This is a cool (4000k) version of G7's 2700k model
Right now, it's 5-star impressive, compared to the best alternatives I could find.
If you know of better alternatives, please post a comment.
There are lots of dimmer 700 - 800 lumen BR bulbs. My review of G7's 700 lumen BR30 LED
- - - LED Bulb Comparison - - -
G7: This 1200-lumen 15 watt BR30 ($18)
Kobi: Kobi Electric 1100 lumen 18 watt R30
G7 . . . . Kobi
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1200 . . . 1100 . . . . . Lumens
15 . . . . . . 18 . . . . . Watts Claimed
14.7 . . . . . . . . . . . . Watts Measured (After 10 minutes)
81. . . . . 61 . . . . . . . Lumens per watt (Energy efficiency)
4000k . . 5000k . . . . . Color temperature
80 . . . . ??? . . . . . . . Color Rendering (CRI. See Note 1)
35,000 . 25,000 . . . . Average Life (claimed) (hours)
5 year . . 5 year . . . . Warranty
Yes . . . . Yes . . . . . . Dimmable
Yes . . . . ??? . . . . . . Silent
No . . . . . No . . . . . . Outdoor use
It's efficient (81 lumens per watt).
"BR" series bulbs send even amounts of light in all directions (180-degrees). No harsh shadows. The light comes from everywhere within its frosted 3.6" diameter.
Downside of "BR" type bulbs vs PAR: 1.) Even light can make things a little drab, washed out, boring. 2.) More glare, if you look directly at the bulb from within it's wide 170-degree flood zone. If you want sharper light, check out G7's PAR38
bulb, which puts out fairly cool white light despite its 3000k rating.
Dimming works great with my Lutron dimming wall switch. Wide range of brightness, no noise.
In your hand, the bulb looks and feels like quality, and is very well marked with lumens, wattage, etc.
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Prices sometimes jump around. There's an "Online Price Alert" that will email you whenever this or any amazon product dips below your target price. Google it. Or try camelcamelcamel, which also shows price history.
- - - Disclosure - - -
The manufacturer gave me this bulb for review. I believe my review is impartial.
- - - Notes - - -
Note 1: Color Rendering Index tells you how faithfully a bulb illuminates all different colors. Incandescent bulbs tend to have a CRI close to 100, the best possible score. According to a Wikipedia article, most fluorescent bulbs have a CRI between 50 and 90.
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