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CFLs: a ‘coded’ warning

Since my pic last month of Ridiculously Priced Light Sources, the Belfry has been inundated with, er, a reader’s snap of his local Savers store. Three CFLs for 50p is the offer in question.

CFLs warning

But what amused Tim Mackenzie-Smith was the quote marks around the ‘low energy’. It implies, says Mackenzie-Smith, that the person who wrote the sign knows a lot more about the performance of the light sources than they are letting on. Perhaps they have seen test results of the lamps’ effcacy, and this is their way of giving a coded warning to prospective purchasers.

Or maybe they’re not good with grammar.

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It’s better by tube

For the last few years, fashion designers have made merry with the LED, incorporating the portable light source into everything from trainers to wedding dresses