I have focused a lot of time lately towards reviewing products that will have a positive impact on the environment and consumer budgets. I recently reached out to Phillips, Sylvania, GE and LightKiwi to sample some of their LED Bulbs for a review and I hope to highlight the differences of these LED lights so here is the results.
The LED Bulbs
The AmbientLED is a an A19 replacement bulb made by Phillips who have been innovative in the field of LED Technology for years now. The AmbientLED is rated as 60-watt replacement and consumes 12.5 watts of electricity while producing 64 lumens per watt for a total of 800. The AmbientLED produces an amazingly bright and soft color with a 2700k lighting index and is suitable for overhead ceiling fixtures and lamps and will give rooms plenty of light without being overwhelming, all while staying at a cool temperature of 108 Fahrenheit.
I really enjoyed the unique design of the Phillips AmbientLED which looks very futuristic versus plain and the size was compact.
The UltraLED is A19 replacement bulb made by Sylvania-Osram. Like most LED’s lasts 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb. The UltraLED uses only 12 watts of power while producing 810 lumens or 67 lumens per watt which is amazingly efficient for a LED bulb. The output color for this bulb is Warm White (2700k) and the operating temperature I found was 105 Fahrenheit.
I enjoyed the Sylvania but found it a bit bulky in size and heavier than other LED bulbs on the market, however it used .5 less watts than the Phillips AmbientLED.
I had the opportunity to check out LightKiwi’s A19 (LK-6A19E26(D)-27) which beat its competitors in consuming only 6-7 watts while producing 2700k coloring and being a 50-watt equivelent. I really liked the color of the LightKiwi and the construction was just as solid as its competitors.
I really enjoyed the LightKiwi the light was perfect in most settings and the energy savings far exceeded the competitors bulbs.
When it came down to the energy savings this bulb really blew everything else out of the water!
General Electric (GE) provided me with their 13-watt A19 which consumes 13-watts per hour is a 60-watt equivelant providing 800 lumens at 64 lumens per watt with a white color temp of 3000.I did not like the metal prong like fins because I felt they were just in the way and added extra weight to the bulb.
I believe the Sylvania and LightKiwi bulbs provide the best incentives in savings and design for most consumers looking to replace their incandescent or CFL A19’s. I am hopeful to see a Phillips LED bulb that uses even less watts in the future. As for GE, I think they need to re-think the prong design while also getting the watt usage instead down to the 12-12.5 standard, which seems to be the most common energy use factor among LED light bulbs. I will note that I hope to review a bulb by Feit and GeoBulb in the future but at the time of writing this review I had not heard back from either manufacturer.
When doing this review I also looked at a number of places to purchase bulbs and looked at reviews of other users and one concern I must urge people to pay attention to is make sure the bulb is genuinely UL certified that is it has a Underwriters Laboratory certification and marking on its packaging.
If the bulb lacks UL certification there is always a potential of fire risk and there have been reports of people buying cheap LED bulbs directly from China on sites like eBay and having them catch fire or smoke due to faulty soldering or other causes.
In closing I want people to understand that LED’s are really picking up on the consumer market and will save you a bundle over time with a bulb paying for itself in the first year or two and then saving you a more over the years. Additionally LED’s operate at a lower temperature than CFL’s and Incandescent’s which means a lower cooling bill in the summer and reduce heat in fixtures which pose a fire hazard in older homes.
Whether you buy now or later I do not anticipate major price changes in the LED market and there are already bulbs that are as cheap as $17-20 per bulb which is amazing consider cost savings.
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