US lifts ban on incandescent light bulbs

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  1. pigfarmer

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    3000K Bright White is a nice choice. I prefer the 500K Daylight for work areas. Somewhere you mentioned grow bulbs. Big Orange has them - probably pricey
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  2. Rick Hunter

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    That's quite a selection of grow lights your store has there. Must be alot of closet farming there!;)
     
  3. nivek

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    LED bulbs don't seem to last as long as promoted, I've recently replaced the last two LED bulbs I had in my house, they only lasted maybe 3 years and weren't even turned on continuously nor even daily...Now all the lighting in my house uses incandescent bulbs which I prefer anyway, the frequency of light is closer to that of the sun than LED lighting, incandescent lighting is more natural and easier on the eyes...I still have some dimmable LED lights in my workshop until those burn out then they will be switched back to incandescent...

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    life of them depends on the design, some brands are great, some not so good.
    I have some that get daily use for 15 years now and are just as perfect as they started (yes, I designed and built it, but you can buy them that will actually last)
     
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    I've had three integrated LED flush mount ceiling fixtures in the basement that are never turned off except for a power failure. They've been on for ten years continuously. The four BR30 LED bulbs in my kitchen are on for several hours a day and they date back to about the same time. I used to go through several incandescent bulbs per year - every time I went into the attic and moved stuff around or let the door slam too hard a filament would break. Zero problems since.

    It's 0500 on a Sunday morning and I am trying to be quiet. A bit too early to fire up my chop saw for a project I want to work on so I found my K2 EMF meter. Straight off a ghost hunting expedition in the fields of Gettysburg. The boiler circulator motor certainly sets it off, so does my phone and the wifi router. I swapped out some LED bulbs for incandescent and in neither case did the EMF meter even burp. Neither incandescent or LED emitted anything the meter could detect in it's starting 0 - 1.5 mG range anyway. No idea if that's a valid test but if so there are other more common very noisy emitters we live with.

    The local electric utility subsidizes the cost of these bulbs in the big retail stores - cuts the price in half or more. Yes, the bulbs can and do fail prematurely. So can the 10 year sealed smoke detector batteries. Generally though, they last a long time. I have converted the entire house but for a few closet lights that rarely get used.

    I'm curious specifically what it is that is causing the problem.
     
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    what voltage is your electricity ?
    people with 120V power might have a ground issue, an intermittent connection might make 240V spikes
    people with 240V electricity already don't seem to have this issue as they are not dependent on the ground connection.
    other issues can happen, but that is the big one to look at first.
     
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    Say 'loose neutral' to a decent electrician and they'll know what to do. Not uncommon but light bulbs won't be the only problem, usually it's the whole house. If they fail with any regularity I'd track down what circuit they are on. Once I did have an electrician come back to me and tell me my suggestion was helpful; renovated house loaded with LED fixtures that blinked like crazy. Not all of them, only the recently added. When you put in a sub panel the neutral (grounded wire) isn't bonded to the box the way the grounding wire is. The neutral bar is isolated with a non-conductive standoff. There's usually a long green machine screw included that can run through the neutral bar and bite into the steel box to bond it. Some people just put it in to use up the parts supplied. Mistake - the neutral-ground bond happens only once at the supply source or at building entrance. That's why it comes off the pole with three wires but after the first means of disconnect becomes four with an insulated white neutral.

    So the green screw jammie made the lights freak out. Why ? Who the hell knows exactly but removing it fixed it. I'd be looking at the bare grounding conductor from the meter pan to the driven rod(s)- the bugs that attach it to the rods corrode. I also run a #6 or a #4 AWG green wire ( 100 amp & 200 amp panels respectively) to the water meter if there is a municipal supply. S.O.P. Also need an LED compatible dimmer if there is one involved.

    Remember them talking about the Saturn V rockets or the Space Shuttles as they sat there awaiting liftoff? If only .001% parts failed it's a still big list. LED bulbs are cheap mass produced items that statistically will fail at a certain rate. I've had a few fail but nowhere near the rate of the incandescent.

    Only other super rare thing I've heard of is some claim that LEDs interfere with their garage door openers. They do make a special and expensive LED bulb for that. I dunno. Been using two A15 LED bulbs in mine for years without issue.
     
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    We use LED bulbs predominately in two places. There are two bulbs in the garage door opener and one bulb in a light above our kitchen sink. The kitchen light is on around 12 hours per night. I haven’t done a scientific count but I can only remember changing that bulb twice over the years. I have found that those LEDs are damn reliable.

    We have phased out most incandescent bulbs except for a 30/60/90 watt we use in the living room fixture.
     
  9. pigfarmer

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    You can get 30/60/100 LEDs at Home depot
     
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  12. nivek

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    I stocked up on 40, 60, and 75 watt incandescent bulbs when Obama said he was going to ban them, I've already been stocking up on light bulbs recently because of inflation and supply issues...So by the time Biden enforces his ban I'll have enough to last many years...LEDs are fine, just not for me at home, I prefer lighting closer to the range the sunlight is, light in the violet/blue range is okay for work and commercial use IMO, but at home incandescent lighting feels more comfortable and is easier on the eyes...

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