Since the saber world here uses LED's for our weapon(s) of choice, I wanted to get some opinions/perspective on our government (USA, not sure about the rest of the world), mandating that incandescent light bulbs will start to be discontinued starting in 2012.
I have slowly been switching to LED type bulbs (with some success) and even though I like the longevity of LED's (50,000 hours), they still don't give accurate light saturation like our incandescent bulbs do. Not to mention that I only found one place that makes worthwhile downlight dimmable LED's. They also come in 2 flavors: Warm White (2800 k) and Cool White (6000 k). The lumens will depend on type of bulb and such, but it seems to me that if you need a 65-watt version, you want the LED's next size up to get what you need.
The place is: www.earthled.com
Like I said, they have good stuff, but these LED's are extremely expensive. $40 - $60 just for a regular 60-watt type equivalent. The downlights are $100 for each bulb (YIKES!)
Now I saw something from Philips. The winner and now leader of some L prize thing that our government made for lighting 2 or 3 years ago, possibly more. Anyways, they supposedly made a 12-watt (60-watt equivalent) LED that gives 808 lumens and gives the warm white that we all love and know, plus it is supposed to saturate light just like our incandescent bulbs and also dimm. These are only being sold at Home Depot for $54.97.
So even though, I do like the LED's, it's biggest problem is price. Now the government says that by 2012 incandescent bulbs will be discontinued. They say it's to save money in the long run and I do believe it can do this, I just think that with replacement bulbs coming very soon now and nobody seemed to know about this either......is the prices going to be reasonable before the deadline? No one can afford to buy lightbulbs at $40, much less the average of $60 for their entire household.
I find it both disturbing that people are not aware and that even though I know CFL's can be purchased for less money and have the same energy savings as LED's do, but there are many reason why I will not buy them.
1. They break easily - LED can be dropped and still work.
2. CFL's do not work well in cold temperatures. This is not too much of a big deal, but here in Michigan.....I like that LED's are instant on at almost any temperature.
3. CFL's if broken, has to be disposed of a certain way, so as not to contaminate our planet Earth. It has Mercury ( not a lot, but enough to be dangerous from what I hear). LED can be recycled.
4. CFL's only last twice as long 2,000 on average and none I have tried are dimmable. Some LED's last for 100,000 hours, but 50,000 is average. Not all are dimmable, but I have seen more dimmable as of late.
5. CFL's are cheap now and that is the only advantage they seem to have over LED's at the moment.
I mostly just wanted to know what anyone thinks or can add to this. Sorry for going on for so long, but thought this was in our territory and let people be more aware that you will have to replace your regular bulbs one way or the other soon.