Philips EcoVantage 43-Watt Soft White Halogen Review

As most incandescents go away, halogens remain, and Philips EcoVantage reviews convey gratitude from consumers who feel that alternate technology has yet to equal the tried-and-true incandescent. For many, the Philips EcoVantage 43-Watt Soft White Halogen (starting at $1.49, or $5.97 for a four-pack, Amazon) may be a stopping point on the way to CFLs or even (gasp) LEDs. This halogen light bulb offers some energy savings over a 60-watt incandescent -- enough to meet new federal requirements that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 -- but it's also not efficient enough to earn an Energy Star rating. It also lasts no longer than a typical incandescent: about 1,000 hours. The brightness is 750 lumens, lower than a comparable Philips 60-watt incandescent or our recommended CFLs. At 2,920 Kelvin, the color temperature is a bit bluer, yet these bulbs still emit a warm light.

Because a halogen bulb is a type of incandescent, the Philips EcoVantage 43-Watt Soft White can be used anyplace the older technology can, including enclosed and dimmable fixtures. Reviewers posting at Home Depot note that there is no discernable hum when lights are dimmed. Many reviewers point to advantages over CFLs: These bulbs produce a good quality of light, they don't contain mercury, and they come up to full brightness immediately.

Although halogen light bulbs appeal to consumers unhappy with CFLs and the new efficiency requirements, they lack one primary attraction of incandescents: the low price. Philips EcoVantage 43-Watt Soft White Halogen light bulbs fall in the same price range as the CFLs on our list of top picks, but the cost won't be made up in energy savings. Meanwhile, the quality of light from CFLs has improved markedly and LEDs continue to drop in price. Reviewers consider the best of those a better value than a halogen like the Philips EcoVantage 43-Watt Soft White.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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