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DarkLogix
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reply to Draiman

Re: LED lightbulbs

There's an idea you in the subsidized area could buy a bunch and resale them



Draiman
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said by DarkLogix:

There's an idea you in the subsidized area could buy a bunch and resale them

I'd sell them to DSLR members at cost but it's not worth my time to resell them to others for profit.
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Ken
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reply to SparkChaser

said by SparkChaser:

Switch says if you fill out and submit a form on its website you will be notified as to when the bulbs are available:
www.switchlightingco.com/email_updates.php

I know, I filled that out over a year ago. I thought it was odd that an anonymous poster would recommend something that isn't for sale.


fifty nine

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Sussex, NJ
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reply to DarkLogix

said by DarkLogix:

There's an idea you in the subsidized area could buy a bunch and resale them

Pretty sure it's going to be illegal or at the very least attract attention from the local gov't.


QuaffAPint
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reply to SparkChaser

said by SparkChaser:

said by QuaffAPint:

While finishing my basement, I'm forced to have 50% high efficacy lights

Why is that? Is that a Dtown code?

National code from 2009 apparently - of course whether it's enforced in your area (it is in mine), depends. It seems to only be recently (in the past year) enforced here in E Brandywine Twshp (lucky me).
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SparkChaser
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well that stinks. I'm not sure what they did here in West Bradford, probably the same thing.



nunya
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reply to fifty nine

Here, the poco limits the number of lamps / fixtures you can buy per year. More than enough for your average household. Not near enough to get in the "resale" business.
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Draiman
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said by nunya:

Here, the poco limits the number of lamps / fixtures you can buy per year. More than enough for your average household. Not near enough to get in the "resale" business.

They limit us to 10 per transaction but no limit on transactions. I could place 5 orders for 10 bulbs each at Home Depot online then go pick up 50 bulbs. I actually did 3 orders for 10 each or 30 bulbs last year. I picked up 15 bulbs for myself and 15 for a co-worker.
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mattmag
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reply to mob


I'd love to replace the 8 50-watt halogen bulbs in our kitchen tracks with LED's. Just need to make sure I don't lose any effective light output, or I'd be in trouble...

Sure would appreciate 48 watts total than 400!


Bobby_Peru
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reply to Draiman

This is all a bit OT, perhaps, as it does not directly involve LEDs, but..

Our first venture into CFL was about two years ago, when we replaced around 8 "Duramax" incandescent 60W indoor floods, in ceiling and sofets. We had used these bulbs, or similar ones, for decades. There longevity varied, but, a rough average was 2-3 years.

Since maze-like maneuvering of ladders (and less than ideal stances on them) are required to replace these bulbs, longevity was the prime factor, though savings in direct energy consumption, plus that required to cool the heat they produce would certainly be welcome.

Home Depot only had "EcoSmart"(Home Depot brand), in this size/wattage, which listed a "7-Year" expected life-span, and warranty.

Many of the bulbs failed with in the first day, more by the second and third day. All were removed, and exchanged. One incandescent was kept with 4 CFL's in the kitchen, to provide true instant-on illumination, while the CFL's ramp-up. These second set of CFL's have made from one to just under two years, with the majority failing far more quickly than the incandescents that they replaced.

Called the phone number listed for warranty info reaches voice-mail, with messages not being returned.

This time we tried Lowes, and they too only had what may be their "own" brand. Installed 4 new CFLs, and one blew with in 2 days. We have been waiting a bit for more failures, before deciding how to handle replacement.

Further off topic: Is there good info on the recommend minimum times to leave these new CFLs on, in regard to both over-all power consumption (start-up consumption, plus running), and longevity? Years ago, one guideline was leave on incandescents if you plan to restart them again within around 5 minutes, and florescents for 20 minutes. I am not saying this was correct, and I don't think it took into consideration cooling costs. Thanks.



mattmag
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reply to mob



Interesting how everyone's experience with CFL's varies.

