1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

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

    1 vote(s)
    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%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. May 18, 2011 #61 of 292
    Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    26,069
    460
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Didn't do the math, should have before I posted.

    Rich
     
  2. May 18, 2011 #62 of 292
    Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    26,069
    460
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Check out this link and see what you think. I didn't do the math completely but it looks like you'd break even in a couple two, three years.

    Rich
     
  3. May 18, 2011 #63 of 292
    jerry downing

    jerry downing Godfather

    596
    3
    Mar 7, 2004
    Illinois
    The bulbs in my fans are GE CFL's that are made specifically for ceiling fans. They look like incandescents and so far none have failed.
     
  4. May 18, 2011 #64 of 292
    Matt9876

    Matt9876 Hall Of Fame

    1,006
    0
    Oct 11, 2007
    Purchased 2 40 watt LED bulbs the top is glass and the bottom part is hard like stone, put one in the fridge to replace the standard 40 watt incandescent bulb and the other in a bedroom lamp.

    I'm pleased with the light output and color in both locations.

    The best part is they only consume 8 watts of power.
     
  5. May 18, 2011 #65 of 292
    Greg Alsobrook

    Greg Alsobrook Lifetime Achiever

    10,453
    0
    Apr 1, 2007
    I use GE Reveal bulbs throughout my house because I really like they color they give off. It's crazy how nasty yellow regular bulbs are until you put one side by side with a GE Reveal.

    I use CFL's in my porch lights and outdoor spots.

    My dad just ordered some LED sample bulbs from one of his vendors in China. He ordered quite a few different styles, but I'm not sure that I love any of them. Most of them seemed best fit for stair lights or very small recessed spots. I brought home a couple of the more regular styled 5 watts (two different color temperatures) to play with them in various fixtures. The direction in which they put off light is odd since the dome doesn't go all the way around. There's also about a .75~1 second delay from the time you flip the switch to the time they come on. It definitely takes some getting used to. One cool thing about these lights though is that the base is glass. Shouldn't melt if they get too hot.. and the base does get a bit toasty, but still touchable for sure.
     

    Attached Files:

  6. May 19, 2011 #66 of 292
    Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    26,069
    460
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I'll have to look for them. Thanx.

    Rich
     
  7. May 23, 2011 #67 of 292
    Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    6,455
    88
    Mar 18, 2006
    Teays...
    Bought one of these, or at least very similar, today to try out. It is a 40w Philips but has a yellowish dome inside the bulb. Light is very white and dims well, but also dims very white.

    Price was $20.97 at HD. Put it in my daughter's bathroom and she said she liked it, but it was only 1 of 8 total bulbs. So tomorrow I will go get 7 more (ouch) for a real test. If they don't work out there, I will use them in out of the way places like the attic so they don't go to waste.

    They also had some LED's for recessed lights. I might give a couple of those a try since the recessed lights we have in out bedroom put off a good amount of heat.
     
  8. May 23, 2011 #68 of 292
    houskamp

    houskamp New Member

    8,636
    3
    Sep 14, 2006
    full set will be the test.. I have found some dimmers don't work well with just leds on them.. one regular and the rest led worked fine in my bathroom on dimmer but without the one reg lamp it freaked out the dimmer.. :confused:
     
  9. May 23, 2011 #69 of 292
    Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    6,455
    88
    Mar 18, 2006
    Teays...
    Yes, especially since the dimmers I have don't have a neutral wire. They bleed milliwatts of current through to power the dimmer. But Lutron makes a device that eliminates the need for a regular bulb.
     
  10. May 24, 2011 #70 of 292
    Matt9876

    Matt9876 Hall Of Fame

    1,006
    0
    Oct 11, 2007
    FYI: The 60 watt LED bulb is due out soon,projected production will be huge due to the popularity of the 60 watt size bulb.

