Hi, the fluorescent strip light over my sink is going and I am thinking
it might be a good time experiment with LED lighting. I need enough
lumens to light up the sink for washing with no other light on. A dim
setting would be nice too. Looking for suggestions on if this is
feasible and worth it. Thx, Dan
IMO, led lighting is not there yet. They still haven't been able to create a
nice white light, and although they last forever and cost little to operate,
they're wicked expensive to buy. At this point I'd use Xenon
I agree with RBM. There currently are few, if any standards for LED's.
Each manufacturer has their own version and interpretation of performance.
What you buy today may not be compatible in a few years. I have installed
the Xenon a number of times and customers love them.
Xenon lamps for household use are merely a premium kind of incandescent.
They are only slightly to somewhat more efficient than decent quality
non-xenon incandescents of same wattage, voltage and life expectancy.
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
I replaced mine with a bathroom like fixture that uses 4 40 watt bulbs.
It takes more energy but only time it is used is for only a few minutes
a day. Otherwise I have 2 cfl's in the main kitchen fixture which is on
a lot. You have to balance cost with energy savings. No sense putting
a lot of money into something expensive or tough to service.
LEDs do last for a long time, however,
white LEDs get their white from
added phosphors. They are generally a
blue LED with an external
coating that glows white. These don't
last forever. White LEDs generally
give out quicker than a pure LED. I
have warm white T8s under my
cabinets. That's my preference. I
think cool white looks too commercial,
but some people like it and, I think you
can actually see better with the
cool white. The fixtures are mounted in
the 1" space on the bottom of the
cabinet. I built a 1/4" cover with a
cut out for the light, under all the
Seems like it would glow yellow, since combined with blue this
BTW, I have a few "color changing" LED holiday lights. These have both
blue and yellow LEDs. When both are on, they look white.
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