Thread DetailsLast Edited by egoods November 1, 2013 at 09:14 PM
So I saw this thread today and also saw that a nearby Home Depot had the 4-pack in stock! $10 a bulb for a 9-watt flood is an AWESOME deal so I ordered them for pickup and went to grab them. Got my box o bulbs, and paperwork from the friendly girl behind the counter and went home. I was in and out in under 10 minutes, just how I like to shop! Got home, set them on my counter and went about my business. After I was done with my day job I went to install the bulbs and noticed the picture on the box shows three bulbs... not 4. Then I actually READ the box (these speaks to how inattentive I can be) and noticed while the SKUs match the box is in fact a 3 pack not a for pack as it is listed on HD's website
Well, the picture gives the end away a bit but I headed back over to the Home Depot, the manager verified the discrepancy and without any fuss at all gave me a 4th bulb off the shelf without a problem, again in less then 10 minutes I was on my way as happy as a clam! Honestly the 3 pack for $40 is a really good price, I got an awesome deal so I was elated.
It gets better! (and then worse but still and upbeat review!), I did a lot of reading on LED bulbs before I decided to pull the trigger, but ultimately decided the pros outweighed the cons. I can deal with the "turn on" delay and the more direct light didn't concern me since they're flood lights, more importantly the lifespan very much intrigued me since I have 18 foot ceilings in my home and using the pole/suction cup bulb changer do-dad is a pain, and due to the shortened life of incandescent flood lights (compared to a standard incandescent bulb), and the high heat (I sometimes felt like I was getting a sun tan from the heat radiating off these bulbs) the LED bulbs seemed like a must have. At $10 a bulb they seemed like a no-brainer!
I decided to install one and compare it to the others.
Apologies for the blurry picture but it's hard to take a picture of lights! So, can you figure out which one is LED and which ones aren't? It's actually easier in the picture than in person, I'm guessing due to how bright flood lights are. Anyway I was very impressed to see these didn't look out of place in the fixtures and the color/intensity/coverage was exactly the same (to my and my girlfriends eye anyway) to the old lights.
But what about the warm up/delay/other issues I've heard people have with LED bulbs. Well, lights are pretty simple beasts so I figured a short, crappy iPhone video would illustrate how well these lights work
You Can View It Here
For those that can't view the video all I'll say is in a side by side comparison in this particular application the bulb is virtually the same. When I say no-delay I mean my eye could not perceive a delay between the LED bulb and the standard 65Watt floods.
For the price, these are awesome! Even at the "corrected" price of 3 for $40. Hell, for any price these are awesome, I honestly can't find an issue with them. I'm usually wary of buying house brands when it comes to new tech like this but I'm glad I saved myself the money! I, of course, can't speak for the longevity of the bulbs but I have a copy of my receipt and fully plan on taking advantage of the 5 year warranty if the need arises.
Now to the sad part, well I found it funny but I tend to laugh at things like this. Remember how I said I was switch to LEDs since I HATE using the suction cup pole to change bulbs. Well... when I was screwing the last bulb in... well I'm sure you can see where this is going.
Yep, the suction cup moved slightly on the bulb but instead of bringing it down and re-securing it I just kept trying to get it to sit in the socket. It was the last of the 4 bulbs I had to put in!
My girlfriend thought I'd lost my mind because all she heard was an expletive followed by a crash (it landed in my metal sink basin for added clatter!), and me laughing hysterically. I mean, honestly, I found the situation pretty funny. I'll be heading back up to home depot to grab a $15 replacement or maybe I'll just buy another 3-pack... just in case!
- Absolutely great buy at $15 each for one or $40 for 3 (4, whatever)
- Is an exact replacement as far as the naked eye can tell, perfect for people with high ceilings and hate the suction cup thingy.
- Reduce heat, and energy usage dramatically.
- Not available for ship to home or ship to store, has to be in stock locally. Come on Home Depot, what gives!?!
- Website had it mis-represented as a 4 pack, when in actuality it's a 3 pack. Still a good deal, just not quite the deal it was.
Overall rating: 5 out of 5
-I look forward to The Depot expanding there EcoSmart LED bulb selection!