Dimmability is commonly a prime concern once you’re looking for new gentle bulbs until, after all, your property would not have dimmer switches. In that case, you may both must improve these gentle switches or spend money on dear sensible bulbs with their very own, built-in dimming mechanisms. Or, , proceed dwelling within the full brightness hellscape you name a house.
Fortuitously, there’s yet one more possibility, and that is to go together with a bulb that permits you to decide from a number of brightness settings simply by flipping your present change off and again on, like a three-way bulb you need to use wherever.
The Philips SceneSwitch LED already impressed me with its spin on the characteristic. Now, Feit’s within the sport, too, with a 60W substitute “IntelliBulb” that switches between 100, 60 and 10 % brightness settings. Just like the Philips bulb, it handed my brightness exams with flying colours. It additionally manages warmth build-up nicely, too, which suggests it would be a nice decide to be used in an enclosed fixture, the place warmth will get trapped. At a urged retail worth of $10 per bulb, it is a greenback greater than the SceneSwitch LED, however costs will range relying on what ironmongery shop you are buying at. Additional greenback apart, I prefer it simply as a lot as that Philips bulb.
Simply change the bulb off and again on to vary between brightness settings.
Let’s begin with the brightness throughout all three settings. Feit guarantees 800 lumens on the prime setting, which might put the bulb proper on par with a standard 60W incandescent. In my exams, I measured it at 868 lumens, placing it nicely above spec. The 60 % setting got here in at 489 lumens, which is about 61 % of the acknowledged 800 lumens and 56 % of the 868 you are truly getting. The underside, nightlight setting got here in at simply 95 lumens, which is 10.9 % as brilliant because the bulb’s prime setting.
These are all nice, correct outcomes that put the bulb proper in step with what you’d anticipate from the form of three-way bulb that it emulates. At its prime setting, you are getting a 60W substitute bulb that is loads brilliant. On the second setting, you are getting brightness that is extra in step with a 40W accent gentle. On the backside setting you are getting a pleasant, dim glow that will not hassle you when you sleep or watch a film.
Switching between these settings is as straightforward as flipping the sunshine off and again on. Depart the bulb off for quite a lot of seconds, and it will return to no matter setting you left it at subsequent time you flip it again on.
Like most LED gentle bulbs, it is environment friendly as nicely. On the prime, 60W substitute setting, it makes use of an influence draw of simply 9.5 watts, making it good for 91 lumens per watt. That is a superb quantity, and one which’ll solely add a bit greater than a greenback to your yearly power invoice should you run the bulb at full brightness for 3 hours a day.