LED lighting for net metering system
Because of my net metering system, I'd like to keep my night time electrical usage as low as possible. That would seem to mean using LEDs for the exterior lights and the can lighting in the kitchen, and I'm willing to pay the additional cost (OK, so I'm crazy). :)
I've been reading and researching, but would like feedback on two sources I've found for LED floods supposedly producing between 350 and 600 lumens.
I'd like some input on how low a lumen level I can get by with on the exterior deck and front porch. The deck ceilings are 10 foot high, and I was planning on putting in shower enclosed fixtures (although I've been reading about heat build up in LED fixtures and now wonder if that's a good idea?). Do I need more than 300 lumens for that type of application?
I've found two sources that claim LED floods in the 400 - 600 lumen range for warm (or what they call neutral) white. An online site (http://www.wiedamark.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=92
is showing three different sets of bulbs that range up as high as 400 lumens for floods.
Then there's an ebay seller who claims to be selling 600 plus lumen bulbs - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=010&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=200122747669&rd=1&rd=1
The kitchen recessed lights are worth it to me to pay the extra cost for LEDs since they're wired directly into the PV system -- i.e., when the power goes out these lights will continue to function.
I'm not an electrical expert in any way -- but I'd really appreciate some input on this issue.