At least the ones I have aren't "bulbs" at all. They're fixtures that plug
directly into the outlet. The LED isn't replaceable (not socketed). They
work very well but they do *not* "put out almost as much light as a 4 or 7
watt incandescent. There really isn't any reason for that much light, either.
Agree, I haven't bought incandescent household bulbs in years. "heybub"
will milk this for years to come with his important announcements though...
We had some new offices and a conference room added and used LED
lighting and I am really impressed how far they have come along.
I agree. There are a few "sweet spots" for home use of LEDs already --
replacements for "can" downlights is one. Prices are coming down, they're
dimmable and the quality of light is fine. Power per unit usually drops
from 65 to 10 or 12 watts after changing.
Energy Police? Haven't seen any, haven't heard of any and even the paranoid
bulb-worriers are coming up dry.
I've recently installed power circuits for some of the Red Box DVD
rental kiosks and the new units use 60 LED's now for the back-lit
marque instead of 4 fluorescent tubes and the light looks the same
to me. ^_^
It's all silly. Those countries -including the U.S. and Canada - which
phased or are phasing out standard incandescent bulbs have always had
exceptions for rough service, decorative, appliance and other incandescent
As I read the laws, incandescent bulbs will be around a lot longer than most
of us particularly now that at least one company has introduced halogen
bulbs that meet the new standards. The so called "2X" bulb puts out 1600
lumens, draws 50 watts (instead of 100) and is rated for 1500 hours life.
For most, but not for all. An incandescent lamp puts out light across the
full spectrum. A CFL puts out 3 or 4 distinct bands of color (which you can
easily see with a refracting lens). This difference may look okay to the
eye at first, but try using a CFL to look at your face in the mirror.
Instead of looking the picture of health you look ill and ghostly because
CFLs are horrible on skin tones. CFLs are also poor for existing light
A couple other things I don't like about CFLs is that they start up dim and
then gradually brighten, making them a nuisance in a low-light or totally
dark room. And then they tend to smell with an "electric smell" which is
Lastly, when they burn out they do it with a flourish. Instead of a bright
flash and a pop as incandescents do, a CFL usually smokes and gives off a
bad smell when it burns out. The white base also becomes discolored with
smoke. There is nothing wrong with the way these burn out -- they're
designed to burn out exactly the way I said, but they're frightening to
people unaccustomed to seeing them burn out.
A "rough service" bulb is typically a bulb with a filament designed for a
higher voltage than its ultimate use, for instance 265 volts in Europe
instead of 240, or 125 volts in the USA instead of 110 volts. This means
that the filament burns dimmer and lasts far longer because it's not burning
as hot. It also means that it gives off more heat and less light, and thus
is less efficient as a lamp.
Another workaround that they're doing in Australia is selling incandescent
bulbs as "heat lamps" instead of as lights.
You're thinking of "extended life" bulbs, not "rough service" bulbs. Rough
service bulbs are designed to take physical shock and vibration so they have
filaments that are mounted differently, extra filament supports and maybe
even alloy filaments instead of pure tungsten. Some sign lamps are made
that with rhenium/tungsten filament wire, for example. Such things cause
the filament to burn a bit cooler and so the bulbs have extended life too.
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