These bulbs work great everywhere with one big exception: the garage door opener. When I put them in the garage door opener the door wouldn't close unless I was within about 5 feet of the door, and even at that distance it took several tries to get it to close. The problem is that they put out RF interference and since the bulbs are right next to the radio receiver in the garage door opener, they overwhelm the signal from the door opener.
This problem manifests itself in being able to open the door OK, but not close it. The reason for the difference is that when you press the button to open the door the lights are usually off and thus not causing any interference at the moment the signal is received unless you are reopening the door shortly after closing it before the lights go off. Conversely, when you attempt to close the door the lights are usually still on from having opened the door just a few minutes ago, thus interfering with the close signal.
I had to go back to the incandescent bulbs in the garage door opener until I can find some LED bulbs that don't put out this kind of RF interference.
The bulbs seem to be as advertised. They're probably very close to the advertised brightness, as I have four in a bedroom, and I calculated it out to not be too intense on my eyes prior to purchase. I've used probably 13 of the 16, but put the three away for later.
My one complaint is that it has now been a little over a year, and I've now had three bulbs die in the last month, two in my enclosed bathroom ceiling fixture (Not sure if LED Bulbs overheat?) three weeks apart from each other, and one of four in a ceiling fan fixture. I'm beginning to wonder if the rest of them are going to go out, and whether I should purchase these again, or go with a different brand.
The bathroom light is typically turned off after use, but may be left on sometimes for a couple hours; the same occurs with the bedroom light. My main reason for going with LED is that my family tends to leave lights on around the house. I'm not certain if we actually just managed to wear out their 16 year life in a matter of one year, or if these are actually lemons.
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.
After a year of normal use. 4 bulbs have failed. Pretty disappointed considering I spent extra to buy Philips brand in the hopes of getting a better cost effective product... At this point, don't think the rest are gonna last 5-10 year's of normal use.
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All of the bulbs worked great. However, they cause interference with my garage door opener. I am absolutely certain it was these lights. I tried a regular incandescent, it was fine. What was in there was a compact fluorescent, it was fine. This, it would be fine if the light was off. If the light was on, the garage door would not respond until the light went off. The lights themselves work well and none of the 16 were duds. I just wish they didn't have any interference.
Generally, I would say they are good bulbs. I am disappointed in at least one of them having an annoying buzzing noise when you leave it on longer than say 30 minutes. The bases of the bulbs do heat up more than I think that they should. Comparing to other LED bulbs that I have, these are hotter than most which isn't a great sign. The light they produce is good, seems to be 60W equivalent (although I didn't measure this like some people do in these reviews), and it seems to be a soft white color which is nice. No issues with taking long to turn on or flickering or anything like that. Should you buy them? Ehh... there are worse LED bulbs, but there are better ones too.
So, moral of the story: Either (1) Philips engineers need to work a little harder in their design to prevent buzzing and an overly hot base or (2) Philips needs to use higher quality components. Actually could be both... it's not exclusive ;)
These work fine. However, I was annoyed to find a tiny print warning on the bulbs saying "not for use in totally enclosed luminaries". Apparently using them in those can impact how long they last because they get too hot and burn out. Most of my lights are enclosed fixtures, and a limitation like that should be prominently stated in the product description or at least on the packaging, not in tiny print on the bulbs.
I purchased a pack of these on sale, and they work fine, but I'm rather disappointed with what Phillips is calling "daylight" here. I now know that just because it says daylight doesn't mean it's the same temperature. I purchased a set of HyperIkon bulbs in "daylight" (4000K) and they have much better color rendering. It genuinely looks like my house is being lit by sunlight. These make it looks like it's being lit by a fluorescent bulb. I'm debating returning these.
I bought these because I wanted to change all the light bulbs in my house to a brighter white colored light. When I first began installing these light bulbs, 2 out of my batch of 16 were not working, but it was not too big a deal because the rest were working. It is just something to consider and look out for if you decide to purchase these bulbs. Moreover, I noticed that these lights worked better in smaller areas, such as the bathroom or vanity area. They were a nice cool, daylight white. Though, when I installed them into the hallways, they were not bright enough to light up the hallways. My hallways looked quite dimmed and had a somewhat creepy aura. It might be because I have covers over the light bulbs in the hallways, but still, it was a bit disappointing. It is still worth the price, considering you do get 16 light bulbs. They definitely come in handy in case you need a spare light bulb, as well.
These bulbs work very well providing light at reduced energy usage. One issue is that they must be used in areas where there is background noise as their constant hum is annoying. Compared to other brands of led bulbs that I have used, these are loud. Again, if used in an area where there is background noise, there is no problem. But if used in an otherwise quiet area, there a very annoying hum or buss from these bulbs. I listed these a being "recommended to a friend" but only with the stipulations regarding noise.