Some of you might remember last year I reported trying out LED based down lights (Ecosmart/Cree CR6s and Ecosmart/Lighting Science PAR30 bulbs) when I was replacing all the can lights in my kitchen and dining room last year as part of an insulation/efficiency upgrade. Well a year later and I am very happy with the performance and light output of those units… soooo much better than CFL … that I decided to try out some more LEDs. Presenting the Philips L-Prize A19 bulb! I have a couple of fixtures where CFLs burn out often (bath) and the local electric company offers the Philips L-Prize bulb at a subsides price of $25 so I decided to try a couple. My overall impression…. This is a VERY nice bulb. Brighter than CFL…maybe brighter than incandescent, minimal eyestrain, extremely low power consumption. The power savings is better than reported and in fact this bulb measured a 40% improvement even versus an equivalent CFL! Even at the discounted $25 price it’s a bit of a luxury but I’d say worth it at this time for closed fixtures that get a lot of run time and eat CFLs, or maybe one or two around the house in your favorite reading lamp. I wouldn't shell out the full $49 for one. For now I put in 3 – one in the bath vanity, and two in the table lamps in our den that get more use than any other lamp in the house. This is where I sit and read in the evening. When the price comes under $10 I will seriously think about starting to swap them out around the house. The only question at this point is will something even better come along before these hit break even? Since I know you all will appreciate it, I did some quick tests… read on to part 2.