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I tested a TCP led lamp on a fan control switch and it barely dimmed at all! The LED lamp consumed so little current that the voltage was not pulled down much. I could not see any difference between low, medium, and high. So the fan control switch only works well with dimming high-current lamps, like an incandescent, or maybe a very big LED lamp.
This may be fixable by replacing the capacitors with higher-capacity ones I think.

I also tested the lamp on an old dimmer and it didn’t dim well at all. Half way down it would quickly dim and I can get the lamp pretty dim but it would flicker and be unstable because if I move the slider down a little more, it would die and I would have to slide it up near max and back down. So this lamp does not dim well at all with this dimmer. That is no big surprise; it is an old dimmer. It would probably dim well with a new dimmer.

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But I did get 3 ceiling fan light fixtures @ a penny each

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What about this photo (dchomer's photo):

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Is that an XB-D?  And which light was this dch?  That's what I remember as being suspicious and definitely not XM-L(2).

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dchomak wrote:
But I did get 3 ceiling fan light fixtures @ a penny each

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Shocked cool

ImageShack now? ImageShack is even worse than Photobucket! They delete images that don’t get accessed often! Whenever you read an old thread with missing images, most of them are from Photobucket and ImageShack.

Use Imgur or Postimage. They don’t delete images.

But not Imageshack, please, they’re the worst! Photobucket is better.

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dchomak wrote:
But I did get 3 ceiling fan light fixtures @ a penny each

Are those prices in all stores or only that store?
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garrybunk wrote:

What about this photo (dchomer’s photo):

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Is that an XB-D?  And which light was this dch?  That’s what I remember as being suspicious and definitely not XM-L(2).

-Garry


I think it was one of the 2-AA lights. They came in a twin pack. Last year or the year before a 2-AA light had an XB-D. One of my favorite lights. (A couple of weeks ago I swapped out the XB-D in one of them for an XP-G2. Now I like it even more.)
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poiihy wrote:
dchomak wrote:
But I did get 3 ceiling fan light fixtures @ a penny each
Are those prices in all stores or only that store?

See……

You brag about getting 11 ceiling fan swtiches to my 7. Well I got the lights!
What do you have to say about that? Big Smile

BTW, I got lots of those lights last year at out of State stores, so who knows? Some of this stuff is constantly going on clearance and then 6 months later it’s back in the store at full price, only to go on clearance again. :~

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I used a free Imgur account on another forum and the images were taken down after 30 or 60 days, can’t recall which. That was noted when setting up the account, got what I paid for I guess.

Sad but I’ve yet to find a H-D here that does these discounts though I have at least 5 more to check if I get to those areas. Wondering aloud if there is a pattern to this, ie biggest stores only?

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SawMaster wrote:
I used a free Imgur account on another forum and the images were taken down after 30 or 60 days, can’t recall which. That was noted when setting up the account, got what I paid for I guess.

Phil


Weird, I’ve been using imgur(free) for almost 3 years. I’ve got 650 flashlight pics saved on it and pics from as far back as 2 years and 1 month (oldest I could find quickly) still show up.
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unknown00101 wrote:
SawMaster wrote:
I used a free Imgur account on another forum and the images were taken down after 30 or 60 days, can’t recall which. That was noted when setting up the account, got what I paid for I guess.

Phil


Weird, I’ve been using imgur(free) for almost 3 years. I’ve got 650 flashlight pics saved on it and pics from as far back as 2 years and 1 month (oldest I could find quickly) still show up.

I wonder if they’ve changed for new sign-ups? I know my pics were dropped and I didn’t do that. I gotta look into that when I’ve got time. I certainly hope I’m wrong here!

Phil

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Went to the usual Home Depots today, including the one where I got the TCP lamps for $1.20. The TCP lamps were gone!! :_( I looked all around for TCP lamps but couldn’t find them anywhere!!

I found this though. On the top shelf of the clearance for the lighting stuff, there were some TCP BR30 flood lamps. Since this was in clearance and the other TCP lamps were discounted, I thought this may be too. Sure enough, it was. $2.20!

So apparently all the TCP LED lamps are discounted. So be on the lookout of them! Soon they may become 1¢!

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unknown00101 wrote:
SawMaster wrote:
I used a free Imgur account on another forum and the images were taken down after 30 or 60 days, can’t recall which. That was noted when setting up the account, got what I paid for I guess.

Phil


Weird, I’ve been using imgur(free) for almost 3 years. I’ve got 650 flashlight pics saved on it and pics from as far back as 2 years and 1 month (oldest I could find quickly) still show up.

