Most helpful critical review
13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2009
First, this is a nice light in that the color and brightness are vastly better than LED lights which tend to be dim and have a lot of glare and a sickly bluish-green or purple tint. This produces a very usable light. It is more of a cool-white color, rather than warm white.
These are rated for 1.5W yet don't have a light sensor like many incandescent lights, so don't expect huge energy savings compared to say a 4W night light bulb.
The real drawback to these lights is terrible life. I've had about 1/2 a dozen of these and paid around $10 for them locally. Unfortunately, many of them burned out in about 6 months. I've had a couple last longer, however, you have to realize the products cost more than the energy savings. Also, since these are technically fluorescent lights, they are hazardous material and should be properly disposed of.
A final nit is that like many fluorescent lights, the ones that did last longer, have gotten blackened on the ends of the tiny tubes inside, and the light output has dropped considerably (maybe 1/3 to 1/2 of new).
In sum, you're just trading off one cost for another since they generally don't last long. At 24 x 7, they're hitting almost 9,000 hours after a year, and these cannot be expected to last that long.