Let's face it, who hasn't contemplated an issue like that on a chilly Tuesday night? I know it's sad, but I've been comparing different energy-saving lamps to see which is the best eco option to replace the rafts of IKEA-style halogen spotlights festooned across my new house. We moved in last month, and are practically living like mushrooms because I keep running around switching them off, conscious each one uses a monster 50 watts (versus 10 for typical energy-saving bulbs) and we've got four or more to a room. Anyway: to the lamp battle.
In my opinion, the best green alternatives to halogen bulbs are 'mini CFLs' - Mini Me versions of what we all call energy-saving bulbs. The ones I've bought (top right in the picture) use 11 watts each and cost £12.60 here. I know, pricey, but halogens die ridiculously often, and these will pay for themselves by using a fifth of the power.
Top left is the old halogen one, which the mini CFL matches for brightness. Bottom is the £11.75 LED choice I bought from UltraLEDs, which is insanely energy efficient - it only uses 2.1W, a fifth of the mini CFL - but simply isn't bright enough for my liking. If anyone finds a bright LED light with a GU10 fitting - the fitting for a lotta spotlights - please let me know. I'll be gutted, as I've just ordered a shedload of the mini CFLs, but I'd still like to hear.
One last word of warning: the LED ones won't work with dimmers. Yet.