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View Diary: UPDATE x3: LED Lightbulbs Finally Ready for Prime Time! (282 comments)

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  •  Their winning niche right now dimmable+candelabra. (5+ / 0-)

    Dimmable CFLs are expensive and not as reliable as ordinary CFLs.
    Ditto for candelabra-sized (the smaller, typically 40W ones that have become fashionable in bathrooms etc.).
    Also, for reading lamps (i.e., close to your head) it is not recommended to use CFLs due to their high UV radiation.

    Of course, once the LED price point drops even further, CFLs might gradually be phased out of the main market because they are a headache to get rid of for the responsible consumer, and if they happen to break it's a minor HazMat event, taking place in such cheerful locales as the kids' bedroom. Been there, done that.

    Not to mention, perhaps finally we'll get those energy-hogging incandescents to be really obsolete.

    Looking forward to those affordable LEDs!

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