I am in the process of kitting out my new house with low energy lamps. In the process I have discovered that there is a huge variation in the range of prices for these lamps - from as little as €1.99 all the way upto €10+ for the same watts/lumens.
I have also had a few problems with some of the lamps I have bougt
One of the lamps - which came "free" with the "spot" lights installation I had chosen went "Phrrr....Phhtt....Dead and a few seconds later the circuit breaker for the room in question tripped.
Another lamp I bought - a cheap one at €3 for a 100W equivalent, no brand name (says made in the E.U.) that I was obliged to buy because it was the only one that would fit in the lamp fixture in question - does an eerie imitation of a lightlouse in the dark even when it is switched off.
What is going on? Do I need to stick with more expensive brands? The one that I have found really good is called Megaman.
I have also read that these lamps generate quite a strong magnetic field in their immediate vicinity. Does this depend on the brand of lamp? Does it mean that it is not a good idea to use them for, say, a bedsite lamp?
I'd much appreciate any advice.