output with a decent light colour too.

Hope it helps someone.

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Are you sure its per pair ?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/ask/aldi-light-bulbs-misleading-leaflet-was-5-99-a-pair-shop-5-99-each-1842830

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For reference the ebay ones I purchased before were these ones:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-6-12pcs-E14-4W-5W-LED-Candle-Light-Bulbs-Day-White-Warm-White-Lamp-Saving-/181101072331?pt=UK_Light_Bulbs&var=&hash=item2a2a770fcb

I purchased a pack of 6 which worked out as approx £2.67 each so 22p cheaper, but 3 have failed in a few months and the seller won't respond. As above they are also too dim, and are only actually 3W rather than the advertised 4W.

These Aldi ones are a bargain at just under £3 each for a brighter and much better light.

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mrwhitelabel

Are you sure its per pair … Are you sure its per pair ?http://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/ask/aldi-light-bulbs-misleading-leaflet-was-5-99-a-pair-shop-5-99-each-1842830



Yes they come sealed together, I purchased 2 pairs. The store I went into definitely was following the leaflet which correctly says a 2 pack.

I got 4 bulbs for £11.98

Hope this helps.

Are they dimmable?

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bellamy_47

Are they dimmable?



No - it says on each bulb "Not dimmable"

What colour light do they give out - is it white or off white (yellow)?

Googling the make (Muller Licht, ha!) suggests they're 2700k, which makes these a great price. The cheap ones tend to be 3000k I've found, and I find it a bit harsh for anything other than kitchen and bathrooms. Sadly I discovered this *after* fitting out 2x chandeliers in two bedrooms at a fair expense with 3000k bulbs
Edited by: "mistertad111" 4th Mar 2014

Bought two twin packs of the small globes for bedside lamps; one with bayonet and the other with SES fittings. They are a warm white . Also bought a single bayonet bulb as a replacement for a bedroom celing light which is dimmable. Also a nice warm white.

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nbuuifx

For reference the ebay ones I purchased before were these … For reference the ebay ones I purchased before were these ones:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-6-12pcs-E14-4W-5W-LED-Candle-Light-Bulbs-Day-White-Warm-White-Lamp-Saving-/181101072331?pt=UK_Light_Bulbs&var=&hash=item2a2a770fcbI purchased a pack of 6 which worked out as approx £2.67 each so 22p cheaper, but 3 have failed in a few months and the seller won't respond. As above they are also too dim, and are only actually 3W rather than the advertised 4W.These Aldi ones are a bargain at just under £3 each for a brighter and much better light.



Personally I would not buy these cheap potentially lethal Chinese imports off of ebay. Especially not with any exposed metal or circuitry above the 240v connector on the base.

Picked up 2 packs of e14 candle bulbs. Seem to be reasonable quality and perform better than nasty Chinese bulbs. Thanks!

Bought, Thanks OP.

I'm not au fait with LED lightbulbs at all, but I just got an email from Home Bargains advertising Eco Light (s): http://www.homebargains.co.uk/products/7785-ecolight-led-bulb-gu10-cool-white-case-of-24.aspx

Ecolight LED Bulb: Cool White GU10 (Case of 24), compares to 40 watt bulb apparently. The single ones (the link above is for a box of 24!!) are all out of stock online but are £2.99 each instore.
Edited by: "louiselouise" 4th Mar 2014

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mattr

What colour light do they give out - is it white or off white (yellow)?



They are a warm colour, so more of a yellow.

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mistertad111

Googling the make (Muller Licht, ha!) suggests they're 2700k, which makes … Googling the make (Muller Licht, ha!) suggests they're 2700k, which makes these a great price. The cheap ones tend to be 3000k I've found, and I find it a bit harsh for anything other than kitchen and bathrooms. Sadly I discovered this *after* fitting out 2x chandeliers in two bedrooms at a fair expense with 3000k bulbs



Yes the box states they are 2700k. The colour looks good.

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Ner3

Personally I would not buy these cheap potentially lethal Chinese imports … Personally I would not buy these cheap potentially lethal Chinese imports off of ebay. Especially not with any exposed metal or circuitry above the 240v connector on the base.



I agree - I took one apart. The wire that connects to the centre pin is soldered in place but the wire that attaches to the screw thread is just folded over onto the metal. However you should never be able to touch that part but it did look poor. The rest was sealed well away from any exposed metal although I wouldn't trust them all to be the same.

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louiselouise

I'm not au fait with LED lightbulbs at all, but I just got an email from … I'm not au fait with LED lightbulbs at all, but I just got an email from Home Bargains advertising Eco Light (s): http://www.homebargains.co.uk/products/7785-ecolight-led-bulb-gu10-cool-white-case-of-24.aspxEcolight LED Bulb: Cool White GU10 (Case of 24), compares to 40 watt bulb apparently. The single ones (the link above is for a box of 24!!) are all out of stock online but are £2.99 each instore.



Those are GU10 which tend to be cheaper than E14. They also have the leds all on the surface. I've tried some like those but personally don't like them. They are bright at the source but don't throw the light well. I prefer ones with the LED further back and then lenses to spread the light.

