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Household Bulbs - Is LED Really Better?


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I've been looking at some household bulbs recently.

My house current has a lot of these:

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They are about

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the energy saving bulbs save a few pounds a year so not really a lot. I would count the costs of savings vs the cost of the bulbs.

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Well it's not a matter of actually being better, it's about power savings.

LED uses very little electricity, so although more expensive than regular bulbs and compact fluorescents, you do save a ton in the long run.

Compact fluorescents used to be really expensive at one time too, but now are dirt cheap, and LED will too eventually.

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I love these LED bulbs

i use the same ones

wiring in our house is very old and the normal bulbs kept blowing so a bulb was only lasting about a month before blowing

I bought 3 of these as a test to start with and they have been in the same fitting now for almost 3 years

never had to replace one yet

3 of them were about

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Most of the LED lighting I've seem seems a bit directional (i.e. will light up things below it, but not much else). If you have a large-ish room, LEDs might not be suitable.

Buy one and try it first?

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Most of the LED lighting I've seem seems a bit directional (i.e. will light up things below it, but not much else). If you have a large-ish room, LEDs might not be suitable.

Buy one and try it first?

That's one thing I've kinda been wondering about. I've never actually used or even seen the light from LED bulbs, but I know anything else that's LED, is bright, but the light doesn't go anywhere. Like LED flashlights for instance, they are super bright, but don't shine very far.

But I still think just for power savings alone, they are the best choice, especially when they come down in price.

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Want a laugh about lights and bulbs?

I just bought my new place and it was specced up with GU10 downlighters throughout, rather than hanging pendant lights. Great.

When you buy a place, a survey is done and a report telling you it's energy efficiency - which allows space for any suggestions. Seeing as my place is new-build, it's REALLY efficient, but the jobsworth filling the form felt he had to put something in the "Recommendations" section. He recommended that swapping out all my downlighters for hanging pendants with low-energy bulbs could save me...

12p per month!

Wow. What an awesome suggestion. Don't get me wrong, 12p per month over a year would be

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lol...

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I'd be curious to know, how much heat do the LEDs create compared to regular bulbs?

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Well as i say i have them in my kitchen

the light i have have 3 directional swivel heads on them

Your right in saying LED is a directional light source it wont spread as much as a normal bulb will but the light is fantastic

it more than lights up our whole kitchen

get a few and try them out

I'd be curious to know, how much heat do the LEDs create compared to regular bulbs?

In response to this very little

one of those little halogen bulbs will take the skin off your hand with the heat they generate

the led one can be on for hours and its still cool enough to take out with bare hands :)

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Yeah as Haggis said, halogen bulbs are SUPER hot, they use those things in kitchens to keep food warm you know? LOL. LEDs on the other hand are basically room temperature (maybe a little more obviously). Halogens kick off probably 150F (50C) easy (depending on the size).

I use CCFL (I know I know) but got some LEDs for certain places and they work great. Counter lights in the kitchen look awesome with LEDs because of the narrower beam they cast, have that reflecting over a stainless steel backsplash and it looks great :p

Sorta like this:

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Led lights are better then cfls for one reason. they are instantly turned on to their max brightness. Cfls have to warm up for max brightness. I have them all over my house.

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I like led lights, however, I bought several for my dinning room chandler (on/off - Not dimmer), however they all failed within a few months.

I suspect it was related to power fluctuations in my apartment or I got a bad batch.

As other people pointed out

  • Use the least amount of electricity compared to other bulbs
  • No Mercury (CFC's have trace amounts of it, some more then other's)
  • Long Lasting

LED use to have issues with not being bright, but that has improved.

On the flip side CFC's have improved to decrease / eliminate the warming up period.

CFC do still struggle when there are very cold, I have one on my outside porch and it takes a few minutes to get to full brightness in winter.

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I'm kitting my new place out in Philips Hue bulbs :p

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We swapped our halogen spotlights for LED ones. The halogen ones were breaking too frequently but the LED ones have been fine so far (I think it's been a year now). I don't think the LED ones were *that* expensive, either, especially compared to the cost of constantly replacing halogen bulbs. The LED lights are nice and bright, "instant on".

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Thanks for the input :)

We're probably going to get some to test what they are like.

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the big question is: for the price LED bulbs cost, is it worth the savings (cost)?

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Led lights are better then cfls for one reason. they are instantly turned on to their max brightness. Cfls have to warm up for max brightness. I have them all over my house.

The new CFLs are all instant on, so that isn't true anymore.

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we get those energy efficient jobs here in the US. But heaven forbid they pop. A hazmat team has to clean your home out due to the toxic killers in these

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I recently installed LED bulbs in my house from http://www.limitlessled.com

Pretty cool, can control with an app on your phone or the remote

Coloured bulbs are not as bright when using them for white, but my son loves using the coloured bulb in his room and just picking a colour

Using the White bulbs in most rooms

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Awhile ago I heard that CFLs were about to be banned, or being worked on being banned, here in Canada anyways. I guess it's not happening.

At least they are fairly cheap now. I just bought a 4 pack of cheapies. 15 bucks. Better than 25 bucks for 1 bulb that they used to be a few years ago.

Last I seen, the LED bulbs cost 25 bucks each, that was almost a year ago, but I don't see them around most places yet.

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we get those energy efficient jobs here in the US. But heaven forbid they pop. A hazmat team has to clean your home out due to the toxic killers in these

http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/cfl.asp

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...12p per month!

So how much did this genius get paid to save you all of that money?

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I recently installed LED bulbs in my house from http://www.limitlessled.com

Pretty cool, can control with an app on your phone or the remote

Coloured bulbs are not as bright when using them for white, but my son loves using the coloured bulb in his room and just picking a colour

Using the White bulbs in most rooms

That'd be sweet!!

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