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Old 05-15-2018, 05:33 PM
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We have a light fixture over our dining room table that has 5 incandescent 25 wt soft white bulbs. One of the bulbs has burned out and I am having no luck finding an incandescent replacement. Can I buy 25 wt LED soft white bulbs and use them in the incandescent fixtures?

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Yes and much improved. Less current demand and generated heat.

Costco has some dimmable LED's on sale for around 6 bucs for 4.
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I am sure this thread will start a whole discussion on LED replacement in general. so FYI I have amped out circuits before and after on power draw. These actually use the power claimed and usually slightly less. As did compact fluorescent's did before them. LED is superior though. These are truly energy savers.
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I don't much care about power draw so use the old school bulbs(I feel like white light is so ugly / cold feeling). But yes the led bulbs that screw in work.
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Check with your power company. Duke energy has some good deals on good quality bulbs. Many other power companies do too. Costco has great deals on good quality bulbs as well. About 1/2 of my bulbs came from Costco, 1/3 or so from the Duke deal, and a few specialties from Batteries/Bulbs Plus.

In my house I am down to only one set of rarely use outside floods that are halogen, and a couple of CFL’s in a few closets. All LED otherwise. Seen a significant reduction in power bills, and even better can run every light in the house plus a couple of small appliances simultaneously when on generator power, where before I had to be careful to not over tax the generators just in lighting.

avoid cheap (Walmart/store brand especially) led replacement bulbs, as the light quality is horrendous. They are fine for utility applications, but I would avoid them completely in areas used a lot.
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Yes, try 300k-3500k. I don’t like too white either.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Check with your power company. Duke energy has some good deals on good quality bulbs. Many other power companies do too. Costco has great deals on good quality bulbs as well. About 1/2 of my bulbs came from Costco, 1/3 or so from the Duke deal, and a few specialties from Batteries/Bulbs Plus.

In my house I am down to only one set of rarely use outside floods that are halogen, and a couple of CFL’s in a few closets. All LED otherwise. Seen a significant reduction in power bills, and even better can run every light in the house plus a couple of small appliances simultaneously when on generator power, where before I had to be careful to not over tax the generators just in lighting.

avoid cheap (Walmart/store brand especially) led replacement bulbs, as the light quality is horrendous. They are fine for utility applications, but I would avoid them completely in areas used a lot.
SCE&G offers a special buy 1 or 2x a year...LED bulbs for about a buck or so, each. I've had about 8 or so in recessed cans and other fixtures for about 2 years now without a failure. I'm sure it's saving a few bucks a month, too.
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Yes and much improved. Less current demand and generated heat.

Costco has some dimmable LED's on sale for around 6 bucs for 4.
Totally agree about LED being superior but I have had zero luck w/ any type of LED bulb from Costco. I bought several LED bulbs (Feit is the brand i think) and the longest one lasted maybe 6 months - some were done in less than a month. I also bought the LED shop lights (that replace the fluorescent tubes - also Feit) and they all crapped out almost immediately. One good thing about Costco is that they take the stuff back, but not worth the hassle for me.
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I just changed all the light fixtures in an apt we are in the process of selling, wow, the fixtures we picked are great, the place pops so much with them I'm going to tell the realtor to show it at night if the situation comes up.
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I used the LED's from home Depot. Ecosmart is the brand. I bought them because they have a 5 year warranty. I've had them for close to 3 years and not a single failure. Think I have about 15 of them.
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One thing to add that is handy regarding LES’s. Because they pull so much less power, you can get some serious light out of them without overloading a fixture. For example I have a 120 watt equivalent bulb in a fixture rated for 60 watts. Actual wattage is 12 I believe. Really brightened up our small laundry room/half bath, without having to change fixtures. Some of these bulbs are physically kind of large, but if they fit they are a cheap and easy option to get extra light.

Outdoor floods are another place you can do this. I have some 150 watt equivalent bulbs in 90
watt fixtures. Again, they pull significantly less than the 90 watts the fixtures are rated for, and really throw some light.

Best at place I’ve found for this type of specialty bulb is batteries plus. A bit more expensive than the run of the mill stuff, but won’t break the bank.
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Originally Posted by round2it View Post
Yes and much improved. Less current demand and generated heat.

Costco has some dimmable LED's on sale for around 6 bucs for 4.
Just because the LED bulb is dimmable it doesn't mean you'll be able to find a dimmer that will make it work properly.
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I thought I was being smart by putting two in my garage door opener. Interference with my opener remote's led me to remove them. Don't use them in your garage door opener if you plan on using your remote's.
Otherwise, they work pretty well.
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I thought I was being smart by putting two in my garage door opener. Interference with my opener remote's led me to remove them. Don't use them in your garage door opener if you plan on using your remote's.
Otherwise, they work pretty well.
The lower amp draw combined with being a nonlinear load (electronic) simply does not match what the garage door opener is expecting to see as a load on the lighting circuit. Long story short LED does not play well with others sometimes. But being a light load that's not on all the time just put in incandescent so it works as designed. Just about everything else can easily be changed to LED, if you like the light and color. My biggest gripe with LED's is that they wont dim down as low as an incandescent bulb. But give them some more time.
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Just because the LED bulb is dimmable it doesn't mean you'll be able to find a dimmer that will make it work properly.
You need dimmable LED bulbs AND LED rated dimmer for them to work right. The Lutron CL products seem to work the best
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I do not remember seeing a 25 watt replacement LED bulb
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I do not remember seeing a 25 watt replacement LED bulb
bulb doesn’t pull 25 watts, rather LED bulbs are at this point in time sold by their “equivalent” wattage.

In other words, a 60 watt equivalent puts out roughly the same amount of might as a 60 watt incandescent, even though it pulls much less power. My best guess is that the average person thinks of light bulbs and thinks in terms of what they know. Lumen rating is surely to take over at some point, but probably a few years down the road.
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I’ve had these for years. They work great and are pretty cheap
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you can also get the Edison / exposed filament style led that look a lot nicer in certain applications

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Has anybody tried the Amazon Basics brand LED's?
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