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#113972 3-Feb-2013 15:23
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Ive prettymuch swapped out all the ones that make sense to (recessed and batten holders) for the viribrite 8w ones, but there are many lamps I cant use them in, so am looking for other proven replacements.

I have 65W CFL's in the workspace. a 8w doesnt cut it at all, I would need many of them inside each ricepaper shade, and when I tried 4 of them in a 4 way E27 adapter, it was expensive and still ugly.

Linear fluros - tried a 2 foot replacement and it was useless and dim compared to the T8 tube, and it flickered too, so was unacceptable. I have mainly 4 and 5 foot ones in the garage and shed etc, with a few 3 foots around the place.

Table lamps. Need something with a better beam spread so some light comes down too.

Has anyone come across anything reasonable to work in those situations?

Also has anyone had an extreme failure rate on the GU10 viribright lamps? friend has had about 60% end up flickering or just going out, in standard eyeball lamps with no insulation anywhere near them.


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  #755155 3-Feb-2013 18:16
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I'm using only the 8W as in my recessed fittings they have the same effective illumination as a 100W incandescent. But Jaycar sells the new 11W (I think) model which is a lot brighter.

I'm wondering how good Deal Extreme SKU 182765 is.

Philips SmartBright is a fairly cheap fitting and 18W. Regarding the hole in the insulation arguement (because someone will raise it), it is nothing compared to the R0.6 rating and large surface area of insulated ducting used for HRV and heat transfer systems.

For a desk lamp it might be best to use an LED "plate" and convert a standard desk lamp to LEDs. The LED desk lamps I've seen are not very nice, mostly uses normal LEDs and cold white which is bad for reading.

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  #755159 3-Feb-2013 18:22
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Hmmm, Didnt think of jaycar, only warm white listed on the site which isnt a good sign.

Not really keen on putting recessed into the workspace since its a A frame so will mean getting on the 45degree roof and lifting tiles to put wires thru.

And the garage under it is unlined so I have a fluro batten between each of the floorjoists for the work area upstairs, so again nothing to recess into. I could always swap them out for a couple of battern holders each and put in the viribrights but again, effort with also needing to patch the paint up behind the batterns which are there at the moment.



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  #755167 3-Feb-2013 18:39
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richms: Hmmm, Didnt think of jaycar, only warm white listed on the site which isnt a good sign.

SKU SL2216 and SL2217 are neutral white but does not come up when you search for ViriBright.  Only when you search for 10W LED.  It is 900 lumen.  No warehouse stock though.

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