    LEDs are the future of lighting and it seems we are on track now to make it happen. :)
     
  11. May 25, 2011 #71 of 292
    dbconsultant

    dbconsultant Hall Of Fame

    1,260
    0
    Sep 13, 2005
    Temecula, CA
    Ok, this may be a dumb question but for a while now, we've had problems with our cordless phone in the living room (people tell us we sound like we're "underwater". The only thing that resolves the problem is to unplug the charging unit which of course we forget to plug back in which means the phone is dead the next time we go to use it.

    The charging unit is plugged into the ac in the living where there is also our one and only cfl lamp (floor lamp with a cfl that looks like a butterfly). We've tried unplugging laptop chargers, shutting down the laptop, all sorts of stuff with no luck. Could this cfl be causing problems with our phone?

    We finally resorted to buying a separate phone whose charger is plugged into a socket in the bedroom and it has no problem so we know it's something in the living room.
     
  12. May 25, 2011 #72 of 292
    Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    9,396
    241
    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Had similar problem in my home. 2400 MHz just wont in it. But 5600 MHz does. Have no idea why.

    We look at air space as having nothing, but it is loaded with all sorts of stuff that effects us and our electronics.

    Any study on these effects are often looked upon as quack science. So we remain dumb.
     
  13. Jun 11, 2011 #73 of 292
    Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    6,455
    88
    Mar 18, 2006
    Teays...
    Went and bought 2 of the Philips recessed light LED bulbs to try in the laundry room. Figured the whiteness of the light would be good in there. They were bright and they did dim well, but they were playing havoc with my dimmer. It is a Lutron dimmer than does not require a neutral wire, which means in leaks milliwatts of current through it to power the dimmer. Incandescent lights handle this well, the LED's don't.

    So I will put them in the attic where I have a switch and see if that works.

    If not, I will have 2 Philips LED recessed light bulbs for sale, cheap. :)
     
  14. Jun 11, 2011 #74 of 292
    Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    4,834
    45
    Mar 22, 2004
    Indian...
    Interesting. I have occasions where my X10 battery operated controllers don't want to turn on/off ceiling lights connected to X10 wall switches. Makes me wonder if interference from CFL's in kitchen (9 of 'em) may have something to do with it.
     
  15. Jun 11, 2011 #75 of 292
    Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    9,396
    241
    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Most of my home rooms have dimmer switchers. So, which ones work with dimmers?
     
  16. Jun 11, 2011 #76 of 292
    Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    4,834
    45
    Mar 22, 2004
    Indian...
    I've had no problems with Sylvania dimmable CFL's and X10 lamp modules, but I can't use them with X10 dimming wall switches. As to LED's I haven't made the plunge as yet. I haven't tried them with conventional dimmers such as those made by Lutron.
     
  17. Jun 12, 2011 #77 of 292
    dirtyblueshirt

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

    1,093
    1
    Dec 6, 2008
    Anaheim, CA
    When I got my first place in 2006, I invested in CFLs throughout. Earlier this year I had to replace one of the two lights in the living room, and HomeDepot had a reasonable price on LED bulbs, so now I have LED in the Living Room, and CFL everywhere else.
     
  18. Jun 12, 2011 #78 of 292
    armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    7,393
    65
    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    I have been falling on tough times lately so I have been burning trash and useless furniture for light in the evening hours. Had to make a fire pit in the center of the house because here in south Florida we don't have fireplaces.
     
  19. Jun 12, 2011 #79 of 292
    dirtyblueshirt

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

    1,093
    1
    Dec 6, 2008
    Anaheim, CA
    As long as you have DirecTV and Internet, right?
     
  20. Jun 12, 2011 #80 of 292
    Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    6,455
    88
    Mar 18, 2006
    Teays...
    The Philips from HD dimmed nicely. But since I have non-neutral dimmers, the dimmer did not like being at 0%. The LED's in the dimmer kept flickering kind of like the current flowing through to power it was not smooth.
     

Share This Page