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Old 12-23-2014, 05:16 PM   #101
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I am a mix of all lights...

We have some can lights that are incandescent... we have some CFL dimmable and now some LEDs...

The CFLs I hate because they take so long to get to full output... and they seem to be taking longer...

I have had a number of CFLs go out much faster than incandescent... heck, I have been living here 6 years and we lost 1 of 4 incandescents in our living room... put in a CFL... it has gone out now... so lasted maybe 3 years... with very little use in hours...

All LEDs are pretty new... so no knowledge on life.... but I think that I will put two LEDs with two CFLs upstairs so at least I can have SOME instant light...

I also have a stash of the regular 60, 75 and 100 watt bulbs.... but probably will never use them.... in my old house I had some last over 25 years in a bathroom that got daily use... just short time use....
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:55 PM   #102
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I don't like the CFL lights because they take a while to get to full brightness. So I've been switching to LED lighting and am very pleased. My electric bill is noticeably lower, especially after I switched out the kitchen flood lights that we keep on most nights. We recently installed outside landscape LED lighting and absolutely love it.
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Again, the recent CFLs I got at Costco come up to full brightness instantly, compared to the old bulbs that I had. I was impressed. These are the 60W equivalent. The higher wattage bulbs may perform differently.
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Again, the recent CFLs I got at Costco come up to full brightness instantly, compared to the old bulbs that I had. I was impressed. These are the 60W equivalent. The higher wattage bulbs may perform differently.

Problem is that they are supposed to last 22 years... so I am supposed to put up with 22 years of frustration because I bought them too early

BTW, I think they were 'instant on'.... which they do.... but only about 20% of the coil is lite when turned on.... they are also getting slower to get to full brightness... I will try out my 2 CFLs and 2 LEDs in the 4 pots and see how that works...
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I'm doing some minor home renovations, and decided to replace some of my hallway globe fixtures with integrated LED fixtures. My old globe fixtures are beyond 35 years old and the wiring inside was brittle. It was time for a change.

I'm still not 100% about the LEDs...

Likes
  • Low profile
  • Low energy usage
  • Easy to install, lightweight

Dislikes:
  • Limited color temperatures ... tend to the cold side
  • Sense of "flickering"

The low profiles of these fixtures are immensely helpful for an older home with 8' ceilings. It really helps make the ceiling feel taller.

The cost of the fixture is reasonable, but you pay more for warmer light output colors. And even the warmer colors are a bit cold.

Check out some pictures. I have to say it is pretty cool.
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I'm doing some minor home renovations, and decided to replace some of my hallway globe fixtures with integrated LED fixtures. My old globe fixtures are beyond 35 years old and the wiring inside was brittle. It was time for a change.

I'm still not 100% about the LEDs...

Likes
  • Low profile
  • Low energy usage
  • Easy to install, lightweight

Dislikes:
  • Limited color temperatures ... tend to the cold side
  • Sense of "flickering"

The low profiles of these fixtures are immensely helpful for an older home with 8' ceilings. It really helps make the ceiling feel taller.

The cost of the fixture is reasonable, but you pay more for warmer light output colors. And even the warmer colors are a bit cold.

Check out some pictures. I have to say it is pretty cool.
I have the same issues. Can you tell us the make and model?
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BTW, I think they were 'instant on'.... which they do.... but only about 20% of the coil is lite when turned on.... they are also getting slower to get to full brightness... I will try out my 2 CFLs and 2 LEDs in the 4 pots and see how that works...
Uh, by "instant on" I meant that the recent bulbs I bought gave out nearly full brightness right away. But that was when it was warmer. Now, in cold weather the bulbs start out being noticeably quite dimmer, and take about 2-3 minutes to come up to full brightness.

For places where the lights get left on for some time, CFLs do not bother me, but there's something wrong with putting LEDs in places where one dashes in/out such as bathrooms, utilities, or closets. It's a shame to put expensive lights in places where they are not left on for long.
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I'm doing some minor home renovations, and decided to replace some of my hallway globe fixtures with integrated LED fixtures. My old globe fixtures are beyond 35 years old and the wiring inside was brittle. It was time for a change.

I'm still not 100% about the LEDs...

Likes
  • Low profile
  • Low energy usage
  • Easy to install, lightweight

Dislikes:
  • Limited color temperatures ... tend to the cold side
  • Sense of "flickering"

The low profiles of these fixtures are immensely helpful for an older home with 8' ceilings. It really helps make the ceiling feel taller.

The cost of the fixture is reasonable, but you pay more for warmer light output colors. And even the warmer colors are a bit cold.

Check out some pictures. I have to say it is pretty cool.
I found that fixture on Amazon. #1 complaint was a strobing effect. The most disturbing thing was posted pictures of a fixture that went into meltdown mode.

Lithonia FMLRL 14 20840 M4 Round 14-Inch LED Flush Mount Light, White - Close To Ceiling Light Fixtures - Amazon.com
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I have the same issues. Can you tell us the make and model?
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I found that fixture on Amazon. #1 complaint was a strobing effect. The most disturbing thing was posted pictures of a fixture that went into meltdown mode.

Lithonia FMLRL 14 20840 M4 Round 14-Inch LED Flush Mount Light, White - Close To Ceiling Light Fixtures - Amazon.com
Yes, I failed to look on Amazon first. This was an unusual for me quick purchase.

I also have the smaller 6" versions in a hall and closet. Nice fit, but has the same other issues.

I notice the strobe mostly when I first turn it on. It isn't too bad, but I think could be a problem for some people. It was most noticeable to me when I noticed a box fan I knew was on appeared dead stopped.

The future of lighting is still in flux, if you ask me.
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Uh, by "instant on" I meant that the recent bulbs I bought gave out nearly full brightness right away. But that was when it was warmer. Now, in cold weather the bulbs start out being noticeably quite dimmer, and take about 2-3 minutes to come up to full brightness.

For places where the lights get left on for some time, CFLs do not bother me, but there's something wrong with putting LEDs in places where one dashes in/out such as bathrooms, utilities, or closets. It's a shame to put expensive lights in places where they are not left on for long.

Yes.... I think they were listed as instant on and dimable.... but over time the instant on went away.... do not know what you mean by 'cold'... it is 70 degrees... and they are taking longer to get to full brightness.... when they are full bright, they are just fine.... I just hate the lag time when I need the light right now...
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The interior temperature of my home is 78F in the summer, and 66F in the winter. It seems like that difference of 12F makes a difference in the bulb warming up delay. Or perhaps it was all my imagination. Maybe I did not find the dim start of the CFL objectionable until reading about people here complaining about it.

Anyway, the warm-up time is not 2 to 3 minutes as I stated. It's more like 30 seconds, but of course when you dash in/out of a room, it feels like a long time.
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