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Anyone sick of LED bulb questions up in here?  Good!  I have another one.  Has anyone used LED light bulbs for exterior wall mounted fixtures?  I have converted most of the overhead lighting in our house to LEDs except for lamps (wife is resisting) and the exterior lights are the next to go.  I am going to get some exterior flood light bulbs and the fixture lights are the issue as LED seem to be better at directional light than spread around.

 

These fixtures probably cost us the most in terms of electricity as there are 3 bulbs in each fixture, we leave them on all night, and it looks like we are trying to be a light house for ships at sea.  

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Water heater went out. $800 all in. 50 gal whirlpool.
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The new water heaters are a huge improvement. If your old one is more than 10 years old you will probably have better hot water and a lower utility bill.
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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 for outdoor exposure, etc. Dimmable too if you're into that. Cost about $30 each.

Downside is glare because the light all comes from the center of the bulb.
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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 for outdoor exposure, etc. Dimmable too if you're into that. Cost about $30 each.

Downside is glare because the light all comes from the center of the bulb.

 

I bought Utilitech for our indoor LEDs and really like them for the price.  

 

Need something for these type of fixtures where multiple bulbs are used.  

 

post #2586 of 2591
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.
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Well damn

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The new water heaters are a huge improvement. If your old one is more than 10 years old you will probably have better hot water and a lower utility bill.

That would be nice. I don't even know how old it was but 10 years is certainly possible.
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Unfreaking believable, they sell this light-bulb for 9 dollars at Loews while the wholesale cost is less than 90cents. Watch Alibaba destroy Loews and Homedepot superprofits.
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Unfreaking believable, they sell this light-bulb for 9 dollars at Loews while the wholesale cost is less than 90cents. Watch Alibaba destroy Loews and Homedepot superprofits.

Do you have proof the wholesale price is that cheap?
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