Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Review of the PHILIPS 800 Lumens, 12.5w (60w) LED “Light Bulb”
With an advertised 22.8-year life expectancy (at 3-hours per day), this “light bulb” might just last longer than I will. However, I have been using CFL lamps for many years and can testify that their advertised life expectancy and the empirical were vastly different. To say the least, I am just a bit skeptical of the hype about LED life expectancy. I did notice quite a savings in energy cost over the years by switching from incandescent bulbs to CFLs and I am optimistic that the LEDs will prove equal in that respect.
At a sale price of $14.97, I decided to try only one LED. It first went into a kitchen ceiling fixture but my wife did not like the color of the light it produced; she and I both prefer the color of the light from the “daylight” CFL lamps. This LED emits a light that has the same sepia “soft white” hue that you would expect from a normal incandescent bulb or a normal spectrum CFL lamp. Therefore, I moved the LED into the vanity fixture in the downstairs bathroom where we are not so discriminating.
I may hold off buying any more LED “bulbs” for household lighting until the technology can (hopefully) bring down the price a bit more and produce a color of light that is a bit more cheery.