Just had an online discussion about this very subject in another venue. I
was slowly converting the house in which we were living based on sale
prices and failure of CFLs. The conversion to LED does help put a dent in
>From my experience, the best LEDs (as far as color and reliability for the
price) for home lighting I have found are made by Cree (http://www.cree.com/).
Unfortunately, they've got lousy distribution via the big box home stores
(I believe they're only carried by Home Depot, and they don't get a lot of
shelf space), although they seem to be the go-to player in commercial LED
refit. Cree's easy replacement lamp for use in 6" ceiling cans was a real
winner at our place, and came in at only about $16/unit. My interest came
to them after seeing what a dramatic difference their fixtures made in an
LED retrofit where I used to work. The improvement over standard 4-tube
fluorescents was amazing.
Since the wife and I are now both retired, and looking at building a new
home, we're quite committed to using LED lighting throughout. About the
only downside I see to so doing is that lighting designers aren't catching
up as rapidly as I would have hoped. Many LED designs are essentially just
a re-lamp of an existing incandescent or fluorescent fixture, to
less-than-impressive result. Those that are new designs which take
advantage of the LEDs, however, are really quite nice.
On Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 7:51 AM Ken Norton <ken@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> We finally have seen a MAJOR change in pricing on LED lighting. Just
> like we did 20 years ago with CFLs, we're undergoing an upgrade on our
> house lighting one fixture at a time. We've now converted around 20
> bulbs to LED.
> Does it make a difference? We're seeing a significant improvement in
> our utility bills. They use about half the electricity of CFLs. If we
> encounter another fantastic price like we did a couple weeks ago,
> we'll have almost the entire house converted over by EOY.
> Granted, our electricity rates are among the highest around (go
> figure, because of all the wind energy), but our delta will be close
> to $20 per month.
> Ken Norton
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