Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4 out of 5 by wz25 Great overall, but turn-on delay present
These are great for 6" recessed cans, and the 3500K color is a nice choice for neutral lighting. The newer line (1100 series-- denoted by the "UP" at the end of the SKU) is visibly brighter than the 1000 series.
The only complaint is that the Toshiba PAR38s (1000 and 1100 series, across the 3000K, 3500K, and 4000K we've purchased) display notable start-up delay. To be fair, a Phillips PAR38 we purchased is not free from this either, but I estimate the Toshiba has at least a 500 ms (0.5 second) delay, while the Phillips may be half that, if even.
It isn't the end of the world, but can be a bit offsetting-- and at this price, definitely something to keep in mind. On the other hand, I'm not sure a standalone PAR38 currently exists that is delay-free (or low enough a lag to be unnoticeable). The Halo LED all-in-one fixture for our shower recessed fixture is instant-on, but significantly more expensive.
Bottom line-- exceptional light output, good light spread, high-quality (accurate) color temperature/rendering, and reasonable price. We needed a range of color temperatures in PAR38, and Toshiba was the only game in town outside of the Halo and Cree all-in-one units. Definitely try before you buy to make sure you can live with the delay. On a positive note, the delay seems very consistent between bulbs, so at least you won't end up with a strange pattern of 6 bulbs (on a single circuit) turning on at different times.
Having said all this, we tested single Toshiba PAR38s in a range of color temperatures, and still went with these bulbs for our 6 living room cans. For us, the delayed start is more than acceptable vs. the oddities of CFL (either slow brightening or some trickery to faster brightness with the tradeoff of a delayed start/supplemental halogen mechanism), and not sufficiently annoying to pay the significant premium for the Halo/CREE units.
March 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Doug74 Expensive, but provide great lighting.
We used these in seven 6" recessed lighting cans in our kitchen. The color of the light (3500k) is perfect, and -is- halogen like. They are very bright. Beam spread could be a little wider, but is not a big problem. They didn't work with the first dimmer we tried, even though it was advertised for LED bulbs. Replaced the dimmer with the Lutron SLV-603P-WH and they dim fine.
June 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by 11Michael Great Alternative to a hot lamps
Good color and much cooler alternative. Cheaper to operate for a great value
April 18, 2012