- Jun 9, 2014
- Central Oklahoma
Let me begin by saying that I have no bias in this matter, and am genuinely seeking advice, input, and tips. I am debating about lighting for my home. I understand how all types of bulbs physically work, incandescent, halogen, compact flourescent, and led. I currently have a mix of all of these bulbs in my house. I also understand that once my current stock of incandescent bulbs run out (6 bulbs), I will not be able to buy more. I am pretty sure I know the cost/ROI on each bulb type, so I don't feel I need help in that department. I know incandescent bulbs produce more heat than light, and are the most inefficient ($/kwh). Therefore I am using these in my outdoor applications in the winter (because cfls don't like the cold). I do not know much about led or halogen bulbs. I am mostly seeking input and advice about these types. I am somewhat perplexed about the effects and problems with all of these bulbs though: Incandescents were easy, they made more heat than light, didn't last long, but were reliable with no other problems. Halogens (to me) seem equally reliable as incandescents, with the same problems, although slightly more efficient. Cfls seem to be the most problematic. They don't produce the same amount of light (close, but not the same) as their "equivalent" rating. They take a few minutes to reach the proper light output, especially in the cold, and seem to cause "health problems" (based on some quick research). I know cfl bulbs contain mercury, and emit UV rays, especially when the protective coating (the white frosting) is not applied correctly. As a side note, while none of the cfls in my house have this issue, some of the cfls my mom owns are yellowing. Meaning the white base that the glass attaches to is no longer white. W t f is this? Leds seem to be the ultimate answer to the perfect light. That is, until cost comes into the equation. I am unaware of any problems with leds (if there are any, please enlighten me). The ones I have recently installed (recessed in the kitchen, with dimmer) are absolutely fantastic, minus the $50 price tag for just four lights (and that was a steal for the type I bought). So here are my questions: 1. Is there any reason other than cost why I shouldn't convert to leds? 2. Should I be concerned with cfls? 3. What is this yellowing I am seeing on cfls? 4. Should I continue with my current plan of using incandescent/halogen bulbs in the winter (outdoors)? Or would leds be the answer here? 5. Can someone shed some light on halogen and led problems/inefficiencies, if any? Thanks for reading the novel, and thanks in advance for any input.