We have written about LED lighting in the past, and there are lots of good reasons to consider it in your home. The recessed lighting options out there can help with energy savings as well as tackling a troublesome air sealing dilemma.
But the big hurdle for me is the light bulb. We use them everywhere in our homes and in places where we really need them like to read or get down the stairs. There have a number of bulbs making their way to market, and one of them is CREE.
It did cost me $12, but my biggest complaint is that I may have to keep the receipt for 10 years if it fails under warranty. If it only lasts 10 years, it will have been a $1.20 a year investment and I expect to spend that much a year to keep it on about 6 hours a day since it uses only 9.5 watts produces 800 lumens. An incandescent might cost $8 a year to burn the same hours and it sure won’t last 10 years.
What does it look like though, since nostalgia and good looks matter and have kept some of us from changing standard light bulbs to compact fluorescents. Go figure, I think it looks like a light bulb. I’m running out of excuses. Even with antique fixtures, something crying for an old Edison bulb I think it looks pretty good.