The last 2 years has been crazy, I've moved a total of 3 times due to flooding and other issues. Now that I'm finally going to be staying put in an apartment for the next 2 years I figured it would be worth investing in LEDs. The local cost of electricity is 22kWh, not including taxes, fuel surcharge, ect. After all of that the cost can easily go up to about 28kWh
. Highway robbery as far as I'm concerned. The local company has no competition and is a "Co-op" non-profit, yet they used to own for a few years a for profit I.T. company....
Anyway, I'm in search of some replacement LEDs to severely lower my lighting cost and wanted some input. So the Cree bulbs (60w) that have been mentioned on TR before and elsewhere seem to be the go to bulb for most. The bulb can be had for anywhere from $7-$10 on Amazon. The other option I've been eying up are Feit bulbs, of which I bought 2 locally to test along side some incandescent to see how they looked, they look better to myself and the wife. These bulbs can be had for around the same cost if not cheaper. I plan to save power with them and obviously when we move in 2 years (to buy a house hopefully), take the bulbs with me leaving the old incandescent or CFLs in their place.
My other thought was to use 40w equivalent LEDs instead of 60w to save slightly more. The difference is going from 9.5w to about 7.5w. The Feit 7.5 (40w equiv) puts out 500 lumen as opposed to about 800 for a 60w equiv. There are also some really nasty dim looking CFLs being used in a few spots in the house that I'm sure a 500 lm bulb would be a huge improvement over.
Cree 60w equiv 9.5w (800lm) - $9 eachhttp://www.amazon.com/Cree-9-5-Watt-Whi ... uctDetails
Cree 40w equiv 6w (440lm) - $9.666666666 (repeating of course) eachhttp://www.amazon.com/Cree-6-Watt-White ... merReviews
Feit 40w equiv 7.5w (500lm) - $5.51 eachhttp://www.amazon.com/Feit-Dimmable-Lig ... pd_cp_hi_2
Feit has 60w equiv but it used 13.5w which just is more than I'd be willing to use considering the Cree ones are so highly rated and use only 9.5w and are only .50 more per bulb. Think it worth using those Feit 40w instead of 60w equivs to save more money on bulbs and power to, especially considering the cost of power here??
By the way, avoid Lights of America brand anything lol. While checking existing lights in my house I found 1 that the landlord put in a fixture that was dead next to a CFL that was probably put there before or the same time. Upon looking at reviews, this company is by far the worst rated brand for LEDs I think possible.