I was recently offered a Philips SlimStyle LED for review. $0 is a pretty good price for an LED, so I took it. I have to admit that this is the first LED I’m using as a “normal light bulb.” All the others we have are CFLs. After about one week of use, here’s a quick review of the Philips SlimStyle LED, which is equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb in the light it produces.
I’m using the LED in a ceiling lamp in the middle of our studio apartment. It is right next to a CFL in the same ceiling lamp, so I’ve been able to switch back and forth between to two in order to evaluate the difference. As far as the light emitted, I can’t see any difference between the brightness or color of the two bulbs. They seem comparable, and are certainly satisfactory for me.
There is one thing about the SlimStyle LED that I actually like more, though. The lamp fixture is open, which makes sense with many light bulbs today that shouldn’t be in an enclosed space (that results in a big drop in their life expectancy). The problem is that looking anywhere near the CFL is a little bit unpleasant on the eyes. The SlimStyle LED is better in that respect.
I also like the shape of the SlimStyle LED. But that’s really a personal matter.
With my short review out of the way, here are some more details on the Philips SlimStyle LED from the Philips rep who contacted me:
- 10.5 watt; 60-watt LED equivalent
- 800 lumens
- Lifespan of 25,000 hours
- Omni-directional light
- 2700K color temperature
- Eliminates the tell-tale heat sinks of an LED bulb
- Reduces energy consumption by 85 percent
- Lasts 25 times longer than a traditional 60-watt incandescent
- Designed to meet or exceed ENERGY STAR specifications and has been submitted for ENERGY STAR certification
“This latest generation Philips bulb leverages its uniquely flat surface to conduct heat away from the LEDs, eliminating the need for the heavy aluminum heat sinks associated with LED bulbs. This innovation helps to reduce the cost of the bulb, while still delivering the same, high quality omni-directional light consumers want.”
As of January 2, 2014, the Philips SlimStyle LED is available for $9.97 on HomeDepot.com. It will be available in stores starting March 1.
Top image credit: Philips. Other images taken by me, available for reuse with credit given to Zachary Shahan & CleanTechnica (including links).
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