Imgur is fast and efficient but the thing I don’t like about imgur is the gallery because whenever I go to upload an image, I tend to get carried away into the gallery, and there is often slightly dirty things there. I use Postimage because it is simple and clean. Just don’t search Postimage on google (nor search the name of any other image host or URL shortener).

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dchomak wrote:
See……

You brag about getting 11 ceiling fan swtiches to my 7. Well I got the lights!
What do you have to say about that? Big Smile

BTW, I got lots of those lights last year at out of State stores, so who knows? Some of this stuff is constantly going on clearance and then 6 months later it’s back in the store at full price, only to go on clearance again. :~

I saw those light kits in the store for sale on their shelves like they usually are… I wonder if they’d ring up a penny if I scanned them. Shocked

Does anyone know if Home Depot’s database is the same across all stores or do they vary by store? For example, if an item is $1.20 in one store, will the same item be $1.20 in all other stores?

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Each store is different.

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I saw tons of TCP lights on displays at my HD and I doubt they are discounted. Prices on them weren't great either.

-Garry

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My Home Depot has plenty of the TCP bulbs. They are subsidized here in CT.
60W is 2.88 and the BR30 is 4.88

I installed IMGUR on my iphone, but for the life of me I can’t figure out how to get the link to post it within the iphone app

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Today my wife asked if I wanted to go for a ride to the Mall. When I hesitated she reminded me that there was a HD and Lowes across the street. Smile

She dropped me off at HD while she headed over to the mall. I went straight to the big Holiday flashlight section to see if I could get answers to some questions being asked here. While browsing, this guy starts talking to me about how good these flashlights are and how bright they are. He goes on about LED and what it might stand for. Luminous Extreme or something? This guy was old, older than me, but he was clearly excited about these lights. He went on to admit that he has a number and that he had a “fetish” or something about them. Big Smile That is how HE explained it. I guess he had nothing else to compare it too.
I told him that I got it too and there is actually a place for people like us, and I told him about BLF.
Maybe he’ll join.

Anyway, I showed him a couple of the deals I had just come across and led him over to this display.


This is a 28 piece drill and driver set for $2.83. 10 cents per drill and they are NOT junk!
He grabbed a few, I grabbed 5 and we parted

Here are some other deals at that store.





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This is a 28 piece drill and driver set for $2.83. 10 cents per drill and they are NOT junk! He grabbed a few, I grabbed 5 and we parted

Holy crap! I just bought one of those to replace an older one of those with broken and missing bits! I got it for $9.97 or somewhere very near that. Only thing is it was in the new green and black coloring instead of the old dark blue and gold coloring.

Those kits are a very good deal (at retail price that is). Any other set of drill bits only costs more than that kit. I had an older kit in which most of the bits had broken, and I was looking for just some bits for sale, without a case or anything at all… no such thing exists (at HD), unless you buy the bits individually, and four bits would cost more than this kit. You can only get them with a case. And even the drill bits only in a case are more expensive than this drill/drive kit! So… I just got the same kit.

But today I saw an HDX drill bit set at a drill demo thing. I didn’t know Home Depot sells drill bits under their brand (HDX). I’ll look on their website to see how much that kit costs.

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Well what do you know… there’s an HDX drill bit kit for $4.88. I think this is the one I saw in store but I am not 100% sure. If not then it is very similar.

Home Depot also has other HDX drill bit kits but they’re all discontinued.

Well… damn. I was looking for a drill bit kit for less than $10 but I couldn’t find one. The cheapest I found was the same kit that I had already. So I just got that… But then the next time we went to HD (today) I found a drill-bit only kit for $4.88! DOPE!!

Hopefully it can be returned. Luckily I didn’t cut the seal… but I did try to peel off the “Over 40% savings…” label.

I wish a local HD would have that $3 deal for those kits. I probably won’t find anything like that, so I’ll get the HDX drill bit kit for $4.88.
One nice thing about that HDX kit, according to the reviews, is that it has multiple bits of each of most of the sizes, so if one breaks, I’d probably have extras. And drill bits break so often, especially the small ones. :~

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dchomak wrote:
This is a 28 piece drill and driver set for $2.83. 10 cents per drill and they are NOT junk!

I can confirm that. I have two of those kits (one in the other house and rarely used). They’re a very good deal and the bits are decent… however… I have had some doubts. First, most of my regular bits (the golden colored ones) have broken (the kit is about 3 years old). I haven’t had much experience with any other drill bits so I do not know if these bits are poor or if they are decent and I was just pushing them too hard.
Second, I have had trouble with the spade bits. They seem to become dull very quickly. It took quite a long time and quite a lot of pushing to drill each hole with the ⅜” spade bit when I was wiring the shed. I think they may be low quality.
Other than the dodgy drill bit results, the driving bits worked well. Of course they rusted but they have not broken or stripped and the magnetic bit holder is very useful and fits perfectly in our B&D 12v drill. I have had the magnet come out a few times recently but it hasn’t done that anymore.

