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  1. Does Black Bark Mulch Help Keep Moisture in the Soil?
  2. How Much Water does a Fountain Use?
  3. Find your Body Surface Area
  4. How Fast do French Fries Cool Down?
  5. My Year of Coincidences
  6. Which Firework is the Loudest?
  7. Cost to store a VHS tape in a NYC apartment?
  8. Guess Your Blood Alcohol Level Booth
  9. Find the Loudest Restaurant in Sacramento
  10. How Much do Clothes Weigh?
  11. Trying to Make Clear Ice
  12. Searching the Indian Ocean for a Plane Crash
  13. Electronic Cigarettes - The Fog Machine for Your Face
  14. Scott Leased an Electric Ford Focus
  15. Testing the Effectiveness of a Beer Cozy
  16. Eggshells vs. Taco Shells
  17. How Ice Rinks are Made
  18. Shaken vs. Stirred
  19. Real Appliance Energy Use Tests
  20. Christmas Lights Power Cost
  21. The Best Cold Drink Cup
  22. LED vs. Regular Bulbs & CFLs
  23. Coldest drink in town?
  24. Using Salt to Cool Down Beer
  25. Coors Light Cold Indicator
  26. The Fastest Way to Cool Down Beer
  27. Hairdryer vs. Bowl of Water
  28. Bathroom During a Movie?
  29. Video Projector on a Disco Ball
  30. Cool Trunk
  31. The weight of popcorn
  32. Sunchips bag decomposition
  33. Disscating a cockroach
  34. Sensefly Drone Camera
  35. Entrance Locked
  36. End Rubbernecking
  37. Eyeclops Night Vision
  38. Miracle Fruit Taste Test
  39. Hot Air Bubbles
  40. Helium Bubbles
  41. Neighborhood Speed Trap
  42. Pizza Race
  43. Eyeclops - Bionic Magnifier
  44. Breathalyzer Testing
  45. Fishing Line Fiberoptics
  46. The Value of CFL Bulbs
  47. Barry Marshall Fan Page
  48. Bottling the Keg Leftovers
  49. Spinning Rim Centrifuge
  50. Backwash Experiments
  51. sidewalk chalk
  52. Red Hot Vioxx Action!
  53. Balloon Delivery
  54. Tanning
  55. Making a Candle Out of Lipstick
  56. Evaporation
  57. The lift of a Helium Balloon
  58. Lard Candle
  59. The Properties of Heat Transfer
  60. Insulation Testing
  61. Eating Out
  62. Eating In
  63. Tattoo Removal
  64. Drying Laundry
  65. Viscosity Testing
  66. Magazine Advertising
  67. Collecting Data
  68. Dropping Toast
  69. Refilling an Ink Cartridge
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Comparing LED light bulbs with Regular Bulbs and CFLs - Page 3

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Break Tests
LED bulbs aren't made of glass, they don't hold gas in a vacuum, they don't have a razor-thin filament. They are sturdy.

These drop tests are ridiculous. Of course the LED bulb is going to win these tests. I should be testing glass bulbs against fresh chicken eggs. Traditional bulbs and CFLs are super fragile. LED bulbs are solid. They are like a calculator, or a keyboard.

However... we still tested them.

Living Room
Simulating a lamp falling over in a carpeted living room, we dropped each of three lightbulbs in a carpeted living room. We used a "Lunta" lamp from IKEA. The lampshade is sturdily fixed on this lamp, and would not allow for any bulb-to-floor contact.


Drop results:
Living Room with carpet
1. The incandescent bulb shattered on impact.
2. The compact fluorescent bulb remained intact and continued working. We actually conducted this test twice and neither broke.
3. The LED bulb remained intact and continued working

We conducted a similar test in the kitchen, with a linoleum floor.

Kitchen Results
1. The incandescent bulb remained intact and continued working.
2. The compact fluorescent bulb shattered, but continued working, because the inner spiral bulb remained intact. Not all fluorecent bulbs have two layers of glass.
3. The LED bulb remained intact and continued working.

Lightbulb Test Summary
LEDs are better than CFLs, but they are more expensive. Are they worth the higher price? Yes, the electricity savings will eventually overtake the lower purchase price of any other bulb.

Also, LEDs are more durable, which means that they will last longer, requiring less frequent replacement. LED bulbs are also less susceptible to breaking. I don't have a preference as to the appearance of the light. The LED is not diffuse, but it could be diffused with the appropriate lamp shade. As is it is perfect for highlighting objects and enhancing the appearance of reflctive items such as a disco ball.

If an incandescent bulb is equivalent to a Ford Bronco, and a CFL bulb is equivalent to a Toyota Prius, then an LED bulb is equivalent to a Tesla Roadster. Like the Tesla, the LED is cutting edge technology, is highly efficient, has a higher price tag and is more attractive. A terrific upgrade, but not appropriate for every garage.

Thanks VOID LED ( for sending the bulbs! It was a pleasure to test them, and I'll write an epilogue as soon as they burn out. Watch for an update in 2021.

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