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%
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  1. May 7, 2011 #1 of 292
    Scott Kocourek

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    I've been wanting to ask this for a while now. What kind of light bulbs do you use in your home?

    Multiple choice poll.
     
  2. May 7, 2011 #2 of 292
    Scott Kocourek

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    I have changed all of my outside lights to CFL's and about a third of the lights inside. All of my lights in the lower level living space are CFL and some in the utility room.

    LED night lights and the rest are incandescent.
     
  3. May 7, 2011 #3 of 292
    Davenlr

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    All CFL except Kitchen (two FL tubes) and Bathroom (two FL tubes), and outside yard lights (50W HPS).
     
  4. May 7, 2011 #4 of 292
    scooper

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    I forgot to include LEDs - I use all you have listed , plus big flourescents.
     
  5. May 7, 2011 #5 of 292
    longrider

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    With the exception of the bathrooms everything I use regularly is CFL or 48" fluorescent tube. I will switch things like the hallway and guest bedroom when the bulbs burn out, and for the bathrooms I am waiting for a CFL that matches the style and doesn't come on at 10% brightness and then take 5 minutes to come to full brightness.
     
  6. May 7, 2011 #6 of 292
    houskamp

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    pretty wide mix here..
    still reg incandesent in bedroom and bath due to dimming..
    kitchen is flor with 2 banks of halogen spots over work areas..
    living room is cfl with led floor lamp..
    outside LV lights are converted to led.. went from 140 down to 40 with better light output too..
    dimming is major item here... along with max light output.. led just not big enough yet..
     
  7. May 7, 2011 #7 of 292
    jerry downing

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    I have CFLs in my bathroom. I prefer the gradual warmup because I don't get blasted with light if I have to use the bathroom late at night.
     
  8. May 7, 2011 #8 of 292
    Herdfan

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    I am mainly incandescent plus a few halogen (the 30% ones that meet the standard) and the rest are 24 and 48" flourescent tubes.

    I have not moved to CFL's or LED's mainly because I spent a lot of time and money installing a lighting control system and all my incandescents are on dimmers. CFL's still don't work as well and I just don't like the light. So I will stick with incandescents as long as I can.

    I have started using the Philips Energy Saver Halogens to replaced recessed lights as they burn out, so that is a start. But every dimmer controlled light comes on at less than 100%. Standard is 83%, but some are as low as 40%.

    While not the envirenmentally correct answer, it helps living somewhere electric rates are among the lowest in the nation.
     
  9. May 7, 2011 #9 of 292
    RasputinAXP

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    Mostly CFL, a couple of candelabra incandescents in the dining room and basement sconces. CFL outside everywhere, about the only place that can't be CFL are both bathrooms upstairs because they're on dimmers. Dimmable CFLs are ridiculously expensive.
     
  10. May 7, 2011 #10 of 292
    armophob

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    Moving to LED. The CFl's have not been living up to the 7 year plan. I lose one between 1/2 to 3 years after converting the house. The warm up is nice for me on the CFL's in the morning in the bathroom. But in the rest of the house, when I want light, I want light.
     
  11. May 7, 2011 #11 of 292
    hdtvfan0001

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    A mix of all but LED.
     
  12. May 7, 2011 #12 of 292
    spartanstew

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    Some of all 4.
     
  13. May 7, 2011 #13 of 292
    SayWhat?

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    As others above, a combination with some LEDs on a battery and power fail relay for emergency lighting.
     
  14. May 7, 2011 #14 of 292
    Go Beavs

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    Yeah, that seems to be the a problem with CFL's... they really don't like to be switched on and off a lot. They like to be on for long periods of time.

    I've got a mix at my house. I use CFL's where I leave the lights on the longest and halogen where I want dimming and/or plenty of light. LED's are going to have to come down in price quite a bit before I buy one. $60 for one PAR30 is just too long of a payback at my power rates...
     
  15. May 7, 2011 #15 of 292
    Christopher Gould

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    i use GE band cfls from walmart and if they burn out, you send in the receipt and the upc and GE will send you a coupon for new ones.

    i know most people dont save them.

    another point is that the 7 year thing is burning the bulb for like only 4 hours a day
     
  16. May 8, 2011 #16 of 292
    SeaBeagle

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    I have those new type CFL bulbs except here the lamp shades only work the round type bulbs.
     
  17. May 8, 2011 #17 of 292
    Davenlr

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    Wal Mart sells a new brand that is exactly the size of a 60W incandescent, but the curlie cue CFL is inside the bulb. Fits lampshades perfectly.
     
  18. May 8, 2011 #18 of 292
    Kevin F

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    I have two of them in my tv room. I feel like they let out a different tone of light than other lightbulbs. Especially when I'm reading a book or a magazine. They also take a while to warm up.

    Kevin
     
  19. May 8, 2011 #19 of 292
    JACKIEGAGA

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    Im almost all CFL's now.
    Just 1 bathroom left and it has a mix of incandescent and halogen
     
  20. May 8, 2011 #20 of 292
    dennisj00

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    I'm replacing the incandescents with CFLs as they burn out. Probably should just go ahead and change them.

    The only CFLs I have that don't start at full brightness are some 'spots' in cans in the living room ceiling. I don't remember an notation that indicated any difference other than they have an outer glass.

    Anyone know the difference?
     

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