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on July 11, 2012
We have four ceiling fixtures that hold four bulbs each, until now 25W incandescent 16.5 globes with a candelabra (E12) base. Each fixture has a glass cover. It seems like one of the four bulbs is always burned out in one of the four fixtures, so we spend a lot of time either replacing bulbs or living with low lighting levels. LEDs seemed the way to go. But which one?
I purchased three different types of LED lights to try out against each other and the incandescents. Both my wife and I liked this one best, hands-down. The Feit 16.5 globe with 150 Lumens of output has better light dispersion and color than a Philips torpedo-style bulb, and its light output is superior to a GE 16.5 globe LED. It's also less expensive than either of the other LEDs. At 3000K, the light color is whiter than the incandescents, whose softer color we like better. However, the Feit bulbs do not produce a glaring white, and we will get used to the whiter color over time. Assuming they last even half as long as indicated, we will save ourselves a lot of tedious bulb replacement. And, of course, LEDs are much cooler than incandescents, lowering our A/C costs during the summer.
I found this bulb by accident, using a site that aggregates information on bulbs. The site offers a choice of purchasing from Amazon or from Wal-Mart, and a couple of people commenting on the site noted that the Wal-Mart bulb was half the price of the Amazon bulb. I looked closely at the specifications for each. While they look almost identical, they are not. The bulb sold by Wal-Mart puts out about half the light (70 Lumens) as the one sold on Amazon. That might be good enough for some applications, the inside of a vanity for example, but it would not be enough for a ceiling fixture. In this case, you really are getting what you pay for - for half the price the Wal-Mart bulb puts out half the light.
Amazon could useful provide basic information on the light bulbs it sells, such as output (Lumens), color, voltage and base, so one does not have to magnify the photograph of the packaged item and try to read the fine print there.