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. hammer32

    hammer32 Cool Member

    26
    0
    Nov 20, 2005
    The main advantage I see is the lack of mercury and low heat output of LEDs vs CFLs. With little kids I'm much more comfortable with an oops with a plastic & metal LED that won't break than a CFL that will shatter.
     
  2. Christopher Gould

    Christopher Gould Icon

    1,029
    18
    Jan 14, 2007
    If you read on GE packages its 4 hours a day.
     
  3. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    6,532
    104
    Mar 18, 2006
    Teays...
    Yeah, great in the winter but horrible in the summer. :)
     
  4. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    32,456
    258
    Jul 28, 2004
    We have ALOT of bulbs in this house -ALOT. In our finished lower level alone, we have 37 65W indoor floodlight fixtures, along with several LED and other lighting. There are also sconce and bathroom lighting fixtures.

    In our Kitchen/Breakfast area/Hallway - there are another 18 65W floodlight fixtures, as well as some florescent and hanging spot lighting.

    The bathrooms have halogens.

    And so on...over 140 light fixtures with a total over 215 bulbs - and that's just inside. Gradually, I'm migrating things over to longer-lasting and more "green" lamps.

    Despite all that lighting, the electric bills here are not very high at all, as we don't use all that lighting most of the time - just when certain rooms are occupied (like most folks).

    With the pending ban on incandescent bulbs...I have been transitioning here to other types. We've also "stockpiled" an inventory of the most common bulbs in the home - perhaps a 2-year supply.

    Most folks I talk to have no idea that in another week or two when they go into the store to buy a replace light bulb - they will have to buy "green" lighting replacements - the incandescent bulbs will be illegal for retailers to sell....and missing on store shelves.
     
  5. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    9,715
    183
    Sep 16, 2006
    Thought that only affected 100W and higher. Does it include ALL incandescents?
     
  6. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    16,344
    505
    May 30, 2007
    Cincinnati
    I think it was delayed until October.
     
  7. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    16,344
    505
    May 30, 2007
    Cincinnati
    I believe it starts with 100 watt, eventually goes to 40 watt. Specialty lights, 3 ways,appliance lights etc are exempt completely.
     
  8. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    32,456
    258
    Jul 28, 2004
    Not exactly <in the Hertz Commercial Voice>

    But you're both sorta on target.

    Here's what's on WIKI regarding the details....but in a nutshell...many will be affected over a phased period of time. In checking local stores just this week...alot of them have cleared their shelves of a number of bulb sizes already based on the original January target. Two stores told me they do NOT plan to reorder any in those sizes.

    The exemption of flood bulbs made this guy happy given the numerous supply in this house. ;):D
     
  9. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    36,570
    2,191
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    The LEDs do have their uses, your example is well noted. I believe we'll see the LEDs on bridges, water tanks, things like that. (Ever had to change the light bulb on a water tank? I did, and climbing up that thing was one of the hairiest tasks I was ever given.)

    But really, until the price comes down on the 60W and 100W versions I don't think many folks will buy them.

    Dave, I don't have a 40W bulb in my house. Never could see the point of them.

    Rich
     
  10. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    9,715
    183
    Sep 16, 2006
    They recently converted Interstate 30 and 40 in our metro area to LED's. Quite impressive, since before the conversion, 1/4 of the bulbs were always burnt out.

    I couldnt even find a "100W" eqiv LED bulb on Home Depot site. They were all 65W or flood light types.

    I use three 13W in a 3 light corner post lamp, and one each on the front and back porch light fixtures, but otherwise use the 26W CFL's
     
  11. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    36,570
    2,191
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I can't answer that question, but I do know how incandescent bulbs are rated. The average bulb (you can buy "long lasting" incandescent bulbs, just cost more) will last about 750 hours turned on 24/7. I've relamped whole dingy warehouses that left their bulbs on day and night. The 750 hours is an approximation, but it's pretty close to reality. In that warehouse, most of them went at about the rated time, some went earlier, some later, but we could always depend on having to relamp soon after the first bulbs burned out.

