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Timothy Miller
squggily bulbs verses flood light squgglies

installing compact floorisant bulbs in recessed ceiling light cans and wondering if any difference verses the encapsulated ones that look like a flood light ? Is the light shine different or the color of light ...

keith3267
Re: squggily bulbs verses flood light squgglies

The "encapsulated" bulbs have a reflector built into them that will direct more of the light into the room. Not only will you get more light, but the recessed can should stay a little cooler and the bulb will last longer.

SteveOS
Re: squggily bulbs verses flood light squgglies

Wanted to mention that Home Depot is now private labeling Lighting Science Group's BR30 LED bulbs under their EcoSmart brand and they are awesome compared to the BR30 CFLs...

Timothy Miller
Re: squggily bulbs verses flood light squgglies

thanks for the help.

Brookworld
Re: squggily bulbs verses flood light squgglies
Timothy Miller wrote:

installing compact floorisant bulbs in recessed ceiling light cans and wondering if any difference verses the encapsulated ones that look like a flood light ? Is the light shine different or the color of light ...

Plain CFL's are $3-$4 each (less with subsidy). The R40 CFL's are $8-$9, but the bulb cover is so much better asthetically looking that I have them. Women don't want to see naked bulbs.

CFL's now have different color temperatures - 2700k "warm" (traditional yellow), 3500k (white) and 5000k (very white - operating room) and 6500k (bluish white - my daughter calls it spaceship). To my eyes, 4100k or 5000k is the best but women hate it because it shows facial details while older people still prefer 2700k traditional. For comparison, regular filament bulbs are 2700k and halogens slightly whiter at 2900k. To me, I can't see white until 3100k-3500k.

I've seen 2700k R40's for $5, but I use 5000k temperature so paid $9 each. Home Depot also has 3500k bulbs. The R30's are a little less expensive and have lower light output, typically 1,100 lumens rather than 1500-1600 for R40's.

Home Depot also have the R20's accent (very recessed) in 2700k or 5000k (again, I use 5000k for my eyes).

Most CFL's take 1-2 minutes to glow to full light -- I have 9 R40 CFL's in my kitchen and it's dim for 2 minutes until warmed. They're not for frequent on/off duty.

The bulb lens reduces the light output but the built-in reflector & silver body directs more light down -- they're rated about the same as a regular spiral - 23w = 1500-1600 lumens.

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