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    Pensioner stockpiles 1,000 banned lightbulbs

    A pensioner has defied an EU ban by hoarding more than 1,000 traditional light bulbs - enough to see her 'into the grave'.
    Valerie Hemsley-Flint, 62, has spent more than 500 of her pension money stockpiling the old-style 100-watt bulbs.
    From September 1, EU countries were banned from producing or importing incandescent bulbs and shops can sell only energy-efficient ones.
    Lighting up: Valerie Hemsley-Flint has bought more than 1,000 traditional light bulbs to last her for the rest of her life
    But Miss Hemsley-Flint said the light from them is not good enough for her to read by and the flickering sets off her epilepsy.
    So she has bought 1,100 old-style bulbs and is calling on the Government to scrap the ban.
    From her home in Sittingbourne, Kent, Miss Hemsley-Flint said: 'I suffer from photosensitive epilepsy, which means I can't get near any screen or anything that flickers.
    'I worked out that if I live as long as my aunts did - into their 90s - I would need about 30 years' worth of the old-style bulbs for each room.
    'I have more than 1,000 now - in fact 1,100. It has cost me a small fortune but for me it's worth it and will see me through to the grave.'
    The former teacher, who also suffers from migraines, estimates she needs about 20 bulbs at a time to light her 300,000 three-bedroom country cottage.
    Homeowners are being forced to switch to eco-friendly bulbs, which last longer but cost more than twice as much and have been criticised for taking too long to reach full brightness.
    The energy-saving bulbs, which need 20 to 23 watts of electricity to generate the same amount of light as a traditional 100-watt bulb, have also been linked to a raft of medical conditions such as migraines, epilepsy and lupus, which causes inflammation of the body's tissues.
    The British Association of Dermatologists said it would be a 'real worry' if no exceptions were made for people whose skin conditions were made worse by the bulbs.
    Climate campaigners say the fluorescent lamps are needed to save millions of tons of CO2. A Green Party spokesman said: 'There are a lot of myths about this. The bulbs do take a little while to warm up but the light that is created is the same.'

    Read more: Pensioner hoards over 1,000 incandescent lightbulbs so she can read for rest of her life following EU ban | Mail Online

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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen
    she needs about 20 bulbs at a time to light her 300,000 three-bedroom country cottage
    What the fuck does she need 20 bulbs for? Stupid old bag. And why does the Mail feel it necessary to tell us how much her house is worth? Perhaps so we can be assured that as she's comfortably bourgeois her complaints must be valid. Fucking Mail. Reading that piece of shit should be a capital crime.

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    Britain musty be a fekkin dark hole, I have never had the need for anything stronger than 60 watt bulbs in my home (before the CFL became available).

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    Epilepsy must be a major problem in the U.K. When in the U.K., whatching TV, there would be warnings about the program possibly causing an attack. I've never seen these type of warnings in America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    What the fuck does she need 20 bulbs for?
    Duh... I guess she has twenty lights.

    These new energy efficent bulbs are crap... totally useless in toilets/bathrooms and fairly useless everywhere else....

    Normal ones are twice as expensive, but spotlights and other special bulbs can be a lot more.

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    I thought they needed 100w bulbs for heating - engerland being the cold damp hole it is

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