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#16 vetLaura

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 13:30

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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Posted 02 April 2013 - 16:57

Thanks for the input :)
We're probably going to get some to test what they are like.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 23:33

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

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 23:38

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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Posted 02 April 2013 - 23:50

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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Posted 02 April 2013 - 23:54

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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Posted 02 April 2013 - 23:59

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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Posted 03 April 2013 - 00:02

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.co.../toxins/cfl.asp

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 00:02

...12p per month!



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

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 00:03

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!!

#26 giantpotato

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 00:33

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


They turn on instantly, but they still take a few seconds to reach max brightness.
http://blog.1000bulb...-warm-up-times/

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 00:42

I moved to LED about 4 years ago. We are now using a total of 425 watts of lighting via LED max, where in CFL we were at over 800 (not using all the sockets). I saw a quick cost cutting on our electric bill and since i bought almost all our bulbs at Costco, if they ever give us any issue, we get a free replacement. Got some of newest generation that are whiter and brighter and they are great. We cut the watts in our kitchen down by 45% and increased the brightness, even our contractor now pushed LED units like the ones that we have.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:13

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


In my case it was

I was spending £36 a year roughly on Bulbs

and have spent £18 in the last 3 years due to the LEDS which on bulbs would have been roughly £108

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 07:16

I've seen LED bulbs before, and disliked the type of light they put out, however they do save money, and if they are in a place where color reproduction isn't essential (for example for reading a book at night) and are compatible with your existing fittings then the cost savings might be worth it. Having said that if the saving is £1.44 per year, perhaps not.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 07:31

Try the Philips LED gu10's - more attractive and you get 5w = 50w. Also u can get dim able ones.



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