February 2009

This is a reposting of our very popular entry on the Pharox bulb.  There’s a great video I’m adding because it shows off the light well.  The video talks about the $59 cost of the bulb, but of course LEDinsider has it for a lot less!

I’ve looked at a lot of different so-called Replacement Bulbs and my favorite for replacing a 40 watt bulb is the Pharox LED Bulb by Lemnis Lighting (a Dutch Company with a large US presence).  

Consumer One of the things I like best about the Pharox bulb, in addition to its soft, warm light, is that this bulb looks like the old-fashioned incandescent bulbs that will soon become a collector’s item after the Ban-the-Bulb laws phase in.  The Pharox LED bulb has the familiar frosted globe that softly disperses the soft, warm light in the way we are used to.  

Here is Leo LaPorte the Tech Guy demonstrating and reviewing the Pharox bulb and here is a video on the Early Show showing off the Pharox bulb.

Also, some of the LED bulbs have very short stems and actually need extenders to fit into the sockets of the places where they are replacing the old incandescent bulbs. Well, not the Pharox. It has a long-enough elegant neck and pops right into the sockets of lamps, light fixtures and everywhere else I’ve tried it.Pharox2-1

The Pharox LED bulb disperses its light through a very wide 320 degree beam angle.  This, too, makes the light from the Pharox bulb more like what we’ve been used to from our old incandescent bulbs and makes the Pharox a better replacement bulb than other alternatives.

Price-wise, you can find the Pharox for around $35 a bulb.  Given that the Pharox uses just 4 watts of energy to produce the light of a 40 watt incandescent bulb – one tenth the energy use! – the Pharox bulb should quickly pay for itself.  Overall LEDs are supposed to lower energy bills by at least 75%.  

I got my Pharox bulbs from LEDinsider, and you can also find them there or on Amazon

The technical specs on the Pharox are superb and I’ve found it to be very reliable bulb.  Uses up to 90% less energy than an incandescent bulb
  • Can replace up to a 40 Watt incandescent bulb with the same amount of light intensity.
  • Lasts 50 times longer with a lifetime of 50,000 hours lifetime, compared to 1000 hours of a standard incandescent bulb.
  • Uses only 4 Watts
  • Emits a warm, natural white light
  • Does not get warm; child friendly and fire safe. 

Did you know those same LED lights used in your flashlight can also be an successful beauty treatment to zap zits, fine lines, sagging skin and  nasty sun damage? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, there’s actually scientific data to back it . 

The origins of light therapy date back to toga times. The Greeks first recorded the healing properties of light in 1500 B.C., when they proposed that exposure to light was essential for the restoration of health (heliotherapy). Science has since verified how light affects our vision, our sleep cycle, and even our moods. Only recently has the astonishing benefits of light to rejuvenate skin been realized. Using The Light Emitting Diode, or “LED,” a device that emits a highly pure, single color (wavelength) of very gentle light – less energy than a 25-watt light bulb– has a salubrious effect on our skin. Not to mention, LED light therapy is 100 percent natural, healthy, non-invasive.

This state-of-the-art therapy was developed as a result of NASA’s research, which has proven that LED light therapy accelerates the body’s natural ability to repair its own tissue. NASA research has shown certain wavelengths of pure LED light actually can stimulate tissue growth by directly giving instructions to the cells’ DNA. In particular, a specific wave of LED light can promote rejuvenate effects, and diminish wrinkles. It also works to correct the effects of sun damage, age spots, acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis!

Light therapy devices deliver these particular wavelengths at a low intensity for therapeutic purposes; the red light treats aging skin, hyper pigmentation, etc., while blue light heals zits and acne. The glowing LED light causes the cellular DNA to make the skin cells literally “anti-age!” the skin cells are actually instructed to produce new collagen and to inhibit production of collagenase (the enzyme that breaks down collagen) – the opposite process of normal aging. So LED therapy painlessly stimulates your own skin cells to produce of more youthful, healthy skin, although less significantly than dermatologist-administered lasers and peels.  The difference? No discomfort or downtime.

A full course treatment consists of three 20-30 minute treatments per week over the course of four weeks or so.  Results can be seen immediately! Although this Star Trek technology sounds too good to be true, it does offer definite results. No, they won’t shave a decade off your mug, but they will boost your collagen, clear up your zits and make you look fresher for that romantic weekend. Not bad for those of us with crazy schedules and tight wallets which prevent us from monthly visits to the derm. Best of all, they still cost less than the price of a spa weekend. 

LEDinsider’s tiny and powerful Zoom-Lite LED Flashlight is only $49 at this link.  Be careful not to shine the light in your eyes, just on your skin, so you may want to wear those little eye-cups that are used in tanning beds.

I’ve been saying for some time (as have others) that the Pharox LED replacement bulb is among my favorite LED bulbs.  One reason is the quality of the light – the LED bulb has a frosted globe that diffuses the light and the Pharox gives off a nice, soft, warm glow, much like the old incandescents.

I’m also thrilled that Lumnis Lighting, which makes the Pharox, has now developed a more powerful Pharox II bulb that will substitute for the 60 watt incandescents as well as the Pharox I bulbs have done for 40 watt bulbs.

LEDinsider sells the Pharox I and will carry this new Pharox as soon as it is available.  UPDATE: EAGLELIGHT.COM SELLS ALL PHAROX BULBS, INCLUDING THE NEW DIMMABLE  LEDs.

