A few months back, I was reading about a four foot PCB of LEDs that replaced a standard florescent tube. Two prongs on each end, the same as a tube. All you needed to do, was remove the starter. Wiring out the ballast is optional. But the cost ~$80AUD :-(
Like most people on this list (:-)), I reckon I was one of the first to use a CFL. A great big clunker built like a tank, I reckon 20-25 years ago, and for about $27AUD each. Naturally, I like to try new technologies first. As always, it costs me more money. Being a technology pioneer isn't cheap.
My very good friend Mick got some smaller LED fittings from Dealextreme in honkers, for his 12V down light system. He was that pleased with them, he put me onto a few others that they have for more conventional domestic fittings.
I just ordered some of these, I wanted something that was physically equivalent to what I was replacing, so I could best judge apples with apples:E27 3W 42-LED Energy Saving LED Light Bulb - White (220V) Price: $7.92 free shipping 3W, but the review reckons they are equiv to 8 to 12w CFL.
Mick just ordered these to try:B22 3W 18-SMD 5050 LED White Light Bulb (220V) Price: $5.80 free shipping
I may try a few of these:E27 2W 38-LED White Light Energy Saving Light Bulb (220V AC) Price: $4.44 free shipping
WOW!7W 131-LED 6000K 1100-Lumen White LED Down Light (220V~240V) Price: $19.40 free shipping
From Mick: I have these in the KitchenThey are every bit as bright as the 50w halogens and a lot better... The light is WHITE Not yellow and are wide spread not narrow beam like Halogen. Best thing I did.... I replaced 6 x 50W halogen (300w) with 6 x 3.8W (23w) LED and much better result... To power them I used a 12V 5A power supply ...Cant find it on DX at moment but standard 12V 5a laptop type plug pack thingo...
Hunt around, there are quite a few different types.
BTW, if you order 3, you get a better price.
Are they any good? Are they as bright? Will they last as long or longer? Will they use less power? Can you use a dimmer? Insert more questions here...
I know a lot of users are very disappointed with CFLs.
Please let me know how you get on.