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6 Watt LED 6000K dimmable A60 bulb
on August 25, 2011
I ordered a few different types and wattage of LED bulbs from different manufacturers to try out because I've dropped 2 CFL's over the past 6 months. I have been very happy happy with my Panasonic CFL's the past 5 years, but now that LED's have come into their own I feel that the time is right to make the switch as I'm not a happy camper cleaning up mercury, regardless of how minute the amounts, in my home.
It seems to me that the latest version of this LED bulb that I received has been upgraded from 5 to 6 watts, even although the part number remains the same - i.e. 1012WH.
The bright white color is a little too harsh for me and seems slightly higher than it's rated 6000K. I would rate it more like 6500K which is similar to bright midday sunlight on a summers day - harsh and very bright white. Ideal for displaying diamonds, jewelry and other objects that look good under this bright white light, but it's just a little too disconcerting for home use in my opinion. Warm white, the warm glow of sunrise or sunset, which is about 2700K, is way too yellow for me. I generally prefer home bulbs to be around 4000K, especially for reading, but no higher than 5000K. The quality and uniformity of this light is excellent. Keeping in mind that coverage is quite a bit less than incandescents. Probably about 190 degree forward coverage versus about 300 for the latter. This makes it an ideal candidate for shop displays and photographers who want to mimic outdoor sunlight. But it would be hard to relax at home with such a harsh bright white light.
Brightness is about the same as a 13 watt CFL, and I would rate it equivalent to a 50 watt incandescent, which is more than adequate brightness for most home use.
Please note that I have given it 5 stars because of the excellent quality and brightness of light produced, notwithstanding the fact that I find it a little too harsh for most home applications.
August 26, 2011 - Added two pics with notes and labels to give potential customers some idea of the differences in color and light output. No camera can accurately capture the color or dynamic range of the eye, but rest assured that none of these bulbs produce a greenish cast, and although the 6500K bulbs are harsh white, they don't look bluish to me. IMHO the manufacturer's product pic accurately captures this bulb's intense white color.