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User Rank: Ninja
3/25/2014 | 10:46:05 AM
Just too expensive
While I will agree that LED bulbs are a great way to cut back on electricity usage, especially in traditionally well lit areas like kitchens, they aren't all they're cracked up to be. They aren't as powerful and without planning, your nice, bright room can turn into a dungeon. 

On top of that, they're still very expensive per bulb and it takes a long time to cover the cost in savings. Years even and while these ones are supposed to last five years, at $32 a pop, I wonder if you ever make back your money. 
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
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3/24/2014 | 5:20:51 PM
Re: Go LED. You won't regret it.
I can imagine the smartphone integration would be handy for those times you leave the house and wonder whether you actually did turn the lights off. The play mode seems like a fun bonus.
D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
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3/24/2014 | 3:33:01 PM
Go LED. You won't regret it.
Whether you use app-controllable bulbs (Phillips offers them, too) or just plain-old LED bulbs, I encourage everyone to convert to this excellent replacement for conventional incandescent or compact flourescent bulbs. Incandescents hog power and give off too much heat. CFLs take time to warm up and contain mercury that's an environmental hazard. LEDs use less power than CFLs but they instantly reach full illumination and have better color temperatures (more like incandescent) than CFLs. You can get Cree's excellent bulbs at Home Depot for $9 bucks whereas if you opt for app-controlled bulbs you'll be spending hundreds. Nice gimmick for a party room or a night club, but not terribly practical. The key benefit of LED is reducing your carbon footprint and your power bill.
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