I am not a house guy . I detest home depot and i don't like fixing anything . .
So lets go over some of the answers, well with my experience. Our experiences might be all different but I like to hear all the input.
Not really a cost thing but a reduction in power consumption
They are one in the same. Lower power consumption means less cost. However, I've tried to do the math and it comes to ... pennies/day. Elec is like 13 cents/kWh
. So a 100w bulb burning 12 hours (like all night averaged over the year) would cost ~16 cents. Its pennies. It comes up to pennies/day, pennies/month, for me maybe $24. If it were free, it would be $24, a rough guess. Meanwhile there is the sunk cost of those expensive bulbs.
big benefits are longevity and quality of light, not cost savings.
Agree long life. Quality of light? Not seeing it.
Hue. Love it. spent a fortune on Hue, the bridge needed, etc, and they sit and collect dust.
Looked into it. Ridiculously expensive. Anything shouting "smart house" stay far away from. The moment someone figures out how to hack it and make money from it, they will hijack your house for ransom
No seriously, IMO a bad idea depending upon any computer, any app, any "device" for basic services. I stay far away from "smart" appliances, anything connected to the internet in any way. I know TV is smart and hate it. Stupid TVs, just want to change the station.
Count up the bulbs and watch how long they are on. Multiply out the use and then sub in LED wattage and see the difference. Check the power bill for the rate and see what the savings is. I’m very sure most of my power is used in the wine fridge, food fridge, garage fridge, kegerator, and fermenter....but that’s another story.
True. Power is used by toasters (literally toasters), heaters, anything with a heating element. Anything with a big motor like vacuum.
Incandescents burn out every few months
Not my experience. Dependent upon usage, I've had them go years. Even outside bulb on all night long have lasted years. YMMV
The occasional exploded glass all over the place?
Never had that happen. Usually they just go out with a slight pop.
The times the bulb separates from the base, which has to be removed with needle-nosed pliers?
Don't remember that happened ever either.
I picked the most popular choice "A combination and it will continue to be"
This is where I am at. When my hoard runs out, then I will have no choice. However, something is going on here.
EU will ban halogen bulbs at the end of the month making lighting our homes TWICE as expensive | Daily Mail Online
EU to ban Halogens
EU seems to like regulating things
US about to repeal or do something with the old rules? https://cei.org/blog/department-ener...nt-light-bulbs
I, like I assume most, find spending less money appealing. Can't argue with that, even if its $20/month. Whats that? A dozen donuts and two cups of coffee? But I would rather have CHOICE. Let me decide what to buy. I would NEVER choose CFL. I can't believe they are still sold. Halogen is fine. Let the consumer decide. The best technology at the right price point will win and force the others off the market.
But for now, I'm in
camp. I got a mixture. I hate buying them. And, more importantly, even if it were free, I seriously doubt it would have much effect on anyone's monthly budget who buys any new porsche. Of course, that's not true for many, many people and they need help too. But the high cost of the bulbs might be prohibitive while incandescents cost pennies.