Lightbulb Wars Review: Pharox 300 Dimmable LED

Lightbulb Wars Review: Pharox 300 Dimmable LED

Trent Johnson
Oct 5, 2011

Light Bulb: Pharox 300 Dimmable LED
Price: $29.99 at Amazon
Household Use: General Reading Lamp
Light Appearance: Warm, 2900k
Incandescent It Replaces: 60-watt equivalent
Overall Rating: Weak Recommend*

The 6-watt Pharox 300 dimmable LED bulb is a is a fairly standard looking bulb. It works great with clip-on shades, and comes with a 5 year warranty. The best part of the bulb? The packaging, which is little more than cardboard tube and a cap.

The Test

Control Bulb: vision 23w CFL
Primary Use: Reading or ambient light.
Time of Day Tested: 7:00pm

How It Performed: This LED bulb, along with the GE Energy Smart LED bulb, were the first two LED bulbs I ever had the pleasure of testing. My home is full of nothing but CFLs, thus that is the context for my comparison. I purchased the Pharox from Amazon and it arrived two days later. The reviews online were fairly promising, earning 4 stars out of 5 based on 35 customer reviews.

Compared to the CFLs in my home, this light was very similar. It was very similar in terms of brightness to the 23w CFL that it replaced. Unfortunately, the bulb produced less light than I had expected at 60-watt equivalent. Infact, the 40 watt GE Energy Smart out performed it significantly. While the price of the Pharox was slightly less than the GE Energy Smart, I'd gladly pay more for the extra brightness. Finally, the Pharox bulb produced significant interference with my radio which was tuned to NPR. I have since relegated it to another room due to the interference after initially planning on using it as my primary bedside light.

More Facts About This Light Bulb

Dimmable? Yes
Brightness: 360 lumens
Life: 25 years
Energy Used: 6 watts

*Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend
Weak Recommend*
Don't Recommend

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