Light Bulb Technology


So, last week I was in Home Depot looking for some stuff.  And while shopping for stuff, I thought of some other stuff I wanted to buy.  Light bulbs.  See, I like my light bulbs and the light they give off.  Further, I discriminate in my light bulbs based on several factors:

  1. Quality of light
  2. Cost of bulb
  3. Heat of bulb
  4. Cost of electricity
  5. Cost of replacement

The single most important aspect to me is the quality of the light.  I hate Hate HATE working in too dim light, reading by too bright a light and sweating too near a hot light.  Hate it all.  So, it matters.

This is why I have purchased about 80 years worth of 40 watt incandescent bulbs.  I absolutely love having the bright lights in my garage.  I need to see what I’m doing and don’t mind the extra bright glare and even the heat.  However, when I read at night in bed, I need the gentle glow of that 40 watt.  And thank to Dubya, I’m gonna lose that privilege here in about 3 months.

BUT.  But there is new technology out that sounds like it can replace the incandescent bulb; LED.  So, I check out the light bulb section at the Home Depot and purchased a 40 watt incandescent, a 40 watt CF bulb and a 40 watt LED bulb.

Here at the house I have a measurement tool that let’s me keep track of the amount of electricity I burn for a single outlet.  My goal is to let each bulb burn for several days and see which one wins on value.

We’ll see.

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