Make your own lightbulb "kits"

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by generic.homeowner, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Here's an idea for the furture. Beginning on January 1, 2012, the
    stores wont be able to sell 100w incandescent light bulbs. But what
    about kits to make your own. It dont say anything in the new
    regulations about "kits", just the finished ready to use bulbs will be

    The kits will come in two levels.

    The first level will include the blown glass bulb complete with the
    filament enclosed. You will just have to solder and glue the threaded
    base to the bulb.

    The second level will require the purchaser to construct the entire
    bulb from raw materials.

    This will not only be educational, but will furnish the average guy
    something to do on their weekends to avoid boredom while watching
    sports on tv. This will also save the average guy a fair amount of
    money. Rather than spending money of things such as traveling, going
    to bars, wilderness adventures, going to movies, sporting events,
    dining, and and other things people waste their money doing on
    weekends, they will instead spend all their free time making
    lightbulbs for their homes. This is a project the whole family will
    enjoy doing at the dining room table, using candles to see in the dark
    evening hours during the winter holidays.

    Isn't America great!
    generic.homeowner, Nov 18, 2011
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  2. I like option # 1.
    hr(bob) hofmann, Nov 18, 2011
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  3. generic.homeowner

    Tegger Guest

    wrote in

    You must be a homo.

    A "guy" is not a "they", a "guy" is a "HE".

    Politically-correct grade-school bucket-fillers are "they", and may not
    even possess penises.
    Tegger, Nov 19, 2011
  4. haven't seen them locally yet
    hr(bob) hofmann, Nov 19, 2011
  5. generic.homeowner

    krw Guest

    I have close to that, though they're 60W clear. I have a house full of
    fixtures that want 60W clear bulbs (only two 100W frosted, in the garage door
    opener, IIRC).
    Rather irrelevant. I wouldn't have more than a dozen if Congress hadn't stuck
    their nose where it doesn't belong.
    krw, Nov 19, 2011
  6. generic.homeowner

    Tomsic Guest

    Nice. I personally like the GE product and the price is about the same as
    the old standard bulb. But the 90 watt doesn't meet the requirements that
    kick in 1/1/12. They say that the max bulb wattage has to be 72 watts with
    an output range of 1490-2600 lumens.

    Tomsic, Nov 19, 2011
  7. generic.homeowner

    pseudonym Guest

    Walmart has least my local one does...but after using led bulbs
    for a couple months now, the incandescents are pointless/wasteful
    pseudonym, Nov 19, 2011
  8. Obviously you must be a wealthy doctor or lawyer to be able to afford
    LED bulbs. Either that, or you used your life savings to buy them,
    and will have no savings left for retirement.
    Most of us cant afford them.

    I get the biggest laugh out of the advertising for all these
    alternative bulbs. Or should I not laugh and state their outright
    lies. They say you will save all kinds of money on your electric
    bills. Sure, you will save a few bucks, but you'll be spending 100%
    to 50,000% more on lightbulbs. Those CFL bulbs are a minimum of $3
    each, often more, compared to 25 cents for an incandescent. And dont
    let them fool you, they dont last any longer, in fact most of the ones
    I've used lasted less hours than the old standard bulbs.

    You're not saving anything in the end.....
    More likely spending MORE, often MUCH MORE.....
    generic.homeowner, Nov 19, 2011
  9. generic.homeowner

    dpb Guest


    If that's the halogen bulb, they're like $5+/ea whereas incandescents
    are $1-/ea.

    I'm unaware that GE has a 90W incandescent; if I knew of it I'd be
    looking as well as am just now in the process of placing a sizable order
    for the precise reason they're going away.

    GE at the time of the talk of and institution of the ban was working on
    and thought they would have a high-efficiency incandescent that could
    meet the standard but they pulled the plug (so to speak) on the R&D
    effort in 2008 or thereabouts realizing it couldn't be done (or at least
    it couldn't be done w/o such an extensive investment it didn't/wouldn't

    AFAIK the 90W halogen won't meet the standard, either, not sure whether
    it escapes the actual ban by being under 100W or not but I can't see it
    surviving long in the market place at the price point.

    dpb, Nov 19, 2011
  10. langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

    All those words on that page and nowhere do the list the price.....
    Or else my browser is failing.....

