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Philips LED Bulb Sale - BR40 $20 BR30 $15 A19 $7 YMMV

wgeronimo 639 April 2, 2013 at 08:03 AM in Home & Home Improvement (2) More Home Depot Deals
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Home Depot is selling a variety of Philips LED bulbs very cheap.

YOU MUST MAKE YOUR LOCAL STORE A MAINE LOCATION FOR THIS TO WORK. Prices are significantly higher in the rest of the country. Some items are backordered. Some can be shipped, others cannot. Gotta look around.

BR40 [homedepot.com] $20 CAN BE SHIPPED

A19 [homedepot.com] $10 LOCAL ONLY

A19 [homedepot.com] $7 CAN BE SHIPPED

BR30 [homedepot.com] $15 LOCAL ONLY

Please don't rail about cheap Costco prices. These are top of the line Philips LED's....great reviews all around.

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#271
Just installed all of the a19 bulbs I ordered.... and I wished I had ordered more. They are top notch construction and much brighter then the lumen rate would suggest.
Last edited by Arrow34 April 6, 2013 at 04:01 PM
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Quote from Lazzi3 View Post :
You have to factor in the life of both bulbs as well.
that's easy: does it last 5x longer? probably not.
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Quote from Arrow34 View Post :
Just installed all of the a19 bulbs I ordered.... and I wished I had ordered more. They are top notch construction and much brighter then the lumen rate would suggest.
How is the color compared to regular incandescent bulbs? Pretty close?

Have you tried dimming them?
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Quote from decolores9 View Post :
Both the DOE testing and our own testing do not show dimming within the first 25,000 hours of life, the stated "lifetime" of LED lamps. FWIW, we have lamps that have been running over 75,000 hours with no evidence of "dimming".

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but until someone can show some actual evidence of dimming, engineers will continue to consider it a myth.
You folks have gotten way over my head, which is a good thing Smilie If I can wrap my mind around 10% of what I don't understand, I'll learn something.

I do have a question though, and it relates to something you said before about solid state devices not degrading over time. My understanding is that they do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromigration

So, and I'll probably not get half the explanation in reply, but how does this apply to LED lighting? Including that crazy symbol mess called Black's Equation?

So, the simple version of my question is... could electromigration cause LEDs to dim over time? Would higher temps/brighter bulbs dim faster? (I noticed all the fins...)
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#275
Sucks that this is dead Frown
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#276
I got a store in Georgia to price match, but two others shot me down. Do you think I have a case with corporate?
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#277
I read half of the comments and it amused me of the concern some have about proper CFL disposal when most carelessly dispose of batteries, electronics and other stuff likewise. Just saying...
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#278
Quote from wgeronimo View Post :
If you look at the life of the bulb and the energy savings vs incandescent it's a no brainer. Versus CFL I think its still a good deal.

The average Philips CFL in my local HD is $8-$9. It is supposed to last 7-8 years (although some dispute how long they last). These bulbs use slightly less energy then the CFLs and last 20+ years.

When you compare the quality of the light there is no comparison. The LED is much better and there is almost no lag when turned on (unlike the CFL).
For the LED if you turn it on and off about 10 times/day everyday, I doubt it's gonna last that long. If you let it on all the time day and night then it might last 20 years but who on earth is going to do that?
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Quote from SSEiYah View Post :
How is the color compared to regular incandescent bulbs? Pretty close?

Have you tried dimming them?
Yes, they dim pretty well. They do not dim down as far as a incandescent bulb, but i do accept that fact. I like the color temp also, the bulbs are great take a look at the the bulb(led) against 60watt halogens.

The second picture is all led bulbs and is great!
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Quote from Zanthexter View Post :
Would higher temps/brighter bulbs dim faster? (I noticed all the fins...)
According to the LM-80 data I've seen, higher temps do lead to decreased lumen maintenance. But the top testing level is at 105 C = 221 F, which is mad hot. I think most of these fixtures are designed to be well below that. The only situation where you might have an issue is in a totally enclosed fixture, which most LED manufacturers recommend against. Even then though, I'm sure we're talking a minimal hit to the lifetime of the luminaire.
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Quote from Arrow34 View Post :
Yes, they dim pretty well. They do not dim down as far as a incandescent bulb, but i do accept that fact. I like the color temp also, the bulbs are great take a look at the the bulb(led) against 60watt halogens.

The second picture is all led bulbs and is great!
Awesome pics, these will work great in my house. I will be retrofitting my entire house with the 8 watt A19 8watt LEDs upgrading from "dimable" 9 watt GE CFLs which dont really dim at all.
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Quote from SSEiYah View Post :
Awesome pics, these will work great in my house. I will be retrofitting my entire house with the 8 watt A19 8watt LEDs upgrading from "dimable" 9 watt GE CFLs which dont really dim at all.
Yeah, I switched away from those and I have switch about 90% of my lights over, I have a ton of dimmers. I have a mix of hd can conversions, utilitechs, a few ge led floods and now philips. the pics i posted do not really show how bright the leds are btw.
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Quote from z9z91 View Post :
For the LED if you turn it on and off about 10 times/day everyday, I doubt it's gonna last that long. If you let it on all the time day and night then it might last 20 years but who on earth is going to do that?
based on....?
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Quote from brbubba View Post :
According to the LM-80 data I've seen, higher temps do lead to decreased lumen maintenance. But the top testing level is at 105 C = 221 F, which is mad hot. I think most of these fixtures are designed to be well below that. The only situation where you might have an issue is in a totally enclosed fixture, which most LED manufacturers recommend against. Even then though, I'm sure we're talking a minimal hit to the lifetime of the luminaire.
So, on the one hand we have folks claiming that LEDs don't dim (Significantly at least), and on the other hand we have the manufacturers saying that they not only do dim, but that they're so sensitive to heat that they need fins and shouldn't be put into an enclosed space. The heat thing was, I thought, also the reason they couldn't pack in more LEDs to bump the light output of the bulbs up. (I wish they'd finally start putting out some 200W equivelent bulbs, that I could dial in to anything from dim for movies to extra bright for a living room project)

Now, I tend to trust "self interest", so what I'm not getting is why companies who's self interest would seem to be claiming the bulbs last a lifetime to justify the $25-50 prices they often sell for, don't do it. Is it the supporting electronics inside the bulb that die over time?

If it's the supporting electronics that are limiting the life of the bulb, fine. But in that case, I'd really like to point out to the engineers that were taking the "lasts forever" position that regular folks, and even strange people like me, are (I am sure wrongly) calling the WHOLE bulb an LED. It really doesn't matter to us which part of it causes it to die, just that it does die, and whether or not that death is all at once, or as is often claimed, a gradual fading into sunset. In other words, real life versus ivory tower. An expense versus an investment.

Anyway, happy bargain hunting to one and all. And now, goodnight Smilie
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For the LED if you turn it on and off about 10 times/day everyday, I doubt it's gonna last that long. If you let it on all the time day and night then it might last 20 years but who on earth is going to do that?
There's an interesting Mythbusters episode where they stick a whole pile of light bulbs on a timer set to cycle on/off every minute I think it was.

After about a week every incandescent and CFL had blown, and the single LED was seemingly unaffected.

It's an old episode and the LED "bulb" looked like a pile of flashlight LEDs all stuck together not one of these much nicer modern bulbs, but that said, it didn't die.

Ah, someone put the episode [youtube.com]on YouTube Smilie Jump ahead to the 6:40 mark, but after 6 weeks, only the LED was left alive.
Last edited by Zanthexter April 7, 2013 at 09:36 PM
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