Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 13
Rated 5 out of 5Â by arshi Excellent light but pricey - save your receipt and the package
I bought three of these bulbs to use in a decorative accent/track lighting system that came with 3-50w halogen MR16 bulbs. These flood lights use only 4 watts each (less than 10% energy use) and do not heat up at all. I am using the fixture in my living room to cast spot/flood light on two pictures on two different walls and provide some ambient lighting. I was not sure how they would work once installed, if they would be bright enough (for 200 Lumens each), and if I could use a dimmer without issues. The blister-pack packaging is impossible to open without destroying it. I previously had issues with Philips BR30 flood lights with a Lutron LED dimmer - they would dim but make a annoying buzz. The BR30 Cree or GE bulbs did not make the buzzing noise. This time I used a Cooper LED dimmer (cheaper and as good) and the result was perfect. These dim nicely w/o buzz and the light quality is surreal - clean, dramatic light and bright enough for my purpose. My main gripe is the price. However, they come with a 6 year warranty if used 3 hours a day. I don't think I use them 3 hours a week in my living room. I saved the packaging and scanned the receipt.
The other issue is the base of the bulbs - they are narrower than other LED bulbs I found, but larger than halogen MR16 bulbs to fit in my Broan range hood recess nicely. I hope LED manufacturers will take notice.
October 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Rzmatic Very good LED, yes it's expensive
I searched for a good LED and tried some that had terrible color and some that buzzed. This one has a very pure white light and produces no noise that I can hear. It also dims perfectly and goes very dim (some don't). At first I didn't appreciate the difference in quality between a $10 LED and a $20 LED ... I do now.
January 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by KathyKat Won't have to replace for a long time.
These aren't cheap, but we're hoping we won't have to replace them for a long time. No one seemed to know if using a dimmer switch would affect the life of the bulb, however. We have those annoying "hockey puck" floodlights which they don't make any more. I mean the kind with a couple of parallel cables extending to each side from a central flush-mounted box, anchored at each end with some sort of bolts, big hockey puck-shaped glass (?) fixtures that tilt, spaced every 8 inches or so, and each has a halogen bulb in the center. Anyway, after some odd power fluctuations courtesy of Dominion Power (they fixed the problem) the switch had apparently burned out. We had to rewire, so we went ahead and updated a bit with LED bulbs. Not cheap, but cheaper than completely changing out the light fixture. With exposed wood beams in the ceiling, we're sure that addressing the entire design problem (our own shadows block the lights from overhead when working at the counter) would have called for a professional, so we chose to stick with the current solution. We'll consider task lighting solutions next.
June 17, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by MrMark nice color, but beam is too narrow
I liked the color...similar to tungsten halogen, but the beam pattern is much too narrow for my application, which is a range hood. It puts two spots on the cook-top that do not meet in the middle, leaving the back-splash behind in the dark.
It may also be worth mentioning that the body of the lamp is a little bit bulkier than a normal halogen MR16, so it was a very tight fit in the range hood.
And I would comment too that the blister-pack packaging is really irritating...essentially impossible to get the lamp out without destroying the package and potentially the lamp itself.
Home Depot's own Eco-Smart LED worked great in the same application, but failed after less than one year. Apparently they have now discontinued that model, which is why I decided to try this one.
March 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Rja1228 Bright light
Great light pure white light great to work around without all the heat of halogen bulbs .
July 8, 2014