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LED lights
Jeff with Leif and Piano
Anyone know if the LED lights are any good yet? I'm tired of CFLs burning out in less than a year for the cost and am switching back to incandescents for now. Replacing these things yearly can't be resulting in a net improvement for the environment.

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CFLs are generally supposed to last way more than a year (that's one of the things they use to sell them round here)...

I've had CFLs last years, but I've also had them repeatedly fail just after installation in *one specific light fixture*. Based on that I suspect they're a lot more sensitive to dodgy electrical supplies than incandescents are.

Yes, we installed a few of the new Philips LED flood lights in some of our recessed fixtures a few months ago. So far; so good and the color temperature is *wonderful*.

Random tip: somehow the IKEA CFLs last for eons-- where eons = 3+years They are the only ones I will buy.

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I agree with earlier comments that there's something wrong if your CFL bulbs are lasting less than 3 or 4 years. One year per bulb is ridiculously short.

Fluorescent bulbs can have their lifespan significantly reduced by turning them on and off frequently. If you'll be moving around the house a fair bit, only staying in a room for a few minutes or leaving then coming back a few minutes later, leaving the lights on in those rooms will prolong their lifespan.

All the CFLs I have bought were from IKEA (at the same time as the light usually) and I only ever had to replace one (after several years regular usage). The others lasted until I sold the lamps ... so we're talking 3-5 years at least.

The LED's I purchased for our display cabinets at work are working FABULOUSLY! and were totally worth the $15/bulb I spent on them.. over a year already.

I hear you on the crap CFL's - they're out there. Someone recommended to me that if you're going to buy one, get one of the more expensive ones - with the better name that you know - Sylvania, Phillips etc. because their quality standards are higher. Based on that premise the few I've had to purchase were Sylvania and about $3 more than the run of the mill ones on the shelf (and what seemed to be cheaper Sylvania's were also in that mix) and they've worked well so far. And recently - a few of the big stores have completely taken incandescents off the shelf all together.

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