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Old 12-18-2010, 01:04 PM   #4201
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Eclipse of the Moon Tonight!

If you expect any sort of clear skies tonight, don't forget to check out the eclipse. It will be one of the best ever.

Please refer to post number 3392 on page 227, and post number 3408 on page 228 of this thread for complete details.

Looks like our weather is going to be
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Eclipse of the Moon Tonight!

If you expect any sort of clear skies tonight, don't forget to check out the eclipse. It will be one of the best ever.

Please refer to post number 3392 on page 227, and post number 3408 on page 228 of this thread for complete details.

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I have been waiting for this and now the weather folks are telling us we are going to have overcast skies also, I sure hope they are wrong. Last night the moon was as clear as I have seen it in a good while and then tonight... I will still be out there checking to see if the weather folks got it wrong or not. Thanks for the reminder buddy.
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Last trip to town I picked up two different types of LED lightbulbs - now being carried by the House of Pot. I think there was maybe 5 or 6 different kinds in the new display that they have - made by Phillips. Or perhaps more accurately I should say made for Phillips, in China.
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How many watts? dorf dude...
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As you can see in the pic, the chandelier bulb has an adapter so it will fit in a standard E27 socket. In our case, we didn't need the adapter.

At only 3 watts each I wasn't expecting too much, so I was more than pleasantly surprised at the performance of these bulbs. I would have to say nothing short of excellent...plus they are dimmable, something you can't do with a CFL.

My only gripe was with the packaging. These things are so over packaged that you need to be related to Houdini to break into them. And the packages are way too big as well...something I just don't think is necessary.

I will be sending Phillips an email about this, as I find this to be environmentally irresponsible. Something which flies in the face of the very idea behind the LED's in the first place.
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You're way too quick this morning!

The globe light - which I will get to next is 7 watts.
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I'm running 3 watt'ers. I think that is a new word. They are really bright, more than the 50 watt Halogen's they replaced. A 7 watt will require sunglasses. I'm so glad that the technology has caught up, just wish the price would drop a little. Here is a site that I found. I have not ordered from them. http://www.satisled.com/ Prices seem pretty good. dorf dude...
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The globe light, which is the fat round one, is rated at 7 watts. And as with all the Phillips LED's, it is dimmable.

In fact, the display which they have set up has one of each of the different lights that they currently have, and all are set up with a dimmer so you can see first hand how they work. Very clever idea and no doubt good for sales.

I was hoping that the globe light would be able to replace a 17 watt CFL that we have in the kitchen in the cabin. But it doesn't seem to be quite so well suited for that.

As you know, a CFL throws its' light everywhere, and LED's are usually more unidirectional.

This globe light looks and acts more like a frosted bulb. Most of the light goes downward, and there is a distinct difference between that and the CFL. However, after reading the fine print on the box it seems the LED's are particularly suited to the bar light fixtures often used in bathrooms above a vanity.

I only bought a couple of the globes (at $20 a pop) and have now installed them in the valance above the kitchen counter in the house. Perfect! I like them far better than the CFL's there. The 5 CFL's use 75 watts, so the five LED's will end up using 35 watts. Not a huge difference, but when you are on solar power it all adds up.
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I'm running 3 watt'ers. I think that is a new word. They are really bright, more than the 50 watt Halogen's they replaced. A 7 watt will require sunglasses. I'm so glad that the technology has caught up, just wish the price would drop a little. Here is a site that I found. I have not ordered from them. http://www.satisled.com/ Prices seem pretty good. dorf dude...
Thanks for the link Shu...a few weeks ago I spent some time online trying to track down the latest in LED's. I found a Chinese manufacturer who had the 1 watt chips at .52 cents.

Both the technology and the price will improve dramatically over the next year with the LED's themselves producing better and brighter light. They are presently trying to get the reflectors to produce a bulb which will be less unidirectional and more omnidirectional, which is the sort of light we are all used to seeing. But even with the current price, it is still well worth it to change over now.

Trouble is, everyone only looks at the price today, not at what the savings will be. The way I see it is this. The LED's run way cooler - in fact nearly zero heat at all. Their lifespan is a minimum of 20,000 hours - and they don't just quit then, they just get dimmer. If you are using incandescent's still, then it is even better to switch immediately.

I might note that ALL the CFL manufacturers have ceased to do any further research on CFL's and are now concentrating strictly on LED's.

The 3 watt chandelier bulbs I have use clear glass - and as you say they are amazingly bright. The 7 watt has the frosted appearance.
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We will be giving them a try soon, I hope we can get use to them. I didn't like the light the CFL put out at first but got use to it about the time one of them went out. Thanks for showing us the lights and how well they do Keith.

By the way, the weather man got it right, it is totally cloudy tonight.
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You're quite welcome. Definitely the light of the future, thankfully it is here now.

Our weather here is atrocious...no chance of seeing anything at all here tonight, except rain and snow!
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I'm getting sleepy so I think I'll go to bed for tonight and wait to see the next full eclipse of the moon.

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