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Affordable LED candelabra bulbs
on October 26, 2013
My wife leaves the lights on in the dining room all the time, which was driving me crazy. I figured, to salvage this marriage, I'd pony up for some energy efficient bulbs and tell her to leave em on till the end of time. At the store, there were no CFLs for candelabras. I'm not a fan of CFLs anyway - they take forever to brighten, don't last nearly as long as advertised, and mercury.
So this was my first foray into the world of LED bulbs for home lighting. The prices are so high this FEIT set of 3 seemed to be the best buy.
All 3 bulbs are working, so I had no issues with a dead bulb.
My wife and I assumed we wouldn't like the warmth of the bulbs but we are pleasantly surprised. It's no glowing tungsten, but it's really not that bad. So those two things along with a reasonable price have motivated me to give this 5 stars and perhaps leave potential buyers at ease.
At ~6 a bulb, given the amount of usage it will receive, I expect each bulb to pay for itself in energy costs after about 1 year.
Another reason I wanted these or CFLs was how much heat the 60w bulbs were creating inside the chandelier. Somewhat surprising to me is how hot the white base of these LEDs gets. You don't want to touch it for too long. However the bulb is cool to the touch. If I had a current meter I'd check to see how much energy these are actually using. Seems like too much heat is being dissipated for these to only draw a few watts.
At any rate - I'm going to order 3 more to finish off my chandelier. Then it's going to be blinding in here. The way my wife has to have it - even at midday.
Update (July 2014) - after a few months one of the bulbs (I now have a full 6 populating the chandelier) would turn on and off (toggling somewhat randomly but in no shorter than 5 minute intervals). As of last week it is dead. So one out of the six did not live up to its billing. If another goes out I may have to downgrade to 4 stars. Overall, still satisfied with the quality given the price.
Update (October 2015) - So it's more than a year later. The 5 of 6 that were working in July 2014 (one went out pretty early on) are still working. They've gotten a lot of use. If we are awake, our dining room chandelier is most-likely on. It was a good purchase at ~$6/bulb
I think I'm going to rig up something and test the current draw. The amount of heating coming off the base just seems to indicate it could be higher than advertised.