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Old 01-13-2016, 04:53 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Not sure whether this was suggested earlier (I haven't read the full thread!), but I usually shop for similar things in China.

Search google for alibaba, create an account and use only top rated sellers on their website. I managed to buy led bulbs for as little as $0.65 per one when I had purchased 25 in bulk, which is usually the minimum requirement.

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:17 PM
 
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No idea. I leave the heat set on 65. we only have one tv. None of the appliances are older than 2008. The hvac system is less than 5 years old. Windows are new. Hot water heater was just installed in March.

We were using over 1200 kW this summer when the hvac system was not even on. Light bulbs is my next possible conclusion.
Depends on heat temp outside, the humidity (a/c has to remove humidity), square footage, whether foundation is slab or P&B, insulation in attic, and other things. 1200 kw in the summer here in Dallas, where it's scorching hot, is low.

If you have 30 lights....that's a lot of lights. You must have a large house.

As for me, I have some recessed lights (about 6). I won't put LED bulbs in them at this point, since I use them so little it wouldn't warrant the cost. They use little electricity. I've had the same incandescent bulbs in them for 10 yrs or more, altho a few are burned out.

I have dimmer on my main light I keep on a lot (kitchen). If there are LED bulbs that can be dimmed, I will switch that one out. I tried a dimmable CFL in that fixture, and it didn't work.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:00 AM
 
Location: Boston Suburb
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I have dimmer on my main light I keep on a lot (kitchen). If there are LED bulbs that can be dimmed, I will switch that one out. I tried a dimmable CFL in that fixture, and it didn't work.
make sure the existing dimmers are for cfl/led bulbs. If you are not sure, take off the face plate and check. The dimmers orig in my house were marked For incandescent only. I looked in into new dimmer switches but they are around $20. I just replaced with reg on/off toggles for 50 cents when I put in led lightbulb.
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