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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

    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. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

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    What most people don't realize is that CFL's don't adapt very well to short on/off cycles.If you use a CFL in a bathroom or other space where it will be turned on for a short period of time and then turned off, the bulb won't last the predicted number of years by a long shot. Put one in a lamp that stays on continuously or for several hours at a time and it will last quite a long while.
    So far, I've installed one LED PAR30 flood in the 4 lamp track fixture in the kitchen as a replacement for a CFL. That one lamp will be quite lonely until LED prices come down. Even at the high burnout rate of CFL floods, you can buy quite a few for the cost of a single LED equivalent.
     
  2. Drucifer

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    Not in my hallway, which has zero natural light. The four lights are turn when I get up and off when I go to bed. I'm on my third blub replacement.
     
  3. chevyguy559

    chevyguy559 Fresno State Bulldog!

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    Does anyone know if they make clear glass LED's? I have lights on my garage that are on all night and would love to switch them out to LED bulbs to save some $$ but they fixtures have clear glass around the bulbs so I stick with clear incandescent....any suggestions? Thanks :)
     
  4. Mike Bertelson

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    That's why I replaced the bathroom bulbs with LEDs. I got them at LOWES for $9.99 each. Twice the cost of the same size CFLs but they should last 4-5 times longer...I hope. :grin:

    Mike
     
  5. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

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    Recently replaced two kitchen incandescent bulbs with two Phillips LED A19 (60w equivalent) bulbs from Home Depot ($10.97 each).

    They are brighter than the incandescent bulbs they replaced, and far brighter than the EcoSmart 40w equivalent LED bulbs in the Living Room.

    I'm working on scrounging up some money to get some more.
     
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    hancox

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    I originally budgeted them to a certain number / month. Eventually, I got down to an "as needed" basis"
     
  7. SayWhat?

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    Just thought of something while reading up for another discussion.

    LEDS seem to be getting more popular, but the price really isn't falling all that much yet. Part of what I'm reading has to do with home control devices and that at least some screw-in LEDs have built in electronics that can be controlled.

    Doesn't that make them more susceptible to lightning damage? I've never had an incandescent or CFL blown out by lightning, but I can see how LEDs could be. At $10 or more each, that could get expensive.
     
  8. dennisj00

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    Actually, the microcircuits and sub-systems that are being developed for LEDs (and every other item in your home) are better protected from surges than most older electronics. Lightning is a whole different topic.

    If you think about it, when did an incandescent bulb burn out?? When you turned it on.
     
  9. inkahauts

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    I haven't been following this thread much but led lights from Costco are generally very well priced and do great. The company that supply's them should have some 60 watt candle shaped ones in pretty soon and then ill have all led or cal with the majority of the regular use lights now led.


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  10. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

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    Ikea has gotten in on the LED blub - with a bargain price.

    SOURCE
     
  11. gov

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    I hope they always make 'slow to brighten' CFLs !!!

    Love them in the bathroom if I get up in the middle of the night. Maybe not a deliberate invention, but it is absolutely fantastic to have an automatically brighten from dim light bulb in a bathroom.

    :up: :up: :up: :up: :up:
     
  12. SayWhat?

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    I picked up a few LED disc/puck lights for retrofitting recessed lights. Each unit is only about an inch or so thick. They will also mount directly into a standard 4" round ceiling box, so they end up being almost flush to the ceiling. Found them on closeout at a clearance center priced about 50% off normal.

    They put out a lot more light than I thought they would, but I wish they were 6500K instead of 2700K.
     

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