First Household LED Bulb

Update 6/4/2012: Don’t buy this product. See comments.


I bought my first household LED bulb today. I have tried a series of bulbs for the back basement patio light which I leave on 24 hours because days can go by without us going into the basement. I want to keep mischief makers away from our basement.

I’ve had 25 watt and 15 watt incandescents that will last 6 months or so. I most recently tried a 5 watt (25 watt equivalent) micro-spiral made by Sylvania (picture to right.) This is the smallest compact fluorescent (CFL) I’ve ever bought. Really small. It should have lasted a year, but it only lasted 3 months. Short lived. I think it was not happy being ballast-side up inside an outdoor glass globe.

At Wal-Mart I found a small LED frosted bulb that is a 2W / 25W equivalent generating 150 lumens made by FEIT Electric. It was $6.97 and promised to last 18 years with 3 hours per day use. I’m not sure we’ll be in the house more than two years. But, since I leave the bulb on 24 x 7, I did the math and translated the 20,000 hours into 2.2 years.The LED bulb says it is soft white at 3000 Kelvin, but it is a bit whiter than the incandescents and the micro compact fluorescent (2700 Kelvin) but not harsh white. The prices of LEDs are coming down and the color and brightness are getting better.

Thus the LED experiment begins. I may move this one up to the back screen porch, which gets turned off by day. There is a same size / price model that is 1W / 13W equivalent for 75 lumens, so half the brightness and power that I could put in the lower back patio. Hope to not have to comment for 2.2 years…

Note: We all need to become accustom to talking lumens because the 5 watt / 25 watt equivalent will make less and less sense over time.

Bumblebee Nest in Squirrel Nest

Working in the yard, I got a ladder out to remove an old squirrel nest from high up in a our backyard hedge. As I went to pull it out, I noticed two bumblebees land on the nest and climb inside.

I pulled the squirrel nest to the ground and opened it up to see what was inside. I found an orange, waxy mass that turned out to be bumblebee larvae. There was one bee “working” on them.


Meanwhile about five or six bumblebees were flying around the hedge looking for the nest. I put the nest on a lower bush. A few hours later, Kelly and I went to see that the bees had found the nest and were cleaning and feeding the larvae. By evening, the bees had covered up the larvae by moving nesting material around. I’ve never seen a bumble bee nest before. Increasing Outages has been experiencing increasing outages at based on the website monitoring tools I use at and I decided to file a complaint, but I wanted to make sure the problem was with the JustHost server.

There was a reported big outage on March 12th. So I went into the raw logs that record every visit to whether by a person or a search robot (like the GoogleBot.) In this copy paste from the logs there is a really big gap of “silence” indicated in [RED] by my note.

I don’t have these kinds of outages with where is hosted. Pay a bit more there, but you get what you pay for? – – [12/Mar/2012:16:45:13 -0500] “GET /ted/2011/10/stanza_and_epub/ HTTP/1.0” 200 23222 “” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0) Opera 7.02 Bork-edition [en]” – – [12/Mar/2012:16:45:15 -0500] “POST /ted/wp-comments-post.php HTTP/1.0” 302 – “” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0) Opera 7.02 Bork-edition [en]” – – [12/Mar/2012:16:45:38 -0500] “GET /ted/2011/10/stanza_and_epub/ HTTP/1.0” 200 23204 “” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0) Opera 7.02 Bork-edition [en]” – – [12/Mar/2012:16:45:41 -0500] “GET /ted/2008/09/domain_registration/ HTTP/1.0” 200 16313 “” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; Powermarks/3.5; Windows 95/98/2000/NT)”

[16:45 = 4:45 pm above. Next visit below at 1 minute past midnight. So 7+ hour outage.] – – [13/Mar/2012:00:01:17 -0500] “GET /ted/2011/01/snow_day/ HTTP/1.1” 500 252 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Baiduspider/2.0; +” – – [13/Mar/2012:00:03:05 -0500] “GET /wp-login.php HTTP/1.1” 200 2195 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20090824 Firefox/3.5.3 GTB5” – – [13/Mar/2012:00:13:15 -0500] “GET / HTTP/1.0” 200 2441 “” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)” – – [13/Mar/2012:00:12:39 -0500] “GET / HTTP/1.0” 200 2523 “” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)”

Porch pollen

Our screen porch always gets a good dusting of pollen, and then spring showers do not wash it away. So we have to hose everything down.


The dogwoods and azaleas are all in bloom, and the zoysia in the back greened up enough this past week that we’re getting that Masters golf course look. The fescue we had prior always looked great this time of year, but it didn’t hold up through the hot summer. Zoysia loves heat.