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The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

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    The problem we had with recessed LEDs was the light span - they looked more like spot lights than flood lights. The spectrum was very narrow, not adequate for kitchen use at all.

    The reviews on Home Depot show people have similar complaints whenever the bulb is shaped like this:

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    Perhaps a bulb with a more rounded edge would spread the light in a wider pattern?

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    part of it is practicality. with my wife and kids (toddler and a 1 year old), lights end up staying on. i can keep asking them to turn them off when not in use, but the reality is that it's not going to happen. the best move I can make then is to lower the cost of those lights remaining on - hence the led purchases. i have LEDs in our rooms that are most often used and CFLs elsewhere. similar logic was behind my nest thermostat purchase. with the LEDs and Nest, my electric bills are tiny; however, I don't have a true baseline to compare it to as we only moved in the summer and had a lot of a/c use. either way, i prefer seeing a negligible electric bill - the spent money is spent and won't bother me.
     


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    I can understand the spent money argument, but you do know it will take about 6 years to save $30 on electricity with one light bulb, right?
     
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    I too would have complaints about the light quality if I installed a shower head into my light fixture...
     


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    My HOA requires me to put in LEDs.
     


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    How can they even know? That's absurd.
     


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    I have lights I like to leave on at night, dimmed -- a big chandelier in the foyer, the light over the kitchen sink, a light in the bathroom, various lamps. Long-lasting, energy efficient bulbs there make sense.

    On the other hand, I don't want to buy a $30 LED bulb to replace the 100w incandescent in my closet. That's obnoxious. But that's our government for ya.
     
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    I can't imagine having a 100W bulb in my closet...

    are you trying to blind yourself?
     


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    Well my closet could pass for a bedroom in some parts. Maybe I should just put in more lights.
     


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    i went into it fully realizing that i wouldn't actually see the money back anytime soon. i'm ok with that.
     


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    A 100w bulb used 3 hours a day, at 12 cents per KWH, costs about $13 a year to run. The break even point for a 20w replacement that costs $20 is only about two years.

    FYI.
     


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    Energy start calculates at 8.5 cents an hour. Its 7.7 cents in my region. It shows the break even point is 80 months @ 7.7 cents with a $20 bulb (almost 7 years).

    http://www.bulbs.com/learning/energycalc.aspx if you want to try yourself.


    FYI.
     
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    Hey man we know you drive an Audi A8. :D
     


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