May 2, 2007
my new lightbulbs
lightbulbs left to right: LED, halogen, halogen, CFL
(you can click on image to see it larger)
My new lightbulb arrived today. After my recent lighbulb moment, I was excited to see how it fared.
I ordered a par 20 LED for the kitchen. I use the kitchen lights more than any in the house, so I thought that would be a good place to switch to "greener" bulbs (plus, the rest of the house is on dimmer switches in a size not available as dimmable CFL).
I have 4 recessed spots in the kitchen ceiling. I have been using halogen spots up until now. The other day I bought a CFL, which didn't seem to project enough light down to the counter. However, the CFL lit the wall above the cabinets very well (it is very dusty up there!)
I was hoping the LED would do a better job of casting the light to the countertop, and it is better at that than the CFL, but the light itself is very dim. The LED is also very blue, more daylight colored.
If you look at the above photo you can see the 4 lights with no other light sources on in the room. LED is on the left, 2 halogens in the middle spots, and CFL on the right above the sink. See the color difference? Notice the light on the cabinet fronts and the countertop. In some places they are well lit and in others they are in the dark. You can also see a difference in how much light is hitting the wall above the cabinets.
I hate to say the halogens really look the best in color, brightness and projection. I am not sure if I prefer the CFL or the LED. I don't expect to keep using halogen, so I guess I'll have to make a decision. I do have under counter lights in addition, so that could help light up that space with task lighting if needed.
Any preferences or other ideas?