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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

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2 months or less
  714 votes / 5%
2-4 months
  609 votes / 4%
5-8 months
  923 votes / 6%
9-14 months
  1368 votes / 10%
15-23 months
  1018 votes / 7%
2-3 years
  1532 votes / 11%
More than 3 years
  3109 votes / 23%
Never had one fail
  4232 votes / 31%
13506 total votes.
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  • LEDs (Score:4, Informative)

    by nxtr (813179) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @11:33AM (#47408025)
    I converted most of my bulbs in my house to Philips LED lamps from Home Depot. I had a few teething problems, with some of the bulbs initially. Some of their earlier floodlights were around a single bright LED, and it was annoying to have in an angled fixture. I took it back to the store, and found newer ones that were built around a multiple LEDs and had a diffuser. Some bulbs are still incandescents, mostly because I haven't been able to find a satisfactory replacement. These are small chandelier lights (that would need at least 40 watt equivalent output) and the three-way bulbs on the night stand (Cree just released them). Products are available, but both require shipping from the States. I'll wait a little longer before making the complete switch.
  • by pla (258480) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @09:11PM (#47412187) Journal
    It is irrational to think that a light bulb should be so horribly unreliable

    Agreed.

    I started buying CFLs 12 years ago. I have had four fail in that time, out of 40, spread over two different physical houses. 90% lasting over a decade? I'll take those numbers over replacing every single one every 3-6 months!

    That said... "It is irrational to think that a light bulb should be so horribly unreliable" that they last two months when everyone else has them lasting for several years. Someone in this discussion has stated an irrational conclusion. Me, I still have 36 out of 40 CFLs working more than a decade later, so I don't think I have the logic problem...

    BTW, all those "sensitive" electronics you describe? Each and every one of them have beefy power supplies designed to deal with brief poor power conditions, whether they simply turn off or buffer a few seconds of suitable power to make it through momentary rough patches. A 3-for-$10 CFL has no giant filter caps hidden in some nearby pocket universe to help it magically weather a brownout that would cook all those devices you describe if they didn't possess exactly such safeguards.
  • LED bulbs sold in the EU must be lead free. The shops have to accept the dead ones back for recycling. The fact that they last a lot longer limits the environmental impact. The energy saved vs. incandescent can be used for other things that would produce a lot more pollution. The mistake of looking at technologies in isolation is a pretty common one when evaluating environmental impact.

  • by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Thursday July 10, 2014 @05:11PM (#47427635) Homepage Journal

    It's not irrational to suspect power. BTW: many thing will work fine with dirty power, so keep that in mind.

    "When the power is good enough for more than a dozen computers, two laptops, a 60" TV, a LCD projector, an oscope, about $20k worth of stereo equipment, nearly $10k worth of HAM radio equipment, and tons of other electronic equipment, then it must be power that is the problem. If there was a problem, something else would have quit."
    You are either a liar or the most ignorant ham operator I have every met when it come to electricity.

    "When the power is good enough for more than a dozen computers,"
    with a power supply that helps clean the power during conversion from AC to DC.

    " an oscope"
    really, you have an Oscope, but don't understand how the power coming into it works?

    I was going to take the rest part, but instead I'm just going to say, Lights are plug into the AC. There is no converter or batter. Incandescent bulbs can take freq drift, center line drift, bot reduction, and numerous other problems from bad wiring. In fact of you don't have any filters between those device and the wall, THEY could be the cause of dirty power.

    FUCK! I jst saw you are AC. I"m not going to cancel because someone might actual need to know this and I've written it already.

    You lying prick.

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