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Old 07-29-2013, 06:01 PM   #31
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Thanks for the update. Had you considered panel lights rather than the bulb type? Link to where you ordered?
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:04 PM   #32
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See my last post for answers to those questions.
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:45 PM   #33
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Just checked the current draw on the new lamps and the old (incandescent) lamps. My meter is a 30-year old Fluke 77 but it's still accurate. The numbers are eye-opening, to be sure.

The incandescent lamp numbers are:
1 fixture (2 lamps) = 2.78 amps
2 fixtures (4 lamps) = 5.37 amps

So this is an average of 1.36 amps PER BULB. And a large amount of that energy is given up (wasted) as heat.

The LED lamps:
1 fixture (2 lamps) = .22 amp
2 fixtures (4 lamps) = .45 amp
3 fixtures (6 lamps) = .69 amp

This is an average of 115 milliamps (.115) amps each.

The difference is a staggering 1 and one quarter (1.25) amps PER BULB!

If you are counting on your battery for lighting, this will give you nearly 12 times as much life for lighting just by putting in these cheap lamps (disregarding any other DC loads on the battery, of course).

I knew the numbers would be good; I didn't know they would be THIS good.

Now, if I could just get my pickup from drinking so much fuel . . . . .
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:02 PM   #34
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Our mails crossed; I asked my questions before I saw your answers. Thanks for the links. Since no specs, would love to see your comparison if the two types ordered before I make a decision. Impressive difference on the current draw!
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:12 PM   #35
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Yeah, I figured they passed each other on the interwebs somehow.

I have no idea when the new lamps will arrive but will keep you posted on what I think of them. I realize that I'm a newbie here and also just another faceless, unknown voice in the blogosphere, but maybe there'll be a big difference.

Or maybe not. We'll see. But I think LED lighting is the future.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:52 PM   #36
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Here's a pic of the aluminum foil I put behind my tower-style LED lights. It acts as a reflector. I re-did it because it was so messy! The light is nearly omni-directional.



During daytime!
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:05 AM   #37
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Here's a picture of the ones I have ordered but haven't yet received:

Tks! Ordered a set last night. Now the wait.
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My Wife HATED the blue color so I went with 15 SMD towers in ALL my fixtures (19 total).
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:43 PM   #39
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I am aware of lower power consumption

Are the lights softer as well. My current lights are extremely harsh.



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Here's a pic of the aluminum foil I put behind my tower-style LED lights. It acts as a reflector. I re-did it because it was so messy! The light is nearly omni-directional.



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Old 07-31-2013, 06:26 PM   #40
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Are the lights softer as well. My current lights are extremely harsh.
I thought I read somewhere on the forum there are two different types of Leds. One I believe gets somewhat hotter than the other. Something about resistance in the internal part of the lights. Does anyone have the answer?
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