LED bulbs get better
So, I keep looking for better LED lights, because I hate the mercury in CFLs. Yesterday I bought two different ones and the state of the art is definitely improving.
I have 6 fixtures in the house that need the 40 watt candalbra style bulbs with the narrow base. I've tried some other LED brands, but they either died quickly, or have a harsh unpleasant light that just isn't suitable. But the one I got yesterday Philips B11 Candle, model #9290002227, seems pretty good. It has a clear envelope, but a clever difuser in it. So it isn't glarey. And the drive electronics are small enough that it doesn't look funny like the first set did.
How good is it? I snuck it into the ten bulb chandalier over the dining room table. When I turned the light on, my wife, sitting 20 feet away, couldn't tell which bulb it was. I will use this one for a while, and if it holds up, will start to replace the rest of the bulbs. It says that it lasts 22 years, so if I replace one every few months, eventually they will all be LED. At $15 a pop, I won't be replacing them all in one go. And the price will come down over time.
The other bulb is a Philips 60 watt standard bulb replacement and uses the yellow filter to warm up the light and I'm not sold on it yet. I put it in the bedroom and will see if it bugs me or not.