L E D Lighting

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  1. Jim Nash

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    Energy saving LED lamps are great but I have experienced some pitfalls. Cheap lamps often flicker and fail regularly. Many operate at 12volts, the mains dropper unit does not rectify the output, poor lamps really flicker.
    You can now buy dimmable LEDs. great idea. I fitted them to a centre light fitting that had consumed 200watts halogen. The LEDs consumed 12watts. I fitted a LAP dimmer, advertised to operate at 5watts. It didn't, the best I could trim it gave just two positions, the lower one famously flickered. Since then I have read of many complaints, beware.
     
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    Early LEDs weren't nearly bright enough to be useful for anything but nightlights, but I'm pretty happy with them now. They're way better than the curly bulbs. I don't look for the cheapest ones, though.
     
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    I have finally given in to LEDs and have indeed saved on our electric bill. I'm disappointed though that the brightness is very noticeably less than before. I still have the old ones that I switched out and use them when I need them.
     
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    Trump reversed the ban on incandescent bulbs so I had assumed they were available again. Perhaps the market hasn't decided whether to retool. Yeah, the LED bulbs aren't as bright or as comfortable as the incandescent ones but the newer ones come a lot closer than the earlier ones did.
     
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    I believe I strain my eyes more now than before.
     
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    A few years ago we replaced all halogen bulbs in our RV with LEDs. It is amazing how much cooler the LEDs operate; those old halogens would get so hot I was always worried that the flimsy materials in the RV would catch fire. The LEDs work great though I'm not crazy about the light color. They certainly use a lot less power which makes a big difference when using house batteries in an RV.

    New RVs come with LEDs as standard equipment now.
     
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    Unlike the rest of us, you must be getting old.
    ;)
     
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    I opened myself up for that, lol. :D
     
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    Our local power companies are subsidizing the cost so they are very cheap to buy. I'm 100% LED now. I like them and the technology will only get better
     
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    I took a dislike to the leds a while ago, tried them for a couple of years, basically because of the dullness, and the delayed on. I do still have them in my lamps in my sewing area, just have to remember to turn them on a bit early before i start sewing, so i have the full brightness. They do outlast the regular bulbs many times over.
     
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    I don't think I've noticed that problem in the LEDs, although I have seen that problem with the CFL bulbs, the ones that usually have the curly fluorescent coils. They are dim at first, then they gradually get brighter.
     
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    One of the last LED bulbs I bought didn't burn out, but just kept getting dimmer and dimmer until I finally had to replace it. It's a GE soft white 60/8.5w, the kind that looks exactly like a regular bulb. Strange. :confused:
     
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    I use both led and incandescent.
     
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