My first budget LED filament bulbs!

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My first budget LED filament bulbs!

I just received my first LED filament lights, and I gotta say, they are pretty cool. These were inexpensive purchased as a five-pack via the following eBay auction. Items were shipped very quickly! Ordered March 07, and shipped the same day, received on March 15.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/221898526932

Ordered as 6W, 5PCs, WW, 110V, E12 base, for $23.69. The boxes they were shipped in list them as “dimmable” but I don’t have a dimmable fixture to test them in. These were part of my quest for a good-quality affordable Candelabra-base LED light, as ceiling fans have all started using the E12 base to circumvent the incandescent-bulb ban. Flat Stare

I am very happy with the tint and output of these bulbs. Nice brightness, and an output pattern that is indiscernible from the incan bulbs they replace. The tint is excellent on these, a comfortable warmth, but not overly yellow or green as on some budget bulbs. Unfortunately, there is some flicker that is noticeable on high-speed movement. I’ve only used them for a short while, but my initial impression is that the flicker isn’t overly obtrusive. They are definitely superior to the other budget LED E12 bulbs I’ve been using, provided they have a reasonable lifespan.

(Quick update) About six months later, and these bulbs are still running strong, with no failures.


Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

Edited by: keltex78 on 09/27/2016 - 12:16
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Nice, gotta love these typ oflights.
the looks similar of old fashion bulbs and the wattage of LED, I LOVE M!
Check Ali for nice deals, sometimes the lower wattage (ideal for chandelers and such) only cost $1.80

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I just got some of these the other day too. They are absolutely fantastic.
I got mine at Costco with a local utility company subsidy. They would have been $12.49 for a 3 pack, 3.8W


There was another Costco over the State line in Massachusetts 10 miles away. Massachusetts doesn’t offer such a generous subsidy.

What makes these bulbs so nice is that they are fully glass globes, no plastic base as other LED bulbs. Also the filament is more natural looking and the warm white ones I got look like the light emitted by incandescents.
Here is a comparison of an old incandescent on the left with the new filament LED on the right.

Here is an older LED with plastic base next to the new filament LED bulb. Also notice that the older LED is not crystal clear. The glass globe fogs up with off gassing from the components. That cloudiness prevented me from being able to use them in crystal chandeliers.

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How hot do they get?

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jhalb wrote:
How hot do they get?

Not so hot that you can’t hold onto the glass bulb for an extended period of time. (3.8W)
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Here is a picture of the bulb similar to this sold at Home Depot

Of course $9.97 is too much to pay and the bulb isn’t even as nice as the ones keltex78 and I bought.
Notice the solid plastic base on the one from HD vs the one in the OP.
Also the link provided gives lots of options on wattage and color. Very nice link indeed.
My Costco has already sold thru……..

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Mmm, I am currently considering getting one of these COB style candelabra bulbs, among other options, for a bedroom ambient/reading light. Link: BRELONG E14 4W 500Lm COB LED Filament Candle Light - WARM WHITE LIGHT @GearBest

Besides the overrated lumen output (I think), it should provide comparable performance to that of a 40W (230V) incan, shouldn't it? I do use the bedroom light for extended periods right now, burned out a GE incan in about 5 weeks… Flat Stare

I also burned out a 64 3014SMD (6W rated) in less than 6 months of equivalent use, with at least a month of “prior failure notification” (one of its two intertwined boards started going off a few seconds after startup). Bulb inspection after failure revealed burnout marks over the led PCBs (non MCPCBs Flat Stare ).

keltex78, how many hours/day are you doing on these? 

 

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Aaah, nevermind. Not so 0K CRI on these COB filament units. Flat Stare

E14 59 - SMD 5050 LED 12W 220V Warm White Corn Lamp - WARM WHITE @GearBest

E27 E14 B22 G9 GU10 6W 69 SMD 5050 LED 800Lm Pure White Warm White Natural White Corn Bulb AC220V @Banggood

I like these, here bigger means more mass and area to dissipate heat. The “12W” spec on the GearBest bulb is prolly a blatant exaggeration, it would mean emitters at maximum specific power/driving current, and if such an overheating bulb is nearly guaranteed. $2,28 after generic BULB15OFF coupon, if anyone is wishing to gamble on this unit.

The Banggood one may have an accurate power rating, shouldn't overheat, and maybe good for 600 lumens Thumbs Up . Just a tad more expensive (any coupons? LoL!).

 

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