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Old 06-27-2011, 01:31 PM  
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My father had some in his house until this happened and he switched back to regular bulbs.

He said instead of burning out, it literally BURNED out.


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Holy crap ^ That's scary. I really hope that doesn't happen to mine anytime soon.


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I use ICFs or LEDs wherever possible because of the economics (buy in bulk with utility sponsored pricing).

The exception is where there is a requirement for dimming or compatibility with other bulbs.

The options on the color are improving.

I had one crazy thing happen a couple of years ago when my garage door opener light was burning out quickly and the heavy duty bulbs were no better. I screwed in an ICF that I had and and it has lasted about 3 years so far. Due to cold winter temps, it starts out a little slow, but within a minute, it is at full power.

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Holy crap ^ That's scary. I really hope that doesn't happen to mine anytime soon.
It's the only time I've known of it. I pay attention to my bulbs though.
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Since I change all the ones in our store and home, I see about 3 of those a month. Usually because they were in a high moisture environment.

Going with LEDs as these burn out. Those are nicely adjustable IF you get the 12VDC DC variety and run them through a transformer with a battery system like an RV. If the power goes out here, only the fridge quits working and a light comes on to tell me. After an hour or so, the LPG system starts to run the fridge.
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We have changed every single bulb/fixture in our house inside and outside to LED.
Gives great light, no heat output, I will never have to change another bulb for as long as we live here.

I also put dimmer switches on just about every single bulb in the house so we can keep the whole house dimly lit at night, just a slight glow enough to see and each LED dimmed that low only burn about 1 watt.
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If it wouldn't cost me 500 bucks to swap to LED's I probably would.
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I just replaced practically every light in my home for around $200.00. Lots of 40 watt led's, a few 60's and kept a few CFL's that I already had. I even put four floods outside. They were 75 watts. The wattage I'm using is the equivalency to incandescence's. They are actually much, much lower wattage. The fact that they don't heat up your house is more AC friendly also.

Now, if I only had $50,000 to go solar, I could be electrically independent.
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I want to know why new houses are not wired for low dc voltage for the lights. So when you go solar you wouldn't need a converter for the lights
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Because that would be convenient.


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