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EcoSmart (Home Depot House Brand) BR30 9-Watt LED Flood Light (65W replacement)

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This will be a review of the bulbs themselves as well as my exceptional Home Depot experience. Consider it review/recap of an eventful deal hunting day!

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 [homedepot.com]


Doh!

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 [tinypic.com]

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 [homedepot.com] or maybe I'll just buy another 3-pack... just in case!

Pros:
  • 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.


Cons:
  • 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!

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Thanks. But IMHO, there is no comparison between EcoSmart and Cree. The Cree 5000k 9watt daylight bulb is the best in the industry. I've tried them all.

(5000k or 5000kelvin is the color temperature. This is a true white bulb....not yellow)

Yes, these made for Home Depot are less expensive than the Cree and are a cost saving bulb, but they are only 2700k. Most people will not care for these in a bathroom where a daylight "look" is preferred.
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Thanks. But IMHO, there is no comparison between EcoSmart and Cree. The Cree 5000k 9watt daylight bulb is the best in the industry. I've tried them all.

(5000k or 5000kelvin is the color temperature. This is a true white bulb....not yellow)

Yes, these made for Home Depot are less expensive than the Cree and are a cost saving bulb, but they are only 2700k. Most people will not care for these in a bathroom where a daylight "look" is preferred.
For me it was a comparison less of LED to LED but existing incandescent to LED (the bulbs in the fixtures were GE 65 Watt flood lights), but I'm curious to see the difference between the two LED bulbs. My understanding, and correct me if I'm wrong but the difference between the bulb I reviewed and the cree you're talking about is I installed flood lights, while that's a "globe" which creates less spot lighting and more concentrated? That and of course the color temperature.

I may purchase one of the Cree bulbs today when I swing back up to the Depot and install one to show the difference, they're priced at a pretty reasonable $13.00 a bulb from HD. I'm convinced I want to switch all the lighting in my house over to LEDs so even though I may stay with the EcoSmarts for my 4 flood light applications I may go to the Cree's for the rest of the globe style lighting. I may even decide to purchase a few EcoSmart bulbs and do a side-by-side so I can figure out exactly what I want to go with. Just so I'm clear this is the bulb you're talking about: Homedepot.com [homedepot.com]

Edit: I did some more digging I believe this would be the Cree direct replacement for the EcoSmart bulbs I reviewed: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Cree-9...nVshpSY5tU
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For me it was a comparison less of LED to LED but existing incandescent to LED (the bulbs in the fixtures were GE 65 Watt flood lights), but I'm curious to see the difference between the two LED bulbs. My understanding, and correct me if I'm wrong but the difference between the bulb I reviewed and the cree you're talking about is I installed flood lights, while that's a "globe" which creates less spot lighting and more concentrated? That and of course the color temperature.

I may purchase one of the Cree bulbs today when I swing back up to the Depot and install one to show the difference, they're priced at a pretty reasonable $13.00 a bulb from HD. I'm convinced I want to switch all the lighting in my house over to LEDs so even though I may stay with the EcoSmarts for my 4 flood light applications I may go to the Cree's for the rest of the globe style lighting. I may even decide to purchase a few EcoSmart bulbs and do a side-by-side so I can figure out exactly what I want to go with. Just so I'm clear this is the bulb you're talking about: Homedepot.com [homedepot.com]

Edit: I did some more digging I believe this would be the Cree direct replacement for the EcoSmart bulbs I reviewed: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Cree-9-5-Watt-65W-Soft-White-2700K-BR30-Dimmable-LED-Flood-Light-Bulb-BBR30-06527FLF-12DE26-1U110/204366182#.UnVshpSY5tU
Yes....correct. But notice this is only 2700 Kelvin, which will not provide a true "daylight" look. Cree has yet to offer one. I'm so sick of yellow looking lights in my home (or outside). But this is still early-work for these technologies.

If you're looking for an indoor application, look at the multi-pack 5000 kelvin bulb mentioned above that Amazon offers. You do save some money. I never see any Cree's on sale...but someday.
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whats the light output of led
is it good or bad
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