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When drilling wood with spade bits remember to keep the speed down, way down. With drill bits speed kills. The larger the bit the slower the speed.

You are right about the smaller bits, I break them all the time too. Chances are when drilling a small hole, 1/16th inch or so, it isn’t going to be deep so I try to chuck the bit as deeply as I can so there is no excess length of the unchucked bit to flex and break.
When drilling metal a little cutting oil and the right speed makes all the difference.

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Regular spade bits can be easily sharpened with a file; just use the same number of strokes on each side. Add a little more angle and they will cut faster too. Never file the point or they may make an oversize hole.

HD shopping trip time again today for supplies, and these bits are now on the list. Thanks!

Phil

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This morning I went back to that same HD. We are so thick with HD’s around here, that town has 2!
Anyway, after noticing that triple emitter light with 1000 Lumen I figured it must have 3 CREE XP-G2’s
If it did, I MUST get some. At only 9.88 it seemed a bargain. What I couldn’t figure out is why is this the only store to have them. 2 explanations, either they are old stock from last year and for whatever reason they are clearing them out at select stores. (I remember a triple from this time last year) OR it is brand new stock, not yet meant to be released and by accident it was put on the floor in this store early.

When I got there this morning I fully expected to see at least half of them gone, but no. Not a one had sold. So instead of grabbing a bunch in a frantic buying binge I took my time and checked on out closely. What I thought I saw through the package disturbed me. The emitters looked like CREE alright, but I needed to do one of my in store tear downs before I was going to buy any.
The light out of the package

Decent quality, not great, certainly not as good as the DST or the Defiant 3D.
The head is glued in place, no getting that off with my bare hands. I only bought 1, the reason being is that it appeared that every light had one LED that was larger than the other 2. Maybe 1 XP-G2 and perhaps 2 XP-E2’s? I don’t see how they could claim 1000 lumen from 1 XP-G2 and 2 XP-E2’s Being curious, I brought one home.
In store shot, through the bubble packaging.

For some reason it is much easier to notice with my naked eye. I am very near sighted.
Here is a better shot at home.

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Now that is weird! Maybe that's why they're so cheap! (Ha! Like the general public would even know!)

I should look back thru my store display photos and see if my store had that one (photos unavailable until tomorrow).

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garrybunk wrote:

Now that is weird! Maybe that’s why they’re so cheap! (Ha! Like the general public would even know!)

I should look back thru my store display photos and see if my store had that one (photos unavailable until tomorrow).

-Garry

2 are definitely smaller. So far I can’t get it apart

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Looks like the 2014 model: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/35257

Wasn’t much interest in it.

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unknown00101 wrote:
Looks like the 2014 model: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/35257

Wasn’t much interest in it.

Yeah, it looks like it but it is an even cheaper model. edit: (the one I have, thatis)

That store also had the drill set that poiihy mentioned. It contains the same bits, but with a lime green case. Actually the older Blue case drill set has titanium coated bits.

Here are the 2 side by side. I can now see that this $2.83 price is for old stock. Not likely other stores will have any, but you never know. I bought 4 more, that last of ‘em

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dchomak wrote:
That store also had the drill set that poiihy mentioned. It contains the same bits, but with a lime green case. Actually the older Blue case drill set has titanium coated bits.

Of course; all stores have them. Ryobi changed the colors of all their tools to lime green and black/grey for some reason.

As you can see, the nice thing about this is that you can get the older tools for much cheaper, even though they are exactly the same as the new tools, just a different color. Julian Illet talked about this. You can find cheap Ryobi tools on ebay. That’s what’s so great about Ryobi. And even without any discounts, the prices are still good. Ryobi is the best bang for the buck, like Square D.

The new kits have black oxide bits instead of titanium coated bits, just for the different color to match their color scheme. I don’t know if the coating makes a difference. Does it, or is it just for color? What is the “black oxide” coating made of?

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dchomak. How big is the opening on the bezel where the reflector is on the three led light you got for $9.88? 

 

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Titanium Nitride is a hard anti-friction coating; black oxide is soft and only offers some rust resistance. In my usage on various materials I find both to be more gimmick than useful being scarcely better than the standard HSS bits.

And as my luck would have it, the HD I went to today had no drill kits, TCP lights, or light sensors though they had a large flashlight display with most of what’s been posted here. So frustrating to see others get deals I can’t but keep at it because at least it helps SOMEbody!

Phil

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