Lightbulb Wars Review: Philips R30 Reflector Flood

Lightbulb Wars Review: Philips R30 Reflector Flood

Michelle Chin
Oct 14, 2011

Light Bulb: Philips Energy Saver Reflector Flood BR30 16 watt (65 watt equivalent)
Price: $11.99 at Home Depot
Household Use: spot, track lighting, recessed lighting
Light Appearance: soft white
Incandescent It Replaces: 60 watt GE Reveal
Overall Rating: Weak Recommend

A CFL dimmable spotlight could be just the thing you need to save energy if you have track lighting or any type of dramatic spot lights in your home. Overall this bulb provides a great amount of light for only being equivalent to 65 watts. If I didn't open the package myself, I would think it was closer to 75 or 100 watts. The light is very crisp.

The Test

Control Bulb: GE Reveal 60 watt

Primary Use: spare bedroom / home office task lamp

Time of Day Tested: night

How It Performed: This bulb was very easy to find at my local Home Depot. The bulb was very bright and slightly cooler in color temperature than the incandescent control bulb (despite being rated at 2700 kelvin...that should make it very warm, but I didn't see it). The quality of light felt more appropriate to drawing, reading and any kind of detailed crafting or for a room with high, recessed lighting so that the light would be able to diffuse over a good distance. Though, I will disclose that I've used this bulb in protected porch areas (the package says it's suitable for damp areas, which I assume means bathrooms or porches that are protected from weather) and within 2 years, I've had to replace the bulbs three times. So, the 7 year claim is for very limited use.

More Facts About This Light Bulb

Dimmable? Yes
Brightness: 2700 kelvin
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost: $1.83
Life: 7 years (based on 3 hours of use per day, 7 days a week)
Energy Used: 16 watts

*Our Ratings:
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