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

wgeronimo 334 April 2, 2013 at 07:03 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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#286
Cree now has a19 bulbs for $10 (6watt 40w equivalent) and $13 (9 watt 60w equivalent) and they are awesome. So far only home depot has them, but color temp is dead on 2700k, and they look just like regular bulbs. They can also be used in enclosed fixtures while the Philips can't.

My house is all LED now. I have BR30 downlights (all Philips), l-prize bulbs in the two smaller bathrooms, and the 11 watt philips A19s. Just bought a bunch of the Crees to finish off the rest of the house and wish I had waited before getting the Philips. I actually like the Crees a lot better.

Just a heads up for those sour that the deal is dead. the Crees are that proce normally. Won't help BR30/BR40 guys, but hopefully it helps a few.
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Cree now has a19 bulbs for $10 (6watt 40w equivalent) and $13 (9 watt 60w equivalent) and they are awesome. So far only home depot has them, but color temp is dead on 2700k, and they look just like regular bulbs. They can also be used in enclosed fixtures while the Philips can't.

My house is all LED now. I have BR30 downlights (all Philips), l-prize bulbs in the two smaller bathrooms, and the 11 watt philips A19s. Just bought a bunch of the Crees to finish off the rest of the house and wish I had waited before getting the Philips. I actually like the Crees a lot better.

Just a heads up for those sour that the deal is dead. the Crees are that proce normally. Won't help BR30/BR40 guys, but hopefully it helps a few.
agree on the Cree 40w equivalent ones. I got 4 from HD this past Friday and it works great with my fan which has 4 bulbs and they dim very well with my dimmer.
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#288
Quote from Category 5 View Post :
Cree now has a19 bulbs for $10 (6watt 40w equivalent) and $13 (9 watt 60w equivalent) and they are awesome. So far only home depot has them, but color temp is dead on 2700k, and they look just like regular bulbs. They can also be used in enclosed fixtures while the Philips can't.

My house is all LED now. I have BR30 downlights (all Philips), l-prize bulbs in the two smaller bathrooms, and the 11 watt philips A19s. Just bought a bunch of the Crees to finish off the rest of the house and wish I had waited before getting the Philips. I actually like the Crees a lot better.

Just a heads up for those sour that the deal is dead. the Crees are that proce normally. Won't help BR30/BR40 guys, but hopefully it helps a few.
They're still not recommended for totally enclosed fixtures (See the Q&A link below), but like I said before most enclosed fixtures have some ventilation allowing heat to escape so they should be fine.

If anyone wants to see a full review and teardown here it is:
http://ledsmagazine.com/features/10/4/1
http://www.designingwithleds.com/...tear-down/
Q&A: http://www.designingwithleds.com/...-led-bulb/

One interesting thing to note in the teardown is that the LEDs are designed in two series strings, 40 per string. So any single element failure would result in half the bulb light going dead. Apparently in the Q&A the CREE rep said their failure rates are so low that it's a non-issue. Although you also have the 10 year warranty to back you up.
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Electromigration ..

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... it's why there is so much interest in room temperature superconductors - they would solve the inefficiency problem.
Thank yous for taking the time to write a detailed reply.

Honestly, at this point, I'm at a loss. On the one hand, experts saying that the LED ought to last almost forever without appreciable dimming, on the other hand, the manufacturers that ought to be claiming "lifetime" or "heirloom" bulbs "only" claiming 25,000 hours. You'd think it'd be in their self interest to push the more generous interpretation. Without something to explain the differences, how to decide which is more representative of real world use?

Soo, since I'm basically confused at this point without a way that makes sense to reconcile both sides of the debate, I'm just going to fallback to my original plan, and wait for the bulbs to drop in price some more. And get brighter. I really wish there were some good 200W equivalent dimmable bulbs, preferably color adjustable too, that'd just let you dial in the best lighting for a given moment Smilie (Daylight, :"soft white", bright, extra bright, dim, etc.)
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, it would not surprise me to see LED lamps in the free to $0.50 range within a year, much like CFLs are now.
CFL are no longer free or low cost in California in my area. Subsidy only went so long.
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I received mine today.

I replaced 36 CFLs/cheaper brand leds with these. These new bulbs look great. These should hold me over until a 90+ CRI 900 lumen LED hits the $7 pricepoint in the next few years.

These 8w bulbs appear to be as bright as the 11w clfs they replaced. Nowhere near as bright as the 10 watt Philips L-Prize bulbs

They dont dim as well as I expected, they buzz if you put your ear up next to them.
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#292
that sounds very very very wrong.

i have 9 ccfl bulbs (13w and 26w), all of them have lasted since 2006.... they were 1 or 2 dollars each.


20 bucks a bulb?? no way


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I have a bunch of LEDs I got from Groupon last fall and yes, I will. I think they're great. Very nice lighting.

CFL's suck because if they break, you're contaminating your space with mercury dust, and if you put them in the trash, you're disposing of them incorrectly. Also IME CFL's do not last that long. All of mine burned out within a year. I wont be buying them again.
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that sounds very very very wrong.

i have 9 ccfl bulbs (13w and 26w), all of them have lasted since 2006.... they were 1 or 2 dollars each.


20 bucks a bulb?? no way
well, it is what it is. I just replaced the burned out CFL that was outside on my porch with an LED. It's sitting in my car waiting to go to Home Depot. Hope it doesn't break in there laugh out loud
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#294
I wish the BR30's could be shipped. These drop from $29.97 in my local store to $9.97 in Bangor, ME Frown
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I wish the BR30's could be shipped. These drop from $29.97 in my local store to $9.97 in Bangor, ME Frown
Same boat playa... My local store isn't as high though. I think around $17.
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CFL are no longer free or low cost in California in my area. Subsidy only went so long.
first rule of sd. buy now, think later.
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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.
thanks for posting that link. Here's some math: If they flip on the CFLs once every 2 minute and they lasted even 30 days, that's 30switches/hr*24hrs/day*30days = 21600 switches. Even if you turn them on and off 10 times a days, that's 6 years of life. Considering you save abot 60-75% on energy costs using them, you're coming out way ahead vs incans.
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