I have been in process of testing the waters with LED lighting.
First was a 12" strip under the counter - just to see how it looks and feels - I LOVE IT. The light is "clearer" (best I can describe) than the fluorescent and at HALF the wattage. Better light AND lower operating cost. WOW what a combination!!
Next - I replaced a couple of outside flood lights -- Same story - 20 watts vs 75 watts flood - and better light.
Then - OVER the counter lighting - LED - colors - any color I want - even changing colors - Ambiance galore. GREAT way to have night lighting. I can have dim - or bright - or yellow - or blue - red - green - EVEN - music coordinated lighting. LOVE it.
Today - I got 4 "bulbs". One equivalent to 40w for my desk lamp - but at 7w - AWESOME. It is a little brighter than the 40 w incandescent - but also clearer
I took out 2 - 60 watt incan's and put in 2-10w LED's --- WOW - so much better - and cheaper to operate.
I have a very similar light fixture in the hallway to compare side to side with my den.
Hallway - yellowish light - 120 watts - bright - but not blinding
Den - clear white light - 20 watts - VERY bright - dimmer works just fine.
This is IT!!!!
Incan's can go --- I am ready.
I am a LED kinda guy now
Little by little I will convert entirely to LED.
YES - YES - I know - the cost. You ARE right they are expensive. So is it expensive to trade in the old car to get a new one. WHY - keep the old????
I am FULLY aware that I may never see a cost break even or a payback. I do know that my electric bill will go down a little bit - I don't know how much and with a gradual switch over I may never notice it. It will be there though. AND - with the long life of the lights - they will be there long after I retire, and THAT, is where I will REALLY appreciate that I switch over when I am still making money.
Sooo - cost wise - I really do not care.