    I'd guess it's more likely that they're real ashamed of the high
    generic.homeowner, Nov 19, 2011
  11. generic.homeowner

    Higgs Boson Guest

    Hey, you;re ahead of me, man! I'd better hit HD or Anawalt this

    Higgs Boson, Nov 19, 2011
  12. generic.homeowner

    Higgs Boson Guest

    But aren't LED still too expensive? Straight question

    Higgs Boson, Nov 19, 2011
  13. I thought he married Mac Culkin?

    Christopher A. Young
    Learn more about Jesus

    Consider Michael Jackson: Where else could a poor black kid
    grow up to be a
    rich white man and marry Elvis Presley's daughter?

    Yes, indeed, America is a great place.
    Stormin Mormon, Nov 19, 2011
  14. Hmm. Now, you need some freon, saturday
    night specials, heroin, and crack cocaine. Go
    into business. You'll make a fortune.

    Christopher A. Young
    Learn more about Jesus

    I prefer my idea. I've already stockpiled 400
    american made 100 w GE bulbs. I'm good to
    Stormin Mormon, Nov 19, 2011
  15. generic.homeowner

    HeyBob Guest

    But aren't LED still too expensive? Straight question


    The following explanation was borrowed from Reverend
    Hardwick's previous post:

    With an electricity cost of 10 cents per kilowatt hour, a
    100 watt
    incandescent light bulb costs about 1 cent per hour to run.
    The average
    life span of an incandescent bulb is 1000 hours. If you do
    the math
    you'll see that over the life of the bulb it will consume
    about $10
    worth of electricity.

    If you do even more math, you'll see that the OP that
    stockpiled 100
    incandescent light bulbs just bought himself a $4000
    electric bill over
    the life of the bulbs.

    Doing even more math, the wise consumer will see what a
    bargain LED
    lighting is.
    HeyBob, Nov 19, 2011
  16. generic.homeowner

    Tomsic Guest

    You tell a sad story, but it doesn't need to be that way. 7 years after
    installing CFL bulbs and using them every evening, I've yet to replace even
    one. At 15 cents/kWh, I paid for those things more than 2 years ago and
    have been reaping the savings every month since. There are junk CFLs out
    there and that's where most people lose because buying cheap is risking
    higher costs since you don't know if they will last or not. Buy Energy Star
    rated bulbs and you get a replacement warranty plus a lower risk of early
    bulb failures.

    There are savings to be had just like buying a car that gets more mpg. I
    just love driving into a gas station, looking at the pump and see $45-55
    which someone just paid and then filling up for $25.

    Tomsic, Nov 19, 2011
  17. generic.homeowner

    Tomsic Guest

    You make a good point about using 4-foot fluorescents. They're the most
    widely-used fluorescent lamp in the U.S. and have been made since the 1940s,
    so the price is low and the quality high (don't buy cheap off-brand junk
    though). Lamp life is 20,000 hours or more. Use them if you can.

    Tomsic, Nov 19, 2011
  18. generic.homeowner

    Tomsic Guest

    Don't see why they should be. I paid $40 at HD for an LED bulb (60 watt
    equivalent) two months ago. Now, the price is a few dollars less.
    Something that pays back it's initial cost in energy savings and lasts for
    years while it does the job is a deal even if the price is higher initially.
    What other appliance does that -- clothes dryer, TV, sweeper? Nope.

    Tomsic, Nov 19, 2011
  19. generic.homeowner

    krw Guest

    I've changed three light bulbs in three years. Two of them in a fan on the
    back porch and an *expensive* CLF (the straightish type) in a closet (never
    left on). We have somewhere around 60 incandescent bulbs and two CFLs in
    walk-in closets. I have a few hundred incandescent bulbs in the attic (and
    another order going out next week for another hundred 100W bulbs).
    krw, Nov 20, 2011
  20. So this is what the sell at those Moron churches....
    Oops, I meant MorMon.
    generic.homeowner, Nov 20, 2011
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