While shopping at Home Depot, I came across several Philips LED bulbs, including this Indoor Flood. It was about $49 but I was curious, so I picked one up.
The first thing I noticed about this was how heavy it was. It weighs 12 ounces (compared to 3.7 for my CFL Flood and 1.9 for my Incandescent Flood). It’s also relatively small. Check out the gallery below for the pictures.
This particular model can’t be used with dimmers but my Kitchen doesn’t have a dimmer so I’m quite alright with that. It consumes 11 watts, which isn’t anything to write home about. I was more concerned with getting the full brightness as soon as I turned the light on. I can’t stand CFL warmup, especially when it’s cold (I live in New England).
After installing and hitting the switch, it took about one half of a second to turn on — which was a little weird. It would be even more weird if all my kitchen lights were these LED Floods as you’d still have pitch black immediately after hitting the switch. After a moment of weird, you’d be presented with 100% power, however.
This thing is bright, in the area it shines in. You’ll notice in the gallery below that it doesn’t radiate like CFLs or Incandescents do. Notice how much darker it is to the sides of the bar — especially the background area. It’s also extremely white — not nearly as warm as any of my other bulbs.
The assembly gets rather hot — which was surprising. However, it doesn’t radiate heat like Incandescents or even CFLs do.
I’m not entirely sure I’ll replace all my kitchen lights with these (another $150) — I’m worried I’ll have dark areas between each of the lights. Besides the price, I think getting these things to radiate light better is important.