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Old 05-25-2014, 09:02 AM
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LED lightbulbs crazy low pricing now

LED light bulbs prices are being slashed rapidly in the last few months. I saw CREE standard light bulb replacement for $6.97 at Home Depot. 46% down from previous price. That's for a real 60W replacement. Meaning, 800 Lumens. linky

40W costs the same or a little more than the 60W. Interesting...

100W (again, real 1600 Lumens) for $19.97. linky

3 way 30/60/100W (1620 Lumens max) $25. (non dimmable)

With these pricing, whomever is going to buy CFL is nuts.

This is where I am going to make the switch when my incandescent light bulbs give their soul back to their creators.

Interesting to notice the way it was 4 years ago, and a year ago. The two LED threads I found in OT:

2009: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...&highlight=led

2013: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=675187
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LED light bulbs prices are being slashed rapidly in the last few months. I saw CREE standard light bulb replacement for $6.97 at Home Depot. 46% down from previous price. That's for a real 60W replacement. Meaning, 800 Lumens. linky

40W costs the same or a little more than the 60W. Interesting...

100W (again, real 1600 Lumens) for $19.97. linky

3 way 30/60/100W (1620 Lumens max) $25. (non dimmable)

With these pricing, whomever is going to buy CFL is nuts.
This is where I am going to make the switch when my incandescent light bulb give their soul back to their creators.

Interesting to notice the way it was 4 years ago, and a year ago. The two LED threads I found in OT:

2009: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...&highlight=led

2013: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=675187
Walmart has CFB for 4/$8. True their 1600 lumens rating is false as with other mfgs.
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Walmart has CFB for 4/$8. True their 1600 lumens rating is false as with other mfgs.
What even more false is their claim of life span. Many of those die faster than a regular light bulb. My experience, and I have heard it from many others who experienced the same.

I wonder how low the LED can go.
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Ideally the price will continue to fall. We've replaced most of our lights already with LED. Love the fact that our bulbs pull almost no energy.
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^ And last for so long. Designers love them cuz they can more easily put lights up in high ceilings, say above a foyer with stairway. Hard to get to to change but if you have to do it once every ten years, not so bad.
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What even more false is their claim of life span. Many of those die faster than a regular light bulb. My experience, and I have heard it from many others who experienced the same.

I wonder how low the LED can go.
I like the warmed of the incandescent, but no more 60,75 100w bulbs, I'm adjusting to CFB colors, and eventually LEDs.
yes, there are drawbacks with CFBs, not the false lumen rating, but it flickers and takes time to warm up in the cold. I have not used them outdoors yet, but the fluorescent bulbs in the garage have problems in winter time.
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Just bought about 20 of the LED light can fixtures. They're warm white and well made. The color is identical to a soft white bulb.


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I get my new home-depot gift card tomorrow and will replace a couple of my kitchen cans + the one in the upstairs landing as a test - I'm still not sure I'm making a great decision - the CFLs despite their shortcomings, seem to be doing well (long bulb life) - I got almost 5 years out of the CFLs the first time around, and I put new CFL bulbs in about 7 weeks ago.
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Last year I grabbed a few 60w CFLs for a very low price. The whiter ones were quick starts ... the "warm" (with light similar to standard incandescent bulbs) seem to take a second to come on. Last month I picked up a 60w equiv LED ("warm") in Wallyworld to try it in one tough to reach light fixture. Thought it was marked $4.97 but when I checked out it rang up at $1.97. Went back and grabbed the remaining 3 on the shelf! Guess they were mis-marked or a close out! Heck at that price I can let them stay on all night.
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I get my new home-depot gift card tomorrow and will replace a couple of my kitchen cans + the one in the upstairs landing as a test - I'm still not sure I'm making a great decision - the CFLs despite their shortcomings, seem to be doing well (long bulb life) - I got almost 5 years out of the CFLs the first time around, and I put new CFL bulbs in about 7 weeks ago.
I don't get it. Why are you guys buying so many LEDs? You'll be stuck with them for the next 30 years.

I am going to replace with LED one light bulb at a time as they go black. Not so much for the few bucks difference, but I am trying to get the latest-latest technology. Or more specifically, the higher CRI. But it looks like we got stuck at a little over 80 for anything you can get off the shelves at a hardware store.

What's the point of throwing CFL you just recently bought?
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I don't get it. Why are you guys buying so many LEDs? You'll be stuck with them for the next 30 years.

I am going to replace with LED one light bulb at a time as they go black. Not so much for the few bucks difference, but I am trying to get the latest-latest technology. Or more specifically, the higher CRI. But it looks like we got stuck at a little over 80 for anything you can get off the shelves at a hardware store.

What's the point of throwing CFL you just recently bought?
I am not going to replace the CFLs I replaced recently - I'll do the one FIRST gen LED over the sink for sure - it was super expensive and crap - the CFLs in the landing are almost 4 years old, but not on that much - they annoy me because of the long warm up time - and now the grand-kid stop over, we need light to get up to them in the middle of night sometimes - so I want decent light there. The rest of the kitchen I'll see how it goes - if I do decide to replace them, the CFLs will end up in the other hallways somewhere.
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Went to CFL's but never liked the color. Even "warm white" had an ugly greenish cast, though far better than the early ones. Nice to save money, but the corpse-like color result was mostly for closets, garages and cellars.

