Lightbulb Wars Review: GE Energy Smart LED, 9 Watt

Lightbulb Wars Review: GE Energy Smart LED, 9 Watt

Trent Johnson
Oct 3, 2011

Light Bulb: GE Energy Smart LED, 9 Watt
Price: $35.98 at Amazon
Household Use: General Reading Lamp
Light Appearance: Warm-to-Cool, 3000k
Incandescent It Replaces: 40-watt equivalent
Overall Rating: Recommend*

The 9-watt GE energy smart LED is a standard A19 bulb with a twist: much of the size comes from metal fins to dissipate heat. For a 40 watt bulb, it's bright! Add "instant on" and a 22-year-lifespan, and you've got yourself a solid contender.

The Test

Control Bulb: vision 23w CFL
Primary Use: Reading or ambient light.
Time of Day Tested: 7:00pm

How It Performed: This was one of the first LED bulbs I ever had the opportunity to test due to them being cost prohibitive. My home is full of nothing but CFLs, thus that is the context for my comparison. I purchased the GE Energy Smart LED from Amazon and thanks to Amazon Prime, it arrived two days later. The reviews online were quite promising, earning 4.5 stars out of 5 based on 18 customer reviews.

Compared to the CFLs in my home, this light was much closer to daylight. Despite the 3000K rating, it felt cooler than my CFLs without as much yellow hue as I was used to. Unfortunately, I couldn't test the energy output but it is significantly cooler than the CFL it replaced. Heat-wise, LEDs typically run fairly cool to begin with, but I think the metal fins helped keep heat to a hardly noticeable level.

The bulb also produced more light than I expected for a 40 watt equivalent. In fact, it outperformed the Pharox 300 60-watt equivalent in terms of light output (review coming soon!). Finally, the bulb shape provide fine for most applications. I also tried it with a lampshade that rests on the bulb itself and while it fit, it was not ideal.

More Facts About This Light Bulb

Dimmable? Yes
Brightness: 450 lumens
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost: $1.08
Life: 22.8 years
Energy Used: 9 watts

*Our Ratings:
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