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on 16 May 2014
Okay I have tried probably 20 different LED bulbs over the past 4 years, ranging from the incredibly bad to the incredibly good. I have found that there are a lot of considerations to take into account and that there is a lot of confusion over what makes a good bulb. (also a lot of blatant lies about the products especially in amount of lumens and lifetime)
However in these latest Aurora bulbs I have found a truly superb bulb that not only replaces halogen perfectly but actually outshines it. I had the previous 6W version which I thought were pretty good and had at that time settled upon them. However I had a few failures within warranty which put me off and I am glad they did as it forced me to try 1 more time.
Here is a list of the things I think should be considered when purchasing LED replacement bulbs.
(Quite tricky as most sellers do not display all of these values and you have to research or ask the questions from them and they sometimes cannot tell you the answers which should start alarm bells ringing)
2. CRI (Colour rendering index)
3. Beam Angle
4. Colour Temperature
5. Power Factor
6. Build Quality
9. Guarantee and Customer Service
And here is how the 7W Aurora bulbs rate on my scaling after 3 months of use.
1. 420 which is higher than the 350-400 you would expect from a Halogen 50W bulb (and looks it)
2. 82 which allows colours to stay true when the light shines on a surface or object (when it drops below 70 you will often get a grey washed out look in a room, a good test is to hold your hand under the bulb and see how the skin tone looks)
3. 40 degrees which again mimics the original halogen bulbs
4. 3000k which is warm but not quite as warm as halogen, however I have got used to this type of light and now prefer it. 4000k versions are more suitable for Kitchens and bathrooms
5. 0.75 meaning that the bulb actually uses 7/0.75 = 9.3W of electricity (I have found some in the past that are well under 0.4 which means that you are using over 2 ½ times the stated power, however I have also found some at over 0.9)
6. These are SOLID and pretty heavy, they feel like excellent quality and as soon as you get them you can feel the build quality. No rattling or flimsy parts like many others.
7. They are not cheap at 11.99 at date of purchase. However I believe you get what you pay for and I wanted a very specific similar look to Halogen and these provide exactly that. If they last their lifetime I will pay for them many, many times over in saved electricity
8. They are a very similar size to Halogen, however the front protrudes about 2 mm from the centre, which if you have absolutely no space in the fitting to push the bulb back 2mm could cause them to not fit, however I can only see this being applicable in very few cases as most fittings especially mine allow a tiny bit of movement.
9. 3 Year Guarantee which is pretty good, and from previous experience either Aurora or the seller Lights4u honours this with no arguments whatsoever (I didn’t even have to return the failed bulbs from the older 6w bulb failures for them to replace them and eventually they refunded the lot in favour of me purchasing these)
I am an electrician by trade and in my younger days before retirement I did a lot of lighting work which I believe qualifies me to make these statements.
All in all these really are by far the best bulbs I have ever tried and if they last the distance I will never need to look anywhere again. 5 stars and fully recommended
I will update this review if I have any failures or anything changes dramatically
No change, all the bulbs purchased are good to date with no issues so far. Have bought more for my business too.