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I understand what you're saying. It's not worth it yet, on a strictly economic analysis. But out here in BC, Canada, regular 100w (and I believe also 60w) incandescent bulbs are off the shelves - by law. My understanding was that this was the case all across the country. Can you still buy them out in New Brunswick? If so, I'm surprised.
And I've read that for the same reason (overall societal energy conservation) the U.S. is phasing out the sale of incandescent household bulbs, too.
The Harper government delayed the ban until 2014 because of what moolie said, lack of a good way to dispose of CFL bulbs, BC already had it's own ban on importing the 100 or 75W lights since the beginning of 2011 so I'm guessing that's why you can't buy them out there anymore...
I haven't bought a regular incandescent bulb in a few years. Our power company offered free CFL's for trading in your old lights so we did that a couple years ago... still using those bulbs.
I would really like to install LED lights but prices are still high. Anyone have any idea what is their life span?
Here's an interesting article on how to make your own: http://www.thediyworld.com/The_DIY_LED_Light_Bulb.html
There are other ways, of course.
The circuitry is extremely simple, so just about anyone can do it.
You are going on the right direction dude. The led lights will definitely give you the better out put and the crops will also get benefits from that too. It is the time of the led light now and are giving better results than the sunlight.
Canadian Tire and Home Depot, cost is about $19 to $26 per bulb!!!!!! I would like to use them in the 3 main lamps we use in the house, but don't think I can justify the cost. Every bulb in the house is a CFL, but these three go most of the day and night, so .... what going from 13w each to about 5w each .... ? Do you think it is worth it?
LED bulbs in most of our fixtures. They have been much cooler than the CFLs were. I like them much better than CFLs as you can get dimmable ones.
The only light I haven't replaced yet is my reading lamp as I haven't found a less expensive LED that works well there yet. sure I could put out almost $15 for one for my reading lamp but I am too busy having to keep the budget at the moment!
Everywhere else--lamps, outside lights, etc.--I use CFLs My light bill is STILL a fortune!
The advantage of LED lights:
Consume less power. if you replace incandescent or halogen bulbs by LED, you save over 85% electricity cost. If you replace CFL bulbs by LED, you save over 50% electricity cost.
Long life. Usually, lifespan of LED for lighting is over 50,000 hours.
Thanks a lot,