Incandescent lights [Re: It's time to restore the 11/45.]

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Fri Feb 6 01:30:34 CST 2015

On 02/05/2015 11:05 PM, Peter Corlett wrote:

> LED lighting is actually delivering what the CFLs falsely claimed, provided one
> doesn't need more than about 400lm per bulb due to heat issues. For the
> customary single bulb per room in typical UK lighting, it means we're stuck
> with CFLs until the technology improves or one replaces the light fitting with
> one that takes multiple bulbs. We'll probably see a whole load of crappy LED
> bulbs when that finally becomes mainstream though.

I'll buy CFLs when I can safely put a 100-watt equivalent LED in a 
base-up recessed, insulated "can" type fixture (of which I have many) 
and expect it to perform for the estimated lifetime.

When I contacted the manufacturer (GE) for some CFLs in the same 
configuration pooping out after about 6 months of service, I received 
the response that CFLs were not designed for that type of service.  When 
I inquired for what device does operate in that configuration, I 
received the response that a halogen bulb would do nicely.

Last year, during a very wet snowstorm, our power was interrupted by a 
tree falling on the HV distribution lines to the neighborhood, my 
neighbor who'd just refitted his home with LEDs lost every single 
installed lamp.  We (on the same circuit) lost none.

I think the CFL would not be viable were it not for cheap overseas labor 
needed to assemble the ballast unit components.


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