[RFI] CFLs and LEDs

Michael Coslo mjc5 at psu.edu
Mon Mar 30 05:37:24 PDT 2009

On Mar 28, 2009, at 1:57 PM, Alan NV8A wrote:

> On 01/09/09 12:17 pm Alan NV8A wrote:
>> Some of our CFLs have not lasted very long, and they do take a little
>> while to achieve full brightness.
>> Yesterday at Sam's Club I picked up a two-pack of 45-watt- 
>> equivalent LED
>> bulbs with a power consumption of 3.5 watts. These are intended for
>> track lighting and recessed downlights. There is no delay, they seem
>> brighter (certainly whiter) than the 50-watt incandescents they
>> replaced.
> Those first LED bulbs were $14.xx for a pack of two. A little while
> later they were $10.xx for the same two-pack, and today they were  
> $6.97.
> Also today I bought a single 5W PAR38 LED bulb for $6.97. This appears
> to have a mixture of bluish and yellowish LEDs, presumably to counter
> the blue cast that troubles some people.

We call that "Alien Autopsy" lighting!

At the Timonium Hamfest, they were selling a couple different type LED  
replacement bulbs Two had maybe 30 of the bluish white ones, and were  
between 15 and 20 dollars each. The other one was smaller, kind of  
like the light you might see in a bathroom fixture, and a whole lot  
more attractive - it looked like a normal bulb instead of a conical  
pyramid with spikes on it. The nicest thing was that the light color   
was darn near that of a tungsten bulb. I agree that those are likely  
two LED's in each individual unit, a blue and a yellow one.

-73 de Mike N3LI -

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