Test of the Ecosmart 40 Watt Equivalent LED
the big power outage in the DC area in July 2012, I used a power
inverter to run lights and a fan. It was running off a car battery; but
the battery didn't last long. After the power was restored, I did some
got a LED bulb at Home Depot. The inverter has a LED readout of wattage
being consumed. I compared three bulbs that were all rated at 40 watts
bulb: 168 watts
not sure why the reading for the CFL is so high. Another CFL gave
readings that fluctuated a lot. and I only have two 40 watt equivalent
CFL bulbs; all the others are 100 watt equivalent.
in any case, if you want to run lights off of a power inverter, or a Duracell DPP-600HD Powerpack 600 or a lightweight generator like the Hyundai HY2000si 2200-Watt Portable Inverter Generator, LED bulbs are definitely the
way to go.
rechecked the power consumption of the CFL bulbs with a Kill-A-Watt
meter. They were all using about the amount of power they were supposed
to. The problem using the CFL bulbs with a power inverter is just some
fluke. But all the same, I'd use LED bulbs with any device that
says "inverter". That would include small inverters you plug into your
car's caigarette lighter, larger ones that have alligator clips to clip
onto a car battery's terminals, or what's called an inverter generator.
Small generators that produce about 2,000 watts or less are often a
design called an inverter generator; I'd assume they have this
same high power consumption with CFL bulbs. That means having to refill
the generators fuel tank more often.
the way, the other problem I had during the power outage was due to
running the fan on low or medium. It turns out that an electric fan
uses more power on the slower speeds. It's counter intuitive, but on
medium, the voltage goes through a resistor to reduce the motor speed.
On low, a larger resistance is used. So during the day, it makes sense
to run the fan on high. At night, because of the noise, you might want
to use a slower speed.
overall, I'm extremely inpressed with the Ecosmart bulb. I like the
fact that there's no mercury in it. It feels like it's built like a
tank. It's a lot heavier than I expected. It says it's got a 46 year
lifespan. I know one thing: I've had to recycle an awful lot of CFLs.
So much for CFL's seven year life span.
think what is currently being sold in Home Depot is even better than
mine. The ones I got look like a regular bulb, but "beam" the light up
out of the top, like a car headlight. The news ones look like a flying
saucer on top of the same base as the ones I got. Home Depot has a
display with several LED bulbs plugged in. This newer. "flying saucer"
bulb distributes light evenly. I'd look for the newer ones.
the old style bulb
can get a 40 watt equivalent Ecosmart at Home Depot for about $10. I
think now is the time to get 1 or 2 of them and start trying them out.
I'm using them where lights are left on for many hours a day. If you
calculate the energy use, it looks like each one could save as much as about $2.00
per year over CFL bulbs each year. And that doesn't take into
consideration any savings from the AC running less because of the much
cooler running bulbs.
BTW, other things that were great during the outage were a Coleman propane stove and an Energizer 3 LED Headlight.
The stove boils water so fast, it almost spoiled me, and I hated to go
back to the electric stove's burneers. The Energizer light is brighter
than any other flashlight I've had, but is super light. It's really
convenient to free up both hands when you are in the dark, either
putting it around your forehead or just letting in dangle around your
I haven't used them, but a set of two way radios like the Midland GXT1000VP4 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios
seem like a good idea. These don't rely on cell phone towers, which ran
out of backup power during the bid outage. Groups like the DC Emergency
Radio Network use channel 1, no privacy channel (subchannel 0), as an