Lightbulb Wars Review: EcoSmart Daylight CFL

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Light Bulb: EcoSmart Daylight
Price: $13.98 for four bulbs at Amazon
Household Use: Ambient
Light Appearance: Cooler / Daylight, 5,000k
Incandescent It Replaces: 60-watt equivalent
Overall Rating: Weak Recommend

The EcoSmart Daylight 14-watt compact fluorescent bulb produces a bright, white light well suited for task lighting. Ecosmart bulbs are Energy Star rated and use up to 70% less mercury than standard CFLs.

The Test

Control Bulb: 40-watt GE Reveal incandescent

Primary Use: Living room

Time of Day Tested: 5 p.m.

How It Performed: This CFL bulb emits a sharp focus bluish white light. After having tested the Sylvania Living Spaces CFL and finding that a compact fluorescent bulb can be used in an ambient setting, I decided to put the EcoSmart Daylight to the same test. I knew that the Daylight bulb would produce a whiter rather than yellower light than the Sylvania Living bulb simply from the description on the box, but I was curious if it would be a comfortable type of white light acceptable for a living room setting. It is not. The effect it had on my living room, as the judges on Project Runway would say, was "sad."

I quickly transfered bulb to my bathroom where I discovered where this bulb's true strengths lay. While the light is not exactly soothing, here the crisp blue/white light it emits is to my benefit. For the first time, I can see colors accurately when I am using the mirror. This makes getting ready in the morning much easier. I can also see how this would be a very good bulb for task work such as in a garage or for sewing.

More Facts About This Light Bulb

Dimmable? no
Brightness: 800 lumens
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost: $0.38
Life: 9 years
Energy Used: 14 watts

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