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Old 09-15-2020, 05:44 PM
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So, we can't buy incandescent lightbulbs anymore. I bought 12 LED's for all my recessed cans 5 years ago. Lately they are dying 1 by 1. Box says they will last 22 years at 3 hours a day. We may have them on for 2 hours if that. Oh well, head to HD to buy a new bulb. The only way to buy them is 6 packs or 3 packs. What a joke.....Anyone need 2 65w LED BR30's?

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Probably what’s happening is the old sockets in your can lights are getting worn out- the little metal pin in the bottom can become depressed and not make a good connection causing your new bulbs to die early.

Or your bulbs are just cheap. Not all lamps are made the same...

Id suggest before changing bulbs take a second and check that hot pin and make sure it’s not squashed up in the back of the socket, and maybe instead of buying replacement bulbs get some led retrofit trims. They have a good track record as long as you aren’t buying the cheapest ones out there. Take your time and grab some decent ones and enjoy the instant upgrade.

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If you have 12 and they are dying one by one , it helps to have a few spares around the house
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Or if you must have incandescent

1000 bulbs always has them.

https://www.1000bulbs.com/product/29...CABEgI3x_D_BwE
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Are they dimmable?
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We have been using LEDs for about 8 years. I am on my 3rd set of them in recessed lighting in our kitchen and den (15) o so lights. We home school so we are home almost everyday and these lights are on. When I change the I typically lose a couple in the first year. If they make It past that, then the get dimmer over time and I change the out to new brighter bulbs. I would also recommend buying them from Amazon. Pay attention to the reviews.

I will also say I will never buy a fluorescent bulb again. The 4 ad 8 ft LED bulbs that are direct wired are awesome.

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The LED will last. The power supply is probably not built to last that long.

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Originally Posted by MIROPHAN View Post
We have been using LEDs for about 8 years. I am on my 3rd set of them in recessed lighting in our kitchen and den (15) o so lights. We home school so we are home almost everyday and these lights are on. When I change the I typically lose a couple in the first year. If they make It past that, then the get dimmer over time and I change the out to new brighter bulbs. I would also recommend buying them from Amazon. Pay attention to the reviews.

I will also say I will never up a fluorescent bulb again. The 4 ad 8 ft LED bulbs that are direct wired are awesome.
Why would anyone up a florescent bulb to begin with.
that sound like it may hurt
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I got about 8 years out of mine, 2 went in about a week. Just replace them all
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What brand? You sticking to good brands? Or getting the cheapest on the shelf? I usually get Philips.
I did our old house about 8 years ago with LEDs....didn't lose one. Now our new house we got last year I switched 'em over, haven't lost one.
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Originally Posted by AsurfAholic View Post
Or if you must have incandescent

1000 bulbs always has them.

https://www.1000bulbs.com/product/29...CABEgI3x_D_BwE
Thanks for the link!
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Definitely check your hot pin. If I need 6, I buy 8. The most frustrating part with decorative bulbs when it comes to LED's is finding some that look the same after the fact. Pretty well have to buy your spares at the time as you buy your primary use bulbs. Gone are the days of replacing them as they fail. Pretty well have to do them in batches. Generally speaking they either die quick or last a long time. Keep the packaging for one of the bulbs per group and generally it will have warranty replacement info, so that when those initial few crap out you can replace them with your spares, then use the warranty replacements as your running spares.

Best part about LED's to me other than the power savings is when we occasionally have to run on generator power. Being on all LED's lets me run every light in the house simultaneously without even making a dent in my available power from my paralleled Honda EU2000i's.
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Try to get LED's rated for 100-250v, power supply is better quality.
LED's rated for 120v don't last.
Did all of mine years ago and caught on to that issue quick,
although a little while back I looked at a bunch of specs (at HD) and didn't see any with the better rating.
Got many at Costco, all holding up.
Cheap LED's can also produce noise on the Electric in the house, buzzing in TV's and home theater systems.
Especially dimmable type.

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I have LED bulbs I bought back in 2013 still in use. Rotating them to places like closets, the attic, etc though since the light quality isn't as good as today's LEDs.
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i did the led high hat retrofits about 9 years ago. I like them a lot.
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I replaced all my lights with phillips hue smart lights about 3 years ago, had 1 go under warranty, and replaced it for free. Expensive, yes, worth it, definitely.

Probably still cheaper than trying to run incandescent bulbs for 1 year.
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Originally Posted by Capt Odyssea View Post
Try to get LED's rated for 100-250v, power supply is better quality.
LED's rated for 120v don't last.
Did all of mine years ago and caught on to that issue quick,
although a little while back I looked at a bunch of specs (at HD) and didn't see any with the better rating.
Got many at Costco, all holding up.
Cheap LED's can also produce noise on the Electric in the house, buzzing in TV's and home theater systems.
Especially dimmable type.
RF noise from LED's is a big issue. Make sure the ones you buy have been CE or UL certified.
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For the type of fixtures I think you are describing, I buy non-LED bulbs at the Dollar Store. I'm fine with the LEDs for the long life, but my wife hates them in certain locations because, at least for us with the ones we are using, they take about 30 seconds to warm up and come to full brightness.

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decent LED’s have basically zero warmup period. CFL’s can be horrible though.
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Originally Posted by aboattime View Post
Anyone need 2 65w LED BR30's?

You will in 3 months, put them on a shelf...lol

I feel your pain same issues for our house.

John

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