Monday, January 5, 2015

First LED Light

Recently I bought the first LED bulb for the house. I've had LED lights before (flashlights, etc.), but this is the first one to replace an incandescent one. One of the bulbs on the ceiling fan had burnt out a year or two ago. Several months ago I took it out of the fixture to see what kind I needed to get to replace it. It had the small candelabra end. I decided to get a LED one to replace it and I found one that gives 40 watts (same wattage as the old one) of light for only 5 watts. Turns out the LED bulb is brighter than the incandescent ones, probably because the bulb is clear and the old ones are frosted.

Had trouble trying to get a good picture of the bulbs. Couldn't get one with the lights on to show the difference, too much light. This picture is with the lights off.

Even The Old Lady likes the new bulb. Usually she complains about the curly ones as creating a cave-like atmosphere. The LED one gives off more light than the old ones on the ceiling fan.

Now I'm waiting for the rest of the bulbs to burn out so I can replace them.


The LED one may cost 10x as much, but it should last 10x as long and use only one eighth as much energy. Hopefully the bulb will outlast me and I plan to live quite some time yet!!


  1. I make my own led lights as you well know, cuz I also want to be able to run them off a 12 volt battery if the gird goes down and you can't do that with the bulb you just bought.

    But that may never be an issue with you.

  2. I am thinking about replacing some of the 12v lights in the motorhome with LED ones. I already put a LED bulb in the refrigerator, it's a lot cooler than one I had in there before. The old one could burn you if you touched it after being on for a short time.

  3. The great thing about LEDs is that you can get LED strips and pretty much install them anywhere. It's a great way to get rid of shades or blind spots and get more ambient light as well as adding working lights wherever you need them.

  4. Everyone has always used incandescent light bulbs to heat their well house. I have two lights in our well house because of the low temps we experience, and usually have to replace them at least once during the winter. I still have about six, but don't know what I will do when they are use - probably by next winter.

  5. I have used a 40 watt incandescent bulb to keep the waterpump from freezing for over 40 years. Usually I would just turn on the bulb and after the snow got deep enough to cover the pumphouse I didn't worry if it burnt out as the pump would provide enough heat to keep it from freezing as long as it was thoroughly buried in snow. I would replace it in the spring when the snow started to melt away from the pumphouse. Now the pump is in the well casing and there is only the tank in the pumphouse. I have a 40 watt bulb in there and a sending unit for an indoor-outdoor thermometer so I'll know if the bulb burns out as the temp will drop towards freezing.

  6. It has been below zero for several days in a row and the temp in the pumphouse is above 40°.

  7. We suffer from major power fluctuations (fluc you Caucasians too but that is another joke) and the twisty fluorescent bulbs (that cost 10X incandescent) burn out at about the same rate as the old bulbs


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