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Old 02-08-18, 09:12 PM   #1
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Looking and buying led house bulbs. The dude said there over priced and have ugly tint. What do you all think
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Old 02-08-18, 09:20 PM   #2
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I have them in most of my lights. They are bit pricey, but they're a lot cheaper than they used to be. They use much less electricity and they last for ages so the cost is worth it over time. Early ones didn't always put out a good quality of light, but they're very similar to incandescent bulbs these days.
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I think you should not worry about "some dude" says. Even me! Buy one or two to try out. That's what I did. I'm going to buy a couple more tomorrow, I think they are fine as long as you don't stare right them. Like indirect lighting. My problem is my compact fluorescent bulbs last over fifteen years and I have several more spares but any new fixtures I buy will be led.
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Old 02-08-18, 09:35 PM   #4
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yeah i just let it go in and out the other . but it got me thinking i do wish i could find a led bulb that was like 3000 lumens for around 10 bucks
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Looking and buying led house bulbs. The dude said there over priced and have ugly tint. What do you all think

Early LEDs used to suck. Particularly the cheap ones. These days even the dirt cheap LED lamps put out nice light. SO long as you buy the right color temp.

Sure they are a bit more expensive at purchase...BUT...they last forever, use a ton less power, and generate less waste heat. "The dude" is using his latest knowledge of LEDs from 5+ years ago.
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I avoided the mini fluorescents because they were over priced and over rated. I also knew that LEDs were on the horizon, and I'm glad I waited.

The quality is good, they work with my dimmers, and they are very efficient, so they pay for themselves, especially here in NY, where we have some of the highest cost electricity in the country.

IMO the only fools here are those buying and rebuying cheap, inefficient bulbs.
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The dimmable ones also dim from full brightness to almost completely dark,unlike the dimmable CF bulbs. I have them in my kitchen overhead sockets and love them. Also an 8W equivalent for a bedside light. Really nice when I have to hunt for something after bedtime.

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I avoided the mini fluorescents because they were over priced and over rated. I also knew that LEDs were on the horizon, and I'm glad I waited.

The quality is good, they work with my dimmers, and they are very efficient, so they pay for themselves, especially here in NY, where we have some of the highest cost electricity in the country.

IMO the only fools here are those buying and rebuying cheap, inefficient bulbs.

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Depends on the use case.

Some standard lamp formats are all but impossible to source an LED in....or the LED is so expensive as to be completely uneconomical. Take T-10 tubular lamps, that are music industry standard for "piano lights" AKA music-stand lights. No one makes/sells an LED retrofit for the zillions of those fixtures in the world in homes and schools and stages worldwide.
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My electric utility gives out compact fluorescent for free, trying to get everybody to switch over. I guess some people are stubborn. I totally switched over to cfl years ago, but I'll still take their free bulbs. They even sell the LEDs at a steep discount.
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the guy was strictly incan. i wanted to say i want to light my home not cook a cake
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Depends on the use case......
Of course it does. And even if it didn't, there's never a need to defend a personal decision.

My post was simply in response to the original premise wherein the OP was called foolish for buying them.
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For that past year I've bought LED bulbs for a buck apiece from Dollartree. They work fine. At a glance I can't tell the difference between the light quality from the LEDs and our few remaining incandescent and CFL lamps. As the CFL and incandescent lamps burn out I replace them with LEDs.

The LEDs are much better for small reading and desktop lamps. They weigh much less and don't unbalance gooseneck and adjustable arm lamps, and run much cooler so they're comfortable to use up close. They're better than CFLs for non-critical closeup photos to illustrate items and products. If the job doesn't demand critical color correction the low priced LEDs are fine.
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Old 02-09-18, 04:23 AM   #13
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Led lights seem to differ a lot between the type of light it puts out. I put some daylight led bulbs in a bathroom and the contrast between that light and walking into a bedroom with incandescent bulbs is dramatic. I have also noticed the light can change a little bit between companies. I just wish they made the equivalent of 150 watt bulbs.
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Old 02-09-18, 08:57 AM   #14
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Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced daylight white LED bulb with a very high CRI?
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Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced daylight white LED bulb with a very high CRI?
There is a thread up in A&S that refers to LED lights as GLARE BOMBS. Maybe you could get a recommendation there :-)
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The only non-LED bulbs left in my house are in the dryer and the oven. I have children, so going to LEDs in their bedrooms and our older refrigerator dropped the electric bill $20 in the first month, nearly paying for the bulbs in the first 30 days. Even all of the 4-foot T8s in my workshop (all 22 of them) are now LED, which cut power usage by 60% while giving off about 15% more lumens.

LED bulbs have effectively kept my electric bill level compared to 3-4 years ago, in the face of bi-annual rate hikes. As a household we use 40% less electricity than we did 5 years ago, but our bill is about 10% higher. SoCal Edison is a criminal organization.
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One of the best improvements I made was putting two daylight white 5.5W (40W incandescent equivalent) in my fridge. So much brighter than the stock lower wattage incandescent. Instant turn on and if they don't go off with the door shut, it doesn't heat the fridge much
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Your issue is not your light bulb choice. You are a grown man, you should have a stable of retorts for rude idiots that presume to comment on your personal choices in product purchases. Or you could just smile and nod, and forget the incident in around ten seconds.
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Amazon has four CRI90+ for $15.80
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Issue I have with both CFL and LED is the "equivalent" output they rate them as. Most "100 W equivalent" isn't as bright as a 60 W incandescent bulb.

It's good now, I know not to buy 13 watt bulbs as they are not "equivalent" to a 100W bulb as they say. It was rough when I was married and constantly had to say, stop buying 13W bulbs and buy the 20 or higher bulbs.
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Well Sunday I'll have a 4200 lumen bulb. I want to light my whole drive way so car headlights will stop setting off security camera
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LED has lasted for a long time in the porch light, which is sometimes left on much of the day by forgetting.


I still don't like the odd way the light goes out over a longer time, it fades off in a half second or less, which is weird to me.


I ditched most of the CFLs and LEDs and went back to halogens anyhow.
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"The dude" is ignorant. Price is in your favor over several years of use, so swap out every incandescent bulb in your house and you come out ahead.
I am replacing CFL's as they burn out, because I've already factored in the CFL's lifetime savings into their initial cost.

You can get LED's that are full spectrum sunlight, yellowish or cold blue light, whatever your preference is.

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For that past year I've bought LED bulbs for a buck apiece from Dollartree. They work fine. At a glance I can't tell the difference between the light quality from the LEDs and our few remaining incandescent and CFL lamps. As the CFL and incandescent lamps burn out I replace them with LEDs.

The LEDs are much better for small reading and desktop lamps. They weigh much less and don't unbalance gooseneck and adjustable arm lamps, and run much cooler so they're comfortable to use up close. They're better than CFLs for non-critical closeup photos to illustrate items and products. If the job doesn't demand critical color correction the low priced LEDs are fine.
Same. I even found a LED light with a built in motion detector for use in my mom's garage. It works great, plenty of light for her and sensitive enough to come on when needed.
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