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Walmart now selling the cheapest LED "60watt" lightbulb: $8.88
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http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/10/walm...ll-stores/

Just wiped out all they had at the Port Richmond Walmart, which was 18 bulbs.

I have a new house that is loaded with recessed lighting, about 65 fixtures in the house total. When I moved in there were CFLs everywhere except the bedrooms which have halogens but no dimmers.

I moved the bedrooms to dimmers which is the majority of the lights in the house (6 recessed can fixtures per room) and left the basement home theater, which has 10 cans but CFLs, alone.

My first experiment was the staircase hallway lighting on all four levels of the house which was about 10 bulbs, but that set me back at least $20 per light fixture to swap them out with LED. And then though they're flood-type fixtures, they still have the annoying "pinprick" light. For hallways they're fine. The stair lighting used to have halogens because you need the "instant-on" of a gas bulb... you don't want to sit around and wait to go up the stairs before the lighting is acceptably bright.


This week I went to Walmart to see if they had these in stock so I could start getting rid of my dependance on CFLs. I hate CFLs, they don't work well with dimmers, and they're sensitive to temperature. CFLs that stay on continuously tend to burn out a lot faster than their ratings on the box suggest.

When I heard about the $8.88 Walmart offer and the reviews from the first week they went on sale I decided to buy up as much as I could and start unscrewing the CFLs out in parts of the house where I need "instant-on", like the 16 cans of lights that are in the kitchen alone.


So far I'm happy. I get the instant on, the color is a bit warmer than the CFLs were, and 16 bulbs emitting the same brightness of 60watt bulbs is pretty friggin bright.


The power consumption is 11 watts and the MTBF is 25,000 hours. At 5 hours a day being on we're talking about 13.5 years before the bulb dies.


Just on my first floor alone there are 32 light cans so with every light being on the power drawn is 352 watts, or the same power that 3 1/2 100-watt incandescent light bulbs used to emit.

At PECO's rates, one bulb for a 4-hour a day use costs just over $2 a year to run. So averaging that out on my first floor and that some of the lights run longer than most of them, I'm looking at $70/yr just to light the first floor. That's huge compared to what it would have cost (close to $300/yr) even using old-school 45-watt bulbs.


So the price is $8.88, it more than pays for itself vs. halogens. I was considering doing the same to some of my small CFLs but I only have 4 of those mini fixtures and they've already got 9-watt bulbs and only one of them is on continuously, it's in a recessed can inside a small awning over a side door on the back of my living room--the security camera in the backyard draws more power than that.

The reflector/shroud combo on the new Walmart LEDs is excellent--it's impossible to tell the difference between that light and a halogen--you can't see the individual LEDs packed into the bulb so no annoying "pinprick" effect of LED light cans; it does a good job of mimicking an old school lightbulb.

They use just slightly less power than CFLs, have a way longer lifespan and they're easier to recycle than CFLs with mercury vapor.
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#2
Home Depot and Lowes are about eight bucks even today for soft-white dimmable LED bulbs that I've found to be quite nice in the Home Depot's "Cree" brand.

This market is plummeting price-wise.
gascolator, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Nov 2012.
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#3
As my CFLs die, I'll replace them with LED. I have some in my outdoor lamp post that work well, but I also paid 25 bucks for them. I'll happily pay 8 bucks for one.

Justin
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JustinHEMI;124108 Wrote:As my CFLs die, I'll replace them with LED. I have some in my outdoor lamp post that work well, but I also paid 25 bucks for them. I'll happily pay 8 bucks for one.

Justin

Yep Cree and GE have gone to war with each other which is gonna bring Sylvania, Phillips and other lamp makers to drop their prices fast or else get kicked out of the market altogether.

Capitalism rules.
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#5
Good info, I've been waiting for these to come down.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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ArcticSplash;124116 Wrote:
JustinHEMI;124108 Wrote:As my CFLs die, I'll replace them with LED. I have some in my outdoor lamp post that work well, but I also paid 25 bucks for them. I'll happily pay 8 bucks for one.

Justin

Yep Cree and GE have gone to war with each other which is gonna bring Sylvania, Phillips and other lamp makers to drop their prices fast or else get kicked out of the market altogether.

Capitalism rules.

All in all, I prefer to do business with Cree, as they don't have a history of leaving sites like the PCB-polluted Tappan Zee in their wake.
gascolator, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Nov 2012.
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#7
Fuck CFL bulbs. I hate them more than I hate Dick's Sporting Goods.

I'd be interested in LED bulbs but just like CFLs, everyone says they are the best things evah, but it turns out CFL bulbs just cost ten times more than incandescent and don't last any longer.
I'm in no hurry to spend more money on bulbs that are more problems than they are worth. I will continue to stockpile my incandescent bulbs.
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#8
I love my cfls, they've lasted much much longer than any incandescent I've ever had, and they've saved me a lot of money over the years.

Justin
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#9
Lasted longer?? Mine are lasting less than 2 years, while my classic bulbs from 4 years ago are still going. CFLs burn out like crazy.
Leplat, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#10
I don't have good experience with CFL's either. Have them in the overhead lights in the kitchen and replace them at least every 9 months.

I know I should be getting more time out of them than that.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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