LED replacement bulbs
I am tempted to purchase a LED light bulb to be used in a lamp, also for a light for husband scale ship hobby, usually uses floresent because they are cooler.
I found this info on Excel energy site:
LED technology continues to develop rapidly as a general light source.
As more LED products and light fixtures are introduced on the market, what do retailers, energy efficiency advocates, and consumers need to know to make informed buying decisions?
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Are LEDs ready for general lighting?
The number of white light LED products available on the market continues to grow, including portable desk/task lights, under-cabinet lights, recessed downlights, retail display lights, and outdoor fixtures for street, parking lot, path, and other area lighting. Some of these products perform very well, but the quality and energy efficiency of
LED products still varies widely, for several reasons:
1. LED technology continues to change and evolve very quickly.
New generations of LED devices become available approximately
every 4 to 6 months.
2. Lighting fixture manufacturers face a learning curve in applying LEDs.
Because they are sensitive to thermal and electrical conditions, LEDs
must be carefully integrated into lighting fixtures. Few lighting fixture manufacturers are equipped to do this well today.
3. Important differences in LED technology compared to other light
sources have created a gap in the industry standards and test procedures
that underpin all product comparisons and ratings. New standards, test procedures, and ENERGY STAR criteria are coming soon. In the
meantime, product comparison is a fairly laborious, one-at-a-time task.
Are LEDs energy-efficient?
The best white LED products can meet or exceed the efficiency of compact
fluorescent lamps (CFLs). However, many white LEDs currently available in
consumer products are only marginally more efficient than incandescent lamps.
The best warm white LEDs available today can produce about 45-50 lumens per watt (lm/W). In comparison, incandescent lamps typically produce 12-15 lm/W; CFLs produce at least 50 lm/W. Performance of white LEDs continues to improve rapidly.
However, LED device efficacy doesnt tell the whole story. Good LED system and
luminaire design is imperative to energy-efficient LED lighting fixtures. For example, a new LED recessed downlight combines multicolored high efficiency LEDs, excellent thermal management, and sophisticated optical design to produce more than 700 lumens using only 12 watts, for a luminaire efficacy of 60 lm/W. Conversely, poorly-designed luminaires using even the best LEDs may be no more efficient than incandescent lighting.
I saw a site that sells bulbs to replace traditional bulb but they are $50 a piece!!!
Has anyone tried these for general lighting/task lighting and it worked? What type of replacement bulb did you buy?