Dutch news just announced that 2.4 MILLION Pharox bulbs will be distributed to lottery participants.

The National Postcode Lottery and the World Wide Fund for Nature have announced that they will distribute 2.5 million Pharox bulbs to lottery participants. The Pharox, which is a new LED bulb which emits a soft white light, was developed by two great-grandsons of the founder of the Dutch electronics firm Philips. It uses only ten percent as much energy as a conventional lightbulb and can burn for up to 35 years. When he visited the Netherlands last year former US president Bill Clinton promised he would promote the new bulb worldwide.

The color rendering index (CRI) has been used to compare fluorescent and how should we use CRI when it comes to LEDs? How is CRI Measured? 

CRI is understood to be a measure of how well light sources render the colors of  objects, materials, and skin tones. How is the CRI number actually calculated? The test procedure involves comparing the appearance of eight color samples (see upper right for an approximation) under the light in question and a reference light source. The average  differences measured are subtracted from 100 to get the CRI. So small average differences will result in a higher score, while larger differences give a lower number. Of all the colors  possible, only these eight are measured. Further, the samples used are pastels, not saturated colors. 

CRI is calculated by measuring the difference between the lamp in question and a reference lamp in terms of how they render the eight color samples. If the lamp to be tested has a correlated color temperature (CCT) of less than 5000 Kelvin (K), the reference source is a black body radiator (approximately like an incandescent lamp). For higher CCT sources, the reference is a specifically defined spectrum of daylight. Therefore, light sources that mimic incandescent light or daylight for the eight color samples are, by definition, the ones that will score highest on the CRI.  

For more information and the rest of the article, click here.

At LEDinsider or EagleLight.com, you can test LED Lamps to determine applicability with specific settings because LEDinsider and Eaglelight have generous return policies that  do away with any risk in buying and testing LEDs.  

Remember, CFLs contain enough Mercury to make it illegal in California to dispose of them in regular solid waste trash.  

What CFLs To Be Aware Of

It is unlawful for Californians to dispose of any lamps containing mercury in the regular solid waste trash. The lamps affected by this law are the following:

  • Fluorescent (full size and compact)
  • Metal halide
  • Sodium lamps
  • Mercury vapor lamps

Disposing Of CFLs Properly

To help you adhere to the law, SDG&E has developed some guidelines for you to follow, as well as a list of resources for disposal when the time comes to replace your new CFLs.

Do Not Place Lamps Containing Mercury Into Your Blue Solid Waste Recycling Bin

Check with your local waste management agency or municipal government entity to find out where to take these items in your area.

Prior To Drop-Off At City Recycling Centers

Wrap the bulb in a sealed plastic bag to reduce the risk of bulb breakage or contamination and to protect yourself from potential cuts.

If Your Bulb Breaks Your greatest risk is of being cut by broken glass. Handle it sensibly and be certain to sweep up all the glass fragments. Don’t vacuum, because that can disperse particles. Place the broken pieces in a plastic bag and wipe the area with a damp paper towel to pick up any stray shards of glass or powder. Continue to properly recycle broken lamps just as you would unbroken ones.

Recycling Locations

Your local municipal government entity responsible for solid waste or household hazardous waste collection can provide a list of facilities or collection events that accept spent CFLs for recycling.

There’s a great New York Times article expanding on the long life of LED bulbs and what that means.


Former President Clinton partnered with Los Angeles officials on February 16th to announce the launch of the nation’s largest environmentally -friendly street lightbulb replacement program.  “Greening is the future of Los Angeles,” Clinton told a group of 100 invited guests at City Hall.

Los Angeles plans to spend $57 million to retrofit 140,000 streetlights with LED bulbs, a move that is expected to save the city $10 million a year in energy costs.  The program is financed with a $14 million rebate from the Department of Water and Power as part of its energy efficiency program and a $40 million loan from the agency. It will be paid back over seven years, at an interest rate of 5.25 percent.  With the current economic climate in California, we hope the city will follow through with the investment in the interest of recouping energy costs down the road. Clinton said the program was one of a number of things that Los Angeles and other cities should look to finance under President Barack Obama’s stimulus package, which includes millions for environmental programs. 

The Clinton Climate Initiative, former president’s charitable foundation, came to the city with the concept of replacing the energy-wasting lightbulbs with the more energy-efficient LEDs lights.  “This partnership is a tremendous example of how cities can cut costs, while also make a significant impact in the fight against climate change,” Clinton said.

City officials said the LED bulbs will result in savings because of reduced energy costs, while they will also last four to five times longer than the six-year life span of existing bulbs.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is up for re-election March 3 and has been endorsed by Clinton, said the LED program is the latest in a series of efforts by his administration to help the environment by reducing the use of fossil fuels. Villaraigosa set a goal for 20 percent of Los Angeles’ power to be renewable by 2010 and 35 percent to be renewable by 2020.

“We are lighting the way to a greener L.A.,” Villaraigosa said. “This is the largest retrofit program of any city in the country”.

Under the program, scheduled to begin in June 2009, the Bureau of Street Services will begin replacing the bulbs in the two-thirds of the city’s 210,000 street signals that can be retrofitted.  It is expected to take five years to replace all the bulbs, starting with 20,000 the first year and 30,000 in each of the succeeding years.

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