Bought a LED to test and was very impressed. Instant on, nice incandescent color, bright. As prices drop, I'll convert to more. Nice to see tech delivering a good replacement for the old incandescents.
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I don't get it. Why are you guys buying so many LEDs? You'll be stuck with them for the next 30 years.

I am going to replace with LED one light bulb at a time as they go black. Not so much for the few bucks difference, but I am trying to get the latest-latest technology. Or more specifically, the higher CRI. But it looks like we got stuck at a little over 80 for anything you can get off the shelves at a hardware store.

What's the point of throwing CFL you just recently bought?
Yeah, we've been replacing the kitchen lights as they burn out. The contractor used some awful lightbulbs that all seemed to burn out within 2 years. The LEDs are great thus far.
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I don't get it. Why are you guys buying so many LEDs? You'll be stuck with them for the next 30 years.
In my case, the code calls for a minimum of 50% of any new lighting fixtures to be "high efficiency". I'm finishing a basement, about 900sqft.
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I replaced all my regular bulbs with those 60W cree LEDs about a month or two ago. At $6-7 I thought it's awesome. And I don't mind that I'll be stuck with them for 30 years - they are great.

I never used the CFL - they always start dim and take a while to warm up, to me that was a deal breaker.

The only bulbs I didn't replace with LEDs are the large sized ones - I didn't see reasonably priced replacement for those. Hopefully soon
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Can these LED Bulbs (like you get from Home Depot or Lowes) work with a dimmer switch? I have a bunch of regular incandescent that I'd love to switch to LED, but they are on dimmers which I absolutely need for those rooms.

Never could jump on the CFL bandwagon, the light just never looked right (at least for indoors, but did install a couple outdoors) and always seemed to give me a headache or make others looks really unflattering (and I personally need all the help I can get!).
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Can these LED Bulbs (like you get from Home Depot or Lowes) work with a dimmer switch? I have a bunch of regular incandescent that I'd love to switch to LED, but they are on dimmers which I absolutely need for those rooms.

Never could jump on the CFL bandwagon, the light just never looked right (at least for indoors, but did install a couple outdoors) and always seemed to give me a headache or make others looks really unflattering (and I personally need all the help I can get!).
I was just researching that a couple of days ago because I just moved into a new place and was thinking of replacing all the bulbs with LEDs, but there are dimmer switches everywhere - which is great, but wanted to know if they'd work with the LEDs. From what I can tell, you need special *compatible* dimmer switches that work with the much lower minimum load. I'm still tempted to try them out in the dining fixture, kitchen and bathrooms which have up to 6 bulbs on one dimmer and see if they'll work with those.
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I was just researching that a couple of days ago because I just moved into a new place and was thinking of replacing all the bulbs with LEDs, but there are dimmer switches everywhere - which is great, but wanted to know if they'd work with the LEDs. From what I can tell, you need special *compatible* dimmer switches that work with the much lower minimum load. I'm still tempted to try them out in the dining fixture, kitchen and bathrooms which have up to 6 bulbs on one dimmer and see if they'll work with those.
Hmmm... I suppose I could always return the LEDs if they didn't, but it'd be good to see what you find out too. Ugh, I'd hate to swap all the dimmers, they're the digital Lutron kind and I just put them in a year ago. But the cost savings might be worth it anyway.
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Hmmm... I suppose I could always return the LEDs if they didn't, but it'd be good to see what you find out too. Ugh, I'd hate to swap all the dimmers, they're the digital Lutron kind and I just put them in a year ago. But the cost savings might be worth it anyway.
Maybe you already have the compatible type. Lutron is the brand I kept seeing pop up for being LED compatible, and you just put them in a year ago so they are pretty new. I just did a quick google of Lutron digital dimmers and this came up as being compatible. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lutron-Ma...W-WH/203486520 I have Lutrons too but have no idea how old they are or how to tell if they are the compatible type. I'm guessing they weren't put in that recently.
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Maybe you already have the compatible type. Lutron is the brand I kept seeing pop up for being LED compatible, and you just put them in a year ago so they are pretty new. I just did a quick google of Lutron digital dimmers and this came up as being compatible. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lutron-Ma...W-WH/203486520 I have Lutrons too but have no idea how old they are or how to tell if they are the compatible type. I'm guessing they weren't put in that recently.
Dreamer, that's be so cool... that kind of looks like what I got. Hmm, off to HD tomorrow for some experimenting!
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Bought a brand new house, and replaced all the bulbs with LED and gave the old ones back to the builder. I paid $7.50 a bulb for the 60W equivalent. Kind of a bummer that I bought a few months early, but it will still pay off in the long term.
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The LEDs are dimmable - absolutely. However I cannot say if they work with old dimmer switches - I moved in my house last year, and I installed dimmers in several rooms then. They all work great with the Cree LED lights.
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All my LEDs are compatible with dimmers. For some I was uncertain about I had to call the company directly and ask.

The ones I am sure you need to becareful with are the in cabinet and under cabinet lighting which are usually not dimmer compatible.

Sucks that prices dropped big time when just under a yr ago I spent nearly a grand on my LEDs. In fact I still have a few lying around lol

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There are dimmable and non-dimmable LED lights. If you buy dimmable LEDs and want to use a them with a dimmer, then you should use them with a dimmer designed and approved for LED lights. Old style dimmers not designed for LED may appear to function, but the method by which they dim may not be conducive to LED longevity, may flicker, have a very slight chance of fire, etc. Also, LED compatible dimmers are adjustable to help provide the broadest dimming range possible. You can aid this last point by ensuring all lights on a string are the exact same model.
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