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Paying $60 For A Light Bulb That Lasts 20 Years Is Kind Of A No-Brainer (Really?!)
Consumerist ^ | April 23, 2012 | By Mary Beth Quirk

Posted on 04/23/2012 3:19:08 PM PDT by SMGFan

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To: Outlaw Woman
...Edison bulbs still burning after almost 100 years

Yep. According to this story, one has been going since at least 1905, so that's 107 years so far.

41 posted on 04/23/2012 3:58:07 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: SMGFan

I still have a computer I bought 20 years ago. The problem is obsolesence. But I say let the market decide. I don’t want Obama telling me I’ve got to buy it though.

42 posted on 04/23/2012 3:58:20 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: JaguarXKE

I respect your opinion, I disagree, I like ice cream.

43 posted on 04/23/2012 3:58:43 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: Pilated
"I will not buy it. I will not use them. I do not believe them."

The apartment complex my sister lived in changed all her bulbs to the new ones. I hated those new bulbs as they were dim when first turned on, and took a while to reach their full capacity. When in the bathroom, you'd basically be peeing in the dark.

44 posted on 04/23/2012 4:00:07 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mountainlion
Compact fluorescent bulbs used to last a long time until they were all made in China. The Chinese shrinkage could bring the lifetime down to 2 years.

In 2009 I moved into an apartment that had been refurbished with a couple dozen or so CFL bulbs in the ceiling. The bulbs were brand-new when I moved in. Within a year more than half of them were burned out. The savings to my electric bill was more than negated by the cost of replacing the bulbs prior to me vacating the unit.

45 posted on 04/23/2012 4:01:15 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: SMGFan

Put in a DC transformer for you light circuit and normal lights will last 20 years.

46 posted on 04/23/2012 4:01:57 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: central_va

Weird......every light, but one (don’t wanna use the flash), in my house just went out moments after reading that story.

47 posted on 04/23/2012 4:04:53 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: SMGFan

after bozo spends billions on them , the price will drop. LED’s are the future and CFC’s are shit

48 posted on 04/23/2012 4:07:09 PM PDT by hecht (Murray use your coaster)
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To: svcw
Don't know if I dare get into this discussion. Last time I got flamed to high heaven by the incandescent experts.

We replaced 30 Halogen 75 Watt bulbs with 18, 17 Watt LED lights in our main gallery room. And an additional amount in the downstairs gallery so for 36 LED bulbs that really work with artwork. We had been looking for this type lighting for about three years but this past August we found the TCP par 38 LED. Spent about $1,500. in total. So that's the bad news.

Here's the good news. Our light bill went from $450-500 per month down to $200-250 per month. So now in the 9 months we have recouped all monies spent. An added benefit is that the air conditioning has gone practically off as halogen 90 watt bulbs put out a ton of heat.

Now we are seeing the prices beginning to tumble. So if I outlive the first thirty six I'll need to replace them all in 20 years. Doubt that will happen.

49 posted on 04/23/2012 4:13:17 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: SMGFan
Philips put the $60-bulb on sale yesterday, which was also Earth Day, of course.

AKA Lenin's birthday...

50 posted on 04/23/2012 4:14:41 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Stegall Tx

Yepper. (thx for providing that link)

But we really needed the new and improved version the govt is trying to ram down our throats...which contain mercury no less.

We’ve come along way baby...

51 posted on 04/23/2012 4:15:24 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (The biggest Hate group in America is located in the White House, Congress & DOJ)
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To: SMGFan

Yeah! It makes a lot of sense for those of us past 70. /s

52 posted on 04/23/2012 4:15:53 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SMGFan

Let’s run the math: I can buy an incandescent light bulb that will last a year for 50 cents. In 20 years, I’ll have spent 10 bucks. Compared to 60 bucks? They think we’re pretty stupid.

53 posted on 04/23/2012 4:16:38 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: SMGFan

How do they know it will last 20 years? They only tested it for 1 1/2 years!!! LOL
Man, they really think we’re stupid!

54 posted on 04/23/2012 4:17:10 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: lacrew

If they can get the price down a little I will install them all over my house. I live in Texas, and we run the air conditioner 9 months out of the year. Led’s don’t get hot. I already have a couple. They will save on air conditioner costs. They also use very little electricity, so there is more savings. (that’s why led flashlights have such a long run time.)The long bulb life is only part of the advantage. Now, at the price they are, I’m in no hurry to switch over all my lamps just yet, but they will come down. The only down side I can see to them is that the light is different, and takes a bit of getting used to.

55 posted on 04/23/2012 4:18:10 PM PDT by Quickgun (Second Amendment. The only one you can put your hands on.)
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To: Utah Binger

LED lights work really well for illuminating art work and jewelry cases.
The lights are fantastic.
Companies are coming out with equivalent to incandescent light quality and way cheaper.
In the next few months there will be 75 watt equivalent bulbs that fit in standard sockets for around $15 and last decades.
Good job, the art looks great.

56 posted on 04/23/2012 4:19:23 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: central_va; discostu

...but only if you didn’t have to carry on a conversation with her.

57 posted on 04/23/2012 4:19:38 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: CharlesWayneCT
I’m still working on a UPS unit big enough to run my FIOS box and TV for 8 hours. :-)

Have you seen that you can just update a standard UPS with a bigger battery (or battery stack)?

58 posted on 04/23/2012 4:36:07 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: mountainlion

I have some original CFL’s that are still going after at least 15 years (US made , non-twisty ,, rectangular and 2D types) ... I’ve had Chinese made blow out on first power up ,, some have lasted as much as 5 years in a low stress environment (higher quality “natural spectrum” Chinese made .. on a timer , on 12/off 12 lighting a fish tank) ,, some have failed (ballast) ,, one actually melted the plastic base on failure. I have some LED lighting ,, the major problem seems to be the pcb ,, I have entire rows of led’s go out in an array...

59 posted on 04/23/2012 4:49:19 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: discostu

You’re just ASKING for a graphic of Helen Thomas in a Playboy bunny suit, and I’m NOT hanging around to see it!

60 posted on 04/23/2012 4:56:08 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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