Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 19
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AndyStl Great Bulbs for yard lamp post
I put 3 of these bulbs in my candelabra base lamp post light in the middle of my front yard almost 2 1/2 years ago. They come on every time I hit the switch and have been left on when out of town for entire weekends along with all night every night and are still going strong. I replaced 3 40 watt incandescents that had all burned out shortly after I moved in and they provide plenty of light in comparison. They are slow to come on in cold weather, but great for this enclosed outdoor application.
February 25, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Dimmer Not flicker free
After a few hours of use, some liquid started condensing onto the inside of the outer bulb. The light output has a significant amount of line frequency in it unlike high quality CFLs and causes rainbow effect with moving objects just like with fluorescent lights operated on a magnetic ballast.
July 1, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MikeCL Great product
I picked these up to try because they also work on a dimmer circuit both dim well I have no issues like the above person said.
They do take a little bit of time to come to full brightness but the price point is pretty good.
January 24, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by HDCustomer2 Too big, don't dim well, too stark white
I've been very happy with the Home Depot n:Vision CFLs I've purchased in the past, so when I saw these dimmable chandeliers were also a Home Depot brand (albeit the newer ecoSmart), I got them for our dining room chandelier.
These bulbs have three key problems:
1) There's very little difference between their dimmest setting and their brightest. I'm using a Lutron dimmer (the ecoSmart package doesn't specify any particular dimmer to use) and my incandescents go from a very low orange light to a bright white. These CFLs go from a fairly bright white to a bright white: the difference between low and high is subtle and doesn't qualify as "dimming" in my book.
2) The bulbs are so long they stick out of the top of my fixture's shades. I used the adapters so the bulbs fit a standard light socket, and the total length from end-to-end was 5.25 inches. My incandescent bulbs were 3.5 inches. The adapter didn't contribute much length; it was mainly the internal ballast required by the CFL that caused the extra length.
3) The light was too stark white, not what I'd call a "soft white" as the label claimed. The n:Vision CFLs I purchased in the past from Home Depot had a warm light. I don't expect a CFL to match an incandescent, but the difference was too great with these. Also when I compared these side by side with the incandescents, I realized that part of the appeal of dimming incandescents is that they turn more orange/yellow as they dim, whereas CFLs stay just as white. When you are having a nice dinner with the lights low, that orange glow is appealing. Stark white isn't. For me I think CFLs are better suited to situations where I don't need them dimmed low, and in any case these lights don't dim low.
February 2, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by RhondaA Light is really dim - we are upgrading to LED already
We purchased these lights for the dining room where we have a dimmer. Very disappointed in the lack of brightness even for 25W equivalent. We are upgrading all bulbs to LED.
February 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill59 Decent looking lights in my fan light kit
Great for dimming as long as you use a dimmer switch made for using LED Bulbs
February 4, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Bigguy Shorter life than expected
I have bought several of these for a chandalier. They have a 9 year warrenty. Unfortunately, I've had a couple of the bulbs burn out in only 1-2 years. We do not use the light excessively, so I was expecting the bulbs to last longer. The light given off is great and they do dim using a CFL dimmer, but they do occassionally flicker.
December 20, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BobinNewJersey Keep your receipt
I purchased this product on Saturday the 9th and already one of the lights has burned out 2 days later. There are clear brown char marks on the gas coil inside. The other bulb is still working fine.
The soft light color matched closely to the other incandescent bulbs if you don't mind the warm up time of a few minutes. Overall I was happy with them at first, but now disappointed since I paid almost $7.50 a bulb. Be sure to keep the original packing and receipt.
March 11, 2013