New directions are happening over here. I won't have access to a garden anytime in the near future, however, plenty of ideas are brewing over. The upcoming posts will probably concentrate more on theoretical aspects in my life. The upcoming purchase of an acre of land (Within the Year) and the eventual building of a tiny house. Over the last half year my mind has been preoccupied with the notion of living without much overhead. Using only what you need. A luxury minimalism if you will.
Today while bored on one of my days off I spent a considerable amount of time in the box stores. After reading online about various LED lights my curiosity led me to find something tangeable.
The keeper? Philips L-prize winning 60watt equivalent. Producing 940 lumens (60w=800) at 10 watts usage. The L prize is the US' new program to entice manufacturers to make higher efficiency consumer products. This bulb is the first to receive that recognition. Also, thanks to Detroit Edison subsidizing a portion of it, it can be had for 40 bucks instead of 50. Yes. WOW. Heaps of money. Thing is though if you use it 6 hours a day it supposedly lasts 11 years. Yeah yeah. They never do. At least with CFL bulbs. However with CFLs we all buy the cheapest ones available which happen to be horrible chinese goods. I'm near certain the supposed lifespan of them is really based on the quality product which is missing at the base cost units.
So do I honestly believe this LED bulb is going to last? Actually yes. Part of the L-prize is quality testing.
Why the fascination with LED and alternative lighting? If the eventual idea is to use solar panels to produce what I need for a tiny house. Lighting is going to be a large proportion of its usage. If I can design a space with a minimal amount of recessed lighting throughout the spaces then an affordable PV system is attainable. I still wish to live in lavish luxury, however, I want to be efficient at doing so. ;)
LED Magazine - L-prize Winner
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