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Old 09-13-2010, 11:22 AM   #15
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For new fixtures for general illumination (rather than a spotlight) you may find that fluorescent lamps are a better alternative. The light is more natural, the fixtures are cheaper, and the amp draw for a given brightness is about the same.
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:01 PM   #16
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The current draw for LEDs is typically 30-40% lower than for CFLs, which are the most efficient of the florescent lights. Strip lights have an older style of ballast and are less efficient run off 12v as they require an additional driver circuit that is done electronically in the CFLs.

However, the LEDs have a 200-500% price premium to get that 30-40% saving, and do not include the fixture.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:15 PM   #17
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Depends. Many 12v fluorescent fixtures now have electronic ballasts. Mine do. And, some tubes are more efficient than others, due to the nature of the phosphor coating.

The relative efficiency of fluorescent and LED lighting is the subject of considerable debate especially when the goal is broad angle, diffuse illumination. With LEDs there are cost and brightness tradeoffs. Many LED fixtures are run at higher brightness than their peak efficiency point to reduce the number of LEDs required and therefore the initial cost. And, higher efficiency LEDs cost more and have lower CRI.
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Don't know about all the fancy stuff, I just know the LEDs ain't very bright if you are wanting to see. Adios, John
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The box of LED lights has arrived. Light or not, they are going in.
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I'm eager to see pictures and hear your impressions about the amount of light!

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Any photos available of your lights installed?
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