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5.0 out of 5 stars Used in an alcove light in the sitting room - good but need another one to make a matched pair, 1 Aug 2014
This review is from: TCP LED E14 Small Edison Screw 5 Watt LED Candle, White (Kitchen & Home)
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TCP LED E14 Small Edison Screw 5 Watt LED Candle, White
We have two E14 candle like bulbs in scroll wall lights in alcoves of the front room. Originally we used 40W bare E14 screw candle bulbs in each and switched to generic 5w fluorescent lights when we changed all of the bulbs in the bungalow. These worked reasonably well but one has failed after 2yr. The scroll lights are used when wanting to read in subdued lighting in the room or for more atmospheric effect than the central (power saving) bulb. There is no dimmer switch circuit – not recommended with these TCP bulbs.
This TCP bulb ( free from VINE) was tested in place of the fluorescent bulb or the 40w clear candle in the scroll light nearest to the reading chair.
What I was looking for in this units :- Light levels and coverage as with the current standard E14 , Light colour which is easy on the eyes and no (excessive) glare when looking up at the bulbs , reasonably cool running and lower energy costs.
So what are the (initial) results ?
Ease of fitting – Same as standard bulb in these scroll lights – somewhat fiddly but NO WORSE than other bulb types. You need the dexterity of a vet performing intimate operations on an animal with these scroll lights when fitting bulbs .
Appearance – cannot see the shape of the bulb in the (frosted) scroll light shade so no problem with the somewhat odd shape
Lag phase ( start up) – None – fires up immediately
Light levels – Compared to an 8w fluorescent and also the 40W clear , this light was brighter ( 5W / 30W equivalent claimed ) – very good . It does ,however , project a cone upwards and a circle of light on the ceiling – depends if you like this. Probably it won’t be as apparent with both scroll lights with the same bulb.
It certainly adds to the overall illumination. Could be used in an uplight situation?
Colour ( temperature) – claimed to be warm white ( 3000K) – certainly whiter than the generic fluorescent light or the tungsten filament bulb , but not oppressively so.
Heat generated – could not detect any heat build up reported by other reviewers – even after an hour in use – ie handling the ceramic base was still possible. Perhaps the tubular shape of the scroll light shade provides plenty of ventilation.
Length of life – to be assessed – 25000h claimed
Cost effectiveness/value for money - Price – varies depending on Amazon / supplier offers (at least 2-3 x higher than current fluorescent units)
Savings – will need to check electricity over time – changing one bulb alone may not show up – I have already noted the effects of changing ALL of the house bulbs although there are some other power guzzlers in the house despite selecting energy efficient units ( suspect the Miele freezer!)
Environmental – at least this LED bulb is mercury free , unlike most of the fluorescent tubes being strongly promoted so final disposal should be no problem – unless there are any other “harmful” metals present.
It would have been nice to have 2 bulbs so that the two scroll lights would have been symmetrical in power and light distribution for this test. Still , I rate the bulb provisionally at 5 stars .
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