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05-26-2018 11:40 PM
tuffnell
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Originally Posted by snowworks View Post
Least it does not burn your face when it falls on you!!!
I'll second that.
05-26-2018 07:15 PM
crazzywolfie i don't have a trouble light but if i did i would run an led in it. they are so dirt cheap there is really no reason to not run them. you can pretty much get the for about $0.50/each or about $2 if you want the ones equivalent to a 100w. generally even the 60w equivalent bulbs are brighter than a standard 60w bulb especially with the light coming out the side like you would need in a trouble light. i know i have replaced all the light in my house with led's and the boob lights seemed to get a lot brighter once led's were installed.
05-26-2018 01:13 AM
snowworks Not sure if you have been using the LED bulbs that are for a trouble light. Black, flat and screw into the bulb socket. Do not need a cage around it. those work well under dash ect.. I think they are $15 to $20. I have had some problem with LED getting that beam to the right spot to see what I need to see. Least it does not burn your face when it falls on you!!!
05-25-2018 03:09 AM
GoBlowSnow
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Originally Posted by RedOctobyr View Post
The other thing is that CFL bulbs contain mercury, which is toxic. If you break it, cleaning up the glass may be the lesser of the hazards you've created. I'm not here to gauge how dangerous that truly is, but it's something to be aware of.

Using a CFL in an application where breakage is more likely feels risky to me. An LED has several advantages, health concerns being one more.

not anywhere near as toxic as many have been led to believe. The amount of mercury in them is safe enough for you to toss those CFL bulbs out in the trash.
05-24-2018 03:08 PM
Coby7 I've been using LED bulbs in my trouble lights for a few years now. The first ones were a little weak at the base but the last ones I've been getting are tough. Cool white when you need to read colors off of wires is the way to go.

I buy the 12 watts Arilux ones off of AliExpress .

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/ARIL...27424c4dPoci7S
05-24-2018 01:42 PM
RedOctobyr The other thing is that CFL bulbs contain mercury, which is toxic. If you break it, cleaning up the glass may be the lesser of the hazards you've created. I'm not here to gauge how dangerous that truly is, but it's something to be aware of.

Using a CFL in an application where breakage is more likely feels risky to me. An LED has several advantages, health concerns being one more.
05-24-2018 02:50 AM
GoBlowSnow Yes. CFL bulbs suck below 50 degrees. A LED is a good idea. The 100 watt equivalent or even higher are cheap enough now.
05-23-2018 09:31 PM
JLawrence08648
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Originally Posted by nwcove View Post
cfl bulbs are going the way of incandescent bulbs.....led is the way to go imho. with that said, at minus 20 , who wants to wait for a cfl to warm up enough to emit enough real light to fix something ?
Yeah I agree, going going gone, it is a great way to use them up however they don't need any warm up time, immediately when I turn them on, they are ready to go BUT I've never used than at -20 or even freezing, is that what happens? Come this winter, I will see.
05-23-2018 08:35 PM
nwcove cfl bulbs are going the way of incandescent bulbs.....led is the way to go imho. with that said, at minus 20 , who wants to wait for a cfl to warm up enough to emit enough real light to fix something ?
05-23-2018 07:32 PM
RIT333 I have dropped many a LED fitted trouble light, and I have yet to break one. I have been purchasing them from our Dollar Store, and they have 850 Lumens.
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