Light Bulbs

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  1. Chrissy Cross

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    Does anyone know where the cheapest place is to get lightbulbs? I just used my last one before I left home
    And I know they are pretty expensive most places.

    I don't know when they got so expensive but they did. I'm not fond of the newer curly looking ones but they supposedly long lasting.

    I have quite a few bulbs that need changing and since I found a neighbor who's very helpful I can finally get the ones changed I had trouble with....after I buy them.

    Is Costco the cheapest?

    Someone somewhere also said that PG&E has a program that helps but I'm not sure of that.
     
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  2. Tim Burr

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    Incandescent bulb prices started going up awhile back with the phase out by most companies that
    manufacture bulbs.
    We ordered about 75 incandescent 100watt bulbs to use in our walk-in coolers and freezers before the price jumped.
    Fluorescent bulbs take a longer time to come on when in a cooler or freezer. Not safe for the food handlers.
    Every place I checked the incandescent bulbs are quite expensive.
    All the rooms at my hotel have fluorescent compact bulbs and the common areas have LED bulbs.
    It's the future, they tell me.
     
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    All I want is a soft white bulb. Don't like harsh light. I need about a dozen or so since most of my light fixtures have a fan and 3 separate lights.

    Right now most have 2 burned out which is fine by me but looks better if all lit. I'm not even sure what watt I need in these since there are 3.

    Even this gets complicated. :(

    I also need a small one for my fridge.
     
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    The one for your fridge is probably a 45watt appliance bulb.
    The soft white bulbs are considered incandescent bulbs; they come in clear, frosted, white, etc.
    You might try a store like 'Dollar Tree' or 'Dollar Store' for a good price.
    If not, the big box stores like Home Depot and Lowes have sales off and on.
    Good Luck.
     
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    Thanks, didn't know the dollar stores carried them. Will check when I get back home. I've been putting this off
    But now that I got someone that can change the difficult ones, might as well buy them all at once and do the whole house.
     
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    YOu might check Ikea too. They usually have good prices on things like that. Batteries and lightbulbs both are pretty cheap there I think. I haven't purchased them recently but I know you used to be able to get a 10 pack of double AA's for 1.99. They were decent batteries too. The lightbulbs are also reasonably placed there, and at Aldi's, except they are not always in stock at Aldi's. It is a place to check though.
     
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    I don't have Aldi's or Ikea. Is Ikea online?
     
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    I don't know the cheapest place to buy them, but my preference would be for LED bulbs. They're not cheap but I haven't had one burn out yet. Like you, I also dislike the curly bulbs. Plus, they used to last a long time but now don't last much longer than regular incandescent bulbs did. Some legislation was passed a few years ago that cleared the shelves of incandescent bulbs as we knew them for a while. Now they are coming back, but at exaggerated prices, and I don't know if they are the same thing at higher prices or if the technology has changed. I find the most choices at stores like Lowes or Home Depot.
     
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    Thanks Ken, I do have lowes and Home Depot.

    Sad when bulbs cost so much! They're pretty much a necessity.

    My daughter just had a bunch of bulbs replaced in her ceiling lights and they were on sale at Costco but even on sale they were quite expensive and even she was complaining.

    I don't think anyone likes spending money on light bulbs.
     
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    I don't go for the cheapest because they tend to burn out too quickly and I hate having to change bulbs all the time. Of course, even more upsetting is when the expensive ones burn out. I really don't think I've lost an LED bulb yet, and I have some that I've had since they came out with the brighter ones (LED bulbs used to be very dim). I think they're also pretty easy in the electricity usage.
     
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    LED bulbs use approx. 10% of the amount of juice needed for equivalent light output from incandescent, due to the fact that they generate almost no heat, so little energy loss.

    But, the ones I have seem to project most of the light from the top of the bulb, little from the sides, so their being directional makes the one I put in my automotive shop drop-light much less useful than incandescent, which has of course produced many burns on my hands and arms over the years. Drop the incan., and it's dead. LEDs more rugged.

    Have you noticed their use in cars and trucks?
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    Cost of using electricity isn't that big a factor. My bills are low usually except for last month when AC was dying unbeknownst to me. That bill was a shocker!!

    I leave lights on all the time so I do want one that lasts long because changing some of them are too hard for me....involves tall ladder, etc.
     
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    Ikea is online, but I am not sure buying bulbs on there would be worth it, because you would undoubtedly have to pay shipping on the order, unless you could find other things you liked on there. Dollar General is alos a possibility for the bulbs.
     
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    Thanks, yes shipping is always an issue and I don't need anything else. I don't even want anything else, trying to downsize. :)
     
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    Bobby just got a new shop light, and it is made with LED bulbs (is that even the right terminology ?) and that puppy is really really BRIGHT ! ! We got it for a few dollars on the discount thing; but Bobby likes it so well that he said he is going to order another one at regular price. It works much better than the flourescent lights he has out there now, and in the winter when it is cold, they take a long time to light up anyway.
    We have several flashlights that have LED lights and they are nice and bright, too. I think at first , the LED was not as good as the ones they make now. At least that is how it seems to me.
    I just got a solar charging camp lantern/flashlight combo, and it is brighter than the lamp that I use beside my chair to read by.
     
