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.
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.
These are so much brighter than I expected. I replaced three 60W bulbs in my living room and it was too bright. They are more like 100W equivalent. They do a terrific job of lighting up the garage though. No more dark and dingy atmosphere in there at night. I also tried replacing the lights over the mirror in bathroom and I think I had temporary blindness after turning three on only a few feet away from my face. Only use one bulb in there now. If you want bright intense light these are for you. If are looking for something more mellow then get a lower rating one. I have been happier with the 50W equivalents for general indoor use and the 40W for lamps.
This review is the for the 16 pack, daylight bulbs
I have been working to replace old bulbs as they go out with LED’s, for energy savings of course, but also because I don’t like the fact that the other bulbs have mercury in them and are hard to recycle and dispose.
The box indicates on the outside that the bulbs are 60-watt equivalents. The bulbs have a bright blue/white light. They turn on instantly with no noise and have very little heat emitted, which is another benefit to LED’s. These particular bulbs are not dimmable.
The bulbs have a plastic housing and plastic lenses which appears to be typical of LED bulbs. The bulbs appear to be sturdy with the metal socket solidly attached to the plastic housing. The bulbs fit in most standard sockets as they look like the standard older incandescent style bulbs. I use these in my recessed can lighting and my ceiling fan lights. One of the main reasons I like LED lighting is that they don’t contain mercury like CFL’s do. Like CFL’s these are more energy efficient than conventional bulbs.
The boxes indicate that the bulbs have a 10-year lifespan, roughly 11,000 hours. In the fine print on the box, that is 3 hours a day. Realistically, these bulbs will last far less than 10 years and probably be in the 3-year range. It seems all brands of LEDS make this type of grand claims with their bulbs’ lifespan. I have tried a variety of brands of LEDS and none have made it past a couple years of regular use. These are priced slightly higher than the number of generics that are out there. I went with Philips because of the name brand and because these have a 3-year warranty on the bulbs. If I can get 3 years of use out of the bulbs, I will be satisfied. I will update my review with any durability issues.
The bulbs seem to be good quality with good brightness. It remains to be seen how durable they will be long term and how difficult it will be to get them replaced under warranty.
I'm happy with these bulbs. They are bright white and it took some getting used to. I put them in my bathroom and they really lit the place up well. Talk about turning on the ugly lights. These don't soften your look at all so you really get a good idea of what you look like in bright, cool white light. I tried them in a couple places in the house and they are not suitable for living areas. I guess we're used to the warm light in those areas. This bright white is very abrasive. I put them in my office and like it because it feels more like an office and is much brighter. My wife did not like them in her computer nook.
I like the soft white color, but I wish it wasn’t so bright. It’s more like a 75 watt bulb than a 60 watt. I purchased these for the three hanging pendant lights above my kitchen island. In the morning, all three lights are much too bright. However, I am able to twist (unscrew) two and just use one. It’s the beauty of LED lighting, it’s never too hot to touch. Sometimes, when prepping food, I like the brightness of all three bulbs. But then when I want an ambient feel, I will twist two of the bulbs until the light goes off. My cheap and easy answer to a dimmer switch, lol.
Soft white is not as yellow as warm white and not as grey as bright white. It’s a good color for the rich wood tones of my kitchen. I would think that the warm white might be best with more honey wood tones and the bright white might be best with white cabinetry. Just my opinion.
Photo shows how bright it is in my kitchen with just the center bulb on.
Great inexpensive light bulbs where we used to use 60 watt incandescents or 13 watt compact fluorescent lamps. These are great items and useful for a variety of lighting needs. They have no noticeable "Flicker" when turned on and are roughly the size and shape of the old incandescent bulbs by design. I've used quite a few Phillips leds and love their durability and solid construction. These are particularly useful outdoors where temps vary, CFLs often struggle to even turn on in cold temps while these light right up. The items I received were a "Warm" color tone that casts a pleasing glow inside at a very slight reduction in light output. I find I can work around these lights without the eye fatigue that accompanies a harsh "Bright white" often found in CFL lighting.
I hope that these will last awhile but I just received them so I cannot comment on their durability. However, I was disappointed to find that the bulb information is printed at the end of the bulb. In a lamp with a lampshade, this is fine. However, I purchased them primarily for ceiling fans and I would have preferred a clean bulb with no printing on the glass like Sylvania does.
These bulbs are strong with good even light. Nice soft white illumination. The bulb runs cool for the first hour or two. After that the bulb gets warm to the touch. But it stays cooler than an ordinary incandescent light bulb. There is an electronic power base just below the bulb that does get hot after about 30 minutes. But it doesn't seem to get any hotter than a standard glass bulb does. I will use them for hallways, garages, closets, bathrooms and other places around the home that need a good bright practical light. I can't testify to the lifespan of these bulbs, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, because I only got them today. This is quite a good bulb with good light, good color balance that illuminates a bit brighter than a conventional 60 Watt incandescent bulb. I can only assume that since it's an LED, it has a much longer lifespan than a conventional light bulb. And with such low power consumption, it seems like a great value.
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.