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Old 08-22-2010, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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The good news, three or four different companies have come up with an LED bulb that puts out the light of a 60 watt bulb and with a heat sink to keep the chip from over heating.

The bad news, the cheapest they listed was about $30 a bulb and the best of the bunch was about $60 a bulb. I'd like to see them come up with a yellow bug light version that I can leave on outside year round.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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The good news, three or four different companies have come up with an LED bulb that puts out the light of a 60 watt bulb and with a heat sink to keep the chip from over heating.

The bad news, the cheapest they listed was about $30 a bulb and the best of the bunch was about $60 a bulb. I'd like to see them come up with a yellow bug light version that I can leave on outside year round.
I love the LED technology but I still haven't seen one that is close to 800 lumens or below $100...

Waiting.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:50 PM
 
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Oh they are bigger than that. A lot of new gas stations use LED lights in their canopies. You can find plenty for parking lot lighting. Both of which are usually in the hundreds of Watts for an old school light. If you go to a chain restaurant any time soon and see little pendant lights over tables, they are probably LEDs. The problem is the heat makes them less than useful for residential applications.

However, at $30 they're probably pretty close to cost competitive with normal light bulbs.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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Hasn't this been out a long long time ago? I remember searching LED bulbs and there are a couple that were 60W and selling for 40-60.... I am waiting for 100W and selling for 20... maybe in a few years
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:18 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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There's bright LED's but the quality of the light isn't great. Not nice on the eyes.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:36 PM
 
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If its anyhthing like those energy savings bulbs they claim are equal ;to my eyes tehey are not really.Just my observations.
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:27 PM
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Cost will come down eventually, I just read an article about a newer manufacturing technique though forget the link. In any case, I bought Lights of America bulbs that use a claimed 1.5 W. I can put my hand on it and feel almost no heat. I would say it is a 10-15 W equivalent. This is good for background lighting while using the computer, etc... I would not read with it. I have both the warm white and bright white. The bright white is terrible to look at and should probably be for outdoor fixtures (I put it in my bathroom array which has incandescent and CCFL bulbs to mix the light). The warm is decent, but probably not good enough to read with. Supposedly these Lights of America brand are not that great though (based on Amazon ratings).
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