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Philips 10W (60W eqivalent) L Prize LED bulb $14.97 Home Depot B&M only, YMMV, perhaps

MrKay 50 March 2, 2013 at 07:12 PM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (8)
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I found this at Home Depot in Oakbrook, IL, this afternoon:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5...ord=643430

Note that this is the same price that HD gets for the 60W equivalent that uses 12.5 watts:

Amazon lists this for $34.05:

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-423...rds=423244

I checked and do not think that this is a repost. I found a thread from last year that got thumbed down when the bulbs were $40. This is closer to the price of similar bulbs, and I haven't found another that puts out this much light while using only 10 watts.

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Quote from jnisme View Post :
To each their own. I absolutely HATE the CFLs. The light output sucks, they don't last long if you actually use them regularly, and if you break one, you might as well call in the national guard. Not to mention that the dimming ones are a joke at best.

I replaced all my can lights in 3 rooms (about 15 bulbs) with dimmable LED 6 months ago, and haven't looked back since. Spent many hours researching to find the ones I liked best, and found the exact ones that worked for me. My electric bill went down, albeit only a tiny amount, and they dim smoothly and quickly to exactly the level I want.
Similar for me. I did not realize how much I did not like the CFL's until I tried a few LED (Philips) a few weeks ago. The light output is great, I just realized how dim the CFL's were after replacing them. I replaced just a few 60W at first, loved them, then replaced pretty much all the 60W (going from a mix of CFL and incandescent), and then my dimmable BR30 (FEIT from Costco).

The only drawback that I can see someone would find with LED is the small fraction of a second before they turn on: I personally do not care about that, I just got surprised the first few days, but now I don't pay attention anymore ... nothing comparable to the frustrating time some CFL take to reach full output as far as I am concerned ...

And of course we'll see about their lifetime. Although two already paid for themselves: there are on lamps that my toddlers/pets love to drop, and each time the incandescent (or CFL) bulb would die. The LED bulbs are still going strong! Sorry for this long post, I had to share the love for LED's for some reason ... bulb Stick Out Tongue
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#47
Quote from Zanthexter View Post :
Now, given that the things will be a couple of dollars a pop within 3 or 4 years, I don't know that I'd rush out and replace ALL my bulbs while they're still pricey, BUT, LED bulbs don't burn out from being turned on and off a lot. Flipping the switch frequently will fry most regular and CFL bulbs eventually. So they're particularly good for "high flipping traffic" areas.

They're also (when you get the right ones) for real dimmable, which is a big thing for some folks.

Getting back to that incredibly long lifespan, for bulbs that go in to hard to get at places, like really high ceilings, they're great because you don't have to deal with replacing them but every several years.

For businesses, LED bulbs are a no brainer. Because they have to pay someone to change bulbs, it only takes outlasting one or two CFL's to break even with the higher cost of the LED. And of course they use a LOT less power than incandescents and generate a lot less heat too.
Good comments. I feel like the lights will be better technology and a lot cheaper soon, so I'm not sure I see the point of paying for them now.

If they were available in useful lighting levels - eg, 75W to 100W equivalent - I'd be a lot more likely to buy them.

One other use for LEDs - high traffic / vibration areas. Regular or CFL lamps on the landings of our stairwells seem to burn out quickly as they get bounced around a lot.

Quote from dotcomjunkie View Post :
Be sure to keep the receipt. If these bulbs don't last through the warranty period then you will need the receipt to get a replacement. Oh and make a copy because they thermal receipts will fade over time.
Which is all exactly why the warranties on these and CFLs are so worthless.
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#49
These bulbs have been tested by the DOE and so far, after 20,000 hours, 200 bulbs running at elevated temperature of 45 deg. C have had zero failures and no reduction in light output intensity. Some LED bulbs may not perform to spec. but these particular bulbs have been proven to go the distance.

http://www.lightingprize.org/pdfs...111912.pdf
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leds have been around for decades...
Really? What price were your parents paying per bulb 20-30 years ago to light up their house compared to today?
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#51
Soooo is this a good deal or what?
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#52
Quote from prvn133t View Post :
no definitely not CFL... in walmart there are 40 watt equivalent great value (Walmart brand) LED bulbs available for $3.97(for 3) and $4.68(for 3) GE brand LED bulbs..
I'll have to look for those, since they're not online. If you're right, that's such a major SD that it's not even funny.
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#53
My order in Appleton WI was canceled. May be a price mistake.
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#54
So I bought of bunch of these. And trying one out in different rooms before I open the rest. I'm very impressed so far. Brighter than I expected.

I'm replacing the recessed flood lighting in the bathroom. I have the GE EDXR-30-16. They're 16 watts meant to replace 65 watts regular lighting. They're the worst lights I ever bought. They don't last 6 months. And get dim after 3 months.

These are a bit more "yellow" than what I really wanted but it does match the FL lights in there now. I'm thinking about ripping out the yellow caps and see if it gets whiter.
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Quote from Galahad View Post :
Similar for me. I did not realize how much I did not like the CFL's until I tried a few LED (Philips) a few weeks ago. The light output is great, I just realized how dim the CFL's were after replacing them. I replaced just a few 60W at first, loved them, then replaced pretty much all the 60W (going from a mix of CFL and incandescent), and then my dimmable BR30 (FEIT from Costco).

