Residential Lighting with LEDs: Retrofitting the Pink Ranch

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Re: Residential Lighting with LEDs: Retrofitting the Pink Ranch

Post by brianroth » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:43 pm

I recall reading a few years ago about some USA govt. "contest" for incandescent-to-LED replacement bulbs, and the winner was a $50 bulb sold by Philips. A bit rich for my blood back then (I was fighting with CFL's).

As the CFL's (and a few incandescents still left) die, the LEDs are taking over here at Camp Chaos. I recently learned a hard lesson when I quickly grabbed a 4-pack of 60 Watt equivalents without checking the color temperature spec. Arrgh....funky bluish color, so those bulbs are relegated to a closet or stairwell.

Too many decades with that lovely yellowish incandescent color has seriously skewed by eyeballs. LOL!

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Re: Residential Lighting with LEDs: Retrofitting the Pink Ranch

Post by mediatechnology » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:56 pm

The new GE A19-series are pretty good too.
I bought several recently to use in the basement and attic to replace the last of the CFLs.
The GE are in most grocery stores now.

We cross-posted and I was about to say: My advice to you Brian is experiment with getting the color temp right.
But you brought it up ahead of me. LOL.

GE have a 5000°K "daylight" version which I bought to experiment with.
As I expected they were too harsh for general lighting so I put them in the attic.
I only burn them a few minutes every month or so when I change the AC filter.
But, when I do turn them on its like daylight in the attic.
Almost like an arc light color temp and feeling like I'm in an X-files episode.
I later bought some for the basement which thankfully I visit even less.

I also bought a pair of the GE warm white for the hall bath and they've been reliable.
That fixture is a little challenging because the lamps are recessed in square glass tubes with little circulation.

For general lighting I try to buy 3000°K whenever possible because its not too yellow like 2800 and not too hot like 4000 and 5000°K.
But 2800 was what my wife liked in the hall BR.

I put 4000°K TOGLED T8s in the garage and the 4000° is about right for work lighting.

My nextdoor neighbor's house is a "modern" "MCM" 1960s-era style house with uplights in front.
She went with 5000°K night time lighting and its a thing of beauty.
Most landscape lighting is 2800 or 3000 for that Thomas Kinkade look.
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Re: Residential Lighting with LEDs: Retrofitting the Pink Ranch

Post by brianroth » Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:49 pm

As a side track, my Mom, age 90, still lives in the house I grew up in (Okla City). She has been running it by herself for years as my stepdad slowly faded due to dementia and then passed away this year.

Mom has stock piled a huge supply of GE ("a good brand", she insists) 40/60/100 Watt incandescents.

Every time I visit, she has me up and down a ladder to replace the dead soldiers.

"But, Mom...you need LED bulbs. They last longer and save you energy".

Mom: "I hate the color of those new bulbs!"

BTW, at age 90, Mom still has most of her brain intact :) She is just set in her ways.

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Re: Residential Lighting with LEDs: Retrofitting the Pink Ranch

Post by JR. » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:32 pm

Maybe she likes to see you...... LED bulbs would make your visits less necessary.

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