Easily LED

Several of this house’s light fixtures are inclined to give me grief, though the one most likely to give me grief at a moment’s notice is the two-bulb fixture over the kitchen sink: it has a neat and tidy design — the lower 15 percent of a sphere — which allows for a reasonable illumination pattern but which allows considerable heat buildup, and it fastens with three twist-screws, none of them placed favorably unless you’re two feet tall and can actually stand in the sink.

The advice given last decade was to replace the garden-variety 60-watt bulbs with 8-watt CFLs, which use so much less electricity that there’s just no excuse for not using them. An excuse promptly presented itself: CFLs in this installation lasted about five percent longer than the Standard Bulbs despite costing ten times as much. Must be the heat locked up in that hemidemisemiglobe, I reasoned, and reinstated the classic bulbs, grumbling all the way at having to climb that ladder yet again.

When one of them died on a Sunday afternoon — a dark Sunday afternoon an hour before sunset, of course — I escalated to LightCon 3, installing a pair of funky-looking but still bulb-shaped LED lights, with approximately the same brightness — 800 lumens — and 12-watt power consumption. Color temperature, at 3000°K, is slightly higher (therefore less “warm” — go figure), and assuming three hours’ usage a day, these critters are supposed to last eight years. I’m not entirely sure I’m going to last eight years. The manufacturer, in his wisdom, provides a five-year warranty. And at least if these go, I don’t have to call a farging hazmat team.



  1. Nicole »

    4 November 2013 · 6:36 pm

    Beyond the hazmat team disposal, I just cannot pay $20 for a light bulb. I can’t. I won’t. I’ll use candles before I do that.

  2. CGHill »

    4 November 2013 · 7:42 pm

    I put out $12.99 for each of these, which I am told is on the high side for this product. Then again, four Classic 60-watters are a buck ninety-five almost anywhere.

  3. fillyjonk »

    5 November 2013 · 7:45 am

    I’d really like to try LEDs, but I am tremendously suspicious as to the claims for how much longer they last. If the bulbs really DID last 20 years (as some manufacturers claim), I’d buy ’em in a heartbeat, but I’ve been burned (heh) on CFLs that claimed to last long time but didn’t.

    (And can you still find 60 watters, I mean, the “real” light bulb kind? I’ve been working off my hoard on the assumption that they were gone for good. Certainly the only bulbs I’ve seen at the Mart of Wal look to be either CFL or halogen (which I won’t mess with, remembering the halogen lamp fires of years past)

  4. CGHill »

    5 November 2013 · 7:56 am

    Far as I know, 60-watt incandescents can be sold through the end of the year. I bought my last package at a grocery store.

  5. fillyjonk »

    5 November 2013 · 8:37 am

    Hm. Maybe it’s time to restock the hoard, if I can find a place locally selling them. (Maybe they’ve become like psuedoephedrine and you have to sign a log for them.)

  6. McGehee »

    5 November 2013 · 8:52 am

    Mother-in-Law of Slog wanted three-way bulbs for some lamps she brought down from Chattanooga. We found them at Home Depot — away from the other incandescents, hidden among the swirlies.

    ISTR reading that they’re working on adjustable LED bulbs…

  7. Lynn »

    5 November 2013 · 5:00 pm

    We have had one of the 800 lumen LED bulbs in the living room for several months. We like it so far.

  8. CGHill »

    5 November 2013 · 5:19 pm

    Three-way bulbs, I am told, are not included in the Verbotening.

  9. fillyjonk »

    6 November 2013 · 12:47 pm

    No, they aren’t. And as they’re my bulb of choice for my bedside reading lamp, I was greatly cheered to learn that.

    Unfortunately, they don’t work well in the overhead fixtures.

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