Close Call In The Kitchen -- Meteorite?

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  1. Joe Riley

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    This past Friday evening, found Mary and I in the kitchen at the point where we "put it all together". I had just taken the fish out of the oven and walked over to the counter at the sink, to lift it onto the plates. As we stood there, a loud crash and flying glass filled our tiny kitchen. I thought briefly a small meteorite had hit us.:eek::confused:

    It was the heavy glass globe on the ceiling light. It hit the floor, just missing us and shattered.:eek: Best I can figure is that the glass, where one of the 3 screws held the globe in place must have cracked from the heat. It was heavy thick, milk glass at the bottom, but thin glass where it was held at the top.

    My next shock, came the next day, when I went to buy a replacement light. They were 13" in diameter and packed, two to a box. ...said on the box "LED...no bulbs to replace". So I went home and started to work on the ceiling light. The shock came, not because I failed to shut off the circuit, but at some point, I just stared at the base of the light, firmly mounted to the ceiling....and realized that THERE WERE NO SOCKETS FOR BULBS. Just a circle in the center that resembled a circuit board. A series of tiny yellow squares were the light source! I was dumbfounded momentarily.....another near miss of another meteorite! I placed the globe on and turned on the light. Always a dramatic moment.... and it lit beautifully.;) A very even and pleasing light! A very illuminating experience!:rolleyes:

    Does anyone have experience with this type of light? how long do they last? Notice: These have bad reviews and are junk. Do not buy!

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    Well @Joe Riley if no one has experience I hope we all are around for you to tell us how long it lasted. :)
     
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    I haven't seen one of those Joe, but I have bought a few LED bulbs recently, they are the future I believe because they are instant on, unlike the older low energy fluorescent type and they last 25,000 to 50,000 hours compared with a few thousand for the old type.....
     
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  4. Joe Riley

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    Yeah, Terry, I agree. When I saw LED on the box, I thought bulbs were included. This fixture is a giant leap!.....
     
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    Not sure how many years you will have to live to check if a lamp lasts 50,000 hours, but worth having a go ...... 7072.gif
     
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    According to Johnny Cash, a jug of coal oil cost a dime, and they had to make it last.
     
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    Shocking ;)
     
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    Joe we have had those flush ceiling LED lights in our kitchen for about a year...and also in my dressing room...


    The one in my dressing room never quite goes off completely even though it's switched off at the mains , leaving a kind of night light effect..this is because the LED's..are so sensitive that the residual current from the earth circuit is enough to excite them, but this will only happen if you have them connected to a double light switch as we do because we have 2 interconnecting rooms, but only the dressing room has the LED flush light..

    The one in our kitchen is connected to a single light switch and this doesn't occur..

    Presumably the way to prevent the night light effect on the double switched ceiling light would be to use a double pole switch, which would completely disconnect the light from the mains, however it's perfectly safe working without the double Pole
     
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    I haven't seen those, either, Joe. I have four LED bulbs in my ceiling fan in the kitchen. They don't give off as much light as I would like. I'm going to look for one of those like you have.
     
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    Looks like a meteor shower!:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
    Notice: These have bad reviews and are junk. Do not buy!

    @Shirley Martin
    Well, as I was googling for the type of dimmer to use with these lights, because they are on the bright side, I came across reviews, that were not good. They seem to fail after a few months....flicker....get hot and die. They are right, you never have to replace bulbs...just the whole unit! Here is a sample:


    "Zero reliability"
    Review Rating 1 Stars
    Reviewed on 04/21/2015
    Not Recommended
    "I have three of these installed and I have had to replace two of them, and one of those twice. The third one (the only one I haven't yet replaced# has now failed. Foolishly, I have replaced them with identical units #the triumph of hope over experience) and my disappointment is bitter. I am likely going to return all of them and try something else".

    @Diane Lane - Well you lived long enough to hear how they turn out.;)

    Remember that I got these by accident, so I will have to uninstall them both and return them. Bummer! (read the reviews first) My apologies for leading anyone astray.
     
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    Unless all of the reviews said the same thing, it might just have been a fluke of the lighting/wiring in the house of the guy who had to keep replacing the units. The house where we live now has a penchant for burning out light bulbs, worse than any other place that I can remember living.
    Plus, we have to do the "Greenacres" (TV show) thing and make sure we only have certain electrical outlets in use at one time.
    For example, we might be going to make popcorn to watch a movie; but before we can use the microwave to pop the popcorn, we have to turn off a few lights, and make sure that the heater or AC unit is turned off, or we blow everything out all the way to the computer in the back bedroom.
    If your wiring is good, the lights might actually work fine for you in your house.
    It sounds like @Holly Saunders is doing fine with hers, which are similar.
     
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    All of the reviews were pretty much the same. After a few months, multiple lights failed. I don't want to take a chance. Our wiring is good and has been updated.
     
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    Amazing how my day can turn on a dime, sometimes. ;)
     
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    How disappointing @Joe Riley.

    All in the effort to reduce energy use and promote savings on our electric bills. Technology is leads us to believe it's beneficial and that converting is the way to go when new products are introduced in the market.

    When I pick up an item with new fangled circuitry I immediately put it down thinking something else I have to educate myself on so I wouldn't have to call an electrician to install it. Give me the old tried and true black and white wires any day.
     
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    In the reviews, I found that most were pleased by their appearance and the light they made, and if they had written the review then, would have given 5 stars. Most were so taken, that they began replacing more lights in their home, thinking they were on a crusade of sorts.

    I had quite a time, equating the appearance and the bright light with the flimsy, under-engineered look of the interior. By contrast, the light in the log cabin was originally installed in 1939, when the house was electrified. it was brass, with a porcelain socket. I moved it to the cabin room 10 years ago. I tried a ceiling light with 3 spot lights in the Kitchen, but the light from it was inadequate. I replaced it with the one that crashed to the floor.
     
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    This was beyond newfangled. It seemed like a giant leap, for all mankind! I still marvel at it.
     
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    Was it, perchance, made in China?
     
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    @Yvonne Smith - I have decided that you may be right, and for the time being, let things as they are. I have installed both lights, so rather than going through that again, I will leave them up and pass along progress reports. ;) Thank you!
     
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    Made In China....Fabrique' Enchine.....Heco En China....yes!
     
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    Do you remember when anything made in Japan was a piece of junk? Nowadays they make some of the best quality things of anybody.
     
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    WE had to replace our 4 ft. fluorescent tubes in a bathroom last year. the LED lights we put in are much better.
     
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    After doing more checking, I found that these lights are not recommended for the bathroom, as they are not damp proof. If could be that some of the failures were because of this.
     
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    I'm glad you decided to keep them @Joe Riley...I really am looking forward to the report from you of how long they will last! And hoping I will live that long to get that report. :)
     
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    never seen those before. not cheap either
     
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