For my birthday, I told my wife I want LED light bulbs. I know, right? You’re thinking how cool is that! If you’re thinking anything else, just keep it to yourself.
A bit of history. I like light. I hate waiting for CFLs to warm up. We need floodlight style for recessed lighting, and A bulbs for lots of chandeliers and ceiling fan fixtures. When we moved in I added 30+ recessed lights in our living room, kitchen, and dining area. One room on dimmers. If my whole house was incandescent, I could probably get 5-6 kW of lighting in the sockets for a 2,200 sq ft house, which is an extremely high ratio. We’ve had a range of incandescent and CFL bulbs, we’ve replaced every one multiple times. We are getting nowhere near the target hours. Current brands in include EcoSmart.
Ergo, I want LEDs. Lots of them. Total price would be a couple of thousand dollars or more to outfit the whole house. I would need about 50-75 bulbs of varying types. She has been researching them for two weeks.
As usual, she is looking for the cheapest. Best price she found was down south of $20/bulb, but the name brands, GE, Philips, Cree etc seem to be almost double the off brand. I currently have 2 offbrand on test in the living area, both from Feit Electric, one is 14 and the other 17 watts, a bit below and above 1000 lumens apiece, one with the broad cone footprint, the other the narrow. So far the light is gorgeous, bright, good color, instant on.
Minor problem, all of the warranties we’ve found say 3 years. Ok, not so much a big deal, until you get to the fine print. Apparently while the manufacturer believes these are 3 hours/day, 22 year bulbs, ie 60,000+hours, the warranty is LIMITED to use for 3 hours day. Mine will be on closer to 14. That’s why I want the LEDs! Apparently that constitutes misuse. More details to come as the project progresses.