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Good LED replacement bulb,
This review is from: Bulbrite LED2CTC LED Chandelier Candelabra Base, Clear (Tools & Home Improvement)
I have been looking for literally several years for decent candelabra based bulbs for my chandelier (5x 40W) and a post light (3x60W). I have tried several CFL's and have been disappointed with their light quality, and life spans. At this point I've had 3 CFL's and 2 incandescent bulbs in the chandelier, and the conventional bulbs have out lasted the CFL's. (One frustration, is every time if found the CFL's they only seem to have 1 or 2, plus the light quality hasn't been as pleasing and I desired some "instant On" illumination. I've also tried a couple of different color temperatures in the CFL's but it doesn't seem to matter.) In my opinion, the CFL's simply don't look pleasing. Anyway, I bought several of these LED's to try out. They are not as bright as the incandescent bulbs, however, when viewed side by side with the CFL's & incandescents, they really look pretty and blend right in, much better then the CFL's. I think they give a more pleasing light than the CFL's, plus they look both high tech and "right" in the chandelier. In my chandelier, there is a down facing E26 (medium) base socket so I have replaced a 16W CFL with an 8W LED, so there is plenty of light and the we finally have a light that looks beautiful, yet is energy efficient. (For me this is very important because with the layout of our house, this light is on virtually anytime we are home, now instead of approx. 260W, we are well lit for about 19W!!
I also tried these in my post lamp outside. this has 3x60W candelabra incandescent bulbs now. I love the look of the fixture but have been very frustrated by the lack of energy efficient options. Anyway I replaced the three 60W bulbs with three of these Bulbrite LED's and have been pleasantly surprised. Yes, there isn't as much light (as expected dropping from a 60W bulb), however the look is beautiful and these give off enough light that I'm not changing them back. I've asked my wife and several others if it looked good/bright enough and everyone thought it was fine. They were un aware that I had replaced the 60W bulbs with these LEDs. Again, if you look at the bulb when lit, it looks great, unlike the CFL's that look like a big white blob. For comparison sake, I'm also going to try a Philips Torpedo LED that appears to provide approximately 25% more lumens, but trade life span, however I'm keeping these bulbs.
All in all, these are nice, if not expensive bulbs. In their favor, they use very little electricity, they look elegant and yet high tech and should last many "guilt free" years.
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Initial post: Dec 8, 2012, 10:10:04 AM PST
Michael J. DeStefano says:
How are they holding up after almost 2 years?
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