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wedgecake
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wedgecake   1/27/2011 9:16:53 PM
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10w@ 12v still draws 833ma. The old tech 12v bulb on my boat draws 900ma -1A..not enough of an improvement for ~35-$50 per..

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DF0   1/27/2011 9:15:21 PM
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I think CFLs are basically a situation where you get what you pay for. The cheap ones are horrible, but you spend a bit more, they're actually pretty good.

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DF0   1/27/2011 9:14:08 PM
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Another useful aspect of LED lighting is that it should tolerate on/off switching and cold weather better than CFLs.

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Rulo   1/27/2011 9:02:58 PM
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I'll wait until EDN's Margery Conner pries one of these.

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DarkMatter0   1/27/2011 9:01:17 PM
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It will take a while to get the purchase price down to a palatable level, but I'm sure the LED lights will beat CFL's actual (as opposed to touted) lifetime. I have four dead CFLs sitting on my workbench at home right now (I feel ripped off). One died seconds after installation. I'm looking forward to the LED lights just for the reliability.

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Thomas Cruttenden   1/27/2011 8:56:15 PM
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I hope cost is good on these, LED's are going to be better than CFL's currently. CFL's have a fixed lifetime, and most are harsh looking. I've used some CFL's, but no more - unless it's somewhere I don't care about color. If cost is less or =$20/bulb, I can justify it.

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mr88cet   1/27/2011 8:51:43 PM
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I'm in! It's gotta be better than compact fluorescents: Those suckers are so shoddily-built that they often burn out in just a few months. That while they claim to "last [fill in any arbitrary marketing claim you'd like here] times longer than incandescent lights."

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Code Monkey   1/27/2011 8:43:38 PM
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What's the lifetime? My guess is it will be much cheaper than buying and replacing a bunch of incandescents. And no mercury (from CFLs) ends up in landfills.

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dirk.bruere   1/27/2011 8:40:30 PM
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Will not take off until cost/lifetime greater than CFL

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Ryan Tennill   1/27/2011 8:37:53 PM
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The average hours of use is probably a key metric as well. I would expect LED lights to have very good MTBF but there isn't any hint of that information here. This could suggest lower than expected lifetime.

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