The only drawback that I can see someone would find with LED is the small fraction of a second before they turn on: I personally do not care about that, I just got surprised the first few days, but now I don't pay attention anymore ... nothing comparable to the frustrating time some CFL take to reach full output as far as I am concerned ...

And of course we'll see about their lifetime. Although two already paid for themselves: there are on lamps that my toddlers/pets love to drop, and each time the incandescent (or CFL) bulb would die. The LED bulbs are still going strong! Sorry for this long post, I had to share the love for LED's for some reason ... bulb Stick Out Tongue
Quote from jnisme View Post :
To each their own. I absolutely HATE the CFLs. The light output sucks, they don't last long if you actually use them regularly, and if you break one, you might as well call in the national guard. Not to mention that the dimming ones are a joke at best.

I replaced all my can lights in 3 rooms (about 15 bulbs) with dimmable LED 6 months ago, and haven't looked back since. Spent many hours researching to find the ones I liked best, and found the exact ones that worked for me. My electric bill went down, albeit only a tiny amount, and they dim smoothly and quickly to exactly the level I want.
sounds like you're already set in with these, but just as a FYI: if you don't care about dimming, buy home depot brand CFLs. They're fantastic. Instant on, even in extreme cold (and unless you have >75W, full brightness), flicker free, beautiful color, and going strong after 5 years for me.

I agree that no-name and even some "Brand" name *coughsylvaniacough* CFLs are horrid. But the home depot brand EcoSmart CFLs are amazing.
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Quote from audiokingman View Post :
Really? What price were your parents paying per bulb 20-30 years ago to light up their house compared to today?
not in bulb replacement form, but as LEDs in electronics, lamps, and other things.

They're the same technology. It's finally cheap enough to make them in bulb form and the market is there due to energy efficiency.
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Quote from bonkman View Post :
sounds like you're already set in with these, but just as a FYI: if you don't care about dimming, buy home depot brand CFLs. They're fantastic. Instant on, even in extreme cold (and unless you have >75W, full brightness), flicker free, beautiful color, and going strong after 5 years for me.

I agree that no-name and even some "Brand" name *coughsylvaniacough* CFLs are horrid. But the home depot brand EcoSmart CFLs are amazing.
I can't say the same. The GE brand at Home Depot is garbage.
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Quote from Cozz View Post :
I'm thinking about ripping out the yellow caps and see if it gets whiter.
Please don't, these are remote phosphorous bulbs. The yellow phosphors is responsible for the light color on those caps. Inside they use combination of red and blue leds.

Here is a tear-down of the bulb:
http://store.earthled.com/blogs/l...o-2700-900
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Quote from Zanthexter View Post :
Compared to a CFL there's basically no energy savings with an LED. Obviously the energy savings of either a CFL or LED pays for the bulb several times over compared to incandescents.

When you take the cost of the bulb into account though, it's sort of a tie depending on how you compare them. LEDs outlast the CFLs by several times. So, based on current prices, over time they're cheaper than buying several CFLs. Thing is, compared to the prices of LEDs in 2 or 3 years, LEDs now are very expensive. So it still makes sense to buy CFLs for the most part, but not much longer given that prices are falling pretty quickly. In other words, you buy a $3 CFL today as a way to pay $10 less for an LED in 2 years.

While LEDs TODAY don't really win based on power or bulb cost, they do on labor costs. As soon as you have to pay someone to replace the bulb, or you can earn more money in the time it takes you to replace the bulb than it costs, the extra few bucks on top of the CFLs price makes it more expensive.

Well, you can buy ground chuck and ground sirloin and make hamburgers out of each, but there's a quality difference. Same thing with LEDs. The technology is still new enough that there are real differences between bulbs. The differences may matter in some situations and not in others, but they do exist. Cheaper isn't always better.
LED doesn't have mercury. While containing other bad things, that helps any tiebreaker. I'm sure people are tossing CFL's directly in the trash instead of recycling them.



What the hell do you guys do with your CFL's? Got HD's ecosmart brand bulbs with exposed spiral for 40+ lights and have had zero failures in 4.5 years. Any ecosmart bulbs other than the exposed spiral die in >1 year.

Quote from bonkman View Post :
sounds like you're already set in with these, but just as a FYI: if you don't care about dimming, buy home depot brand CFLs. They're fantastic. Instant on, even in extreme cold (and unless you have >75W, full brightness), flicker free, beautiful color, and going strong after 5 years for me.

I agree that no-name and even some "Brand" name *coughsylvaniacough* CFLs are horrid. But the home depot brand EcoSmart CFLs are amazing.
Agreed, but only the exposed spiral ones. The others all die way too quick.
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#60
This is $4.97 if you have any at your store:

EcoSmart A19 8.5W (40W) Bright White (3000K) LED Bulb
http://www.homedepot.com/Electric...ogId=10053

This one might be getting marked down soon too ($34.97 but listed online for $39.97):
http://www.homedepot.com/Electric...ogId=10053
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