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Mel's Cookin'

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Guess I need to go ahead and switch mine out. The ones I haven't switched out were here before I moved in so I'm going to tell myself they are almost dead anyway... and switch them out just before the trash pickup. Otherwise, I know me, I'll put the old ones in a box and keep them, just in case. I'll try to outsmart myself so I don't have to walk around a box of half-dead light bulbs for the next eleven years. :p
 

Mel's Cookin'

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Us northerners still like a few 100w incandescent laying around. Do you have a motor that doesn't like to start in the cold? A water line that tends to freeze up? A 100w bulb placed next to the problem produces enough heat to "fix" it.
I have about a hundred 100w and a hundred 60w incandescents for just those reasons. I run them on the front porch too, all night long in the fall of the year. I've got a ton of tree frogs here and it gives them an extra few weeks in the fall if they gather around the two porch lights for warmth and moths at night. In the mornings I sweep moth wings and frog poop off the porch and we're ready for another night. If I go outside about midnight, there will be 30 - 40 tree frogs on the house gathered around those two lights.

Everyone laughs at me for paying to run tree frog heaters... but they're so darn cute when they hang on the kitchen window and watch me wash dishes...

Guess I could keep those old light bulbs for my never-ending front porch needs. Dang it. I was so close to actually throwing them away. LOL
 

Mel's Cookin'

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I have got to hand it to you Mels. You never cease to amaze me. I have heard of a lot of uses for light bulbs but keeping tree frogs warm is definitely a new one !!
I'm not usually plagued by anyone pointing at me and using the word "normal." Sometimes that's a good thing... the rest of the time... oh well. But I have the happiest tree frogs in the neighborhood. :giggle:
 

Sacajawea

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Yup; I became a believer when I had 110 can flood lights (20 ft in the air some places) to change out. Current living room overlight requires a 25 ft ladder (because of the timbers used to brace it are that high)... to change out the ONE DAMN BULB outta 5 that went bad within 6 months of installation. (It's a candelabra style; and those are picky as all get out - not only do you have to choose correct socket size - but the globe only goes over the skinny ones.)
 

240Geezer

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Mostly done last year. Every once in a while I find an odd one to switch out.
Just did the driveway floods a couple of months ago.
Electric bill has not decreased so......
 

HandLoad

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#14
Yeah, it is "Small Potatoes" for the Electric bill (unless Your rates are completely Hideous), but for when You are on Aux Power, whether Solar or GenSet, it makes Quite a bit of difference in how Your spaces are lit, and how much Fuel/Battery Capacity You use.
 

AGreyMan

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It all adds up: In researching before the purchase of my solar energy system, I read somewhere that for every $1 you spend on reducing your energy use (like LED lights, energy efficient appliances, etc.) you save $7 by not having to size a system larger to power that load.

LEDs were a cheap and simple way to cut consumption, especially since the price has come down and the color is as warm as an incandescent.