These bulbs are about the cheapest you can find, which is good and bad. It's good because they're cheap and for the most part they work. Now that LED bulbs are this cheap there is really no reason for them not to completely replace almost all incandescent and CFL bulbs. But there are some warnings: these bulbs don't work well in light circuits controlled by an illuminated switch because the current draw for the little neon bulb that lights up the switch is enough to light up these bulbs to a low glow even when "off", causing an annoying and noticeable illumination at night. I've seen this problem with other LED bulbs but not to this degree. Unfortunately for me, most of my house uses illuminated switches. Based on my experience, dimmable LED bulbs seem to work better on circuits with illuminated switches. Also of note is that there is conflicting information provided about the expected lifetime of these bulbs - in some places it says 10,000 hours at 3 hrs per day, in other places it claims 30,000 hours. The usual and expected lifetime for a standard LED bulbs these days is 30,000 hours at 3 hours per day. If these bulbs start flaming out at 10K hours then instead of being cheaper they will have cost 3 times what other bulbs cost. I guess we'll see, but be aware.
Leave a comment if you have any questions and I can either take some photos or give more details.
This was a good quick and easy upgrade from the CFL's that were previously installed. Each LED bulb was about 5 watts less then the one it replaced so there was about 33% reduction in energy use.
We found no single brand bulb and brightness worked for us and needed to buy several different types. I'll go into that below.
The biggest show stopper for some of these bulbs is if you want the bulb to be dimable. Make sure you plan ahead and get dimable bulbs. Non-dimable LED bulbs will not work properly when you try and dim them.
In my photo you can see; Left LED bulb; Phillips 450 lumen soft white (40w) bright, but not too bright. Middle LED bulb; Phillips 800 lumen soft white (60w) a lot of light, warmer feel. Right LED bulb; LE 810 lumen warm white (60w) more light, colder feel.
This should give you a decent comparison between the different bulbs and what their level of brightness is.
The Phillips bulbs are slightly shorter then normal bulbs so unlike the LE we were able to replace some of the shorter CFL's in smaller light fixtures without having to buy dedicated short bulbs again.
We chose the 450 lumen 40w replacement LED bulbs for exposed bulb fixtures like ceiling fans so they are not painful if you look at one. This also went in the "powder room" bathroom. This did not put out enough light for a bedside lamp. It felt too dim. No more blinding effect when looking up at the ceiling fan in the living room!
Some lamps and room ceiling lights got the LE warm whites where the bulbs needed a little more output to get through the frosted glass. The walk in closet was one of those spots.
Kitchen lights and upstairs bathrooms got the Philips soft white bulbs where a less "cold" light then the LE was needed but still brighter light for recipe reading, food prep, getting ready etc would be wanted. We also put this bulb in the bed side lamps for a brighter but warmer feeling.
I am slowly replacing all the bulbs in my house with bright white daylight bulbs. I love the look, and it makes it feel like a brand new house. These are A19 bulbs that fit in a standard base light. They burn bright and cool to the touch. I absolutely love the look it gives the house. I was wanting to paint all the walls because they were looking a little yellow, but I realized that was just the tint of my lights. It's amazing what a different it makes. Great product.
Next step is finding some to replace all my recessed lights in the kitchen and bathrooms. Hoping this will save a little money on the power bill as well! I would recommend. (Excuse the mess in my den, it was laundry day!!)
These lights are absolutely blinding to look directly at lol. I wouldn't use them in open casings in main areas, but they're great in lamps and hallways and bathrooms. Obviously can also make you look like a model.
So I've actually purchased this set of 16 bulbs twice about two months apart. We just closed on our new house and there are lots of lights to switch out to LED. So we've been taking it slowly. The first set, about 9 of the bulbs have the buzzing problem that people are talking about, the other 7 seem to be fine. Also the first set was a little cooler in color than the second set. The second set however was perfect. They had no buzzing and they were more warm yellow like expected. I even swapped out some of the older ones with the newer ones in places I wanted the warm yellow light. I'm actually going to buy a third set as there are still some straggling bulbs to be changed.
We thought to do a little experiment to test these LEDs for heat buildup and longevity so we placed one in a covered porch overhead light fixture that stays on 24/7. The fixture has a sealed screw-on heavy glass jar style cover with cage. Monitored the fixture for heat build up after 8 hrs on, then on overnight. The bulb cover itself is plastic rather than glass and does not heat up when lit. The transformer in the base however does warm up but we did not find the temp too warm to touch. Compared to a lit incandescent bulb which is untouchable at all times and for nearly 30mins after being turned off, LED bulbs are no hotter than a Starbucks paper cup, uncomfortable but not a burn hazard. We did not find our type of enclosed fixture subject to heat build up. The electrician that installed our porch light stated that the max wattage rating for a fixture is rated for hot incandescent bulbs. If you stay within the wattage rating for your fixture you won't get excessive heat build up for an enclosed light fixture so the low wattage high lumens LEDs won't be a problem. In our house, in overhead room lights and lamps they are great. Recommend "warm" white.
Wow these are super BRIGHT!! We are slowly replacing all of our ordinary light bulbs with LED light bulbs so this was kind of a test batch purchase for us. We were pleasantly surprised and will be coming back for more! FYI the 5.5 watt light bulb (40 watt equivalent) is much brighter than most 40 watt bulbs, I'd say it gives off about as much light as a 60 watt light bulb so keep this in mind when replacing bathroom light bulbs, unless you're going for the super bright look.
These arrived in good condition and well packaged. I was pleased to see that they are about the size of a traditional incandescent bulb. Most of the lights in my house have decorative covers, and the CFL bulbs we've been using are a bit bulkier that normal light bulbs, so some of the covers either had a tight fit or wouldn't go back on, leaving us with bare bulbs. These lights, however, fit perfectly, and now all my covers are restored! They are also quite a bit brighter, perceptively, than hte CFL's. This may be due to the "daylight" part, I'm not sure, but it was quite nice to see the rooms all lit up again they way they were supposed to be, and at an even greater energy savings than CFL's.
Bought 4 of the 16 packs. As of right now I will give them 5 stars I've used about 24 of them and have yet to have a DOA or issue with any of them in the week I've used them. They were replacements for traditional halogens and there color matches them pretty well but they are noticeably brighter, the picture I took shows a bit too much yellow which isn't the case in real life. As for reliability I will update my review if I notice any issues in the coming months and continue converting the rest of my house. I have no flicker or buzzing issues, and all of them seem genuine and show the Phillips logo on the sides.
It should also be noted the boxes for these show a 10 year life span at 3 hours a day usage. Much less than the industry average which is odd but acceptable for this price range, that estimate seems much more realistic as well. I'm more interested on how its electronics will last in the long term. We shall see and I will update my review if any fail in the next year
Have had these since Decembers of 2018 and only had one go out so far around July due to being on a bad dimmer switch (not designed to be on them I know) It started flickering quite bad in any light bulb socket. After deploying them in my entire house, my entire house is now LED only and with Cree or Philips bulbs. These are a great affordable bulb and because they've lasted without problem for 8 months, I can surely recommend them.