I'm not sure that LEDs are quite ready for home lighting at this time. Today, CFLs are dirt-cheap and use 1/4 the energy of an incandescent light bulb for the same amount of light. In terms of lumens per watt, most LEDs are not even as efficient as CFLs and they cost a whole lot more. They are steadily improving, so in a few more years I'm sure they'll make sense, but at this point is there any compelling reason to replace my 22 watt CFLs with LEDs?
No, LEDs are not perfect. They are more expensive. They are directional. They have waste heat. But what the do well, they do better than any other light source that we have. The phrase "not ready for prime time" is the one that keeps bouncing around my head - I hear it for LEDs and I hear it for EVs all the time. And just like with EVs, if nobody is willing to jump in now, the product will be much slower to improve. We have to embrace the benefits of LEDs, and design around the negatives. Retrofits are bunk. We need LED-specific fixtures to take advantage of this fantastic light source.
The reason I was compelled to replace my 22 W of CFL (after it first replaced my 75 W of incandescent) is that I'm now running about 6-10 W of LED in these locations. Will I ever save enough money or energy to pay that back? Probably not. But I'm moving the technology forward, and that helps everybody eventually. Oh... and it is my hobby, so how could I NOT?
I hold all of these in equal regard. And that's pretty much my whole list of hobbies.
Darell, the EVnut
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Darell, thanks for that reply. What you've said makes sense.
Although I don't think most people will benefit from LEDs for general lighting quite yet, I'm actually quite interested in LED technology.
I've been subscribed to LEDs Magazine for several months now, it's a great way to keep up to date on these things (it's a free subscription btw).
Here's a new 8 watt LED retrofit - that ought to be real bright!
Besthongkong - LED Module 8W Mark II PAR16 E27 Warm LED Bulb
Scholarly paper on the transition to LED lighting:
The Transition to LED Lighting
According to our simulations, the cost-effectiveness of mature lighting technologies ranges from 4 to 28 $/ton CO2. Assuming a 10% discount rate, solid-state lighting cost-effectiveness for a utility ranges from 34 to 134 $/ton CO2 in 2008 and from 4 to 14 $/ton CO2 in 2015, making it among the more attractive investments available for large CO2 abatement by the electricity sector.
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For those interested in LEDs, Nakamura-sensei is giving a public lecture at SLAC this Wednesday night.
Shuji Nakamura was basically the first guy to achieve high brightness light emission from GaN, a wide bandgap semiconductor material. So he's directly responsible for bright blue and UV LEDs, which in turn make white and multicolor LEDs possible. (Also makes the blue laser diode in your Blu-ray player possible.)
I've seen him give a few technical talks for people into semiconductor photonics before, but I think this one should be geared for a more general audience.
A challenge for you: What is the brightest LED bulb with an SES (E14) thread? Any form factor ok.
I'd like to throw in a few questions too:
Are there any issues with flicker due to AC power?
I foolishly picked up an LED christmas light pack and had to switch it off as the 60Hz flicker was crazy!
Are they weather proof?
I have a dead cfl as an all-night outside light that needs replacing; seems the perfect opertunity to switch to LED. Actually, I ended up puting the above christmas lights outside around my door and they have survived a couple of christmas seasons. Now living in USA; I think there's actually some law that states you must decorate your house at Christmas. I may have answered my own question.
Should we create a table of bulbs in the TR that can be replaced?
Side lights, interior light, etc.
(Love the information in this thread)
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