REVIEW - Philips 8w (60w) Soft White LED Bulb
A great energy saver and pleasant lighting
Autumn has arrived and the nights are getting dark earlier. Lights are being switched on for longer periods, resulting in electricity meters speeding up for a more expensive electricity bill. One way to lower household energy use is to change your bulbs to LED. They cost more to buy than other bulbs, but can last for over 10 years and reduce electricity bills considerably, using less energy than CFL energy saving bulbs and 90% less energy than halogen bulbs! Halogen bulbs last for about 3,000 hours, CFL energy bulbs 10,000 hours and LED bulbs 50,000 hours.
Unlike normal bulbs they do not produce heat, so are not hot to the touch when they are on.The LED bulbs are not made of glass, but plastic, so no risk of shattering when changing. They also do not contain Mercury like normal bulbs and CFL energy saving bulbs, which is better for the environment when they are disposed of.
Many people have already switched to CFL energy bulbs, but a common frustration is how long they take to become fully bright, especially in areas which are just used briefly like a hallway or bathroom. This is where LED are totally superior to CFL energy saving bulbs, as they come on fully bright at the flick of the switch, like incandescent bulbs
Philips 8w (60w equivalent) bayonet bulbs were tested. A pack of 6 were used to replace 6 CFL bulbs, the difference was very impressive. The light is less yellow, and brighter, but still a soft pleasant light, not harsh and glaring. The rooms were better illuminated, and as mentioned, the light comes on at full power instantly. They were £17.65 for six on Amazon.co.uk (Available here), this makes them more expensive as a product than other bulbs, but will save money with lower electricity bills, especially if they are replacing halogen bulbs and they should not need to be replaced for a whole decade! Once fitted its a great feeling to know that the lights are costing as low as possible to be on, and on a wider scale, if everyone switched to using them it would significantly reduce energy demand, and be better for the environment.
Value - 5 out of 5 (More expensive to begin with but with ongoing cheaper bills, and no replacement bulbs need to be bought for many years.)
Quality - 5 out of 5
Environmental friendly - 5 out of 5 (A+ energy rating)