Lightbulb Wars Review: EcoSmart 40 Watt Equivalent LED

Lightbulb Wars Review: EcoSmart 40 Watt Equivalent LED

Laurie McGinley
Nov 8, 2011

Light Bulb:
Price: $9.97 at Home Depot
Household Use: reading lamp, task light, or overhead
Light Appearance: daylight, 3000K
Bulb It Replaces: Ecosmart Soft White CFL 40 watt equivalent
Overall Rating: Strong Recommend*

I am really excited about this bulb. It looks like an incandescent in the fixture, the light is almost identical to an incandescent, and it is compact.

The Test

Control Bulb: EcoSmart Soft White CFL 40W Equivalent
Primary Use: reading light, task light or ambient
Time of Day Tested: 5:00 p.m.

How It Performed: Because it is an LED, it uses a fraction of the energy of a comparable incandescent or even compact fluorescent bulb. I knew I would like this bulb the minute I turned it on. The color is pleasant and it illuminated my desk just as well as the control bulb.

This bulb was a little difficult to find but I ended up finding it at Home Depot. The bulb arrived quickly but it was wrapped in an excessive amount of petrochemical based packaging.

More Facts About This Light Bulb

Dimmable? no
Brightness: 429 lumens
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost: $1.68 per LED bulb compared to $7.84 per incandescent bulb
Life: (how long it's expected to last) 50,000 hours
Energy Used: 8.6 watts

*Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend
Weak Recommend
Don't Recommend

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(Images: Laurie McGinley)

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