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led a19 lights for yard lights

ReverseHandedJO 10,459 1,770 November 1, 2015 at 05:05 PM
has anyone used led a19 lights for yard lights.

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but I don't know the answer because I'm not sure what you are trying to accomplish.

House lighting? Walkway illumination? 10 lights 50 lights?
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Pretty vague question...

If you're asking about 120v enclosed landscape lights, the size of the bulb and heat from that bulb are both likely to be issues. While LED bulbs don't get as hot, they are far less tolerant of heat. You'd be better off converting to a new led fixture that's designed for this.
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Pretty vague question...

If you're asking about 120v enclosed landscape lights, the size of the bulb and heat from that bulb are both likely to be issues. While LED bulbs don't get as hot, they are far less tolerant of heat. You'd be better off converting to a new led fixture that's designed for this.
Agree probably, total power use will be less too. Biggest reason is weather rating. Most LED bulbs that you buy at the the B&M stores are designed for indoor use so they are not designed to freeze (Capacitors) or are sealed for moisture. I highly doubt you could get the life expectancy out of a non wet rated bulb outside. Then the heat issues you have to have bulbs designed for enclosures and many are not. Converting to something designed for this task will have best results.
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i was just thinking a couple along the pathway. what kind of fixtures are there.
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i was just thinking a couple along the pathway. what kind of fixtures are there.
If you don't have existing landscape lighting, just pick up a low voltage light kit like one of these:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Malibu.../202900910
http://www.amazon.com/Paradise-GL...ape+lights

Some use led lights others use incandescent. There are led replacements that can work in older low voltage fixtures, but they may not be quite as nice. Spotlights can be harder to convert to led. Low voltage landscape lighting is much easier to install than 120v. The metal landscape lights are much sturdier than the plastic ones.

You can also get solar led lights, but they don't put out much light and are less reliable.
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If you don't have existing landscape lighting, just pick up a low voltage light kit like one of these:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Malibu.../202900910
http://www.amazon.com/Paradise-GL...ape+lights

Some use led lights others use incandescent. There are led replacements that can work in older low voltage fixtures, but they may not be quite as nice. Spotlights can be harder to convert to led. Low voltage landscape lighting is much easier to install than 120v. The metal landscape lights are much sturdier than the plastic ones.

You can also get solar led lights, but they don't put out much light and are less reliable.
yep, have one of those 12v systems and some solar lights already. so, what i might do is replace the light bulbs with those led wedges.

the solar lights were purchased from ne about 2 years ago. they newer ones now look cheaper. the first thing i did was get some low drain tenergy batteries and they have been working well for 2 years in the extremely temps.
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Lowes actually has a number of path light kits (incandescent not led) marked 75% off. Ideally you want something with a transformer that isn't too wimpy (like some led kits) so it's possible to expand and that has a built in dusk sensor/timer.

Here are a few, note it's 11w per incandescent light not for the whole set:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_329393-53...54078&pl=1
http://www.lowes.com/pd_30661-935...56457&pl=1
http://www.lowes.com/pd_68082-762...23109&pl=1
http://www.lowes.com/pd_329396-53...54080&pl=1
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Lowes actually has a number of path light kits (incandescent not led) marked 75% off. Ideally you want something with a transformer that isn't too wimpy (like some led kits) so it's possible to expand and that has a built in dusk sensor/timer.

Here are a few, note it's 11w per incandescent light not for the whole set:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_329393-53...54078&pl=1
http://www.lowes.com/pd_30661-935...56457&pl=1
http://www.lowes.com/pd_68082-762...23109&pl=1
http://www.lowes.com/pd_329396-53...54080&pl=1
That would cost 40 bux a year to run at 8 hours per day (at least at northeast rates, .20 kwh)
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That would cost 40 bux a year to run at 8 hours per day (at least at northeast rates, .20 kwh)
In other words, converting one of these kits to led would pay for the led bulbs and then some in less than a year.

Some of these sets were showing up really cheap earlier, it may be local clearance though. Some of them are about $22 for a set of 6 lights, wire, and transformer/timer.
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In other words, converting one of these kits to led would pay for the led bulbs and then some in less than a year.

Some of these sets were showing up really cheap earlier, it may be local clearance though. Some of them are about $22 for a set of 6 lights, wire, and transformer/timer.
Yes, but it adds to the total cost. I dont know what types of led bulbs these units use but specialty size bulbs are expensive. It may be cheaper to go with a set that is led from the get go.
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