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Oconto, WI

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reply to alkizmo

Re: [Green Tech] LED Bulbs + Totally Enclosed Fixtures + Cold Winters

These LEDs are 850 lumens. I paid $15. So they are not that cheap. That is for sure. If initial cost is an issue then LED is not a good choice. But if you read my posts in this forum, price is not my only concern. These bulbs are made in the USA. I like that, and will pay a slight premium for it as long as the product is quality. Which I've found these bulbs are.


Cordova, TN
Walmart has recently committed itself to aggressive pricing on LED bulbs; 800 lumens would be typical. I've seen LED flashlights that would throw a beam a mighty long way and practically blind you in the process, so I'm guessing that the real limiting factor here as far as cost and brightness go isn't the LEDs themselves, it's the electronics that you need to step-down and regulate the AC line voltage.

»[Green ] Walmart gets aggressive on LED bulb pricing

LEDs might very well be a cheap and near-perfect match for DC systems like solar. In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised to soon see new homes have their lighting systems wired up directly for DC, with AC used for everything else. Or at least to have some shared AC-to-DC conversion systems, maybe at the fixture level. This would no doubt eliminate at lot of the cost of the electronics for each bulb.