Can you all say, “Move that Bus!” Today on Green Talk is the big reveal of how Lighting Science’s EcoSmart LEDs looked in my recessed cans. Just so the rest of you are not left in the dark (sorry about the pun), let me shine some light on the EcoSmart LEDs. Home Depot approached me to test the EcoSmart recessed light bulb. I chose the 60 watt equivalent EcoSmart LEDs. In my prior EcoSmart article, I gave you all the facts: their specification, price, payback, lighting facts, yadda, yadda, yadda. All the techy jargon that you all have come to enjoy here at Green Talk. I urge you to get go back and read that article.
But the most important part is….Drum Roll….How did they look. We all know you can scream from the moutain tops that your product is green, but if it doesn’t work, then just talk to the hand. Am I right or am I right?
The Big Reveal
The big EcoSmart LED retrofit day came. Tension mounted in the house. Was these little LEDs going to be the answer to a green girl’s dream or yet another failure from my big box expectations? (Remember, my crying over the Coscto downlights? Soooo, blue.)
Hubby got on the ladder to put them in. Then he told the big bus to move like in Extreme Makeover, so I could see my reveal. Everyone cheered, when hubby flicked the switch. (Um, not really, but, it was so exciting. Words just can’t describe it.)
I did notice that the LED has a flat front unlike an incandescent or fluorescent light bulb, which has a more curved front. The LED light bulb did not fill in the space the same; however, it did not bother me. Some of you designer people may not like this. (You know when lights aren’t in the right place, it drive you design people nuts.)
How to solve the not full dilemna? I was told that you can move a small screw in the recess light so that the light fills in more of the recessed light. Problem solved.
But it is One Heavy Son of a Gun.
The light bulb is heavy so be careful when you put it up. I am not talking 10 pounds but real solid.
Come’on, Anna. We will still Love You Even if You Don’t tell us All the Picky Stuff.
Sorry, people. I can’t help but give you all my observations and forget about the most important observation.
I loved the light, but is a white light not a warm yellowish light you are used to. See a close and personal view of how the lights look in the above video.
By the way, Lighting Science calls the color of its LED a warm white light. I happen to love a white light and I think it makes it easier for me to see. Some people may think it is harsh and love that dining room feeling. Make sure you watch the video to see the comparison. Realize I am using my dinky camera to video tape the lights.
I tested the lights in my kitchen since in my opinion, this is the most important room in the house. One side had the LEDs (Yeah!) and the other side had the yellow incandescent (Boo, hiss.) I did think the lights did a nice job with the 10 foot ceilings and I did not find shadows around that part of the room.
If I was to compare it to anything, I would say the lights reminded me of a halogen light. If you like that look, this is the light for you.
How about Dimming?
Ah. The bain of my existence. Did it dim? I have been down that path with other fluorescent lights in my non-automatic dimmers. My fluorescents do not dim all the way down. Perhaps 20%?
Come on Anna, get to the chase. The suspense is killing me.
Okay. Don’t get your panties in a wad. When I touched the automatic dimmer, it dimmed down all together. When I lowered it myself, to the very end of the dimmer, it did not go off and had a slight light on. Hmm. I did not know what to make of this. However, Lighting Science provides a list which dimming switches are compatible. If yours is not listed, I would suggest contacting whomever makes your dimmers and make sure that this light can work with them.
What do Others Think?
I check out both Home Depot and Buzzillion reviews to see what others had to say. (See Buzzillion consumer reviews for the 40 watt equivalent bulb, 65 watt equivalent recess light, and 75 watt equivalent recessed light.) Most liked the 60 and 75 watts equivalent bulb. Issues or complaints? Consumers mentioned the white light and a 2 second delay when you turn the light on. Personally, I did not see the delay.
Home Depot doesn’t have what I want?
I noticed as I cruised around Lighting Science’s site, that they offered many more LED choices, such as long neck, differnt width light beam, and different light output. Perhaps, Home Depot can order you a different light than what they offers. It can’t hurt to ask.
Want to Win a LED?
So, congratulations. You got through all my gushing about the lights! (Yeah, I know. It took two posts to give you all the details.) Hope you are ready for the contest. Home Depot is offering three winners the following:
- Three random winners will receive 1 EcoSmart LED A19 40 Watt Equivalent light bulb. Each bulb is worth $17.97.
- One grand prize winner will receive a $200 Home Depot gift card to re-fit their home with LED EcoSmart bulbs
Here are the rules of the contest:
- You must be over 18 and live in the US.
- Leave me a comment here telling me about why you would love to win this light bulb. If you don’t have a specific reason, just say so. I would love your feedback what you think of this light.
- To double your chances consider joining my email list or subscribe to my RSS feed. Both subscriptions are listed on the upper right hand column. Be sure to come back and leave a separate additional comment to tell me which one you joined. If you are already a member, just say so.
- To triple your chances of winning, twitter about this contest and come back and leave a separate additional comment of the url (weblink) of your twitter comment.
- You must enter by Friday, November 19, 2010 6 PM EST time to win. Winners will be chosen at random on November 22, 2010 . Good Luck everyone!
Disclaimer: I was given the EcoSmart LEDs for free by the Home Depot to give my honest opinon. No pay to play here. Also, we value your privacy and your email will not be shared with anyone.