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Philips AmbientLED 17/75-watt bulb

Bulbs side by side

Philips AmbientLED 17/75-watt bulb

LED vs. incandescent

LED vs. CFL

Philips' AmbientLED 17/75-watt went on sale earlier this month online at HomeDepot.com for $39.97. While its resemblance to the nuclear symbol when looking at it from the top is unsettling, the bulb's plastic and metal casing feels nice and sturdy in your hand. Repeated drops from different heights onto various hard surfaces also confirmed that it's pretty hard to break it.
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A side-by-side comparison of the light reflected on the same book page from the same lamp at the same distance using a Philips 18/75-watt CFL (left), a Philips AmbientLED 17/75-watt bulb (medium), and a 75-watt Philips Dura Max incandescent bulb.
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While the Philips AmbientLED 17/75-watt bulb appears bright nuclear yellow when off, it glows a warm white color when on.
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A side-by-side comparison of the Philips AmbientLED 17/75-watt (left) next to the bulb it seeks to replace: the Philips 75-watt Dura Max incandescent (right).
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The Philips AmbientLED 17/75-watt (left) and the 18/75-watt CFL (right). The LED is much closer in color to the light given off by the average incandescent bulb. Many people complain of CFLs having a blue-white light instead of that warm, yellow glow incandescent bulbs made popular. However, the cooler lighting can be ideal in areas where you want something bright and easy to read by.
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