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Is there a better option than incandescent bulbs for my kitchen? More inside...
posted by daver to home & garden (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
We have 2 pendant mounted globes in our kitchen, and are using incandescent bulbs (to my chagrin) in them. However, I can't find a lighting option that fulfills the needs of my wife better than these. Here are the minimum requirements:
* output of around 2,700 lumens (to replace a 150 watt bulb)
* radiation pattern similar to an incandescent bulb (not a flood or spot)
* Color temperature warm (3000 kelvin I guess?)
* Infinitely dimmable, with no flickering or misbehavior at lower power (e.g. when turning on/off)
* must fit inside existing globe fixtures (probably room for 3 regular incandescent bulbs)
* Must turn on instantaneously (or pretty dang close)
* Energy efficiency should be similar to CFLs
I am hoping to find out that there were some LEDs that met these conditions, but the search so far as not been very helpful. I find low output bulbs, questionable dimmability, etc. CFLs dimmibility and on/off performance seems poor too poor to consider.
I would consider doing something mildly crazy, like running 12v LED lights using a fancy/schmancy controller if I could do that with minimal remodeling and high assurance that it'd work for the long haul, but this is a tough bill to fill I think.