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Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
2/26/2013 3:52:56 PM
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Re: Where to start?
5 years ago when the kitchen was reworked all the lights were 50W MR16 low voltage spots. There was far too much light so quite quickly the 50s became a mix of 35s and 20s. There's no CFL alternative so I experimented with eBay LEDs but I found major issues with life, some lasting no more than 50 hours. That's why I've gone for branded products - and still a few have gone back - but over the last six months I've got rid of all the incandescent bulbs. In a family that is rarely able to turn off a light I'm happy when it's only a handful of watts I'm wasting!

Venks
Venks  
2/26/2013 1:37:09 PM
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Re: Where to start?
Ahh Simon, Even I hope the LED's become more affordable so that even the common man can use it. Anyways, some time back you said that you have installed these LED's in your kitchen. When did you install them? and What is the life you are expecting out of these LED's? Please share.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
2/26/2013 11:10:30 AM
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Re: Where to start?
yes indeed there is a big difference in cost at the moment.  I think that will change quite quickly - the range of LEDs available has expanded dramatically over the last year or so.  At the same time some of the CFLs give a much better quality of light than others.

I also note that some of the higher output LEDs take a noticeable time to illuminate - getting on for a second though they don't do that irritating characteristic of some CFLs to start dim and get to full output over a minute or so.

Venks
Venks  
2/26/2013 5:47:59 AM
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Re: Where to start?
I did a quick check over the internet to find out the differences between the CFL's and LED's. This below website sums it up nicely. http://www.designrecycleinc.com/led%20comp%20chart.html But despite the many advantages that LED's have they are very very expensive at this point of time. May be I will have to rethink about my decision to replace all my bulbs at once.

Venks
Venks  
2/25/2013 1:05:41 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Where to start?
Is it? I will get those Phillips LEDs next time I go out to buy the bulbs. Thanks for the input, Simon.

DSM419
DSM419  
2/18/2013 9:52:38 PM
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Re: Where to start?
I agree some of the greener lightbulbs have an unpleasant yellow light and they die out fast. Ill have to try out phillips.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
2/18/2013 3:30:24 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Where to start?
I think you have to experiment a bit with bulbs.  The quality of light from CFLs and LEDs can be fairly awful, and it's not just the colour temperature.  I'm pretty pleased with the Phillips LEDs which give a pleasant light but I'm waiting to see about longevity

Venks
Venks  
2/18/2013 1:41:50 PM
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Re: Where to start?
Wow ! Quite Impressive I must say, Simon Hersom,

I have already replaced all the incandescent bulbs in my house to the New Energy efficient CFL bulbs, which claims to be more than 40% energy saver.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/17/2013 12:49:01 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Where to start?
Simon, wow, what fantastic efforts, and good for you for taking into consideration how your personal choices (in this case, your house size) have an impact on the planet.

I think having the ability to personally monitor energy through apps and such is incredibly powerful. "What isn't measured isn't managed" is a great way to put it. When we're not actively looking at our impact, or monitoring our energy usage, there's much less of a chance we're going to do anything to change it. This is one area where we can see the true power of data.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/17/2013 12:42:05 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Thanks!
DSM419 - Thanks for the positive feedback, it's so great to hear that you've been inspired to make these changes. I have also been feeling more positive with each little change I make. It's great to have a community to check in with about ways to improve one's green efforts and attempts at more sustainable living. Keep us posted on anything else you try!

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