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Early Adopters of LED Lighting Pleased With High Quality Philips Ambient LED 40 Watt Replacement Bulb  

Philips Ambient 8 Watt LED

Thomas Edison’s light bulb is receiving a makeover, as the lighting market is flooded with replacement products for old fashioned incandescent bulbs. Consumers need not panic as legislation (signed by former President Bush) gradually requires old incandescent bulbs to be phased out in favor of energy efficient replacements.

Philips – the Industry Leader
Philips takes the lead in the manufacture of LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs with the introduction of its Ambient LED bulb. Although the bulb has an egg-like look, it produces a hefty 450 lumens with a mere eight watts. LED bulbs are reportedly 80 to 90% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. The Philips Ambient 8 watt bulb uses about 20% less energy than a comparable compact fluorescent bulb (CFL).

This LED bulb is lead and mercury free and does not emit UVA or UVB radiation. Its expected lifespan is more than 25,000 hours. LED bulbs are notably heavier than typical light bulbs, and while the light produced by LEDs does not produce heat, the circuitry incorporated into the bulb gives off heat at the bulb’s base. While these bulbs don’t appear to get as hot as traditional light bulbs, they are not recommended for use in totally enclosed fixtures. Unlike other dimmable LED bulbs, the Philips bulbs dim smoothly.

LED bulbs disperse light in a narrow directional band and early LED bulbs did not throw light in a circular radius. This bulb emits light just like an incandescent and the warm 2700K color temperature is characteristic of an incandescent bulb. The color rendering index (CRI), a measurement of color accuracy, is 80 (out of a possible 100). Incandescent bulbs have a CRI of 100, which is difficult to match.

This 8 watt bulb currently sells for $21.97 at Home Depot and is well worth the investment for those who want an energy efficient bulb with a warm color temperature and for those who want to purchase mercury free bulbs.

I’ve outfitted a 5-light kitchen fixture with three of these bulbs and two 1.5 watt LED bulbs. Energy consumption is scaled back from what used to be 125 watts to a total of only 27 watts.  

Some homeowners may be put off by the egg-like appearance of this bulb. Others may find the bulb to be a conversation starter about the benefits of phasing out old technology for products that are “greener,” safer, and more energy efficient than both CFL and incandescent bulbs.

Fine Print

The only downside of LED bulbs relates to “blue light hazard.” Typically, LEDs emit light that is heavy in the “blue light hazard” area. Apparently, this “near UV light” is not good for the eyes. It’s plentiful in sunlight and CFL bulbs. The yellow shield offers some protection from this spectrum. The bulb’s specs show that while it emits no UVA or UVB radiation, the bulb emits some “near UV” light.


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