I have used them in dozens of locations, and rarely have had to replace any of them. Matter of fact, last time I moved I took them all with me and they are still working. Even those used for outdoor purposes.

Odd?



fifty nine

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said by mattmag:

Interesting how everyone's experience with CFL's varies.

I have used them in dozens of locations, and rarely have had to replace any of them. Matter of fact, last time I moved I took them all with me and they are still working. Even those used for outdoor purposes.

Odd?

Not odd at all. If someone wants to find fault with something they will.

I've had relatively few CFLs fail, and those that were DOA or failed prematurely were exchanged. I buy my CFLs primarily from Costco.

Tig

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said by fifty nine:

Not odd at all. If someone wants to find fault with something they will.

Darn LED lights. I lost one when I got up this morning at 5AM. It absolutely smashed. So did the lamp. And it wasn't even on. Table was OK though, just knocked over.

Bobby_Peru
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reply to mattmag

The CFL's here, that have failed immediately, or very shortly after installation, or noticeably before the incandescents life-span that they replaced, have all been the flood lamp "house brand" of HD and Lowes. That may explain it. They were the only ones available in-store, in the desired configuration.

We did get a few Sylvania (I think) 13 Watt CFLs (60 Watt incandescent), for use in other applications. Hopefully they will perform as advertised.

What brand and type have you had success with? Thanks!



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reply to mattmag

Years ago, I noticed that CFL lamps seemed to be getting much worse. Both my own, and my customers. I should rephrase that to "self ballasted" CFL lamps. I've never had longevity issues with separately ballasted lamps.

I began writing the install date on every CFL ballast with a sharpie. I was shocked to learn how quickly they really fail. 4 months. 6 months. Rarely do they last a year. I encourage everyone to adopt that practice. Only then do you know with certainty how quickly they are really failing.

About 20 years ago, when I first started buying CFL's, they would last years.
The quality has since gone into the toilet.

The part that really scares me is the way they fail. Quite often, it's a "flaming death". It's not the tubes that are failing, but the cheap ballasts.

I had 3 "Bright Effects" CFL lamps burn out in my own house last week. I inherited them (brand new) in April. They were installed in May and July.

I'm not saying that LED's are going to be the answer either. It's too early. Since they are made in China as well, I don't expect much. I'll be saving all my LED receipts.
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said by nunya:

I began writing the install date on every CFL ballast with a sharpie.

Excellent idea!!


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said by Tig:

said by nunya:

I began writing the install date on every CFL ballast with a sharpie.

Excellent idea!!

Agree. I put the install date on air filters. Why did I not think to put them on a light bulb when I install it?
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cableties
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said by nunya:

... I'll be saving all my LED receipts.

Make sure to scan in those receipts, "especially" if from big boxes like Lowes or HD. Thermal receipts tend to go blank after year or so.

So far, Phillips and Sylvania LEDs are holding up for me. Early "EcoSmart-LEDs" from Home Depot failed 3x... got replacement on one and refunds to get different brand.
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fifty nine

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Sussex, NJ
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reply to Bobby_Peru

said by Bobby_Peru:

What brand and type have you had success with? Thanks!

GE, Philips, PureSpectrum are the better ones I've used. Feit electric is reasonably reliable too, but I did have one that overheated and failed.

The dimmable Feit ones are crap. I bought a pair and they wouldn't dim properly. In fact anything below 80% brightness and they turn off. The only dimmable CFLs I've had luck with are PureSpectrum, but they flicker at very low levels.

N:Vision is good and reasonably bright. We have a daylight one in the laundry area in the basement.

The ones I've had going on 11 years are Commercial Electric (bought from home depot in 2001).

The walmart CFLs "lights of america" are crap.


fifty nine

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reply to mob

duplicate



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reply to mob

I have a box of 10 Ecosmart CFL's that I still have 4 left. Must be 8 years old.

