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Old September 30 2012, 06:10 AM   #16
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Re: Home lighting.

That is strange to hear (to me anyway) as I never had use of more than a 40W lamp -unless I had a dimmer attached.

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Say, do you live in the south? -In my experience people from lower latitudes tend to have higher wattages -or even CFL-tubes- for home lighting.
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Old September 30 2012, 07:01 AM   #17
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Re: Home lighting.

Three way bulbs actually have two incandescent filaments in them. As you rotate the switch on the three way socket through its four positions 120 volts of electricity is sent through the low watt filament, the high watt filament and then through both filaments. Of course that fourth position is back to both filaments unpowered. Yes, if one of the filaments burns out you only enjoy an odd sequence of operation when the surviving filament is energized. If you don't have any three way replacement bulbs you can use a regular screw base incandescent or CFL in the three way socket as a substitute. Everything gets the full wave form at 120 volts 60 Hz whenever it's activated.

Note that in the US household outlets and overhead lighting fixtures might supply voltages anywhere in the 115 to 120 volt range. Central air conditioners/heat pumps, electric ranges, electric water heaters, electric clothes driers and larger window air conditioners are usually supplied with twice the voltage supplied in the ordinary outlets.
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Old September 30 2012, 07:26 AM   #18
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Re: Home lighting.

In case anyone was wondering, here's what it looks like when I set the LEDs to cycle through the colours:


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As you can see I don't get a lot of light from them in this configuration, but I do get an effect.
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Old September 30 2012, 10:47 PM   #19
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Re: Home lighting.

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. . . And I come from a family of electricians and the like.
So you've never used a safety razor, then?

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Old October 1 2012, 05:38 AM   #20
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Re: Home lighting.

I just bought some Edison-style light bulbs for my place, and I *love* them. I hate a cool blue light, and these give off a great warm glow that I really enjoy.

Here's a pic of what I'm talking about:

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Old October 2 2012, 03:28 AM   #21
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Re: Home lighting.

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I just bought some Edison-style light bulbs for my place, and I *love* them. I hate a cool blue light, and these give off a great warm glow that I really enjoy.

Here's a pic of what I'm talking about:

I love the look, reminding me a little of Nixie tubes. However, they use even more energy than the filament light bulbs that are being phased out. Kind of sad, really... Hopefully one day they'll be able to make a warm LED light with fiber optics in such a way as to mimic this timeless old design.

I like the idea of LED lighting, but I'm just waiting until the technology evolves a little more for the screw socket format. Most of them are too expensive or not warm enough.

I have a Z-Bar light for my piano, which has 6 LEDs installed with the daylight shade (instead of cool), and it's a terrific light... except for the interface (no direct "off" switch; you have to click down to "0" from whatever intensity is set). One of the best LED desk lamps I've found thus far.
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Old October 2 2012, 06:07 AM   #22
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Re: Home lighting.

I've got one low wattage floor lamp in the corner of the living room that I rarely even use. This place is pretty well lit without it for some reason.
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Old October 2 2012, 07:34 AM   #23
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Re: Home lighting.

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