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    LED Lights

    Bought my first two LED lightbulbs the other day. $40....ouch.

    Can't stand CFLs though. Anyone as stupid as me to spend that much for 2 bulbs?



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    Re: LED Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Bought my first two LED lightbulbs the other day. $40....ouch.Can't stand CFLs though. Anyone as stupid as me to spend that much for 2 bulbs?
    What's wrong with CFL's? Nowadays you can get them in pretty much any shade of white you want, and all the ones I've gotten recently turn on instantly. The only areas that I don't use them is in our TV room where we have a dimmer switch and outside due to performance in cold weather.



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    Re: LED Lights

    Bought LED's for my under cabinet lights. They're awesome, but yes, they were still quite expensive.

    Would be interesting to do an ROI calculation on them.



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    Re: LED Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Bought my first two LED lightbulbs the other day. $40....ouch.

    Can't stand CFLs though. Anyone as stupid as me to spend that much for 2 bulbs?
    I bought some for my garage that were half yellow half white plastic but don't look blue when they turn on. Made by Phillips and were $12 each after mid American discount at home depot. I'm actually impressed. The CFls in there took too long to turn on and warm up for me.

    I'm thinking about 3 for my office to cool it down, it's a sauna. They are pretty cool now. and they look like they last forever (which is why I went that way for my garage.)

    If you figure the energy savings and the replacement bulb cost over 5-8 years, they easily pay. I don't know how you value the reduction in curse words said when a bulb is burnt out.



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    Re: LED Lights

    I do really like the light they put out. They are right next to some CFLs and the light is much brighter and cleaner if that even makes sense.



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    Re: LED Lights

    I bought some for the interior of my car but they were not that much.



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    Re: LED Lights

    The technology here has improved a ton in the last 3-5 years. I wonder if you can write them off as a home energy improvement. It would help a little on the cost. To change my house would cost about $1000.... Vs $90 with incandescents.



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    Re: LED Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by Let's Go State View Post
    The technology here has improved a ton in the last 3-5 years. I wonder if you can write them off as a home energy improvement. It would help a little on the cost. To change my house would cost about $1000.... Vs $90 with incandescents.
    I thought my accountant said that the tax write off is now a one time deal for an energy replacement: doors, windows, insulation, etc. and not a recurring yearly rebate. I thought he said once you get your $500, you're done.



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    Re: LED Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    I do really like the light they put out. They are right next to some CFLs and the light is much brighter and cleaner if that even makes sense.
    Check out a color temperature chart. You can get CFLs in a wide range of colors these days. Personally I like the cooler colors as the warmer ones tend to be yellow and dingy to me. It sounds like your CFLs are warmer than your LEDs.

    Edit: By the way the temperature stuff can be a little confusing. What are called cooler colors are actually higher temperature. Also note that this temperature has nothing to do with how hot the bulb is to the touch. Which is good because 5,000 degrees Kelvin would be a little warm.


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    Re: LED Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Bought my first two LED lightbulbs the other day. $40....ouch.

    Can't stand CFLs though. Anyone as stupid as me to spend that much for 2 bulbs?

    LOL now there are light bulb snobs.



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    Re: LED Lights

    Wait 10 years and they'll be cheap like LCD watches are now. I rememember when those things brought a mint....



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    Re: LED Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by ricochet View Post
    What are called cooler colors are actually higher temperature. Also note that this temperature has nothing to do with how hot the bulb is to the touch. Which is good because 5,000 degrees Kelvin would be a little warm.
    So cooler is hotter, but neither have anything to do with temperature? Makes sense.




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    Re: LED Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    I thought my accountant said that the tax write off is now a one time deal for an energy replacement: doors, windows, insulation, etc. and not a recurring yearly rebate. I thought he said once you get your $500, you're done.
    Good to know. I won't get my hopes up then. I think they will get cheaper in 2-3 years as well.



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    Re: LED Lights

    Here is my favorite that I bought. Looks crazy but it is awesome.

    AmbientLED 12-Watt (60W) A19 Soft White (2700K) Light Bulb-423343 at The Home Depot



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    Re: LED Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by ricochet View Post
    Check out a color temperature chart. You can get CFLs in a wide range of colors these days. Personally I like the cooler colors as the warmer ones tend to be yellow and dingy to me. It sounds like your CFLs are warmer than your LEDs.

    Edit: By the way the temperature stuff can be a little confusing. What are called cooler colors are actually higher temperature. Also note that this temperature has nothing to do with how hot the bulb is to the touch. Which is good because 5,000 degrees Kelvin would be a little warm.
    I bought warm white LED bulbs and they are right next to a CFL (not sure color...just a GE CFL...standard issue). The LED lights give off a very nice bright white light while the CFL looks yellow by comparison.



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