Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 22
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ashton All around great
These lights are small and have a fairly focused beam of light. If you put them in a 6" recessed can, the light bulb itself will disappear and loose the glare that comes from having a larger bulb in it's place. It gives off nice selective "pools" of light instead of a overall wash of light everywhere.
The color temperature (mine is the 3000K version) is about the same whiteness of a Philips Reveal bulb.
All in all, exactly what I was looking for.
January 20, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by iamlucky13 Good light output, but high cost
This bulb has a reasonably clean look (one of our fixtures leaves the bulbs fully visible), that is slightly marred by Phillips decision to cover it with a logo and writing. The white finish looks ok, but compared to the classical glass and aluminum look of the ordinary Par20 halogens, one gets the sense it was designed to decorate Apple stores, rather than homes.
The light quality is good. Color rendering is very close to the halogens it is sharing a fixture with (Philips website says CRI=85). Color temp at 3000 K is close enough to the 2900 K of the halogens not to be noticed, generally described as "soft white" and a very good choice for the kitchen. It's rated at 470 lumens, vs 500 lumens for the halogen, which is close enough to be considered identical. The smaller emitting area makes it look more intense, though.
Physically, it's just under 1/2" longer than the Philips Ecovantage halogens, which makes it a bit awkward looking in the fixture we put it in, where the halogens sit flush with the trim. Not a major issue, but something to keep in mind.
I was not thrilled to pay this much for a single bulb, but it came down to this: the halogen equivalent cost 1/4 as much, but with an 1100 hour life rating, would only last about a year on average in the location we use it. For 4 times the cost, we got a bulb that should last 22 times as long! From that standpoint, it's a deal even before you factor in the energy savings. Effectively, the halogen Par20's are overpriced.
Energy-wise, its rated at 8 W, vs 39 W for the halogen, so only about 1/5th the energy even though it's actually one of the less efficient LED's on the market. Between the cost of energy and replacement bulbs, at 4 hours use per day, it should pay for itself in 2-1/2 years. Yet compared some of the A-line LED bulbs now on the market that offer higher efficiency for lower cost despite needing to be more complicated than downlights to get spherical coverage (Home Depot now offers an A-line bulb that gets 80 lm/W versus this bulb's 60 lm/W for less than half the cost), the price was off-putting...but for Par20, the options were pretty much this bulb or the short-lived halogens.
There were two concerns worth mentioning that pulled my rating down:
1.) The heat sink gets uncomfortably hot to touch. Not directly a problem, but it's hot enough I've no doubt it would overheat and die in an enclosed fixture, and I'd hesitant to buy more for the close-fitting cans in the range hood, even if point 2 weren't a factor...
2.) Not compatible with all dimmers. I'm sure it will work with most dimmers available today, but when I tested it in our range hood (installed new just over a year ago), it appeared the high/low switch functions different than most dimmers. It works fine on high, but on low, it emits no light and makes a concerning buzzing sound.
Those concerns aside, I do recommend this bulb, but only because there's not really anything better for Par20 downlights, even though I know the lighting industry can achieve better in terms of efficiency, cost, and for matching the dimensions of conventional bulbs.
April 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Expos Best natural light in our home
Warm, calm an natural light. Feels comfortable, like a sun ray in the morning.
November 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HomeHacker Good choice for LED downlights
I replaced a set of 9 halogen downlights in our kitchen with these. Very high quality of light, turn on quickly, no complaints. Happy to be saving energy and money in this high-use area. Hoping for long life and fewer replacements than with the halogens.
February 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by arenalights Good smooth output, compact size and bright for 8 watts
Good quality led, very bright, seems brighter than specified lumen output. Smallest par 20 led available, only one that would fit in existing fixtures. Color temperature seems a little higher than specified.
October 25, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by James Unnatural tint
The tint to this light is bleached out and overly sterile. It lacks the warm hues of the more golden halogen par20s
December 28, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Rick The good and the bad READ THE REVIEW
I have 6 75W halogen floods in my kitchen. They last about 12 - 18 months, Obviously they generate a lot of heat. The LED bulbs have come a long way. Frankly I don't care about the energy savings as much as I care about the ambiance the lights give off, so I wanted to wait until LED lighting was better.
These were highly rated so I decided to try one. The light was surprisingly good. While it was not as balanced as the Halogen, it was very hard to tell the actual difference or which one I like better.
I thought GREAT....I'll replace each one as they burn out....BUT.....after a few minutes ALL 6 lights started flickering rapidly. It turns out that they dont seem to work to well together. Now it could be that they are running on a dimmer (very expensive one) and I tried all the dimming positions but got the same response, so finally I had no choice but to remove it and return the LED.
Anyway that was my experience, nice light but did not seem to work in a DIMMING situation or with the other bulbs. (The LED said it was dimmable on the package)
For this reason I gave the LED lower ratings and did not recommend it.
September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ouing Excellent light diffusion! Color is not the same as 7w version!
This lamp is a great replacement for any other technologies! It realy replaces other PAR20 lamps as for light output, bulb dimensions and light diffusion. But this new "bright white" 3000K color is not as great as the 7W "2700K warm white" was. At first I tought it was only a 4-LEDs version of the 3-LEDs 7W bulb, but it is not. Color rendering index is only 80. Tend to be "pink" color as does CFL or other manufacturer's bulbs. New products should be better than older ones, not reverse!
Overall, Phillips LED bulbs rocks! They are now everywhere in and outside my house!
October 21, 2013