LED Light Bulbs

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 24 Jul 2007 21:47:59 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

C.Crane sells radios, antennas, LED light bulbs and flashlights, and a lot more. I'm highlighting their light bulbs here, because I think LED bulbs are the way to go. Compact fluorescents use less energy than incandescent, and last longer, but LED bulbs are much more environmentally friendly to manufacture, use a lot less energy, and last a lot longer. The only thing I don't know is how bright these bulbs are relative to incandescent. Comparing the lumens figures on the C.Crane pages with those in this wikipedia chart implies that they may be quite a bit less bright, but LED light is more focused, so it may not be a fair comparison of effective brightness. Guess I'll have to order one and see how I like it. [skype]

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Submitted by DaveP on Wed, 25 Jul 2007 11:27:00 GMT

They're a lot dimmer than incandescent. I've got the 7-LED and um... 15 or so LED flashlights (2 C-cell), and neither is as bright as my 2-AA cell mag-lite. The light is also significantly bluer, which is harder on your night-vision, if that matters to you.

And no, the light isn't significantly more focused. Because it's coming from multiple sources, it's harder to focus. There are replacement MagLite LEDs that claim to come close to incandescent, but I haven't tried those yet. I figure it's another year or two before I'm ready to try 'em again.

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