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    All the terminology confuses me. I'll have to google all the terms before I go shopping for them to make sure I'm buying the right one that I want.
     
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    @Chrissy Page
    It isn't the cost of the electricity, Chrissy, which makes alternate light sources attractive, but rather conservation of resources used to produce it. Something has to be burned to produce electricity, whether it's Uranium, Natural Gas, Oil, Coal, or even Hydrogen in the Sun. 'Course, Sunlight and the wind are really exceptions, but both nonetheless lay "waste" to natural environment. Solar requires the taking of huge tracts of ground, as does also wind-power. Both are killing wildlife at alarming rates. If we assume the lives of animals are unimportant compared to humans' "need" for gratification, then, no problem. A lot of folks do not think that way.
     
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    I guess I don't think that way. I'm not much of a tree hugger. I always figure you think you're saving one thing but that turns out destroying another.

    You might as well go live in a dark cave if you don't want to do harm. I'll buy the kind of bulb that doesn't trigger migraines for me.

    When you visit a casino, don't you think that's a big waste of electricity and power. It's just for fun....casinos aren't needed. Shame on you, Frank! Also what a waste of food the All you can eat Buffets are. Tsk tsk.
     
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    @Chrissy Page

    I hate to say this, and maybe I shouldn't, but I didn't provoke it; you did.

    Your post is wretched, Chrissy.
     
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    Wretched? I'm pretty sure you aren't doing everything to save the planet, Frank.

    You're the one that stated I'm destroying the planet by the lightbulbs I buy. I'm pretty sure my few bulbs don't do as much harm as other lights everywhere. I told you ...light triggers migraines for me.
     
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    I would prefer to allow the market to determine which bulbs we use. Most people will consider the quantity and quality of light produced, as well as the costs associated with purchasing and operating it. Products marketed as being environmentally friendly usually aren't really so anyhow, as somewhere down the line something is being destroyed in order to produce energy. Besides, I reject the idea that human beings are not themselves a part of nature.
     
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    I agree, I also don't go around purposely doing harm to anything if I can help it. I'm also not going to be anal about
    Picking one thing over another when in the long run it won't matter anyhow.
     
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    Strange that there might be a disagreement about light bulbs and the environment. Hmmmm....

    Anyway, a number of months ago I posted a thread regarding light on one of more forums I was involved with at the time and I think this was one of them. It was regarding the number of frequencies that each type of manufactured light produces and how our brains react to those frequencies.
    The short version is simple: Although we may perceive manufactured light to be continual, the light source is actually "blinking" light. We do not see it that way but our brains DO pick it up. The more "blinks" per second the harder our brains have to work.

    I don't feel like looking at my own studies to get the particulars right this second but, In a study among students and office workers it was the florescent light that was found to be the critter that accounted for headaches and the state of being tired shortly after exposure. If you remember back when fluorescents first came in, schools loved the soft, almost yellowish florescent lights but it was found out much later that some seizures, laziness, migraines and even bad study scores were attributed to the lighting. When the schools changed out their lights the scores immediately went up, and medical issues were brought to a minimum.

    Incandescent lighting works at a far lesser frequency level so there is less work for the brain so incandescent might be the way to go if it wasn't for my now favorite type of lighting which is "full spectrum" or LED lighting.
    It sort of copycats the Suns light, works cooler and uses less wattage than any other type of bulb. It's easier to study by, work by or just have in the house so you can "really" see what you're doing. Although it might cost more than incandescent or florescent the medical, physical, and mental savings by using the bulb are tremendous not to mention far better for the environment.
     
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    I haven't figured out what type of light triggers my migraine (aura) but it's not soft light.

    A camera flash can and also just coming in from a very sunny outside to a different light inside has also triggered it.

    My last one was when the AC guys were at my house. I opened the front door and it was so sunny that I could barely see the guy. Then he came in and installed the thermostat. I had my aura starting and by the time he finished the installation and wanted to show me how to work it, I could barely see.

    Thankfully it was a Honeywell model like my daughter has and I know how that one works.
     
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    I have known quite a few people who have migraines. One in particular had to go get a shot of morphine when she had a bad one and then rest in the dark and quiet at the hospital. A couple others merely stated that they found a quiet and dark place in their home in order to weather out the occurance.
    I really do not wish for you to become your own "lab rat" but you might want to try placing a full spectrum light in whatever room you enter your home just to see if your "sunlight to artificial light" experience is made better.
    If, perchance you go from your full spectrum light room into another artificial light room and have an occurance then your answer would be in the type of lighting and you could go from there.
    Again, the full spectrum light is more expensive but if you no longer have to medicate and hurt so often then it might be worth the added cash.

    Note also that full spectrum light comes in a wide variety of strengths just like the incandescent bulbs do but quite often in lumins rather than wattage and some of them can even be used with a variable resistor to determine how bright you wish the light to be. Oh yeah, you can Bing or Google the wattage/lumins conversion chart to see what you might need.
     
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