Pharox 300 LED Light Bulb Review: Pretty but Disappointing Light Output
With a bulbous design and warm light, the 60W equivalent Pharox 300 LED light bulb closely resembles an incandescent, but its brightness is disappointing.
Consumers are finding plenty of choices on the market for replacing their incandescent bulbs with more expensive, yet much more environmentally sound LED bulbs. The latest contestant we're reviewing, the Pharox 300 LED light bulb developed by Lemnis Lighting, has been available since early this fall and has been garnering good reviews from consumers.
Our review will consider features such as design, brightness, light quality, safety, efficiency and durability. For LED bulbs our rating system utilizes the following weighted scale: Design (10 points), Light Quality and Details (25 points), Brightness and Dimming (25 points), Efficiency and Safety (15 points), Warranty and Durability (25 points). Each characteristic will be assigned points and a final summary of our findings and an overall rating will be provided at the end of the article.
Design (8 out of 10 points): The Pharox 300 LED light bulb features a design similar to a traditional incandescent bulb, with a round white top and a silvery metal shield underneath. It will easily screw into a standard lamp base, and visitors won’t see it as an alien fixture. Of all the products we’ve reviewed thus far, the Pharox 300 LED light bulb has the simplest, most familiar-looking design. In a world of complexities, simple can be surprisingly refreshing.
The one down-side of the familiar design is that, like most LEDs, the Pharox 300 LED only projects light at 180 degrees, which means it is not useful for applications where you need light to also shine downward. For those types of applications, you may want to consider the Philips EnduraLED, whose design, although unattractive, allows for light dispersal in all directions.
Light Quality and Details (24 out of 25 points): With a 3000 kelvin output, the Pharox LED light bulb has a warm color that very closely resembles that of an incandescent and easily meets the standards set by large competitors such as GE and Phillips. Consumers rate this bulb very highly for its light color, which they agree is as "warm and clear" as that of an incandescent bulb.
Brightness and Dimming (15 out of 25 points): The brightness of the Pharox 300 LED light bulb is disappointing. Although the company claims this bulb is equivalent to a 60-watt traditional bulb, the Pharox 300 LED light bulb only outputs 360 lumens, which is significantly less than the 850 lumen output of a standard 60 watt incandescent and less than the light output of GE's 9-watt Energy Smart LED, stated to be equivalent to a 40-watt incandescent and providing 471.6 lumens.
The Pharox 300 LED light bulb is fully dimmable and like other LEDs, turns on instantly.
If you live in San Francisco, you can see a showcase of the Pharox bulbs in use at the Axis Café, saving the restaurant about $20 a month on its average light bill. Customers can ask for a 30% discount coupon for the Lemnis online store, and it would be worth a trip if you live in the city and plan to try these bulbs.
Efficiency and Safety (12 out of 15 points): Using only 6 watts for what the company claims is a 60 watt output, the Pharox 300 LED light bulb appears on paper to be an extremely efficient bulb. However, considering its light output of only 360 lumens, we feel the efficiency of this bulb is significantly overstated, and one would need more than one of these bulbs to achieve the same light output as a standard 60 watt incandescent. Although Pharox has won awards for its LED technology, it is not surprising that this product is not yet appearing on the Energy Star chart of qualified LED bulbs.
The Pharox 300 LED light bulb is UL-listed and RoHS compliant, so safety should not be an issue. It is mercury- and lead-free and emits no harmful UV radiation.
Pharox claims this bulb saves up to 90% of energy usage over a traditional bulb, and 50% compared to a CFL, but considering the above light output discussion, I suspect that for someone wanting a true 60 watt light output, the savings will not be quite as high.
Warranty and Durability (23 out of 25 points): Lasting six times longer than a CFL and 35 times longer than an incandescent, the Pharox 300 LED light bulb should last 25 years if used four hours daily. Pharox offers a 5 year warranty on these bulbs, a decent length of time when compared to other LED warranties.
Dimensions: Diameter - 58 mm (2.28 inches); Height - 119 mm (4.70 inches)
Cost and Availability: One advantage the Pharox 300 LED light bulb has over other LEDs is a relatively low cost of $29.95. It is available on the Pharox website, at Amazon, and from other online distributors.
Overall Rating and Summary: In total, we gave the Pharox 300 LED light bulb a 82 out of 100 potential points, or a B on our weighted scale. This LED light bulb is similar to an incandescent in its simple white bulbous design and warm 3000 kelvin light color output. It is reasonably priced and offers an excellent 5 year warranty.
Downsides are that the brightness and efficiency of the Pharox 300 LED light bulb seems overstated since the bulb light output is significantly less than that of a 60 watt incandescent and even less than 40 watt equivalent LEDs on the market. That being said, if you're looking for a well priced LED light bulb that will blend in nicely with your decor, and you're not particular about needing a strong light output, the Pharox 300 LED light bulb is an option you should place high on your list.