12-Pack LED A-19 Lightbulbs - Your Choice
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Same specification non-dimmable soft white bulbs at Walmart (in-store) for $2.17 ($2.97 daylight) each vs. $3.16 - $4.58 each here.
I just bought a few 4 packs of Philips LEDs (non-dimmable) at Home Depot for $9.97 ($2.50 ea). Don’t buy any bulb more than 2700k if you want it to look like incandescent. Anything more is too white.
Why, oh why, are they always bloody stupid and depressing soft white? Daylight, please!
Why would people want them to look incandescent? I suppose they do, but I don’t understand why.
I don’t know, actually. I may just be old and like the way lightbulbs looked when Edison invented them. Anything over 2700k just feels like a hospital to me. Probably explains why I prefer wood and iron wheels to aluminum and rubber.
Has anyone had the same question as I have had about all of the “Energy efficient” items in our homes??? I have a washer and dryer, an A/C, a 55" Smart TV and a house full of LED bulbs, ALL Energy Efficient. Why hasn’t my light bill gone down?? We’re all using less electricity, but where are the rewards?? The power companies HAVE to be making a fortune off of our stupidity! Use less electricity?? For what?? Certainly not a lower bill!
http://www.amazon.com/TCP-LA1050KND6-LED-A19-Equivalent/dp/B00KDZGBGE would make you happy then, brighter (950 lumens), and “daylight” (5k) non dimmable $18.50 prime shipped for 6. or $16.50 if you’re ok with “open boxes” of bulbs (you’re on woot, live a little and try it). I quite like them for daylight, but they’re friggin bright.
Edit: checked the box, they’re actually 950 lumens, again, flipping bright.
Because it’s warmer and less harsh. “Daylight” sounds good, but it doesn’t feel good. I wonder if it’s because we have a zillion years of expecting a yellow glow from flame, not a bright white that makes you want to confess. Whatever the reason, the lower color temp (2400-2700) just makes a room feel warmer, vibe-wise.
I just bought (4/11) 60 watt equivalent, dimmable LED’s at Wally World for $1.32 each.
Which means I could buy more than twice as many for the price offered here.!
Those super-white lights make my skin look like an acne-riddled teenager. That’s not what I want to see when I’m off to work in the morning. Big downer…
Anyone know the equivalent wattage of 800 lumens? Also, are these “instant on” or do they take some time to come up (like a florescent light)?
60W. These are pretty bright compared to an incandescent, even though they put out similar levels of light, they’re whiter. I wouldn’t suggest them for bedrooms, or anywhere you want ambiance, but for the kitchen and bathrooms these are great (and the dimmable ones are the best I’ve found and work with every type of dimmer I’ve thrown at them without any buzz or flicker).
The thing is, each item may be using less electricity than it used to, but we’re adding more items - now a house might have 3 ‘energy efficient’ TVs instead of one ‘non-energy efficient’ TV. Or, we have fancier devices [for example cell phones] that use more electricity than the dumber versions.
Also, the amount of electricity on most of these items is absolutely tiny. These bulbs are 8 watts - that means the light has to be on for 125 hours before it uses 1 kilowatt of electricity [12 cents - average in the US for 1 kW]. For comparison, run the AC in a typical house for 1 hour and you’re looking at 3.5kW. That’s more than 400 times the energy used by one of these bulbs.
For folks wanting to see a drop in their electricity usage, you need to minimize the use of the large items in your home: turn down/up the thermostat, only run the dishwasher when it’s full, don’t use the oven to cook only one single baked potato, that kind of stuff.
It’s just you. I’ve nearly cut my electric bill by 1/3 just by switching 100% to LEDs, using UV film on my west-facing windows, and having some strategically placed fans (I’m in Vegas). There are lots of other small tricks that can add up as well.
If your goal is a lower electric bill, LEDs are only part of a much larger whole.
Are you adding up any winter heating, etc.?
I’ll bet half your devices are “always on” vs 100% off when turned off.
Good question. Electric companies now split your bill. They charge for having an account, for the electricity your use and then for the delivery of the electricity you use. The basic charge to have an account has gone up quite a bit. You can have an account and not use any electricity and your bill will still be $37/month. The cost of delivery has slowing been inching up. The cost per kilowatt is based on market demand.
The short answer is utilities have no incentive to be run efficiently since they are a monopoly. So they do stupid things and pass along the costs to the consumer. The consumer is then forced to use the utility whether you need to them or not.
~60 watts. Should be instant on.