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The Reliability of LED Bulbs (Video)

by The Handyguys

in Electrical, Energy Savings, Video Podcasts

Blinking LED Bulbs

In this post, the Handyguys talk about the differences in light bulbs, specifically LED bulbs. The Handyguys start off this video explaining that compact fluorescents are not the way to go when searching for the right light bulb. Compact fluorescents take a long time to warm up and typically have trouble working with dimmers. They also have mercury in them and are poisonous. Handyguys Brian and Paul suggest that homeowners stay away from compact fluorescents when installing and replacing light bulbs in the house.

On the other hand, the Handyguys think the LEDs are the saving grace. The one used in this video is an instant on LED, is typically dimmable, and can also fit standard sockets. You can get LED lights in incandescent type of light and white lights like a daylight bulb. They also cost a fraction of the price to run.

One problem that the Handyguys have run into with one brand of LED lights is that they blink on a dimmer unless the dimmer is on a full blast. Occasionally, certain brands of LED lights will have a problem with blinking even when on a regular circuit. The Handyguys would like to hear from readers who have had issues with LED lights blinking whether on a regular or a dimming circuit.

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james kast October 13, 2015 at 9:10 am

LED bulbs are truly the bulb of the future! They get warm fast, they consume only a fraction of the energy that other types of bulbs consume and they last longer. I think anybody who is determined to trim their energy bill should invest on LED bulbs and many other energy-efficient devices.

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The Handyguys October 13, 2015 at 11:33 am

Agreed! LEDs are a much more robust solution than CFLs. Prices are coming down and they seem, we thing, reliable. Save your packages and receipts though. Some are lemons.

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Paul Winsky November 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

I agree that LED bulbs are a great energy saver and I have been transitioning to them in my home with success.
I would like to relate an installation of LED bulbs which has not worked out. I am employed at an electrical generating station. In an effort to save on station service we replaced many 200w incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs made by Cree. Within six months of service roughly half of the installed LED bulbs became strobe lights.

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The Handyguys November 2, 2015 at 9:43 am

Did Cree replace them or did they just end up in the trash?

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Richey November 1, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Here is my dirt: A/C current: Cree .5 watt led for a nightlight, 5 years, failed. Small led plug in for a wall light switch made for it, (less that .5 watt?) 1 year, failed. D/C Flashlights: Every one purchased and designed for led (about 3 different brands) all have started flickering and shutting off for up to a second randomly within 1 year. Maglite 4D retrofit to LED, so far working 3 years with no problems. Needless to stay, I’ve got about 16 incandescent bulbs now, and keep thinking I should be stocking up a little more!

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The Handyguys November 2, 2015 at 9:43 am

Yeah, maybe if we all saved our receipts and maybe packaging for “lasts 20 years” bulbs and then returned them when they fail after a year or two then manufactures would wake up. If people just keep buying replacements for premature failures then we all loose.

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Barbara Lamancusa December 12, 2015 at 1:06 pm

We installed LED bulbs in the mudroom that we just completed. The bulbs have been installed for approximately 6 months. So far, two have failed already.

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