Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 11
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 5 out of 5Â by BobT Good bulb choice
I bought these to replace 50 watt halogens for my game room. These are actually brighter than the halogens that I had been using. They dim perfectly and the light color is excellent. They do project a fairly narrow bean, more like a spot light than a flood. Now when I have friends over the halogens are not baking the tops of their heads. Buy a few. You'll be glad you did.
July 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by gramps good tv light, not really that bright
it was not as bright as I thought it would be but it's fine for a TV light
July 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Chris Just installed in 4" recessed housing 8' ceiling
Con: I had to double check the box. I thought I mistakenly bought spot lights instead of flood lamps. I think its a combination of the lens diffuser and a shorter bulb. I installed a bulb spacer / extension that made it better but the room still has hot spots under the can lights and dark spots between them. The light used to criss cross the room and fill the shadows of other fixtures. Now we immediately notice heavy shadows, and extreme differences of light levels in the room. I dont think I like them, maybe I just dont like change...
Pros: I went from 270 watts to 48 watts to light this room. I agree with another reviewer, the light output seems greater than listed. I think the light is more concentrated though. Maybe now my wife will use the dimmer...
May 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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