reply to post by pandersway
I've been using LED bulbs in my lamps for a little over a year now, & I love them! The lamp that can be seen in the right-hand side of my avatar is
lit by a warm-white LED bulb that gives almost as much light as a 60 Watt incandescent bulb, but consumes only 7 Watts of power to do it.
I always preferred low-key area lighting in my living room. I have 3 lamps in various areas around the room, & can have all 3 lit, using only 21 Watts
instead of 180, as it used to be with the incandescent bulbs. I never liked the fluorescent bulbs that are the most popular replacement, as the light
is not comfortable to me, & I don't like the toxicity
done to the
environment or even to me, should I drop one & break it.
I'm also sensitive to background noises, & have found that the transformer on the base of some of the fluorescent bulbs emits a low, annoying hum.
I had a 7 Watt night light in my kitchen, the type that plugs into an outlet & provides enough light so you don't step on the cat on your way to the
sink at night. I got an LED replacement for it that uses 0.85 Watts to provide just a little less light than the other, & it's fine. As you might
imagine, the difference in power consumption saves money over time, & the manufacturer claims they'll last 5 years, whether cycled on/off or lit
BTW, I agree with the article's statement about regular blue-white LED lights being less than pleasant when used for home lighting. I tried a couple
of cool-white LED bulbs before switching over to warm-white. The cool-white is enough light to see by, but after a time it becomes like sitting
outside under a full moon on a cloudless night. That's pleasant on a nice warm evening, but hard to get used to in your living room.
The warm-white type is so close to incandescent light that it's difficult to tell the difference.
They can be pricey to start with, but should pay for themselves in less electricity used, & less need for replacement over years. I still have 2
incandescent bulbs in my living room ceiling light in case I need bright overhead lighting for something after dark, but seldom use them anymore.
I'll take LED over CFL (compact fluorescent) any day.... uh, night!