LED Lighting–Some of it is ready!

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I’ve mentioned LED lighting before.  Again, based on our reviews, most of the stuff you see on shelves in the stores right now (like the Lights of America bulbs at Costco) isn’t ready for prime time.  The colors are ghastly, the light output is underwhelming, and the design is such that I doubt will lead to long lamp life (LED fixtures need a way to dissipate heat to work properly and to retain their life).  You can try them in your garage or an outdoor fixture, but I wouldn’t buy too many of them.

CREE LED Lighting is a great choice for residential applications.

CREE LED Lighting is a great choice for residential applications.

Having said that, I continue to be very impressed with the CREE’s LR6 lighting—enough to install it in multiple prominent locations in my own home.  The2700K fixture is warm and very suited to a residential application.  It’s bright, dimmable, and just plain looks good.   It’s one of the few that has thus far earned the ENERGY STAR label.  The 50,000 hour rating is certainly intriguing, too.  Right now, CREE LEDs are only available as recessed fixtures—but it you’ve got recessed lighting, this just might be the ticket for you.

[Note–see review of the CREE CR6 posted on Dec 31, 2010.]

Thanks, Mike

 

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12 Responses to “LED Lighting–Some of it is ready!”

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  5. Tom Harrison Says:

    We’re big fans of CREE at energycircle.com, too. There are some other bulbs were testing now that we think are going to be winners: 2700K, great CRI an PAR-20 with the same lumens as the 50W halogen bulb it replaces. The price point is still on the high side, as with the CREE.

    I remain concerned that other than a few outstanding manufacturers, the LED industry is going to shoot themselves in the foot (perhaps not as badly as the CFL industry did) by putting products to market that can only disappoint. I was in Home Depot yesterday and they’re selling a few medium base replacement bulbs.

    The closest one to being practical is a 3000K R-20 producing 418 lumens using 11w, compared to a standard 50w halogen producing 550 lumens; the LED costs $50, the standard costs around $3. That’s probably justifiable on a lifetime basis since the LED is rated for 25,000 hours compared to around 2,500 for a standard bulb. Close from an ROI perspective, but if I replaced all 7 in my kitchen, that’s $350, and they are less bright, and not dimmable.

    Next year? I hope!

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