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LED vs Incandescent

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Matt Burgess
Matt Burgess
Posts: 0
7/4/2011 8:05:43 AM
Incandescent vs. LED bulbs
With new technology comes new considerations. Incandescent and LEDs are two popular ways to light up the holidays, but which is the better light? There are several factors to consider when determining which is the best light for you.

Brightness
LED lights burn brighter than incandescent as a general rule of thumb, but some factors can make LED’s seem less bright. The biggest factor is the count of diodes within each bulb, as well as the size of the diode. LED bulb shape and size also makes a difference, with small conical shaped wide angle lights appearing so bright they can be hard to look at straight on, while longer, wider C9 bulbs may appear to cast less light.

Cost and Energy
LED lights have a larger upfront cost, but the life of the bulbs and the savings in energy consumption are well worth the investment. Energy Star LED lights are tested to prove that the savings in energy outweighs the immediate costs within an acceptable length of time.

Construction and Durability
LED and incandescent lights are both available in a huge selection of colors and bulb sizes. Incandescent bulbs are glass, and use heat to light the filament. LED bulbs do not require the use of heat, so they remain cool to the touch. LED bulbs are encased in b plastic, making them almost impossible to break. Prelamped LED lights do not have removable bulbs, so the seal is the most secure, giving better protection through the many rain and snow storms.

Some people are adamant that they will always love their traditional Christmas lights. What is your take?



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Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
7/6/2011 6:17:32 PM
we are 1/2 & 1/2 right now.. I like both lights.. but any new lights we buy have been LED just because of power consumption.. we realize we need to up the power coming in .. but have not done it yet.. soo for now we have been adding just LEDs
Kimberly Johnston
Kimberly Johnston
Posts: 4
7/7/2011 11:25:40 AM
we are fully converted to LED and everything is so much brighter. the only thing i have noticed is that with the multi colored LED lights it's difficult to look directly at them for long because it almost seems like they are moving and it gets me a little nauseous,
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
7/9/2011 6:44:31 PM
I choose based on what the item is. My mega tree which is going to move from 2 color to four color this year will be all incandescent. Super cheap. The other reason is that I was looking at the future, and moving toward addressable lights strings. I couldn't afford to do it this season, but I hope to be able to do it next season. I did convert everything on the roof to LED for this season. I went with the C7 LEDs, as the LED mini's just didn't have the pop I was looking for.

The other problem is that LED mini's aren't holding up to the quotes on the boxes. They seem to be lasting a few seasons, not the number of years many of them quote. Cost is a major factor. Which is another reason I went with the C7, as they are bulbs, and not a string. So if one does go bad, then I can just replace it.

Just my opinion.
Kent
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
7/9/2011 6:56:07 PM
I agree about the mini lights.. we have been buying flex change strings so if one does go out we can change it.. but sticking mostly to c7 or c9 bulbs
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
7/31/2011 2:21:20 PM
Are there a certain brand of LED lights that are better than others or are they all the same?
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
7/31/2011 4:59:22 PM
I am curious what others like .. we have tried lots of different ones.. I found the commercial strings from Christmas depot are garbage.. some burned out the 1st year using them
Anthony
Anthony
Posts: 2
7/31/2011 6:28:38 PM
Hi Everyone. I changed the entire display over from Incandescent to LED and it has worked out tremendously. This is last years video.
http://www.youtube.com/user/mrhappyguy1980#p/a/u/0/JdhEvJU-Le8
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
7/31/2011 7:26:24 PM
Hello Anthony.. we came up and saw your display last year.. loved it!!... the lights on the house are terrific.. love the whole deal though.. 2 years ago we had bad luck and went up on a day it was pouring after Christmas.. we didn't realize your lights would be off and we both pouted .. but glad to see it last year
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/5/2011 9:57:38 PM
Erin Spindler wrote:
Are there a certain brand of LED lights that are better than others or are they all the same?


IF I was to buy a large number of LED strings I would only buy from Paul at CDI. He stands behind his products. I have talked to many on PC and HU, and it doesn't get much better than Paul. Obviously there are lots of others out there, but they don't stand behind it like her does.
If you have a problem with in item let him know and he will work with you.

If you don't know you have half wave, and full wave LEDs. Walmart, target, and the like usually sale half wave. The major lights suppliers sale full wave. They cost more money, but they are worth it in the long run, in most people's opinion. Also, make sure the LED's are dimmable, as not all are.
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
8/6/2011 4:39:45 AM
Kent Vosburg wrote:
Also, make sure the LED's are dimmable, as not all are.
yeah we found that out the hard way
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/6/2011 12:52:17 PM
yeah most of us have found out the hard way. I just spent an afternoon with it, and played with the LOR console. For the most part I ahave been able to reproduce many of the effects. I just know that after a certain level they stop dimming and are off. Also, the color changing lights which dim on their own, do not dim with a controller.
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
8/7/2011 3:14:38 AM
good to know .. thanks

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