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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:11 pm    Post subject: LED Lights - Walmart Reply with quote

Great news - Walmart has started stocking LED lights. I just picked up six. They use 1/4 the electricity of CFLs and don't contain mercury. The light quality is fine. A 40 watt equivalent uses only 1 watt. They are about twice as expensive as CFLs but last 3X longer and come on instantly.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that is cool ! CFL's and my eyes just dont agree but I do use them in my outdoor lighting ... I will have to stop by wally world and pick up a couple and give some LED bulbs a try.

Thanks Craig!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been waiting to use these, I'm all about saving $$$$ on the hydro bill and with the new smart meter coming into effect this fall I want to be ready.

I'll go check it out.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the product that Walmart is offering...

http://www.lightsofamerica.com.....s/LED.aspx

Walmart has a larger selection of bulb types than they display on their website (weird).
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip Craig. :)
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear this kind of bulb has finally made it to the market. I'm not a fan of WallyMart but I might have to make an exception...

I wonder why they're so expensive? Hopefully, the price will come down.

Let's hope the quality of the LED light doesn't have an negative health affects.

-Mac
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow that's great! Thanks for the heads up. I'm gonna go buy some tomorrow!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just keep your receipts because some people have reported issues.

Also, there are warm and cool versions of the bulbs. I find the "cool" ones are too harsh.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the hint. I also can't stand the light that CFL's give off. I'll try the LED's (the warm ones). Maybe the "cool" ones would be better in a garage or laundry room.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was at Rona and Home Depot this morning and neither of them are carrying them. Lots of people hate Walmart but you have to admire them for being early adopters of a higher end product that you maybe wouldn't normally associate with Walmart.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TorontoCon wrote:
Thanks for the hint. I also can't stand the light that CFL's give off. I'll try the LED's (the warm ones). Maybe the "cool" ones would be better in a garage or laundry room.


When buying lights, especially CFLs, look at how many lumens they give off.

500-800 are "warm".

Over 1000 are "cool"
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a fan of the harsh white of "cool" lights for inside applications but they work well outside as their light seems to project further.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac wrote:

I wonder why they're so expensive? Hopefully, the price will come down.

-Mac


I used to work in a lighting store in the late 90's and the first CFLs I sold were $70 each!

A few years later I bought my first one on sale for $30.

Now I've seen similar bulbs going for $2.50.

LEDs will drop down in price eventually.

A couple years back I bought an LED bulb on-line for $45 ( I didn't like it, not very bright, made a buzzing noise, didn't have CSA approval stamp).
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. I will be sure to pick them up.

The thing I hate about CFL lights is that as time goes, the lighting become yellow. Also, it lets off more UV rays than the traditional lights.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked one up today.

I got the 1.5 watt "warm" version which is supposed to replace a 40 watt bulb.

Pros:

Not bad looking
No noise
"warm" light

Cons:

isn't as bright as a 40 watt. Maybe the equivalent to a 20 watt. Good for a reading light but not to light a whole room.


Recommendation:

If you're going to buy one get at least the 3.5 watt version.
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