Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.
Thanks, Turk, a good heads-up to be aware of. My track heads are pretty tight.
If you don't mind loosing a bedroom then expanding into bedroom 1 is the obvious move - i'd split it in two and have a big master bath and walk in wardrobe, and gain a bit more space into the master bed at the same time. Maybe you could lift and reuse the original boards from the new bathroom to fill in where necessary. A big job, obviously. But you could stay in one of the other bedrooms while it's going on, then move into the new master bed while you redo the other old bath - perhaps knock the old en suite and old guest bath together to get a nice big guest bathroom. If you don't mind loosing a bedroom.
Installed, wired, and ducted the range hood for the downstairs kitchen today. Now I've just got to install countertops and shelves and do a little finish work.
Home Depot is now selling CREE LEDs in the A19 form factor with a 93 CRI, much better than the typical 80%. That's about the same as the "L-Prize" bulb that's been discontinued.
Of course the bulb is super ugly:
For regular table lamps that use on average 75 watts, what is the best new, standard replacement bulb to get that will provide near 5000K (color correct) light? About how much are they per bulb? I assume we are talking about LED's, right?
For overhead large floodlights that use an average of 60watts, what is the best soft white light standard replacement?
From what I've read, Cree is widely considered to make the best LEDs on the market right now. I wish it were easier to find LED bulbs in the 3500k color range. Despite its similarity to incandescent bulbs, I'm not a fan of the overly-yellow 2700k bulbs and the 5000k bulbs are a little much, too. I have a bunch of CFLs in the 3500k range throughout my house and I think they do a better job lighting a more modern house without going all the way to the sterile 5000k look.
I am not sure exactly what you mean by "large" but my home has a lot of recessed 65W PAR30 size bulbs, and I replaced them with these:
at $20 each and I have been very happy. They have some even brighter ones (12W vs. these at 10W, oddly both are touted as 65W replacements) but I actually found the 12W ones to be too bright. 2700K (soft white) light, comparable to incandescent, dimmable. They do not dim quite as low or as orange as incandescent, and I've only had them in place for a few months, but so far so good.
Hmmmmm. We do have our recessed kitchen floods on dimers. So the dimming won't work as well or go quite so soft?
My incandescents got really, really, visibly orange when dimmed.
The LEDs hold their color temperature when dimmed, though perhaps they do go even a slight sort of greenish tinge, but it's hard to tell.
The LEDs also do not seem to dim as low as the incandescents - where you could make the incandescents go down to what I might call "night light" levels, where you'd take them down to for your kid's room at bedtime, the LEDs probably only go down to, I'm guessing here, more like 30-40% intensity at their floor.
In practice, however, this has not been an issue for us. Even in party lighting mode, I never take the kitchen down that far anyways. It might be more of an issue in my parlor, where we do sometimes dim the chandelier down to candlelight level and keep the track spots up higher for a moody dinner party effect.
I've been using these:
Similar to Douglas's comments, they don't dim as well as the incandescents they replaced, but it really isn't that big of a deal.
I am pretty sure I bought one of those exact Philips bulbs; I didn't love it because it had a sort of "ring" around the light-emitting face of the bulb.
Somewhere in this thread I did a comparison of a few lights but the search function just doesn't seem to work for me anymore.
There's the original post, there was a follow-up later. It does show some of the color temp and dimming differences OK.
now that you mention it, I see the ring. doesn't bother me at all though. the ones in the front of the living room are the only ones I'd "see" and they are movable so, as it it, I can't see the ring anyway.
Thanks for the LED bulb tips guys.
$20, 30, 50 for a LIGHT BULB? Is it me or do you guys have money to burn?
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