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  •  Here at Chez aoeu LEDs are squeezing out the CFLs. (12+ / 0-)

    Link I despised the color of CFL light. The mercury didn't bother me in the slightest as they burn so much less electricity than incandescents that if every CFL were deliberately smashed in open air at the end of its service life the mercury reduction from not burning the coal would far outweigh the damage.

    Lamps last longer if they do not get too hot.

    •  how does the LED light compare to incandescent? (0+ / 0-)

      My main objection to CFL's is the quality of the light. Hate it! It's possible that the ones I bought were the wrong ones or that there have been improvements. But the light quality I get is so inferior to incandescent light. Plus the mercury thing. I do like that they don't add heat to the room in the summer.

      The CFL I use in the living room, much as I hate it, I am just waiting out. Haven't decided what to replace it with when it dies. Might look into LED.

      •  LED is typically brighter (1+ / 0-)
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        Some even describe the light as too harsh.  That may be one of their drawbacks.  So it depends what you're looking for.  From my limited research, if you're buying LEDs, the idea is to look for a higher number LUMEN for a brighter light.  I saw many reviews for 40 watt replacements that were probably around 6 watts that they said were brighter than the incandescent bulbs.  My bulbs aren't too harsh for me, they are a good brightness and they are meant to replace a 65 watt bulb.  They use only 9 watts and are brighter.  Additionally, from what I understand is that they don't go out all at once like other bulbs, but fade slowly over time.  So it may be just that they are a little bit bright to begin with.  The bulbs I bought were perfect.  But I would just read reviews of the bulbs.  Most people are as new to LED as anyone else, so the user reviews on Amazon seem to go pretty in depth on the pluses and minuses of each bulb, and brightness is one of the first things you'll see talked about.

      •  Close enough for digital camera work (0+ / 0-)

        CFLs were not. Tungsten lamps had their own set of issues regarding color.

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