Philips “Ambient” LED A line dimmable- 12.5 W, 800 lm, 25,000 hour life
I purchased this bulb at my local London drugs, there was a manufacturers $10 rebate coupon meaning the bulb cost me less than $25. I like London drugs because they take back compact fluorescent bulbs and take back packaging Styrofoam) and are always having specials on energy-efficient lighting. (GreenDeal)
I’ve been waiting to try this newer model for some time; this distinctive LED bulb has been under much scrutiny and real-world testing.
Phillips begins mass production of its award-winning L. prized bulb.
Although there was no lighting facts label (apparently not necessary in Canada), various graphics explain that it is a; 12.5 watt , equal to a 60 W, it’s a soft white, lasts 42.8 years, replaces 60 W incandescent A19 ,this is an energy start product and it works with most dimmers.
Very small print on the bottom of the packaging indicates it is cUL listed at 2700°k color temperature and a coloring CRI of 80
The back of the packaging goes on to say first about the orange appearance, and how when lit it won’t be yellow it will be white, it claims it’s
ideal for table and floor lamps, “instant on” and virtually no heat and will not fade fabrics or furnishings ,it goes on to say it is rated for interior use only NOT compatible with photo controls, occupancy sensors or timing devices! also not for totally enclosed fixtures, insulated airtight recess down lights
(how this light is not compatible with a timer I’ll never understand )
Dimmable when using “leading edge” dimmers and they offer to “visit a website” to see list of up-to-date compatible dimmer brands and models.
Interesting worded Philips warranty, states “that the bulb will be free from defects and will operate for six years based on three hours per day”
Upon removing from the packaging you’ll notice this bulb is quite solid, the main body is cast aluminum and nicely finished powder coat. It is solidly constructed and appears quite durable. I first installed the ambient LED in my hanging lamp by some plants. I immediately noticed it seemed a much warmer than almost all LED lights I have tested. Even compared to another 2700 K. LED bulb this Philips “Ambient” LED has a very warm orange glow that will remind people of incandescent bulbs(especially when hidden from view)
This type of LED lamp known as an A19 emits Light in a very wide pattern, similar to a standard incandescent lightbulb also known as A19. An excellent choice for shaded lamp’s. With quite even distribution all around the bulb. Almost no light is focused out of the top of the bulb, and is not a good choice for recessed fixtures or cans. For those type of applications choose; R20, PAR 20 or PAR 30-38.
Unfortunately Philips “Ambient” LED A line dimmable is an awkward shape and some hanging shades and other types of lights may have a problem with it. In the table lamp- light, it did resemble a 60 W incandescent almost perfectly, colors were accurately reproduced, people’s skin appeared natural and it was comfortable to read under for extended periods of time. This bulb works well in lamps where the bulb itself is not visible, but the fixture (or lamp) is designed to reflect light from a standard lightbulb.
Unlike lower wattage LED ambient, this bulb gets extremely hot during operation and definitely should not be touched until it has cooled down substantially.
Although the package claims the bulb is instantly on, we found a slight delay, maybe not even a full second but still longer than other dimmable LED bulbs, although not as long as some that took up to 1 second before illuminating. I didn’t take a stopwatch to it but it was definitely a noticeable lag.
The remote phosphor design may or may not fly with consumers. Overall quite a remarkable product. Whether or not 22.8 year life span will be achieved in all cases is to be seen.
Philips LED bulb CAD $29.99
Minus $10 manufacturers coupon sponsored by BC Hydro Power Smart and Fortis BCs power sense
Plus $3.60 in tax total cost $23. 59
An all round excellent replacement for standard 60 W light bulbs.
Realistically, a 12.5 W LED lightbulb that replaced a 60 W light bulb for under $25 was completely unheard of just one year ago. Having passed LM79 and LM80 testing (Energy Star), it is almost certain these LED products will closely live up to their expected lifetimes and offer homeowners great value in reducing electrical utility consumption expenses.
Because of the unique craftsmanship and on-board electronics and LEDs, the price will never drop to the familiar two dollars or less like it’s incandescent counterparts. However, by lasting up to 50 times longer and using only 20% of the energy, the initial outlay easily recovered.