Cap wrote:I've had terrible luck with the new bulbs. They last about 1yr on average.
That's because they are made in China with the rest of the junk they send us. It also doesn't help that many homes today have line voltage of over 120 volts. I've got 123 volts on average here and that makes short work of a 120V bulb. I try to find 130 volt lamps which last a lot longer, but they are tough to find.
For places I really don't want to dink with replacing bulbs all the time I use 1000 lumen and 2500 lumen incandescent streetlighting lamps. They are hard to get in small quantities - I got some probably 10 years ago from Grainger. They are inefficient as h@ll, the 1000 lumen lamp uses 105 watts and the 2500 lumen lamp uses 202 watts. The upside is they are krypton filled and have 12,000 hour rated life. Yes, twelve THOUSAND hours.
And, for those of you who live in and around New Jersey, there are TONS of incandescent streetlights still in use, although they are slowly being replaced by "modern" light sources. Many of these fixtures date from the 40's through the 60's. After witnessing the conversion to the puke-colored sodium fixtures during the 80's, taking a walk at night under incandescent lights is very relaxing and peaceful, rather than feeling like you're walking through a prison yard.
Back to the topic - I find it amusing that compact fluorescent lamps are being pushed so hard and incandescent lamps are being made "illegal". The enviro-nazis really have no clue. Lighting is really a very small percentage of total electrical demand, and home lighting is a mere fraction of the total lighting slice.
In addition, the enviro-nazis have banned mercury vapor lamps from being produced because (DUH) they contain mercury. Well, compact fluorescent lamps contain mercury, as well as the puke sodium lamps and metal halide lamps. It's just that these lamps don't say MERCURY as part of their name, so the enviro-nazis and the rest of the sheep that follow them have no clue. The flipside is mercury vapor lamps have the longest lifetime (before the manufacturers quit making them "too good" back in the '60's) with lamps still in service today that were installed originally in the 60's and early 70's. That equates to over 150,000 hours of use! So how does that pollute the environment? Oh yeah, that's right - it doesn't offer repeat sales for the beancounters and stockholders.
So rather than install mercury containing CFL lamps and break a leg when I take the dog out when it's -10F and the bulb produces crap for light, I'll burn a big-hog incandescent and let the mercury from the coal powerplant do the job instead. Dammit, where's my coal shovel? I need to throw another bucket of bituminous in the stoker before Illinois freezes over.