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Four New LED Light Bulbs You Want to Try July 12, 2013

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I love the progress being made in LED lighting. Each wave of new technology brings improvements.  Here are some new LED light for home, office, hospitality – you name it – use. Each offers quality light, reasonable price, and energy savings.

TCP LED11E26BR3027K – These lights are deceptive!  I have them in my family room ceiling cans, and you can’t tell the difference beLED BR30 Floodlighttween them and the old 65-Watt, energy-eating incandescent R30 lamps.  Manufactured by energy-efficient lighting manufacturer TCP,  the 11-Watt dimmable LED BR30 floodlight is ideal for dimmable flood and spot light applications, including recessed downlights, track lights, display lights, and outdoor fixtures protected from the elements. The lamps may also be used in non-dimming sockets. Warm white 2700K light color most like a standard incandescent.  Energy Star Rated. 25000-hour life backed by a 5-year guarantee.  Read more about these power-packed flood lights here.

TCP LED12E26A1941K– Don’t like the warm, yellow light of an incandescent?  The 4100K color of this A19 (pear shaped) LED 12 Watt A19LED light bulb manufactured by TCP is a cool crisp white. Use for work areas, reading areas, and anywhere you would like to see colors “pop.” 12-Watt lamp replaces a 60 Watt incandescent. Dimmable light may also be used in non-dimmable sockets. Ideal for use in table lamps, chandeliers, wall sconces, and ceiling fans. Energy Star rated. Use up to 80% less energy than a standard 60-Watt inandescent. Last 15 times longer than alternatives. Learn more about this bright, white light here.

TCP LED12E26P30S27KFL – If it were just a little shorter…. But it is!  The TCP 12-Watt wide-beam dimmable LED PAR30 LED PAR30 Short Neckshort neck lamp measures 3.8 inches wide x 3.5 inches long.  Designed to fit where standard-sized PAR30 lamps won’t. Features include smooth uniform dimming, wide 40 degree beam spread, warm white 2700K color temperature (light color) most similar to a standard incandescent, long life designed for 50,000 hours (lasts at least 15 times longer than alternatives; exceeds all industry performance requirements for directional lamps. Ideal for use in track lights, recessed downlights, display lights, and outdoor fixtures protected from the elements. Energy Star approved.  Five year warranty.  Check it out here.

TCP LED7E26PAR1641KFL – Isn’t this a little cutie? The TCP wide beam LED dimmable PAR16 floodlamp replaces 35 Watt White PAR 16halogen bulbs. It does not need to be used in a dimming application. Use for dimmable PAR16 flood applications, including: Track Lights, Recessed Downlights, Display Lights, and Outdoor fixtures protected from the elements (Not for use in totally enclosed fixtures. ) Features excellent color consistency and high color rendering ( 82 CRI), Measures 2 inches wide by 2.5 inches long, Beam angle 40 degrees, standard E26 base, and 370 lumens.  Read more here.

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Comparing LED, CFL and Incandescent Light Bulbs June 6, 2013

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A light bulb is a light bulb – right? Not in today’s lighting market.  There are enough light bulb styles to make a light bulb consumer dizzy. The chart below helps sort out the differences between the three main types of light bulbs, LED, Comapct Fluorescent (CFL) and incandescent.

Here’s Some of the Ways in Which LED, CFL, and Incandescent Light Bulbs Vary
  LED CFL Incandescent
Cost Expensive Moderate Cheap
Replacement / 50,000 Hrs 1 5 42
Avg. Life 50,000 HRS 8,000 HRS 1,200 HRS
Light Output per 800 Lumens 6 to 8 Watts 13 to 15 Watts 60 Watts
Start Up Instant On Slight Delay Instant On
Dimmable Yes If Designated Dimmable Yes if Designated Dimmable Yes
Durability Tough Fragile Fragile
On-off Cycling No Effect Shortens Life Minimal Effect
Heat Given Off Low 3 BTU/HR Medium            30 BTU/HR High 85 BTU/HR
Sensitive to Cold No Yes Some
Mercury Enclosed No Yes (Minimal) No

A Dependable Line of LED Lamps

LED BR30 FloodlightConsidering the bits of information above, one of the best lines of LED light bulbs I’ve found is the TCP Dimmable Floodlight series. They offer smooth, uniform dimming from 100% to 0.5% with consistent color. The lamps exceed all industry standards. Highly efficient LEDs and driver allow for long life, exceeding 25000 hours. UL listed for damp locations. Ideal for use in recessed cans, track lights, display lights and outdoor fixtures (protected from the elements).

I have these in my family room.  They give off good dim well.   Visitors don’t even notice they are LED flood lights. You may read about them here.

Awesome Dimming CFL Light Bulbs

TCP TruDim CFL Light Bulb I also use the TCP line of Pro Series TruDim dimmable CFL light bulbs in my kitchen.  With uniform dimming from 100% down to 2% and digital technology for faster run-up time, they beat other CFL dimmables.  Most start flickering when dimmed down past 20%. Take a look here.  They are available in spiral, R20, R30, R40 floodlights, A-lamp and G25 or G40 globe shapes.

As for Incandescents….

There are two incandescent light bulbs left in my house.  One in the almost-inaccessible attic which was put there when we moved in 23 years ago.  I think it’s been turned on once or twice. The other is in our ancient garage door opener.  I’ve found LED light bulbs and CFL lamps do not work there, probably because of radio frequencey interference. Maybe your opener is different.

I’ve found CFL light bulbs to be very accomodating in my home.  And with the exception of an occasional dud, long lasting – to the point I wish they would fail so I can replace them with the newer versions of LED light bulbs.