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.
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.
We specifically bought this brand 40w equivalent LED bulb because it was stated to draw only 5.5w. The image from the manufacturer, the title, and the description all state 5.5w. However, when we received the bulbs (shipped and sold by Amazon) they actually draw 6.5w. It is stated as such on the retail packaging and it is on the bulb (see photo). In all reality it is a trivial difference, however the chandelier we are using these in requires 14 bulbs. That 1w difference is now 14w. The color and brightness are as expected. They are light weight compared to some other LED bulbs we have so only time will tell if they hold up.
I really like these light bulbs. I bought two boxes, a 40 watt equiv and a 60 watt equiv, and plan to eventually get them in every socket in the house. The light quality is fantastic. My wife in particular is very particular about light color, and she is very happy with them. They seem a little brighter than an incandescent of the same watt-equivalence, but not much. Very clear, clean-feeling light. We have a lot of compact fluorescent bulbs in our house, and I bought these to replace them; I don't like how quickly the CF's are burning out and the hassle of disposing of them properly, particularly when they break. The difference in light quality is very noticeable when you replace a CF with one of these.
The bulb doesn't get hot, but you can feel some warmth from the base (not as much as an incandescent). I've only had them in for about a month, but no burnouts yet, and none wear dead out of the box.
These were purchased for a multiple bulb fixture that had been using 60 watt incandescent bulbs. I tried standard replacements and they were too bright and too "white" of light. These bulbs gave the same light output at about 450 lumens with a slightly "yellow" light at 2,700 K color range. trading power consumption of 2,400 watts for the old to the new 22 watts is a great trade for the additional cost of the new LED bulbs.
I got one bulb that was dead on arrival. I've seemed to have better luck with other LED bulb manufacturers. Philips bulbs seem to be hit and miss. Don't get me wrong, when the bulb does work they seem good. I've now just had too many that hum or buzz or just plain don't light straight out of the box. They seem to lack in the quality control department. I can't recommend any Philips bulbs for that reason.
I bought these for a friend who, bizarrely, is a fanatical environmentalist, yet pretty much burns every light in her house for 16 hours every day. Seriously, lights on full blast in every room, even when nobody is in the room. She installed them and I visited after that, and these are pretty stark and not warm at all. Full white and, actually, somewhat uncomfortable. I wouldn't recommend these for over a dining table or next to a chair where you read. But they do emit a lot of light at relatively low wattage, so that's bonus.
These bulbs are great for ceiling fans, or anything else you may need to put them in. The heatsinks at the bottom of the bulbs though can get extremely hot, so be careful with handling them if they've been on for a while. Otherwise the top of the bulbs are amazingly cool to the touch, and you can actually keep the palm of your hand over them because of how well the heat sinks to the bottom of the bulb. So if you're looking for some good white light in your house, these'll get the job done.
I’ve been having some of recent led bulbs burning out on me. Others are not putting out close to the number of lumens that they advertise. At least initially these Philips appear brighter at a 40 watt equivalent than my past 60 watt leds. I took one star off for the packaging of the product. The exterior Amazon box was undamaged, but the Philips box inside was badly dented. Two bulbs were broken , but not enough to justify a return.
Great so far. Bought in June 2017. So far, they all work great. No bad ones and the don't hum or buzz at all. Nice Warm light and they stay very cool. The base gets warm but not so hot you can't touch it. Way less heat than the CFLs I was using before, and a third the wattage for the same light.
My local home stores don't sell bulk packs of these and their prices are crazy compared to these.