One CFL is in an enclosed light (globe hall light) and upside down. Had the old magnetic ballast type fail after less than 2 years. The newer ones last 6 years or so. On 24/7.

Most of the 13-14 watt CFLs I have bought had no issues. Seems most the 17W ones failed in no time.

Have them outside with no problems also. Forgot to put the lid on the porch lantern. Soon filled up with dead bees. Seems they love the CFl's

nunya See ProfileI've never had longevity issues with separately ballasted lamps.

They have been good here. I have 2 two 27-watt outside lights that must have been running for 10 years. Just put in 3rd set of bulbs.

Now, they replaced "Lights of America" (L.O China) ones that did not last. One failed due to crappy Chinese caps. Fixed and kept going. Then the newer quad-tube bulbs became popular and the old-style got expensive.

I had a work light that used an odd 17W bulb. Replacement bulb was $17, whole light was $20. Bought new bulb and broke it a few weeks later. Picked up a 96-LED cordless work light for $20 that works well but charger is more than just dumb so use my own charger.
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JTY

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Ellensburg, WA
reply to mob

I'll probably buy some LED bulbs once some of my CFLs burn out. But, I can't recall when the last CFL I have died. The bulbs in the kitchen were 4 years old, before I changed the light fixture to tube lights. And, I kept the old bulbs.



PSWired

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Annapolis, MD
reply to mob

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Just installed some 78W LED wallpack lights at work to replace 400W MH units. The fixtures cost $560 each, but at our electric rates the payoff happens in 3.6 years. This doesn't include the cost of maintenance on the MH lights, which seem to have a bulb, transformer, or cap bad every 1-2 years.


mattmag
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reply to nunya

said by nunya:

I was shocked to learn how quickly they really fail. 4 months. 6 months. Rarely do they last a year. I encourage everyone to adopt that practice. Only then do you know with certainty how quickly they are really failing.

I have never seen a failure rate like that. Honestly, I don't remember the last time I have had to buy any since they have lasted so long. Definitely years, not months for me. Could it be an electrical quality issue? Fluctuations or something that takes them out in your case?


nunya
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No, because I notice it with my customers as well (I write the dates on theirs too). My customers are served by 3 different utilities.
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AVD
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you get paid to replace light bulbs?
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Draiman
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said by AVD:

you get paid to replace light bulbs?

I was thinking the same thing. Where can I sign up to write dates on CFL's and install them for money?
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Jack_in_VA
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Texting skills don't translate into ability to maintain a home. Thus enterprising people can step right up and take advantage of the opportunity.



cowboyro
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Shelton, CT
reply to nunya

said by nunya:

I began writing the install date on every CFL ballast with a sharpie. I was shocked to learn how quickly they really fail. 4 months. 6 months. Rarely do they last a year.

Oddly I have only had 1 CFL fail indoor in 4+ years of living in an all-CFL house. And that bulb was from the previous owner. I've had 2 others die outside, one also inherited and one purchased by me (flood light, the glass became separated from the base).
So 4 years and 3 total failed bulbs out of 50. I have 11 of them in the living room alone, they all have 2000hr+ so far. 4 dimmable flood lights outside have in the 10,000hrs range.

Bobby_Peru
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said by cowboyro:

said by nunya:

I began writing the install date on every CFL ballast with a sharpie. I was shocked to learn how quickly they really fail. 4 months. 6 months. Rarely do they last a year.

Oddly I have only had 1 CFL fail indoor in 4+ years of living in an all-CFL house. And that bulb was from the previous owner. I've had 2 others die outside, one also inherited and one purchased by me (flood light, the glass became separated from the base).
So 4 years and 3 total failed bulbs out of 50. I have 11 of them in the living room alone, they all have 2000hr+ so far. 4 dimmable flood lights outside have in the 10,000hrs range.

What manufacturer's bulbs are you using? I am guessing our high failure rate may be related to the bulbs being HD/Lowes "house" brands