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WebmasterWorld Weekly Roundup March 14
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msg:4554974
 12:11 am on Mar 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

I've always been keen on saving energy. Now that LED lighting is becoming so much more affordable i've accelerated moves to change the household lamps over from CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) to LEDs as each CFL fails.

I like the energy-saving of CFLs over incandescent lamps, but I dislike the warm-up time of the CFL, and the problems associated with the toxic content within the lamp. I've had the glass tube of at least two CFLs break, depositing glass shards and the lamp's content in the vicinity. With great care I removed the broken components, according to recommended advice.

I have noticed a proliferation of relatively low cost LED lamps appearing on the market. They are constructed using surface mounted LED chips on what appears to be a ceramic substrate. The quality of construction appears relatively low, and the power rating comparable with CFLs, however, they offer the advantage of instant on. This is perfect for stairways, or where there may be a movement detector. With no 'warm-up', as with CFLs, it makes it much safer. There is a better range of quality LED lamps which are less affordable yet offer much better energy-saving performance and much better construction. I suspect these are going to be the lamps with true longevity, with the lower cost LED lamps failing sooner.

Whichever I end up using, I'll keep switching over time.


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What news have you heard this week? If you've found some news that we haven't covered or discussed, drop me a message, or post it yourself and let me know.
Until next time, have a terrific week!

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albo




msg:4555026
 3:09 am on Mar 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

Yes, engine, you may kick me for phrasing it this way. I found a bright side to the warm-up time for CFLs. The CFL over my bathroom sink takes awhile to warm up to full intensity. This, I take as a kindness, in the morning when my eyes are still comfortably shut from the night's sleep. Transition counts.

OTOH, we neglected to find the correct "color" LED over our front door entryway. We now call it an "interrogation" light. Makes one want to read the Miranda to all visitors.

lucy24




msg:4555051
 4:29 am on Mar 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

This, I take as a kindness, in the morning when my eyes are still comfortably shut from the night's sleep. Transition counts.

I love my bathroom fan for exactly the same reason. It sneaks up on you slowly.

Leosghost




msg:4555058
 4:37 am on Mar 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

Waking after 10.00am ( or later ) when it is already light..spares one such things..and saves energy..log fire, burning over night = warm house, and bathroom :)

engine




msg:4556474
 4:32 pm on Mar 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

This, I take as a kindness, in the morning when my eyes are still comfortably shut from the night's sleep.


Albo, that's one redeeming aspect I accept. We have that effect in some parts of the house where it's not a problem. Same as Lucy: it is easier on the dark mornings.
I am sure someone will develop an LED equivalent.

Yesterday evening I noticed one of the 'low-cost' LEDs was working at only 50% brightness. As it's only a few months old it'll be returned for replacement.

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