There are a lot of LED lighting products on the market today, with our renewed interest in environmental affairs and a strive toward lessening our carbon footprints. The Qnuru Opal and Topaz LED bulbs were recently reviewed, and received a favorable outcome by the reviewer. Here is what he had to say about them:
These are heavy, sturdy LED bulbs, with the feel of a quality fixture. The Opal is a larger bulb, so you will need to do some measuring to ensure that it will fit in the area where you need to use it. If you need a bulb for a close, cramped space like a wall sconce or something similar, this will not be the right LED bulb for you. The Opal is 3.11 inches wide at the top, and 5.43 inches tall, compared to the Topaz, which measures 2.36 inches wide and 4.29 inches tall.
Both LED bulbs are available in cool white or warm white. The cool white features a 6000k temp, while the warm white boasts a 3000k temp. They both fit a standard E26 light socket, making them versatile and easy to use. They use 9.2 watts and 6.4 watts of energy respectively, and they are considered comparable replacements for a 60 watt incandescent bulb.
Truthfully, LED bulbs are markedly more expensive than their fluorescent or incandescent counterparts, but when you compare the 50,000+ hours of life they offer, compared to the 15,000 hours from compact fluorescent bulbs and 2500 hours from incandescent, it becomes obvious that these bulbs are a much better financial decision in the long run. The Qnuru LED bulbs even come with a three-year warranty.
Both the Opal and Topaz come with a heatsink around the base and bottom portion of the bulb, not because they become particularly hot, but rather because LED lights are particularly sensitive to heat, and these keep them protected.
These are high quality, sturdy LED bulbs that give off pleasant, quality light, while using a fraction of the energy that even their fluorescent counterparts do. This equates to a more environmentally responsible choice as well as a substantial cost savings on energy and on new bulbs. A great advantage of these particular LED bulbs is that they blend well with fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, so if you would like to make the change to LED, you can do it gradually, as you need to replace your current bulbs.
To learn more, you can visit http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/12/its-official-led-lights-are-coming-of-age and read the full review.