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How's it work?

There is/was a GU10 LED bulb, it was pretty good for directional lighting, lit up within about 8-10 feet. Thing is, it cost like $25 and didn't put out nearly as much light as a regular GU10 - so it's not good as primary lighting.

The only other LED lighting I've seen is under cabinet stuff, where it works pretty good.
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this led bulb replaces a 70 watt regular bulb

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/02 ... replac.php
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st7860 wrote:
Oct 6th, 2007 1:23 pm
this led bulb replaces a 70 watt regular bulb

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/02 ... replac.php

They are a little confused on the numbers though.. a 70 watt bulb would output between 700 - 750 lumens easy.. the bulb on treehugger says 590 lumens.. which is roughly a 60 watt bulb..

not sure how much that is.. ive seen some bulbs on earthled.com which is their 10 watt par20 lamp for as high as $90 US .. the same ones are on http://www.insaini.com for $60 CDN .. and they are located in the GTA ..

i replied on another post but ive replaced all the GU10 pots in our house with the bulbs from insaini.com .. the SS33 GU10.. we paid $25 each which was quantity discounted and apparently now they are on clearance for $20 each.. they arent as bright as their XE33 but they are decent and do light our halls and living rooms nicely.. great for evening lighting.. they use 3 watts but output as much as a 20 watt halogen.
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Is this thread dead? I would like to hear some more experiences with LED light conversions and get some more info as well
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did a huge whack of research on this topic last month. Ultimately decided to wait until the technology improves. Found that the light emitted still just doesn't cut it for day to day use. Hoping within the next year or so I'll meet my standards.
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Icedawn wrote:
Apr 14th, 2008 6:19 pm
did a huge whack of research on this topic last month. Ultimately decided to wait until the technology improves. Found that the light emitted still just doesn't cut it for day to day use. Hoping within the next year or so I'll meet my standards.
I would have to agree. Paying $60 for a 9W LED bulb vs. $2 for a 13W CFL with equivalent lumen output? I will take the CFL, thanks.

My $58 saved allows me to invest my money in other green initiatives that likely benefit far more than a measly 4W savings over CFL.
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brunes wrote:
Apr 15th, 2008 11:09 pm
I would have to agree. Paying $60 for a 9W LED bulb vs. $2 for a 13W CFL with equivalent lumen output? I will take the CFL, thanks.

My $58 saved allows me to invest my money in other green initiatives that likely benefit far more than a measly 4W savings over CFL.
I wish I could switch to CFL alas... stuck with all these 50 watt mr 16 halogen pot lights that I want to replace. Just my main living areas (living/dining) uses up 950 watts!
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Icedawn wrote:
Apr 17th, 2008 11:03 am
I wish I could switch to CFL alas... stuck with all these 50 watt mr 16 halogen pot lights that I want to replace. Just my main living areas (living/dining) uses up 950 watts!
Let me guess, you are not paying for electricity.
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I find that the $10 1watt LED warm white from homedepot works well.
I use it in my upstairs hallway. Its actually good enough to light up the hall way with a dim warm light.
champlinD wrote:
Apr 17th, 2008 1:17 pm
Let me guess, you are not paying for electricity.
some fancy condos/houses have those type of recessed lighting...
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champlinD wrote:
Apr 17th, 2008 1:17 pm
Let me guess, you are not paying for electricity.
no.. I am, that's why it kills me... and also why I put so much effort into finding LED replacements.
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Apr 17th, 2008 3:22 pm
theres MR16 CFLs
!?!?!?! this I have never heard of? interesting... off to google about. thanks! I just hope its not something that will protrude from the socket, I really liked the LED mr16s primarily since they had the same form factor as regular halogen bulbs.

(EDIT - Any chance you know where to buy them from Canada? Browsing around and its hard to find a good Cdn site)
(EDIT 2 - nevermind, found http://ask.metafilter.com/56681/Where-t ... -in-Canada)
(EDIT 3 - nevermind, none of them sell mr 16 bulbs). Back to asking for help?
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Icedawn wrote:
Apr 17th, 2008 5:07 pm
no.. I am, that's why it kills me... and also why I put so much effort into finding LED replacements.
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Let me guess, you like to waste energy and MONEY. call +1 416-736-0447.
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Icedawn wrote:
Apr 17th, 2008 5:07 pm
!?!?!?! this I have never heard of? interesting... off to google about. thanks! I just hope its not something that will protrude from the socket, I really liked the LED mr16s primarily since they had the same form factor as regular halogen bulbs.

(EDIT - Any chance you know where to buy them from Canada? Browsing around and its hard to find a good Cdn site)
(EDIT 2 - nevermind, found http://ask.metafilter.com/56681/Where-t ... -in-Canada)
(EDIT 3 - nevermind, none of them sell mr 16 bulbs). Back to asking for help?
Depends which MR16...

I found some CFL GU10's at Rona that were energy saving (doesn't have the funnel shape like the halogen GU10s, more cylindrical). They were about $5-6 a pop.

I also found a website for 5W CFL GU5.3's in the US that can ship to Canada: [link] These are about $8.25 US a pop.

I e-mailed a lighting store in Richmond and they said there was only one store they could order from that were about 3.6W GU5.3 bulbs for $60 each (perhaps they were LED).
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champlinD wrote:
Apr 17th, 2008 7:32 pm
Let me guess, you like to waste energy and MONEY. call +1 416-736-0447.
hey, if you have any idea where to get equivalently bright CFL or LED lighting that can repay itself within 5 years to generic 50W MR 16 halogens, I'm all ears...
Yumeji wrote:
Apr 17th, 2008 8:43 pm
Depends which MR16...

I found some CFL GU10's at Rona that were energy saving (doesn't have the funnel shape like the halogen GU10s, more cylindrical). They were about $5-6 a pop.

I also found a website for 5W CFL GU5.3's in the US that can ship to Canada: [link] These are about $8.25 US a pop.

I e-mailed a lighting store in Richmond and they said there was only one store they could order from that were about 3.6W GU5.3 bulbs for $60 each (perhaps they were LED).
Thanks for the help eh? I'm referring to the bipin, GU5.3's I think.

a) The GU10's from Rona would be amazing... but unfortunately I can't use that plug.
b) The 3.6W for $60 is almost certainly LED based on my research. Probably at most 15-20W equivalent.
c) And the energyfederation? Great find, but alas... only the equivalent of a 20W halogen.http://www.feitelectric.com/parreflecto ... ctors.html

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