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Discussion in 'The OT' started by Scott Kocourek, May 7, 2011.
Didn't do the math, should have before I posted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'll have to look for them. Thanx.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most of my home rooms have dimmer switchers. So, which ones work with dimmers?
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.
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.
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.
As long as you have DirecTV and Internet, right?
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.