flood lights (by Nicole [PA]) Nov 16, 2020 10:18 PM|
flood lights (by Robert J [CA]) Nov 16, 2020 10:43 PM
flood lights (by DJ [VA]) Nov 17, 2020 12:02 AM
flood lights (by Steve [MA]) Nov 17, 2020 6:00 AM
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flood lights (by Johnny B. [MA]) Nov 17, 2020 7:42 AM
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flood lights (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Nov 17, 2020 8:57 AM
flood lights (by Allym [NJ]) Nov 17, 2020 10:43 AM
flood lights (by WL [CA]) Nov 18, 2020 2:57 AM
flood lights (by Nicole [PA]) Nov 18, 2020 7:19 AM
flood lights (by Allym [NJ]) Nov 18, 2020 9:04 AM
flood lights (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Nov 18, 2020 10:10 AM
flood lights (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Nov 18, 2020 12:10 PM
flood lights (by hubba hubba [CA]) Nov 19, 2020 2:07 PM
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flood lights (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Nov 16, 2020 10:18 PM
I have four flood lights at second story height. I don't pay someone to come over and climb up there every time a bulb goes out - sometimes it seems like it's fairly quick although no one gets to them and I don't buy generic brand (not sure if that matters or not). So one or two is out quite often.
So I am having some work done up on the third floor and decided since they'll have ladders and/or scaffolding, it's a good time to replace the old (fixtures are probably 30ish years) what's there with new.
Suggestions? The expensive 50 year bulb? Solar? --72.70.xxx.xxx
flood lights (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Nov 16, 2020 10:43 PM
I use LED Flood Bulbs. I can change them with a light changing Pole. 90 Watt LED Bulbs that only use around 18 watts of power.. --47.155.xx.xxx
flood lights (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2020 12:02 AM
You don't need to change the fixture, just use LED bulbs. --70.160.xxx.xxx
flood lights (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2020 6:00 AM
Years ago when they first became readily available I switched the bulk of my common area (interior & exterior) lights from incandescent to fluorescent bulbs. I was amazed at how much money I saved & how less frequent the bulb changes became. This was especially true at places where the interior common lights were on 24/7/365. Other than the initial purchase price the only real drawback was the length of time it took them to come on during cold weather.
Since then I've switched all of my common area (interior & exterior) lighting to LED bulbs. Right away I noticed a significant drop in my electric bills. For most of the interior areas, I just got LED bulbs & used then in the existing fixtures. For all of the exterior lights I got specific LED fixtures that protect the bulbs from direct contact from rain, snow or ice. In the 7+ years since I started changing my exterior lighting to LED, I've not had to change even 1 of the LED bulb. I have had to change a few of the interior ones that were just bulb replacements. These were all due to the bulb being accidently hit.
IMO LEDs are the way to go especially for areas that it's difficult to access the fixture for changing the bulbs. I'm sure that you will notice how much more light these bulbs put out as well as a reduction in your kilowatt hours. --71.174.xxx.xx
flood lights (by Lynn [MA]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2020 6:38 AM
LED drivers generate a lot of heat. I've seen several fail when they are installed in closed light fixtures. I have some LED light bulbs with heat sinks that last longer and I also use LED fixtures with a screw on base to an old fixture. --66.30.xx.xx
flood lights (by Johnny B. [MA]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2020 7:42 AM
I just bought a few commercial electric exterior LED flood lights for my house from Home Depot. They are 5500 lumen and were $89 each. They are awesome! --24.147.xx.xxx
flood lights (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2020 8:55 AM
I applaud you being proactive. If you are swapping out the fixtures for cosmetic purposes now would be the time to do it if there are ladders and scaffolding there already.
LED floodlight bulbs run between $15-20 each.
The amount of light these things give off is about 30% more than what you have now - but they do it with only a fraction of the power.
What is the payback? Well that depends on how often these lights come on. If they are dusk to dawn lights, you will get this money back in less than a year. If they are motion sensor in an area that does get much movement, it might take longer. --24.101.xxx.xx
flood lights (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2020 8:57 AM
How many lights are you doing? There was an energy grant available in the fall that was a dollar for dollar match up over $6,000 as a cap limit.
It might be worth wild to increase the scope if you can safe the environment and do it at 50 cents on the dollar --24.101.xxx.xx
flood lights (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Nov 17, 2020 10:43 AM
My dad put up a big sodium vapor fixture on the back of this little colonial maybe 50 years ago. Bulb only needed changing a few times. Current bulb has been up for 10 years with no change until a tree limb took the whole thing down. I'm not putting it back up. It was too big. As soon as I find an electrician I will get a small motion senser at a height I can get to with a ladder. --71.104.xx.xxx
flood lights (by WL [CA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 2:57 AM
Some new floodlights come equipped with video cams. I've been looking at the Eufy floodlight cam . . . Customize detection settings to suit your surroundings. When a relevant event is identified the footage will be recorded and an instant alert will be sent , , , about $150. Catch the bad boys on video with an alert to you? --201.140.xxx.xx
flood lights (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 7:19 AM
thanks all. I was hesitant w/the LED because when they first came out (or when I figured out they were supposedly a good deal) I put two on a high peak on my personal residence. I'm not sure but I believe they were $50+ each. I remember yelling at my son the entire time he was up on the ladder that if he dropped it, he bought it !!! I digress. Anyway, one of those bulbs has burned out already and I know it's not 10 years old.
I'll probably go w/the led on these - 4 fixtures on 3 sides of a building. Tenants control the light switches. I am surprised at how dark they all keep it. Three of the four directly cover the parking area from different angles and the fourth gets a good portion of the common sidewalk through the back yard. All four benefit each unit and have coverage overlaps. --72.70.xxx.xxx
flood lights (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 9:04 AM
I pay for flood lights that protect my property on one. They are wired into the owner's meter and they do get used. On one building there is no owner's meter and the tenants requested extra lighting. They are motion activated and the tenny pays the electric. Third building also has no owner's meter and each tenant has a light on the garage that they can use or not use. Safer neighborhood usually --71.104.xx.xxx
flood lights (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 10:10 AM
I don't know about flood lights but we are using exterior and interior fixtures with LED CHIPS - no bulbs.
My experience with the long lasting "bulbs" - they should re-name them short lasting.
Old school bulbs lasted for YEARSSSS.
flood lights (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 12:10 PM
I have 6 floodlights around my 'compound'. I switched all of them to LED's a few years back and saved a bundle on my electric bill. THEN I switched them all (getting old) to SOLAR floods. Electric bill went down substantially AND you can move them anywhere, anytime easily, no wiring to worry about, work great. Plenty of light and adjustable timing. Only problem is that the Raccoons, Skunks, Coyotes, Possums, and Feral Cats set them off for fun. I see them walking back and forth triggering the lights on purpose. Didn't know they were so smart. --72.199.xx.xxx
flood lights (by hubba hubba [CA]) Posted on: Nov 19, 2020 2:07 PM
Buy name brand bulbs for a few bucks more. They last considerably longer than the cheap ones. --157.131.xxx.xx
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