Incandescent Bulbs Free to Good Home

Terry Fox tfox at
Fri May 25 14:22:36 CDT 2012

For your mushroom lights, check out  My walkway lights use bayonet style bulbs (1156?), and I have been using the superbrightleds replacements for a couple of years now, with zero failures.  

At the same time, I’ve had failures of other cheap LED replacement bulbs in 120VAC outdoor post lamps.  But, now I’m using new LED fixtures from COSTCO made by Envirolite that have CREE dual LEDs in them.  I’ve had one single LED failure in those fixtures, out of at least six fixtures.

The two large posts use small screw-in base 120VAC bulbs.  After the early failures of cheap LEDs, I went back to incandescents for a while.  About a year ago, I found that WalMart carries LED replacements, and tried a couple of them.  So far, they are still working.

We have a LOT of lightning around here, and ALL the outdoor incandescent type bulbs had failures after storms.  So far, the newer LEDs are much more reliable.  A good thing, considering their higher cost.
73, Terry, WB4JFI

From: Karl W4KRL 
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 12:38 PM
To: tacos at 
Subject: RE: Incandescent Bulbs Free to Good Home



We recently remodeled our kitchen and happily threw the 2x40 fluorescent fixture in the trash. I used 4-inch recessed fixtures with Sylvania LED adapters model 70658 at $40 each. They produce 550 lumens on 9 W at 3000K which is a very attractive light and I see no undesirable color distortion.  A CFL/LED rated dimmer provides practically full range dimming although they will not start when less than half dimmed. A nice feature of LEDs over incandescent is that they stay the same color as they are dimmed. 


I use EcoSmart 13W 850 lumen LEDs in pendants at $24 each. Also 3000K. They have an odd shaped top that provides even lighting over nearly 360 degrees. I much prefer them to the Philips because they are white when turned off, not the strange yellow of the Philips. Also cost only 1/3 the cost of the Philips.


Bottom line is I spent $450 on light bulbs which is staggering except when compared to the cost of the remodel. I feel the LEDs produce superior light to incandescents and I will never go back. I will probably replace my CFLs with LEDs as they fail.


I do have an RFI problem with a $10 bulb beside my bedside FM radio. Never had this problem with the CFLs.


I started a notebook with UPC labels and copies of the bills and warranty statements as I share your skepticism on the claimed life.


I’m also experimenting with LED replacements for my walkway mushroom lights. So far I haven’t found a satisfactory combination of color and brightness.


73 Karl W4KRL




From: Mike ODELL [mailto:mo at] 
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 12:44 AM
To: W4KRL at
Cc: Tacos AMRAD
Subject: Re: Incandescent Bulbs Free to Good Home


The alleged efficiency of LED household lighting ignores

the huge amount of energy required to fabricate LEDs and

their associated integrated circuit controllers, including the

wafer substrates which are "raw material" for the device fab.


There are several big problems with LEDs as general purpose lighting.

(1) while the efficiency is good, the actual absolute output is low, and

(2) it is a highly directional point source. That means it is very hard to

get wide field lighting we want and need for most human activities.

(3) a sufficiently large percentage of lights are on triac

dimmers and "incandescent equivalent" behavior is require

To win those sockets. This dramatically complicates the driver IC and

can aggravate the thermal management issues.

(4) color rendering is still challenging. Producing "warm white" at the color temps

Required can be done well, or it can be done cheaply.  The new Phillips bulb

which won the DoE contest uses an external phosphor system integrated

with the diffuser used to create even light with good color rendering

from raw high-output die LEDs. It is not cheap but it is impressive.

(5) the lifetime claims for LED residential lighting are simply fantasy. Nobody has demonstrated 

anything close to the often-quoted numbers with LEDs in real housings in

real fixtures running at real temperatures, even ignoring the case of being backed-up to attic 

spaces in the Southwest well north of 125F on a hot day. 

I like the prospect of LED lighting for some purposes. I use it in my boat now where the

raw efficiency is a large enough win to swamp everything else and the simple PWM

dimmers on the 24vdc supply work fine with the simple constant current drivers in the

replacements for the bi-pin G4 xenon incandescent bulbs. as for residential lighting,

any new build should seriously consider designing with the new integrate luminaires

which avoid almost all of the retrofit problems. But existing houses? it's a tough sell because

the retrofit approach doesn't yet work very well ignoring cost, but when you add the

economics, it's really just going to piss people off. It's another version of the 55mph

speed limit - only less well-considered because at least all the cars would do 55mph

even if everyone rebelled at doing it. At the moment, there is not a residential

LED lighting technology which is ready for mass deployment by the general public.

Attempting to force the issue will end badly just like it always does.

Btw - nobody on this list qualifies as "general public" when it comes to adopting technology.


     - mo


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