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How many of you have tried to replace flood lights lately, for cap lighting around your home? Moving towards "energy efficiency" isn't as simple as we'd like .. is it?!
Things have gotten way more complicated, in the last couple of years. Before you just had to know whether the flood light was going to be used inside or outside, the physical size of the bulb, and wattage. Now there are "regular" flood lights with multiple lifespans (and commensurately varying $) .. but they don't come in the same wattage as before. And there are fluorescent floodlights, with higher wattages like old bulbs .. but they're expensive & not as bright when you put them in.
The government is pushing to eliminate incandescent bulbs, that are less energy efficient .. but if the new bulbs aren't as bright, contractors will just start putting in a few more lights in every room .. so how is that cutting back on energy? The new bulbs are also twice as expensive, so if the bulb is advertised to save 1/4 of the energy usage, a homeowner may not see any cost savings at all! Besides, anyone who has 5, 6 or more cap lights in a room, isn't going to be happy having one look different .. and replacing all of the bulbs that are still working, is both expensive & wasteful!