The AmbientLED from Philips is the latest LED light designed to replace the 60 watt bulbs in people’s homes. Unlike older LEDs I tested, this light is definitely up to that job. It gives off 800 lumens of warm light, while running on 12 watts. It’s the first LED light to earn an ENERGY STAR qualification. To qualify, a 60-watt LED equivalent must have a minimum light output of 800 lumens, a color temperature of 2700K (for soft white light), color rendering index (CRI) of 80 and a minimum three year warranty, among other requirements.
The AmbientLED’s illumination is omnidirectional, closely matching the way light is thrown from an incandescent bulb. In fact, I’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this LED and an incandescent in a blind test.
It’s good to see LED replacements coming to market that more closely match what people are accustomed to in their homes.
The light sells for about $24 online at Amazon.