Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 20
Rated 4 out of 5Â by thebighash Good Stuff!
In general I am very happy with this product.. Just 13W power consumption and it produces a great output even outdoors!
I am very pleased with the output this flood light produces, even for outdoor applications. The light is uniform and fills the area in a nice flood beam pattern. There is no question this is stronger than a 75W replacement.
EcoSmart 13W PAR30
EcoSmart 15W PAR38
As I show in the comparison pics, the 13W PAR30 has 6 LEDs whereas the 15W PAR38 has 7 LEDs. As expected the output is not as bright as that of its older brother, but it's comparable to a certain extent. Check out the comparison photos, which were taken with similar camera settings to provide an apple-to-apple comparison. In a previous test, I proved that the 15W PAR38 version produced an output comparable to that of a standard 150W outdoor flood light! So I would argue that the 13W PAR30 is comparable to a 100+W standard flood lamp.
It says 5000k and I believe it is right. It is daylight color with a slight hint of blue. Much cooler than standard halogens but in my opinion this provides better lighting for outdoor applications and security lighting.
I have not tested this light for indoor applications, but I have no reason to believe it will not work well. It might be too cool for some, which is why the manufacturer offers warmer color options. It might also produce more of a spot effect when used in low ceiling applications.
I did not test the dimming application, but the light is dimmable according to the manufacturer.
I haven't had the bulb long enough to comment about it's long term performance. I hope it lasts a few years to pay back it's price!
April 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by McFlash Light quality good, Some FM radio static
Purchased this for use in indoor ceiling fixture which is part of a sun tube. Light output is a pleasing daylight, very similar to the daylight from the sun tube.
The sun tube is in a hallway outside of a room where I have my Bose FM radio. When the light is on I experience noticeable static around 103.1 MHz, which has a station I listen to. I haven't tested the entire spectrum, but there are other FM frequencies that do not exhibit the static from the light.
Jury is out on the life of the product. This light is replacing a similar LED from Lights of America in which about 1/3 of the LEDs have failed prematurely.
June 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ThinkPositive The Winner of my Daylight LED competition!
I started my LED search by making the big mistake of buying the soft white (2700K) version of the Phillips LED. When on, its light turned my white leather sofa yellow! Then I bought these Daylight LEDs: 10-Watt 5000K Phillips, the Toshiba 4000K, Phillips 13-watt 5000K, Phillips 12-Watt 4200K, and finally the EcoSmartPAR Daylight 5000K. The winner was the EcoSmartPAR Daylight 5000K bulb. Its light was white, the sofa was still white, the bulb enclosure does not have silver showing around the bulb (which looks ugly), it was a flood more than a spotlight, it was not an exaggerated cold (like the Phillips 10-watt) and it did not make the room appear foggy (like the Phillips 10-watt). I have a dimmer and find that 1/2 power for LEDs is equivalent to full power of my incandescent GE Reveals. Hope this helps!
April 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by dcmikez Great floodlamp will take getting used to
I love that this LED lamp can be used outdoors, as our motion activated floods in the back yard are on quite frequently. Hoping this will save some money in the long run, and I'm sure it will.
The light is what's so extraordinary in this lamp. It's not quite the bluish hue that early LEDs had, but it's not pure white either, and when next to an incandescent flood lamp it looks rather odd. I know we'll get used to this as it's not bad, just different.
Otherwise the lamp is great and I'm going to get three more for our other outdoor lights.
April 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by BobC LED Bulbs continue to improve...
EcoSmart PAR30 LED, 75 watt rated output light bulb. (SKU 182325) from Home Depot. The product was received through the Home Depot SEEDs program.
Initial impressions, The bulb is heavy as compared to similar bulbs. It weighs ~ 9.4 oz, is 3-3/4â in diameter at it's widest point, and 4-3/4â long. A similar CFL bulb weighed ~ 4.3 oz. The body portion is an aluminum heat sink for the LEDs and internal power supply circuits. The LEDs are arranged in a cluster, with 6 LED dies facing froward from the center of the bulb, and direct their light out through a diffusion lens made of clear plastic. The general construction quality looks well made. I measured the power consumed, and the power factor of bulb. It consumed ~15 watts, and exhibited a power factor of 0.88. I did not have a way to measure the light output other than a subjective comparison to a CCL bulb of similar size and construction. The light output of these units is quite good, in fact they produced more light than my CFL comparison bulb. The bulb is rated for a color temp of 5000K, or a white âday Lightâ color.
The bulb size is a good fit for most lighting fixtures that accept a medium size âfloodâ style bulb. I install the bulb in several fixtures to evaluate it. Other than the additional weight, this bulb should make for a good replacement for CCL or incandescent bulbs. These bulbs exhibit a slight delay at turn-on, 1/2 second or so, but once on, they produce full output, unlike CFLs that only produce a low level at turn-on and have to warm up to reach full output. The vendor says they can be used with dimmers. I did not try the bulb with with a dimmer. I did not measure the bulb temperature in operation. The fixture that they are used in can effect their operating temperature. I have not noted any temperature problems is my use of it. I also tried it in a movable arm desk lamp, it worked ok in my lamp, but due to the weight of the bulb it may too heavy to be used in some movable arm fixtures. The light from the LED array is radiated out from the front of the bulb, providing a defused, and directed beam.
I have read that some model LED bulbs can cause RFI interference with home electronics. So far I have not noted any. I have wireless phones and a wireless network installed, have not noted any problems since installing the bulb. They are not cheap, but they should provide several years of use, and far lower power consumption than incandescents (~80% less power). As to reliability, time will tell. I would expect them to be better than similar CFL bulbs.
For applications where the bulb would be hard to access or change, and reliability are prime concerns this should be a good device.
February 26, 2013