Rated 4 out of 5Â by 79
Rated 5 out of 5Â by UBHappy ENERGY EFFICIENT INDOOR LED LIGHT HITS THE SPOT
I am using this EcoSmart 8W PAR 20 LED bulb to illuminate a dart board in our basement. The bulb is in a bullet-type light fixture mounted at ceiling height about 6' away from the dart board. The bulb projects a nice 4' circle of white light (not warm white) around the dart board and is bright enough to play darts without any additional lighting as shown in the attached pictures; the pictures were taken with the light only from the EcoSmart 8W PAR 20 LED.
The bulb has a 36 degree light beam which means that it is more of a "flood light" rather than a "narrow spotlight". The metal light fixture does get a little warm from the EcoSmart LED bulb but not as hot as a halogen bulb.
Overall, I am very pleased with the quality of this LED light bulb and the fact that I am saving 42 watts of power compared to the 50W halogen PAR20 bulb that it replaced.
December 15, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5Â by dpop Finally an affordable Par 20 spot/flood that is as bright as the incandescent version
Since I have about 25 combined PAR 20, 30 & 38 spots and floods in my house, I have been paying a lot of attention to the LED market, as it progresses, to see if I could eventually save some money, by finally replacing at least some of these halogen bulbs, with LED type.
I have seen (on display and in advertising) many LED bulbs be introduced to the market over the years, but the lumens (measured amount of light given off), never really approached the level of the incandescent bulb it would be replacing, and the prices of these bulbs were extremely high. However, much advancement has now taken place in the LED world. At around $20, this EcoSmart PAR 20 bulb is definitely (IMO) now very much cost effective (bang vs. buck).
I have found this bulb produces the same amount of light (rated at 350 lumens), maybe even more, compared to your standard halogen PAR 20 spot or flood (typically around 450 lumens), consuming only 8 watts, while the halogen consumed 50 watts. The color (see CRI) is more white-ish, compared to the standard halogen lamp it is meant to replace, but to me, that makes colors more realistic and vibrant, so I prefer it - some may not.
I initially bought 9 of these PAR 20 LED bulbs, and have been living with them for about a month now. One failed after about 2 weeks. Since they have a 5 year warranty (I urge you to keep all of your receipts and packaging, so you can return one if it fails), I'm betting you may never have to buy another one to replace it. Home Depot easily exchanged the failed one for a new one.
I find the bulbs to be well built, and easily fit into tight fitting track lighting cans, and other fixtures. I have an outdoor fixture that needed nothing but the standard PAR 20 type bulb, as it was extremely tight fitting to the middle of the bulb. This EcoSmart bulb fit the fixture perfectly. That had also been a concern of mine.
The beam spread of this bulb (a lot of people don't pay much attention to this, but they should), is a nice mix between a spot (typically 10 degrees-narrow spread) and a flood (typically 30 degrees-wider spread). I don't think a figure is given for this bulb though. Those are the pros of the bulb, on to the cons.
They sometimes buzz and flicker at low dimming levels, so be careful as to where you place them. I have used them on a variety of dimmers, with some dimmers performing better than others regarding less flickering, but then some of these LED bulbs still buzz at low dim levels - just so you know. I highly recommend these LED bulbs for Par 20 fixtures that you don't need to dim.
These bulbs (this model in particular) also give off a high level of RF (radio frequency) energy. Unfortunately this is typical with a lot of LED bulbs. What that means is that if you listen to an AM or FM radio in your house or garage, those stations that you listen to, may now have a lot more static on them, when you have these bulbs turned on (maybe you have noticed this same type of interference when waiting at a LED stop light, listening to the radio-same thing). This will probably be more noticeable on AM stations compared to FM stations, but if the FM station is distant, you may no longer even be able to receive the station, as the noise will now block it out (happened to me, and there isn't much I can do about it except now listen to the station on-line, or remove all of these bulbs). These emissions are able to travel long distances (10, 20 and 30 feet) from these LED bulbs, so as your neighbor installs LED light bulbs, even if you don't, this still may affect *your* radio reception. This goes for HAM radio operators as well. Audiophiles should also pay close attention to this, if you're like me, and try and achieve extremely low noise floors with your audio equipment. Having worked in radio for the past 35 years, this will not be good for radio stations, as many consumers switch over to this type of bulb, and are unknowingly bombarded by tons of static on their favorite radio stations at home or at work. I'm not sure why, but the CFL's (compact fluorescent light bulbs) don't seem to give off the high amount of RF energy that these LED bulbs now give off. Some people may not know that dimmers also give off tons of RF noise, thus also invading radio reception in the home or garage.
April 26, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by lifesaver1 Sturdy, Very Bright, Time Will Tell
My review is mediocre mostly because there is no way to tell if they will last as advertised, which is the only thing that makes them cost-effective. They are very bright (much more so than the 40 watt spotlights they replaced). Caution: Although they are advertised as being dimmable, I have learned that this is somewhat theoretical. Most existing wall dimmers are apparently unable to dim very low wattage bulbs. They apparently need a much higher "load" on the circuit. This results in serious flickering, etc., that makes the dimmable claim meaningless unless you have a special dimmer switch. There are new switches that will purportedly dim LED lights, but they are expensive and hard to find. So yes, these may be dimmable, but probably not without a new wall switch or switches. A work-around I found in an application with five of these bulbs is to leave a regular incandescent in one of the receptacles. This increases the wattage enough that the dimmer switch works for all four LEDs and the incandescent.
May 28, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Dave911 Home Depot hits a home run
This is the first really good household LED lamp I've purchased. If it holds up to the expected life (and some LED lamps haven't done so), you will save money and replacement chores over time. Be aware this is a spotlight, not a floodlight, and the color temperature is a bit whiter that incandescent lamps, but perfect for reading or spotlighting artwork. These fit nicely in my track lights with smallish cans. This lamp is not right for general room lighting, but excellent in the right place. It works great with the dimmer I already had in the wall, no noise or flickering, and dims to a very low level. Much better than the CFLs I've tried in the same spot. Good job, Home Depot.
October 27, 2010
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Dave Not Good For My Application
I just installed a new Broan range hood and wanted to use two of these in place of Halogens. The Broan hood uses a two setting switch to reduce the voltage and dim the lights to half power. While these were sold as "dimmable", in my application the dim was no where near 1/2 and they flickered very badly. I left them on for about 1/2 hour to warm hoping that would eliminate the flicker but it didn't and after warm the difference between the full and the 1/2 power was virtually indistinguishable. They also threw a very narrow spot so they failed to light the work surface evenly, and there was a noticeable difference in the light cast between the two, side by side lamps in color, in brightness and direction of aim. Finally, they were longer than a Halogen and stuck out of the fixture about 1/2". I am sure they are a good choice for some applications but not for mine.
October 13, 2011