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What kind of light bulbs do you have in your home?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Scott Kocourek, May 7, 2011.

What kind of light bulbs do you use in your home?

  1. Incandescent

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    0.4%
  2. CFL

    178 vote(s)
    66.4%
  3. LED

    207 vote(s)
    77.2%
  4. Halogen

    64 vote(s)
    23.9%
  5. Other

    59 vote(s)
    22.0%
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  1. Rich

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    Here's a link to EarthLED. Very interesting.

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  2. armophob

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    It is possible that the crackling and popping is a retardant acting and stopping the flame out from getting more serious. But I can tell you from witnessing several of them, they worry me enough to move away from the product altogether. I have some just not come on like incandescent, but just as many have had these violent events.
     
  3. TMarshall

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    Just an FYI on those LED replacement tubes for T8, the Department of Energy did tests on six of those about eight months ago and found that they are at best no more energy efficient per lumen of light output versus a fluorescent and most of them were actually less energy efficient. And the 50,000 hours of life rating is a bit misleading since the light output will depreciate more than 50% by this time.

    I work in the lighting business and can sell anything from these tubes to dedicated LED products from companies like Cree and Philips. While these are attractive for a retrofit, they just don't cut the mustard when it really matters. And looking at the EarthLED products they are just using a bunch of 5mm indicator LEDs which are not designed for this kind of application versus a dedicated lighting grade LED. So before you spend $40-50 each make sure you know what you are getting.

    My only caveat is if you switch the lights on/off a bunch I(10-12 times a day) and hate changing light bulbs this can make some sense.

    For residential LED that makes some sense this is the best product I have seen and use these in my house.
    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc...splay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053
    I used a ton of halogen since I like dimming, but these dim down just about as low as the halogen. But you do need to buy nice dimmers with good filtering because the LED is sensitive to that and will flicker on the low end of dimming if you don't clean up the line voltage. A couple of computers, a printer, TVs and other electronics throw a pretty good amount of distortion on your home power grid.
     
  4. armophob

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    This incandescent ban must be throwing a monkey wrench into the spokes of your business model these days huh?
     
  5. Rich

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    Saturday morning and I still haven't got the call from the GE engineer. Can't say I'm shocked (pun intended).

    Rich
     
  6. Davenlr

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    I currently use a 2 tube (40W each) fl tube fixture on both the bathroom and kitchen ceiling.

    Both fixtures are turned on/off multiple times per day. Do you have any recommendations for a more cost efficient replacement while maintaining the brightness? I have to replace the tubes about one a year, and they are fairly cheap. Just looking for something that uses a little less than 80W. Need about 5000 lumens (current bulbs are 2600 each).

    I noticed EarthLED does post any prices, and makes you email or call. How much are those T8 LED conversion bulbs?
     
  7. Cholly

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  8. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Its this board. Hit Reply, and copy/paste the info between the two URL tags, and it will work.
     
  9. klang

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    If you follow the 'Order Now' link it gives the prices. $59.99
     
  10. Davenlr

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    Thanks. WOW. That would be $240 to replace four $5 bulbs. Think Ill pass :)
     
  11. klang

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    Gives me pause too. I can buy an awful lot of fluorescent tubes for that. Hopefully as more companies make them the prices will come down.
     
  12. Rich

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    I think the Electrician's Handbook strongly suggests changing tubes every year in an industrial setting. We followed that suggestion for many years and then one of our resident geniuses decided having two electricians dedicated to doing nothing but changing tubes in warehouses and office buildings was a waste of manpower and money. Boy, did that cause havoc withing two or three years. Those thousands of tubes were left on 24 hours a day.

    All you have to look at on a tube is the blackening of the ends of the tubes. Once that starts, the ballasts begin to degrade and finally stop working. We ended up spending a fortune on a large crew of electricians (we had over 100 electricians on our Maintenance staff) in every building replacing ballasts and tubes.

    If the tubes in your bathroom and ceiling are not turning black on the ends, they don't need to be replaced. As soon as you see dark discoloration on the ends replace them. You probably don't really need to replace them every year.

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  13. Spanky_Partain

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    I use everything except LED.

    Incandescent - used in dimming lamps with touch on/off
    Halogen - Front/Back yard outside lights
    CFL - used in simple light fixtures with on/off only feature
    LED - currently too expensive

    I have purchased several cases of the high wattage bulbs for future use when they are completely gone, namely 100 watt.
     
  14. Cholly

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    I have been gradually changing over to CFL's in non dimming applications.
    As an avid X10 user, I control quite a few lights around the house with X10 products. I have dimmable CFL's in lamps on 2 nightstands that are controlled by an X10 lamp controller. I tried dimmable CFL's in a ceiling fixture controlled by an X10 dimming wall switch and that did not work. In my den, I installed an X10 nondimming wall switch to control conventional CFL's in the ceiling fixture. That works just fine, as do appliance modules controlling conventional CFL's in several table and floor lamps.
     
  15. Drucifer

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    Is there an Internet site that list the sizes of CFLs & LEDs. Do they even have sizing scales?

    I find choosing either by it incandescent equivalent wattage to be rather backward approach.

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    [U]Incandescent	CFL	LED	Lumens[/U][/B]
    
    40		8/12	4/5	450
    60		13/18	6/8	890	
    75		18/22	9/13	1210
    100		23/30	16/20	1750		
    150		30/55	25/28	2780
    
     
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    Drucifer

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    It's a year and a half later, and out of the eight hallway lights, one has two bulbs out, two have a single, and one has both CFLs still working.
     
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    armophob

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    Walked into the Home Depot a week ago with a dead 1 year old LED bulb that states 23 year life. They exchanged it without hassle or a receipt.
     
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    jimmie57

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    I have 3 lamps with the 13 watt CFL curly que bulbs in them. They never get turned off. They last about 18 months.
    I have them in the ceiling light fixtures that usually are off. I have not replaced any of those in several years.
    I use the cheap ones from Walmart.
     
  19. Mike Bertelson

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    I just replaced a few burnt out CFLs with LEDs. I got them for $9.99 each.

    Sooner or later I'll be all LED. As of this year all my Christmas lights are LEDs and I've tracked my Dec. electricity bills for the past few years as I migrated and I expect that this year will be about a quarter of what it was with all incandescent bulbs on the house.

    Mike
     
  20. djlong

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    Where are you getting your CFLs? I have CFL bulbs that I haven't changed in over 10 years. I've yet to have ONE CFL die on me and I have them all over the house. The only flourescent of ANY kind I'm having a problem with is an overhead light in our kitchen (old-style circle bulb but only about 2 years old).
     

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