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Posted: 1/7/2012 10:22:32 AM EDT
Say what you want about CFLs, but take out your 100W incandescent light bulb and replace it with this (rather large) 500-Watt equivalent (105w actual) CFL... Behold the light!

$30 each, but I'm tempted to get a couple for my garage....

http://www.lightbulbsdirect.com/page/001/PROD/Spiral65WMed/SP10541MED

8,000 Hour Life
Wattage: 105 Watt
Incandescent Wattage Comparison: 500
Base: Medium
Initial Lumens: 6900
Color Temperature: 4100K
CRI: 84
MOL: 13"
Qty: 1
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:24:22 AM EDT
Too bright...
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:24:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Thatdude333:
Say what you want about CFLs, but take out your 100W incandescent light bulb and replace it with this (rather large) 500-Watt equivalent (105w actual) CFL... Behold the light!

$30 each, but I'm tempted to get a couple for my garage....

http://www.lightbulbsdirect.com/page/001/PROD/Spiral65WMed/SP10541MED

8,000 Hour Life
Wattage: 105 Watt
Incandescent Wattage Comparison: 500
Base: Medium
Initial Lumens: 6900
Color Temperature: 4100K
CRI: 84
MOL: 13"
Qty: 1

I'd buy a few if they came down to $5 or so.

I run a couple of 300 watt incandescents in my kitchen. They're great bulbs. 130 volt instead of 120 so they don't get blown out by power surges.



Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:58:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Thatdude333:
Say what you want about CFLs, but take out your 100W incandescent light bulb and replace it with this (rather large) 500-Watt equivalent (105w actual) CFL... Behold the light!

$30 each, but I'm tempted to get a couple for my garage....

http://www.lightbulbsdirect.com/page/001/PROD/Spiral65WMed/SP10541MED

8,000 Hour Life
Wattage: 105 Watt
Incandescent Wattage Comparison: 500
Base: Medium
Initial Lumens: 6900
Color Temperature: 4100K
CRI: 84
MOL: 13"
Qty: 1


I have some of the 200 watt daylight CFL and they work great, just 3 of them in a 24x36 building
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:04:18 AM EDT
I have (4) 300 Watt in my garage, and they are dang bright but huge. I should have bought the 500 Watt equivalent.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:05:15 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:07:20 AM EDT
Would be nice if they were dimmable.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:09:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 11:10:00 AM EDT by Fast_Jimmy]
A good 300 watt incandescent is about 5900 Lumens, so this bulb actually is the equivalent of about 350 watts. That said, it is a lot more efficient than an incandescent, looks like about 65 watts per lumen.

Seriously, though, if you need this much light, the T8 shoplights are 5600 lumens for 64 watts (2X32W lamps), which is 87.5 Lumens per watt. Oh, and the lamps are about 2 dollars each, if not less and last 20000 hrs! That's the best option for efficiency.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:09:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By cchurchi:
I have (4) 300 Watt in my garage, and they are dang bright but huge. I should have bought the 500 Watt equivalent.


Check out the lumen output. You most likely did, within a few percentage points.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:09:41 AM EDT
Thanks for that link.

My garage has two 100 Watt Bulbs for a 2 car garage, the lighting sucks and this will fix it.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:31:05 AM EDT
I run a couple of those big bitches in my outdoor lights (sodium vapor/streetlight type).
Both of them combined use 1/2 the energy of 1 of the old school ones.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 11:33:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Too bright...


And you're not?
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 1:09:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 7:24:05 PM EDT by losscolinas]
so what type of base is a typical household lamp? medium or mogul?

edit- medium=e26
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 3:41:21 PM EDT
Pretty sure I picked up a couple of those at home depot or lowes....They are still working fine years later
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 3:51:55 PM EDT
You can get them cheaper and in different kelvin temperatures here:

http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/420-watt-equal-cfl-compact-fluorescents/
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