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What type of light bulb do you primarily use (or plan to use) in your home?

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Light bulbs

Post  chef on Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:39 am

Hey guys, thanks for setting this up! I know a lot of residents have changed their incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents. Any suggestions on a CFL that gives off light similar to an incandescent? I tried the Nvision at Home Depot, but it was a little too yellow in the bathroom. Any bright ideas?


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Re: Light bulbs

Post  Wolverine on Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:10 am

What wattage are you using?

Maybe this might help:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_journal/home_improvement/4215199.html

good luck,
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Re: Light bulbs

Post  lava on Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:05 am

"Any bright ideas?"

haha intentional pun?!

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Re: Light bulbs

Post  KDen on Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:08 pm

Currently, I use GE 10 Watt (40 Watt equivalent) CFL's and they work great for me. My eyes are a bit more sensitive than most folk, so this can be a really subjective matter. I ordered bulbs from Verilux, but they turned out to be way too "bluish" than I wanted for my home. Almost office-like. Yuck. Went to Long's and picked up GE's instead. One thing that takes a bit of experimenting is how the light from the bulb interacts with the fixture enclosure and surrounding walls, etc. This can sometimes have a dramatic effect from room to room. The other thing is to pay attention to the Kelvin color temperature (K). For warm white similar to incandescent, this is in the range of 2700 K to under 3000 K:

http://www.1000bulbs.com/pg/Color-Measurement/

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Re: Light bulbs

Post  chef on Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:39 pm

Yes, pun intended =p

Thanks, I'll probably try a few different brands to see which one works best. But I definitely intend to replace all the incandescents in my unit. Can't believe they had 3 x 100 watt bulbs in one tiny bathroom. If you look at the top of each sconce unit, there are 3 additional tiny bulbs! 'Green' was definitely not part of the building design.

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Re: Light bulbs

Post  KDen on Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:53 pm

chef wrote:If you look at the top of each sconce unit, there are 3 additional tiny bulbs!

I already took them out =)

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Lights under the Kitchen Cabinets

Post  CPK on Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:36 am

Hiya Folks,
I'd really like to get the lights under the kitchen cabinets changed. Any ideas on what I can do? They just feel so darn hot after just a little while of being turned on. Some LEDs would be totally awesome!

Shoot me a reply if you got some ideas...thanks!

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Recessed Lighting

Post  FishCake on Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:22 am

Aloha!

Has anyone installed any recessed lighting yet? I'd really love some in the kitchen. I know we have that huge round ceiling light, but I can't seem to find any natural color bulbs for it. I figure some nice recessed lighting in the kitchen as well as in the hallways will give the condo more of an open feel without the low-hanging obstructions.

My electrician friend says I should wait on installing things like that until I get hold of the blueprints for the place. Don't want to be drilling into wires or pipes behind the walls.

I tried contacting Sandra Billington's office, but no word yet.

Anyone got any ideas?
Thanks!

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Re: Lights under the Kitchen Cabinets

Post  KDen on Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:21 am

If you go to the link from the earlier post, 1000bulbs has an interesting selection of LED's that might work for under cabinets.

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Re: Light bulbs

Post  FishCake on Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:20 am

Cool, I'll also check them out! Thanks!

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