Ok, back in November 2012 I stumbled into my local 'big-box' home improvement store with an extra $1,000 USD to burn and without any research or pre-planning I purchased 35 LED bulbs to replace my incandescent and CFL bulbs. I was way tired of continually replacing a couple CFLs time and time again and the 25,000-50,000 hours of lifetime sparked my interest and put a $1K hole in my wallet. At a burn time average of 3-hours per day that is 22-45 years of life. Ok, I am in.
With my 35 LED SSL (Solid State Lighting) bulbs and $885 UDS later, I exit the big blue home improvement store and headed the 2 miles back to my Plano, Texas home to begin changing out light bulbs. And, to later find out a few dimmers will need to be replaced as well.
You see a dimmable LED does not mean it will work on your existing incandescent light bulb and may be the cause of my premature CFL bulb failure. CFL and LED lights require a different dimmer - so, be forewarned. The conversion to SSL (solid state lighting) requires a lithe more than than screwing in a few bulbs. It also lead me to the LeGrand Adorn light switches (subject a future blog).
Outside of the dimmer issues. I had two additional issues: 1.) LED light flicker on 4 recessed can lights in the living room; and 2.) RF Interference: Garage Door Opener.
Mostly, I purchased the Sylvania Ultra LED and a few Phillips LED bulbs. Like I said earlier. I did not pre-plan or do any online research - it's only a light bulb right?
Yes, but why do you think you are paying $25 (now six months later $15) for a LED lamp/bulb vs a $1.50 for an incandescent? Because, I have learned (post purchase), there is a whole lot going on inside the new LED A-19, 8-watt (40-watt replacement) bulb - 6, 8 10 LEDs, power driver, heat dissipation, RF shielding, etc...
Post installation of my 35 LEDs I am VERY happy with my home's lighting. Combined with my other Home Energy Projects (Nest Thermostat, new windows, R30 attic Insulation, etc..) my home energy bill for my 2,000 sq ft Northeast Texas home was less than $95.00 for the month of February 2012.
I have not changed out ONE light bulb in the past 6-months. A first for me living in this home the past 3 years.
Quality of lighting: Much improved over CFL and VERY, very satisfied with my LED efforts~!
Now it is time for me to tackle the 20 or so 50w Halogen bulbs in the home - and, trust me, I have been doing a little reading before I jump into spending another $400 to replace those.
With A-19 60w-replacement LED Lamps (bulbs) approaching the $10-15 USD price range - go ahead and start saving energy. With the 3-hour/day burn rate you will be looking at a less than 12-month pay back. (just do your research - the cheapest bulb my not be your best investment - Various LED A-19 bulbs)