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#31
streaker69;137145 Wrote:My floods are part of my X10 system, so that really isn't an option for me. But just the LED replacement bulbs would work well. So far, I've been really lucky with the floods that I have out there, I think I've replaced 2 bulbs in 11 years.

The motions are? Or do you just have x10 lights? or do you have an inline X10 module? No point in changing out the unit if it is integrated, the cost / lost of function would be crazy. Guess you have to wait for 150 watt led replacement bulbs Smile
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#32
ExcelToExcel;137147 Wrote:
streaker69;137145 Wrote:My floods are part of my X10 system, so that really isn't an option for me. But just the LED replacement bulbs would work well. So far, I've been really lucky with the floods that I have out there, I think I've replaced 2 bulbs in 11 years.

The motions are? Or do you just have x10 lights? or do you have an inline X10 module? No point in changing out the unit if it is integrated, the cost / lost of function would be crazy. Guess you have to wait for 150 watt led replacement bulbs Smile

They're the PR511 X10 floodlights. I also have a variety of other X10 lights around the house, including motion sensors to turn lights on when we enter a dark room.

I like the X10 function for the floods, that way I can turn them on from what I'm calling my FIMS (Family Information Management System), which I embedded the lighting controls for various lights into that. I can watch the cameras and turn on and off lights as needed from anywhere, including the tablet.
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#33
I just did an unscientific test of the wattage used on the LED bulbs I just got. I took each one out and plugged it into a clamp on spotlight and plugged it into my Kill-A-Watt meter. The floodlight bulbs are using 14W and the globes are using 11W. It's possible that my Kill-A-Watt might not be 100% accurate considering it's not meant to be a precision measuring device and it's kind of been abused. But one would think that the discrepancy in measurements would be the same. For example, the rated wattage of the floods is 13W so the measurement is only 1W off, and it's possible that the manufacturer decided to round down. The globes are rated at 8W and the discrepancy is 3W, that's kind of a significant error.

Just be aware that the ratings on the packages may be wrong, but even if they're off by a couple of watts, it's still better than using 40W bulbs throughout the entire house. I'm definitely going to be looking into replacing more bulbs with LED's over the next few weeks.
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#34
I put together this spreadsheet for you guys so you can compare the wattages and costs to operate as well as costs to initially purchase what you need. Feel free to play with it. The prices I got for the LED's and CFL's were from products I found on Amazon, so if you find something cheaper somewhere just change it in the spreadsheet. The line for 40W appliance bulb in CFL is blank because there isn't an equivalent product due to CFL's not liking the cold.

Just from plugging in numbers of bulbs I have here at the house, LED while more expensive to get into initially saves you more money in usage than CFL's.

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#35
Fuck CFL bulbs and Dick's Sporting Goods.


As a matter of fact, fuck Dick's Sporting Goods with broken CFL bulbs.
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#36
I've added another sheet to the spreedsheet above. I'll post the new version here. I've created Room Plan, so you can enter in the types of bulbs for each room, it'll calculate the cost of the bulbs and the energy for each room on the sheet. I did this to make it easier for us to plan on which rooms to prioritize for converting to LED.

I've also locked the spreadsheet so that the only certain fields can be edited. I did this for those that may not be used to work in Excel don't accidentally screw up the formulas. The password to unlock it is the same one I use for my luggage.

Any changes that you make in Wattage, Energy Cost or Price per bulb in the LED section on the first page will automagically be reflected on the second page.

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#37
I'd personally add in "Average Hours per Day On Time" to each room and change it to Kilowatt-hours instead of just Kilowatts.

(Obviously Hours/day will vari depending on the month so that may need to be factored in also)
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#38
MrBi11;137564 Wrote:I'd personally add in "Average Hours per Day On Time" to each room and change it to Kilowatt-hours instead of just Kilowatts.

(Obviously Hours/day will vari depending on the month so that may need to be factored in also)

Yeah, I guess I could, that just isn't something that I generally keep track of. Wife and I were just talking about how to prioritize it.
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#39
Wow.

That's about a gazillion times more thinking than anyone should ever do regarding a light bulb.



On? Check!
Off? Check!

Works for me.



LOL
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#40
Emptymag;137572 Wrote:Wow.

That's about a gazillion times more thinking than anyone should ever do regarding a light bulb.



On? Check!
Off? Check!

Works for me.


LOL

I was wondering what to expect from you on this. I was not disappointed. Big Grin
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