Lightbulb Wars Review: Phillips Ambient LED A21, 75-Watt Equivalent

Lightbulb Wars Review: Phillips Ambient LED A21, 75-Watt Equivalent

Laurie McGinley
Nov 3, 2011

Light Bulb: Phillips Ambient LED A21, 75=Watt Equivalent
Price: $39.97 at Home Depot
Household Use:overhead, spot, or ambient]
Light Appearance: daylight, 2700K
Incandescent It Replaces: General Electric Soft White 60w
Overall Rating: Strong Recommend*

I was a little concerned that this bulb would not omit a white light when I saw its yellow appearance but I was very pleasantly surprised once I turned it on. Not only was this LED nearly indistinguishable from its incandescent control bulb, but it was brighter. To be fair, I tested it against a 60 watt incandescent and the Phillips bulb is a 75 watt equivalent bulb.

The Test

Control Bulb: General Electric Soft White 60w
Primary Use: living room, kitchen, bedroom, task light or overhead light
Time of Day Tested: 4:45 p.m.

How It Performed:

I tested it in a fairly closed light fixture and could barely tell the difference in the light quality between the control bulb and the Phillips LED. There were two main differences. The Phillips LED has a strange appearance. If it was used in a light fixture that exposed the bulb it would not take back stage to the fixture. The bulb is gray and yellow when it is off. The second main difference is how the bulb heated. The base of the Phillips LED was quite warm after 30 minutes of testing but the bulb area was cool to the touch. The incandescent was warm everywhere.

This 17 watt bulb is clearly better than a 60 watt incandescent. I only wish I could afford to replace all the bulbs in my home with this bulb.

More Facts About This Light Bulb

Dimmable? yes
Brightness: 1100 lumens
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost: $3.33 per LED compared to $11.76 per incandescent
Life: (how long it's expected to last) 25,000 hours
Energy Used: 17 watts

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

(Images: Laurie McGinley)

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