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Old 08-20-2013, 11:11 PM   #41
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I suggest switch to energy efficient bulps. I remember us having a lot of those old bulbs, the room gets warm with those bulbs as well, not good at times O_O
Happy with energy savers! :D
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:08 AM   #42
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I have a lot of incandescent bulbs of all formats because I had bought them previously in bulk. Is it advisable to just use them all and afterwards start buying CFLs and LEDs or should I just get rid of them all now?
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I'd use them. If you have a fixture in which the lamp is hard to change, I'd put one of the newer types in it when the current one goes out.
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I'd keep them, they're much better at certain tasks than CFL's - instant bright light for very short periods they excel at.
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So there would be no harm done in using all the incandescents before I proceed to make the transition to CFLs? I know that newer CFLs and LEDs save more money but if I throw out these bulbs I bought just to buy newer more efficient bulbs, wouldn't I be wasting money anyway (the cost of buying those incandescent bulbs)?
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The only harm done would be to your pocket book if you use incandescents for 'normal' use, used for brief periods for full illumination (think reaching for something in a dark cloakroom, etc., duration from a few seconds to a few minutes).

Best plan - buy CFL's for normal, longer duration fittings, as and when the current bulbs break or you hit on a good deal. Save your incandescents for those places suited to their energy consumption and instant lighting characteristics.

Sometime in the not-so-distant future, incandescents will no longer be available.
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I tossed all mine and realized a 40% savings and in some cases noticed quite a bit more light (chandeliers).
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In the latest issue of Consumer Reports, the top-rated energy-efficient bulb, with a 99 rating, is a $30 Samsung. However, the Great Value bulb from Wal-Mart got an 85 rating and only cost $1.25.
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Sound advice satrow.
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I got a wild hair and converted my office to LED this morning . . I had a mix on incandescent and CFL's . . Made a huge difference,

I really like the color and soft light they produce . . and absolutely no flicker like with the CFL's . . much cooler also!

Expensive . . $100+ but well worth it!
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I never have had a flicker with CFL's

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I haven't either had a flicker except before a bulb went out and my whole house is cfl.
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It seemed to me that there was a subtle flicker that over time cause eye strain . . whatever it was I dn't get with the LED's.

I sure like the soft light they produce . . and I can use my X-10 again . . that would not work with the CFL's
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X10 and X10 Compatible - Smarthome
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I love how the government has been pushing these over the cheaper incandescent bulbs...
Yes they are pieces of crap....The light they produce IS NOT NATURAL looking and its not as bright!!

I will use traditional bulbs as long as possible!!!

MUCHO BETTER!!!
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I got a wild hair and converted my office to LED this morning . . I had a mix on incandescent and CFL's . . Made a huge difference,

I really like the color and soft light they produce . . and absolutely no flicker like with the CFL's . . much cooler also!

Expensive . . $100+ but well worth it!
Four year old thread bumped for no reason at all other than a silly irresponsible comment.

However, the prices for LEDs continue to fall and the variety of available styles continues to increase. I've been able to convert most of the house to LEDs for less than that $100 by watching sales and closeouts. Found a bunch of PAR16 4W (Equivalent to 50W halogens) LEDs a couple of weeks ago for a buck and change each. Also found some killer cool green and blue .5W nightlight style bulbs to use in specialty applications.


X-10 devices are flaky though. Some of the low wattage LEDs in curio cabinets will flicker when on and don't go completely off for some reason, maintaining a slight glow when the X-10 module switches off.
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Yep . . I gave up 0n X-10 and converted to IP controlled light controls . . much more stable
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Haven't switched to LED yet.....only made it as far as CFL. I bought 'daylight' bulbs last time......bright.....
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Four year old thread bumped for no reason at all other than a silly irresponsible comment.
Im sorry buddy,i should have said more in my reply...

I just dont think these bulbs are as good as orgiinal ones and I have read they arent as safe...
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