LED Corncob FAIL.

LED Corncob Light

LED Corn­cob Light

I have final­ly exhaust­ed my sup­ply of incan­des­cent light bulbs and thus decid­ed to buy an LED corn­cob light.  I live in Cana­da and for the major­i­ty of the year, the heat from a light bulb is not wast­ed.  In addi­tion, when the heat of a light bulb would be wast­ed — in the sum­mer — light bulbs are used less as our days are long.

It could be said that I’m not a fan of flu­o­res­cent light bulbs.  It’s not just the years I spent in edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions under their light.  It’s not just that they cause com­put­er mon­i­tors to appear to flick­er (although that effect is near­ly gone with new tech­nol­o­gy).  Main­ly, it’s that I don’t like the light they give.

So being bereft of incan­des­cent bulbs that I pre­fer, I ordered an LED bulb from e‑bay to try.  It was one of the ones called a “corn­cob” and was adver­tised to be equiv­a­lent to 60 watts of incan­des­cent light.  In the e‑bay item descrip­tion, this par­tic­u­lar sell­er actu­al­ly adver­tised 800 to 1000 lumens — which is more than a 60 watt light bulb but less than a 100 watt light bulb.

LED corncob and compact florescent comparison

LED corn­cob and com­pact flo­res­cent comparison

On the right here, we can see the effect of the two bulbs installed in my office ceil­ing fix­ture.  The bulb on the left-back is a 60 watt com­pact flu­o­res­cent equiv­a­lent and the bulb on the right-front is the 12 watt 800 to 1000 lumen (adver­tised) LED.

The LED is much dim­mer.  The room is obvi­ous­ly dim while lit by only the LED.  I’m a lit­tle wor­ried about the build qual­i­ty of the LED, too.  A few posts on u‑tube wor­ry me more.  I’m not going to leave it in there.

Some research  leads me to won­der about LED light — main­ly that most LED lights emit one spe­cif­ic fre­quen­cy well and that “white” LED’s are a hack.  I’m not sure if I want to attempt order­ing anoth­er cheap LED, but I was will­ing to loose my mon­ey on this one — and it seems I did.

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