I have CLF lightbulbs throughout my house, and have been considering updating some of the high use lightbulbs to LED. However, when examining the lightbulb options at my local sam’s club, I came to a horrible discovery.
The Lumens produced by the 3 watt Flexible LED Strip Lights was a mere 80. When compared to the 9 watt CLF, which produces 450 lumens. For those of you who don’t care to do the math, that makes the led strip less cost effective, and other for the lack of mercury and longevity of life, completely useless to me. Furthermore, there is noway most normal people could function in the low lighting these lightbulbs produce. It might work for a desk lamp, but none of the LED lightbulbs, even the biggest bulbs they had didn’t produce enough, and the trend continues across every bulb available. Their flood light didn’t even have the equivalent lumens of a 40 watt(9 watt CLF) lightbulb.
Does anyone know about this problem. We would be living in very dark conditions, or require many many bulbs, which defeats the whole purpose, if we switched to LED. Are lumens measured differently for LED, or is this a whole scam to get people to spend more money, save energy, but only at the cost of lighting and their eyes. Any one know more? Any buy led lighting downlights and found them brighter than the lumens suggest?
Update: I am no fan of incandescent lightbulbs, which is why I get CLF, but CLF bulbs can equal the lumens of incandescent. Someone could produce a CLF lightbulb that uses half the energy but also half the lumens, but that is not energy star or saving the energy, and from what I have seen, are less energy saving than CLF when comparing lumens. The fact that they use less energy is only attributed to the fact that they produce less lumens, and if you had enough LEDs to compare lumens to CLF or incandescent, it seems LEDs are less energy efficient than CLF. Please tell me I am wrong, because that seems like the biggest scam ever, especially at $10-$20 a bulb.
They are called CFL’s, not CLF’s. It is the short designation for Compact Florescent Lights. An LED is short for Light Emitting Diode.
As for not producing enough light, I disagree. Among Being a long-time Professional Home Improvement Contractor, I did 15 years as an Industrial Process Improvement Tech.
The softer light offered by Flexible LED Strip Lights doesn’t cast harsh shadows and is MUCH easier on the eyes. In my opinion, there’s no more comfortable light to work under. Eye strain virtually disappears when compared to incandescent or florescent lighting.
lighting are NOT meant to replace all lighting everywhere, but when I read, cook or shuffle up to my workbench, I put a lot of years (Please don’t ask how many!) experience behind my choice of lighting. I choose LED’s.