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It finally happened. :(

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I went into my chicken coop to find it darker than normal. A light had gone EOL. This Aero-tech 5000k 25w CFL served 2 years lighting my chicken coop. From frigid winter temperatures easily below -10 F, to 100-degree summer afternoons, this bulb did it's job lighting my coop 15 hours a day in a clamp light on a timer. The picture in my avatar was lit with this lamp. Notice how browned the plastic is at the base. That should show the extreme conditions this was in but it survived them all. I just can't bring myself to throw this away, it did it's job so well that I might as well make a display case for it. What should I replace it with? Menards no longer has these lamps, and I don't want to shame it with a cheap LED or spiral CFL that lasts 2 months.

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Jul 09, 2016 at 04:58 PM Author: Solanaceae
That means about 11000hours. Not bad.

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Jul 09, 2016 at 05:03 PM Author: Lumex120
It was actually rated at 10000 hours. The reviews said that these actually lasted a really long time, and they were right.

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Jul 09, 2016 at 05:08 PM Author: wattMaster
I know, replace it with something like this, or a 50 watt MH.

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Jul 09, 2016 at 05:17 PM Author: FGS
LEDs are cheap in prices but not in quality if you buy them from major brands. Lowes or Home Depot. Good CFLs are hard to find today sadly.

Spiral CFLs lasting two months I can see that happening.

LEDs? Not so much if from name brands. Time to get life testing a few on 16/7 use. They're not that expensive, even 1200 lumens ones (75w equivalent).

Other than the plant lights we use in winter for 6 months on 12/7 indoors. We don't have anything like that here. Like extreme temp swings like in the chicken coop.

Why I like LEDs on top of other lighting tech?
LEDs = Upgrade 95% of the applications. (That is if you avoid eBay's LEDs).


LED brainwash? No, people uses them cuz they work well for them.

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Jul 09, 2016 at 05:20 PM Author: wattMaster
The LED bulbs can actually be of good quality, and they would do well in cold Minnesota weather, but to get good cooling here, you need lots of fans, and Air Conditioning.
If an LED lasted for 6000 Hours, then it would last a year.

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Jul 09, 2016 at 05:28 PM Author: RCM442
A year, and probably no more...

Linear fluorescent will never lose to LED!
I am not Anti-LED, as I have some in use at my house.
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Jul 09, 2016 at 05:28 PM Author: wattMaster
And for a 1200 Lumen LED, a petty $12 per year.

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Jul 09, 2016 at 05:34 PM Author: FGS
Ahem. Those LEDs were taken down since it's summer and the plants are outside. They were bright and working perfectly when taken down. And it's 6,500 hours in the invisible odometer.

And those are from eBay! If generic eBay LEDs are doing 6000+ hours on 12/7 without any degradation... Imagine a name brand with good QC at their factories.

Why I like LEDs on top of other lighting tech?
LEDs = Upgrade 95% of the applications. (That is if you avoid eBay's LEDs).


LED brainwash? No, people uses them cuz they work well for them.

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Jul 09, 2016 at 05:39 PM Author: RCM442
Maybe use a 130 volt rough service incandescent?

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Jul 09, 2016 at 05:43 PM Author: FGS
A 2700k (lower if on 120v) bulb replacing a 5000k bulb? And one with more radiant heat and higher energy use.

I think he picked a 5000k CFL for a reason.

Why I like LEDs on top of other lighting tech?
LEDs = Upgrade 95% of the applications. (That is if you avoid eBay's LEDs).


LED brainwash? No, people uses them cuz they work well for them.

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Jul 09, 2016 at 06:27 PM Author: Lumex120
The reason I used 5000k is because my chickens can't always be outside and I found out that 5000k lighting is best for chickens who can't always be outside. I don't have any 5000k LED bulbs right now, but I will get one soon.

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Jul 09, 2016 at 06:57 PM Author: wattMaster
Or, better yet, use high CRI 5500K lights.

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Jul 10, 2016 at 05:29 PM Author: arcblue
Find another Aero-Tech lamp on eBay. These are good lamps...I have a candelabra-base one...maybe I'll have to get some larger ones for my future chicken coop too. I definitely think living things should have light as similar to daylight as possible if kept indoors during daylight hours.

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Jul 10, 2016 at 05:31 PM Author: wattMaster
Or you should get one of those 4-Pin Plug In CFLs, with external ballast.

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Sep 02, 2016 at 05:52 PM Author: wattMaster
So what did you decide to replace this with?

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Apr 27, 2018 at 06:34 PM Author: d3anio97
I say go with a 20w metal halide

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Apr 27, 2018 at 06:47 PM Author: Lumex120
I replaced it with a Zilotek LED bulb and it's still going.

Any machine is a smoke machine if you operate it wrong enough.

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