    The thing that burns out incandescent bulb earlier is turning them on and off a lot. The inrush current destroys the filament faster.

    I kinda doubt that CFLs are rated in the same manner. Different technology.

    Rich
     
  12. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    36,570
    2,191
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I don't think 3 way bulbs are worth the money they cost. I've bought so many of them only to have one of the settings burn out.

    Rich
     
  13. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    6,532
    104
    Mar 18, 2006
    Teays...
    I have a lot of bulbs as well. But right before the law was passed, I installed a whole-house lighting control system. Anything that was a fluorescent or outdoor flood light was put on a dimmer. And to make things easier, I used non-neutral dimmers. So I was doing my part to be green as lights would only come on at 85%, sometimes lower, brightness. Closet lights and some others timed out and turned off automatically. Cost for this was not cheap.

    Then comes this law that makes most of my dimmers obsolete. Since they are non-neutral, they trickle a very small amount of current to the load to power the dimmer. Well, guess what, even dimmer compatible CFL's and LED's don't play well with this kind of dimmer. So my options are to 1) replace all my dimmers with neutral wire versions or add in an in-line resistor that will allow the dimmer to bleed current through. Neither is a good option.

    So I have stockpiled the s**t out of all the bulbs I have. Hopefully enough to last for a few years until technology catches up.
     
  14. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    6,266
    136
    Jun 6, 2009
    All I can say is that I have a 13W CFL in a range hood that has been on 24 hours a day for several years. Not sure when I put it in, but I'm sure it's been at least 3 years, maybe more.

    Interesting, since there is no such word.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politic...scent-light-bulbs-but-doesnt-quite-save-them/


    By the way, they were never really completely banned. There were a lot of exceptions and exclusions.

    The objections were off-base too as Uncle Sam regularly tells manufacturers what can and cannot be sold. The bulb issue wasn't anything different.


    That's one of the big drawbacks for me. Electronic timers, photocells and some other types of devices are also affected. Some CFLS and LEDs are labeled as compatible, but not all.
     
  15. hancox

    hancox Godfather

    589
    38
    Jun 23, 2004
    Same boat. 5 years in my current house - replaced all of the "can" kitchen lights with CFL's within a year of when we moved in, and they're almost all dead now. Pathetic. :nono:

    I'm rationing myself here - 1 LED a month, maybe 2 if a critical CFL goes out. Makes the sting a little bit less painful. I'm now through all but 2 of my kitchen can lights, 2 of 8 (!) ceiling fan lights throughout the house. Once the cans go, I'll go 2/month on the ceiling light fans, and 1 of the candle bulbs for the dining room
     
  16. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    7,394
    65
    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    As an update:
    I have removed my CFL's from the kitchen can lights and replaced them with LED's. They were $100+, but I had another cfl burn out with a crackling smoking death and I just don't like that. The LED's are amazingly similar to the light from the cfl. They have found a way to get around the blueish light.
     
  17. Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    3,640
    58
    Nov 18, 2008
    Portland,...
    So, armophob, how's the light output of those LEDs? That's been my concern that, if I use LEDs, the room will be noticably darker.
     
  18. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    7,394
    65
    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    Just the opposite was true of the first gen led's. That was why I was apprehensive of getting these. The first led's I bought were way to bright and had a Xenon effect. But these ones are really amazingly close to the light the cfl's gave me. I have had too many cfl's burn out with a fiery death. I don't worry when I am not home because I leave nothing on, but sometimes I fall asleep with the lights on.
     
  19. Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    3,640
    58
    Nov 18, 2008
    Portland,...
    Thanks, I might have to try one... It's just hard for me to get over paying $30 for a light bulb! :eek2:
     
  20. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    7,394
    65
    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    What I hoping to be the case is that they are a one time only purchase. If they make the led out of the same quality as the seatbelt indicator bulb behind my dash in the truck, then I hope the big win will be never having to replace them.
     

Share This Page

spam firewall

Advertisements