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This is about as close as you're going to get: http://www.lowes.com/pd_199170-28839-LCA12C20027K3_0__?productId=4136004
Oh, those things with the candelabra bases and bulbs on display? As far as I know there just isn't an attractive drop-in LED bulb for that application. Best to replace the whole fixture with one that has an opaque glass and a medium base, or get those dedicated LED fixtures with the LED internals located in the fixture itself for aesthetic purposes. Alternatively they have halogen-in-a-bulb replacements that use a little less electricity, but not much.
I don't remember exactly how outdoor bulbs are rated but there's some specific classification system for weather and moisture exposure that most bulbs are rated for one way or the other. Google it. As far as LED 120v floods go I got some really nice par38 replacements from Lowes. Utilitech brand, made by feit. They're 1400 lumens (read: bright) and have a relatively focused beam (not sure the exact number, but they work well from my second-story overhangs), 3000k, rated...
To bump this thread, here's a picture of some lizards hanging out in my fuse box.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/08/the-star-wars-george-lucas-doesnt-want-you-to-see/379184/
The 1" pipe is a refrigerant line, not an air duct. Also, central air is loud but it's only loud in certain places whereas the mini-split is going to make noise where you need the air delivered.
http://www.energyvanguard.com/blog-building-science-HERS-BPI/bid/38931/Case-Closed-Get-Those-Air-Conditioning-Ducts-out-of-the-Attic Wow.
He also mentions ugly ducts, which I took to mean he's living somewhere that had them installed after it was built. My guess would be that he had the ducts removed when he put in the mini-split(s).The ducts for my upstairs are in the attic and boy does that impact the cooling capacity. An exterior wall, say, has at most a 30 degree temperature difference and usually something like R15 or so insulation. The attic can 60+ degrees hotter, and the ducts have surface area on...
If you only have a couple rooms (and you're surrounded by conditioned space on five sides like many apartments/condos), you might be happy with just one or two "heads."
Strictly speaking, an air conditioner is a kind of heat pump. It just goes one way -- cooling. Is a "heat pump" any different in how it cools air, or is it just acting as a regular air conditioner? I have no idea, but I tend to think it's pretty much the same thing. Also, medwed, ducts and no ducts isn't a question of heat pump or furnace; it's just how it's laid out -- you might be thinking of a mini-split (a ductless, split air conditioner or heat pump).
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