Monday, December 23, 2013

LED Stairway Lighting

We have a couple built in night light fixtures on our stairway so that anyone walking down the stairs in the dark will always have light. That's the idea anyways. In practice, they are never lit because the little nightlight bulbs only last a few months.

Recently I saw someone on the BLF forums mention an LED nightlight bulb which was available as a Prime add-on on Amazon.

Here's the product link:

G7 Power G7S68WW 0.36-Watt LED Multipurpose Night Light bulb with 5-Watt Replacement and E12 Candelabra Base, Warm White

G7 Power G7S68WW 0.36-Watt LED Multipurpose Night Light bulb: Next To Box

It looked nice in the description, but I only ordered one until I knew it would fit and work correctly. We order so much stuff with Prime that tacking another one of these bulbs onto another order won't be a problem.

The only tool I used was a cordless screwdriver.

Black And Decker Cordless Screwdriver

Looking at the bulb closely, it looks like there are 4 el cheapo Chinese style LED emitters in it. That's fine. Even the cheap ones will last a lifetime. About the only reason they wouldn't last 20 years is if they overheat and damage the circuitry. It'll probably be months/years before I find that out, so with an average review of 4.6 stars, we'll just assume the best.

G7 Power G7S68WW 0.36-Watt LED Multipurpose Night Light bulb: Closeup

Taking off the metal cover was easy with the cordless screwdriver. I could have just used a flat head but where's the fun in doing it the slow way.

Stairway Lighting Fixture

The bulb fit perfectly, and here you can see all 4 emitters lit.

Stairway Lighting Fixture With LED Nightlight Bulb

Now it looks about as bright as it did before, except I won't have to replace the bulbs every couple months! Not only that, the LED bulbs are much more energy efficient. 5 watts for the old one versus about a third of a watt for the LED version. It all adds up.

Stairway Lighting Fixture with LED Bulb

1 comment:

  1. wow! great ideas. thank's for review. The tools you mentioned here are the most important, wich must be present in any property! thanks for the efforts.