I have a variety of different LED bulbs in the house, I only have a couple of bulbs left which aren't LED and that's only because they are used so infrequently. The utility room is also using up the last of the old CFL energy saver bulbs - once they've all gone then that will be LED too.

These are one of the best bulbs I've found so far, I also had a bayonet LED bulb which was 11W (75W equivalent) a few months ago from Aldi and that one is still perfect.

mrwhitelabel

Are you sure its per pair … Are you sure its per pair ?http://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/ask/aldi-light-bulbs-misleading-leaflet-was-5-99-a-pair-shop-5-99-each-1842830


Problem is in how they are wrapped. In some stores store staff will split them (as a mistake)

nbuuifx

Those are GU10 which tend to be cheaper than E14. They also have the leds … Those are GU10 which tend to be cheaper than E14. They also have the leds all on the surface. I've tried some like those but personally don't like them. They are bright at the source but don't throw the light well. I prefer ones with the LED further back and then lenses to spread the light.I have a variety of different LED bulbs in the house, I only have a couple of bulbs left which aren't LED and that's only because they are used so infrequently. The utility room is also using up the last of the old CFL energy saver bulbs - once they've all gone then that will be LED too. These are one of the best bulbs I've found so far, I also had a bayonet LED bulb which was 11W (75W equivalent) a few months ago from Aldi and that one is still perfect.

Thanks I was curious about the differences. I'm going to have a look for these in Aldi myself, just bought a lamp that uses SES bulbs, ended up buying Philips Ecolight Halogen bulbs but some reviews say they don't last as long as advertised.

I have an LED "anti-aging" light, which is my only experience of LEDs so far (Anti-Aging Lightstim: had it for around four years now)

I have a ceiling fan with three spot lights - R50 fitting. It originally took 50W reflectors, which I replaced with halogen 35W reflectors a few years ago - however they were always a bit gloomy. I've now fitted three of the Aldi R50 6W LED bulbs, and they're excellent - I'd say comparable to the original 50W bulbs.

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Are all of them E14 fitting? or were there any bayonet or E27 bulbs?

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All details on the deal page:

aldi.co.uk/en/…ts/

Has anyone got any links to cheap lightbulb fitting size converter thingies? The bulb I just bought is too big for the socket

There's lots - not just those linked by this thread:

https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/sunday-2nd-march/product-detail/ps/p/led-light-bulb-assortments/

£5.99 2 pack 3W Candle (E14/B15d)
£5.99 2 pack 4.5W Crystal Candle (E14/B15d)
£5.99 2 pack 3W Mini Bulb (E14/B15d)
£5.99 1 pack 4.8W/6.3W Bulb (E27/B22d)

https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/sunday-2nd-march/product-detail/ps/p/led-light-bulb-assortments-1/

£9.99 Dimmable LED bulbs available in: 7, 10 or 13W. E27 or B22d fittings.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/sunday-2nd-march/product-detail/ps/p/led-light-bulb-assortments-2/

£4.99 6W Reflector R50 (E14/B15d)
£4.99 5W Reflector GU10
£4.99 4W Reflector GU10
£4.99 5W Reflector GU5.3
£4.99 4W Reflector GU5.3

In my store they were all mixed up in one bin, so you have to dig around.

These are great, but beware: the staff at the Aylesbury branch not clued up and tried to charge me per unit. A quick call to head office resolve the situation.

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These seem pretty good for the lumen outputs, it's a shame our 5 candle fitting requires full size BC (B22d) candles.

One slight concern is the power cycle figure of >10,000 on/off's on the 6.3W 470lm seems a bit low and 230V. I shall be filling the receipt.

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Ner3

These seem pretty good for the lumen outputs, it's a shame our 5 candle … These seem pretty good for the lumen outputs, it's a shame our 5 candle fitting requires full size BC (B22d) candles. One slight concern is the power cycle figure of >10,000 on/off's on the 6.3W 470lm seems a bit low and 230V. I shall be filling the receipt.



Why does 10,000 on off cycles concern you? How often do you turn the light on and off?

I can't imagine more than 10 times in a day? If so that would give 1000 days worth of usage. Approx 3 years. If these are like most of the other LED bulbs then the power circuit will include an electrolytic capacitor which is rated to approx 2000 hours so that is more likely to fail long before the on/off cycles do any damage!

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I think I've well surpassed 10 already, but the 10k count is very similar on some GE branded lamps although it states 'rapid power cycle' which may mean well mean normal use power cycling is less of an issue.

A lot of these bulbs have a similar power consumption to light ratio as the more conventional energy saving bulbs.
e.g. now expired, but often returning deals like this for 99p:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/7w-energy-saving-bulbs-99p-stores-1745828

The only reason I would go for LED is where space and fitting type mean that ordinary energy saving bulbs aren't suitable, e.g. GU10s.

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LED are the closest to conventional lamps yet and are also the future.

CFL contain mercury, need warming up and give off UV. I'll have to see how these LED fair, but the CFL have lost almost half their initial output and some also buzz . Which is to be expected since most on sale now are the 'value' type originally developed for the Asian market.
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