New LED Light
So in my quest to find an efficient light that doesn't contain mercury, I tried another LED light. This one is made by Feit Electric and is a dimmable PAR30 flood designed to go in a ceiling canister. It has LEDs made by Cree. The part number is BPCE13PAR30/DIM/LED.
So far I like it. The light is a warm 3000K light and quite pleasant. I put it in the kitchen directly over the sink and it is noticeably brighter than the CFL it replaced. It uses 13.5 watts of power and gives out 650 lumens.
Given some of the early death problems I've had with other LED lights, I'm going to wait on this a while, but if it holds up, I'm going to buy more and slowly replace the other floods in the ceiling cans. Eventually it would be nice to recycle all the environment destroying CFLs and go to a cleaner solution.
One strange thing is that there is a massive alluminum heat sink around it. After the light has been running for a few minutes, the heat sink is warm (although not hot) to the touch. This may be to keep the control electronics from frying, which seems like the failure mode in the ones that died early.
Now I'm looking for a good quality LED replacement for the standard form light bulb. I have a bunch of lights that can't use floods.