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Old 03-16-2014, 05:36 PM  
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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.


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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
dimmable.

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.



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any pics you can show me?

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http://www.amazon.com/Philips-423525.../dp/B00B2KUA3Y
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.
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do i need to change dimmer switch if i put LED lights in?

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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.

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

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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.

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Wuzzat: your dimmer may be shot.

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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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