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AeR0 03-16-2014 04:36 PM

PAR 30 Bulbs
hey guys... currently having a bit of a hard time with some light bulbs.

i have 6 in lights in my basement that i need to replace, they must be dimmable. Currently ive been using a par 30 sylvania 75W bulb.

need to go to something that is uses alot less energy.

any help?

Wuzzat? 03-16-2014 05:45 PM

Just did one of these. The lamp socket could stand 60w max and I wanted a bulb that is
100W equivalent,
2700K color temp,
not a flood or a spot, and

HD didn't have it so I got it online, an LED assembly about the size of a 100w bulb. The range of control leaves something to be desired but overall I'm OK with it. It has a low hum that you can hear within a few feet.

The take away for this was, the more constraints you have the less chance you will find it in a bricks and mortar store.

AeR0 03-16-2014 06:23 PM

any pics you can show me?

Wuzzat? 03-16-2014 07:04 PM
Our similar bulb was about $30 including shipping.

If you want half brightness and you go up from zero you get no light. You have to approach the half brightness from full brightness and go down.

AeR0 03-16-2014 08:09 PM

do i need to change dimmer switch if i put LED lights in?

slownsteady 03-16-2014 08:59 PM

You shouldn't have to change the dimmer. The quality of LED bulbs varies a lot so far. And since most of the manufacturers are new names to me, I can't remember which bulb is in which fixture. But some come on instantly, some have a little delay.

They also make dimmable CFL bulbs, which you can find in a big box store. But I am moving away from CFL in favor of LED. More expensive, but CFLs don't seem to last as long as they claim.

Wuzzat? 03-17-2014 06:51 AM

That was the other thing; my wife didn't want the spiral tube appearance.

havasu 03-17-2014 07:12 AM

I'd recommend checking the dimmable LED lights. I installed 6 in my kitchen and I'm very satisfied, except for the initial costs, which run about ~$40 a piece.

slownsteady 03-17-2014 09:25 AM

Wuzzat: your dimmer may be shot.

Wuzzat? 03-17-2014 09:55 AM


Originally Posted by slownsteady (Post 101879)
Wuzzat: your dimmer may be shot.

I suspected that for a while, bought a new one but did not install, then the lamp socket started crackling so I replaced the lamp and I figured it was a lamp socket loose connection.

Anybody else notice my symptom with their dimmable LED bulb?
If no, at some point I should take this new bulb in the basement and hook it to the new dimmer with clip leads to test your idea. This'd be a half hour, max, but currently I'm doing the taxes and even with the tax course I took I am still pulling out my hair. My backup plan is Turbo Tax but the odds of me getting the same answers the first time around is close to zero.

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