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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:42 am

My LED adventure is more automotive than domestic. My little MINI has the $1200 LED lighting option. Now mind you, good old "Mr 1960's" (me) would never have ordered that option, nor would I wanted to shell out the extra money for it. I'm impressed. That little car has the best headlights of any vehicle I have ever owned. If you had lights like that on a semi, you could see for five miles ahead of you. I have found out that these lights are HID (Xenon). The ones I have are white, but you can get different colors. The interior LED's change color. It's really cool. I found that there are retrofit kits to work with the wife's old Tahoe. We drive it across country, sometimes after dark. Neither of us really drive much at night anymore. We are going to have the Tahoe converted to exterior lighting like the MINI. This thing has the bad habit of burning up the Daytime Running Lamp sockets, to the tune of $30 a shot. There are now LED bulbs to work in the DRL's that not only use less juice, but also produce less heat and won't burn the sockets up. It is going to cost us $200 to convert the upper and lower headlamps to HID and to convert the DRL's, fog lamps, and tail/stop/turn lights to LED. We believe this to be money well-spent and look forward to better light on the Tahoe. The better lights really help me with night driving.

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:57 am

Good lighting is important for night and wet driving.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:10 am

It makes a HUGE difference.  I don't like those bright blue lights that blind you at night.  I don't have problems with people using their bright lights on me.  The upper beams are ridiculously bright.  I can almost drive at night with the LED DRL's and the fog lights, with the headlights off.

I may look into some LED's for at home. Particularly with your observation concerning RFI and that. Thanks, 75.

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:10 pm

Well, the first one has done well enough I decided to try another. This one was on sale.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/401036467880?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Post by 75X11 on Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:33 pm

I bought a 3 pack of these at Big Lots for $10 to see how they would work in the vanity ficture in the bath. I replaced 2 CFL's and these are a brilliant light in comparison. They also produce mo noticeable RFI. They don't look like much in the pack but they are a bright white light which is what many want in the bath. I am going to get some more if they are still there. That was a better price than Sam's club.

http://www.amazon.com/GE-Lighting-32287-Replacement-760-Lumen/dp/B00R7DFJYU/ref=sr_1_3?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1461021964&sr=1-3&keywords=led+bulbs&refinements=p_89%3AGE+Lighting
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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:02 pm

Too bright. Hurts my eyes. I've also found they don't burn out. Only dim until you can't see much light anymore.

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:23 pm

I think they would make a good shaded work light. The CFL's look almost sepia toned in comparison. And Bill they do have a variety of brightnesses, Look at em at Home depot or Lowes. and find a lumen rating that wouldn't be as dazzling.
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Post by 75X11 on Fri May 27, 2016 2:28 pm

To continue, I've just gotten a back porch light that should be 3 times as bright as the 100 watt halogen 2 level motion sensing light it will replace. It is not easy to find lights that have lumen ratings so the actual brightness can be compared between types. Some just give the Kelvin color temperature ratings. Those can be important to know what color light the unit gives, but if the light is weak, it is a moot point.

http://www.amazon.com/Ciata-Lighting-Jelly-Photo-Bronze/dp/B01AB4W7D2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:13 am

I installed the back porch light. It illuminates the whole back yard. There is no RFI generated by it. it has a nice white light. I've just ordered one to replace the CFL front porch light.
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:32 am

I got my renewal for budget billing for my electric.  These must be paying off as it went down by $16 monthly.
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