Originally Posted by Ataturk
The 2500-lumen, dimmable BR40 LED:
This is by far the brightest LED reflector-style bulb on the market. The nearest runners up are 1650 and 1400 lumens. And those are hard to find. Most are 800 or so.
At $50 each and with a white-ish 3000k color temperature, it's not really ideal for me; and I'm not sure whether it's the right depth (though my cans at least could probably accommodate it). Still, it's a hopeful indication that the technology can eventually replace the 100 and 150 watt bulbs the government took away from us.
Edit: despite the appearance in the picture, the specs claim it's the standard 6.3" tall.
So I ponied up the $200 and got a set of these for my (underlit) play room. They were hard to find and the company I got them from (which claimed they were in stock) drop shipped them to me, I believe. If you want a set the phone # for Feit in the packing slip is: 562-463-2852. Would they sell them directly to a customer if you order a case (4)? I have no idea.
The bulbs are the same size as standard BR40s (i.e., large) and they're even heavier than the 1065 lumen version, with a massive, vented aluminum heat sink (the 1065-lumen version just has shallow ribs). They also have a curious vent in the center of the (opaque plastic) diffuser. Even more interesting, the box states that they are "recommended" for use in outdoor security lighting with a picture of the typical PAR-type exposed bulb fixture. I guess that vent is so water that gets in can evaporate? Most weather exposure rated LEDs have glare problems and these have much better diffusers (though they're also very bright and thus are hard to look directly at...). And not very attractive either when exposed (though they look good in a can).
Seem to dim OK though I haven't calibrated my dimmer to see how far they can be pushed.
Very expensive but beats the hell out of patching and cutting the ceiling to rearrange and add new cans.