Rated 3.1 out of 5 by 49
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by PDXPapa Great LED bulb while it lasts
I purchased 3 EcoSmart LED Flood light bulbs 1 1/2 years ago and they worked flawlessly up until a week ago. The bulbs provide bright, even lighting over our covered front porch, installed in outdoor ceiling cans. Last week, one of the 3 began flashing. A Google search declares this to be an "error mode" ( seriously, it's a light bulb ). The "flashing" is more of a 1 second on, 1 second off, dimming on/off rather than flashing, but the point is, these should last longer than 1 1/2 years. I will be returning to Home Depot and updating review.
April 21, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by macwhiz Fails prematurely, less light from more power at higher cost than alternative
When first installed, they seemed great: bright light, comes on instantly. However, within two weeks of installation, one of two bulbs purchased failed completely. That's unacceptable in a bulb that costs this much and that is advertised as lasting 23 years. While advertised as "120W equivalent", this 24-watt bulb's 1,300-lumen light output is lower than the Cree "90-watt equivalent" (18-watt) PAR38 LED flood that Home Depot sells online at almost half the price of the EcoSmart. It's hard to see why one would want to pay more for a bulb that uses more energy to put out less light and that may last decades shorter than it ought to.
May 2, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ross Save your receipt
The light from these bulbs is excellent. Very bright and warm, and there's no warm up time like there is with compact flourescents. However, their longevity has proven to be their weak link. I bought six of these back when they were close to $50 each. In nine months, three of them have gone bad. One quit working altogether, and the other two turned literally into strobe lights. I believe the bulbs have a decent warranty, but I didn't save my receipt, so the promise of saving me money has gone the same way as so many of these so called "money-saving green" items.
December 15, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CB196 Great Light
I love this light. Its bright white in color, covers a large area and really lightens up a room where the old 75W incandescent used to live. Then I tried a CFL, 60, again not enough light and rather yellow. What is it with manufactures manufacturing a soft white light that when used looks yellow?
I love it
December 31, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by FastTruck17 High failure rate, replacements no longer available at store
I love the light - bright, dims nicely, economical, and great color. Reliability hasn't quite held up to the "23 year life" advertised. This is based on 50,000 hrs, and I estimate they are on about 1000 hrs annually in our application, so the MTBF is less than 10% of the advertised lifetime.
Purchased five of these between 2011 and 2012 and four have failed so far - usually by going intermittent ("strobing"). First three were replaced at local store (with receipt of course), no questions asked.
However on the most recent failure, the store said this model was not carried any more, and I'd have to contact the manufacturer. Seems odd, since EcoSmart is a Home Depot brand.... Had to call HD customer care to find the contact info, so for anyone that needs it, the number is 866-527-0313 (also on the box, I later found). Presumably they will ship a new one.
It's interesting to note that the replacement for the failure from about a year back did not have the one-second turn-on delay, and behaves a bit differently from the others when being dimmed. I'm hopeful this means the internal circuitry was redesigned to something more reliable and the latest replacements won't fail.
March 8, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Cshoes Long life, I don't think so Tim
Purchased this bulb for my aging in-laws to eliminate the temptation of him getting on a ladder to replace bulbs. Purchased Christmas 2012 so we're at 18 months. It failed by changing to a strobe light, flashing off and on. We checked the light fixture and it is working properly. It has a 5 year warranty so lets say Home Depot honors a bulb without a box and the off chance the receipt can be located. Is it worth replacing with the same bulb? I would not recommend this bulb.
June 12, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by AMH bright led, high rate of failure
I bought 16 of these for indoor use in hard-to-reach locations . They truly are bright, and out-perform any flourescent par 38 for light output. They see about 15 hrs of use a day, 7 days a week. They have been in use for just over a year now, and 6-7 of them have started strobing or burned out. Thank goodness for the 5 yr. warranty. I have had no problem returning them to my local HD store for replacements, just make sure that you save your reciepts, and MAKE A COPY! Home Depot reciepts are famous for self-erasing in less than 2 years, even if stored with care. I will not be buying any more of these, and may try the Philips brand that recently came out. Just too high of a rate of failure, which is common in self-ballasted, high-watt LED bulbs that don't have a cooling fan.
December 2, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by chris best, brightest, cheapest!
Hands down these things are the best investment you can make. Yes, expensive to begin with...but saves you from changing bulbs for the next 15-20 years, no heat so your A/C runs less, saves enough on power to pay for itself 10x over. The color on these is also amazing. Not too warm, and not the typical 'blue' white that most led bulbs offer. Also this is by far the most powerful flood you can get. All others are only 18 watts. HD does carry an 18w version also but its only $2 less. Also dimmable.
November 6, 2011