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CoconutPete 03-24-2011 09:48 AM

LED Flood light bulbs?
I finally tore down my temperamental flood light and rebuilt it with a new box and put a "dusk till dawn" sensor in there instead. I'm very happy w/ this, no more flailing our arms if we need light to unlock a door that's further away etc.

I'd like to put LED bulbs in there since one of them is out and the other probably isn't far behind. So what is the deal with these? Are they all more or less the same? There seems to be a slew of different ones out there. This would be replacing a 90W bulb, but it doesn't have to be nearly as bright, as long as it provides decent lighting I'll be happy.

What do y'all think?

dmxtothemax 03-24-2011 06:41 PM

Most LED lamps I have seen dont have much output light wise,
In fact a lot are quite useless in many cases.
When compared to normal lamps.
So what are you looking for,
economy ?
Long life ?
Output ?
You need to consider all these things.
For economy I would consider LED.
For long life I would CFL lamps.
For output I would consider incandesant.

vsheetz 03-24-2011 10:53 PM

Home Depot had these on sale for about $30 the other week and I bought one for a light over my garage door - I put it on a dusk to dawn sensor. I like it. If it lasts near ratings it will be economical and save trips up the ladder to change (I don't do ladders so good any more, so this is a biggie).

NCpaint1 03-25-2011 07:40 AM

Led's are either really good or really bad IMO. If one bulb is significantly less expensive than another, there is a reason for it. For the type you are looking for, should be in the $40 range as of now. Im sure as these become more common, and technology improves, the cost will come down.

Scuba_Dave 03-25-2011 08:23 AM

With the high cost of LED bulbs I stick with CFL's
I use 13w CFL floods (75w equiv) & they put out a lot of light
The LED 60w equiv uses 15w, 75w equiv uses 18w
One person had 3 LED bulbs fail in a lightning storm
So check the ratings of the bulbs 1st

operagost 03-25-2011 09:20 AM


Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave (Post 616676)
One person had 3 LED bulbs fail in a lightning storm
So check the ratings of the bulbs 1st

I'm thinking that having surge protection on the circuit would be a great idea due to the amount of vulnerable circuitry and cost of the device. CFLs are vulnerable too-- they're just a lot cheaper to replace.

CoconutPete 03-29-2011 11:56 AM

I'm looking for a combination of economy and long life. Output isn't critical - the light originally was put up because it was hard to see the lock on the backdoor at night to unlock it. The door isn't that far from where the light is and we have 2 more lights out there we can switch on if need be.

I was at Costco yesterday and they had an "economy pack" of hte CFL floods. Hadn't seen those before but I just might have to give those a shot.


dmxtothemax 03-29-2011 05:01 PM

CFL's are a good choice for economy and long life,
But remember to get good quality ones,
There are plenty of cheap crappy ones out there.

LEDs simply arnt good enough yet,
At least not the ones that are affordable,
Good ones do exist but they are a new technology,
so they are expensive.

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