8W PAR20 Flood Review

General Information

ID #128
SKU BC8PAR20/AMB/3000 DIM 120V
Series AmbientLED
Manufacturer Philips (other LEDs from Philips)
Fitting Type E26 (other E26 LEDs)
Light Type Globe
Height 78mm
Width 63mm
Weight 120g
Warranty 5 Years
Test Date 2013-05-23
Review Notes Model: 9290002329
Qualified ENERGY STAR model.
Very narrow, but bright spot light, with almost 7000 lux directly under the light. Good CRI, most likely due to higher than normal emissions in the red end of the spectra.
Price $29.97 (USD) from Home Depot on 22nd of May 2013


LED Specifications

Claimed Measured Compared To
Watts 8W 8.3W @ 123V 64.7W @ 246V
Yearly Running Cost[?] $1.75 $1.82 $14.17
Lumens 470 lm 363 lm 811 lm
Efficiency[?] 59 lm/W 44 lm/W 13 lm/W
Lumens/Purchase Price 16 lm/$ 12 lm/$ 406 lm/$
Power Factor[?] N/A 0.48 1
Color [?] Warm White, 3000K Warm White, 2979K Warm White, 2711K
Angle[?] 25° 23° Omni-Directional
Dimmable Yes, Leading Edge Fair Yes, Trailing Edge
CRI (Color Accuracy)[?] 80 85
Life 25,000 hours Not Measured 1,000 hours
Min/Max Voltage N/A / 120V 240V / 240V
Min/Max Temperature N/A / N/A N/A
Measured Temperature 70°C @ 25°C ambient
158°F @ 77°F ambient
158°C @ 25°C ambient
316°F @ 77°F ambient
Flicker Percent[?] 1% 11%
Flicker Index[?] 0.002 0.034


Link to manufacturer specifications at time of testing


Dimming measurements

Graph notes: Dimming performance can be highly dependant on the type of dimmer, the number of lights in the circuit and other factors. Results in your house might vary. Mouse over the graph for more details. Position 10 = Not dimmed. Position 1 = Fully dimmed.



Distribution Graph

Angle: 23° (±11.5° from bottom), Maximum lux:

Graph notes: Shows the intensity of the light when viewed from different angles. Normal omni-directional globes have a fairly constant output all the way around (excepting directly above). Downlights have a narrow range at the bottom in which the light is emmited, this determines their angle.


Spectrum Graph

Representation of color spectrum

Graph notes: Shows the breakdown of the LED light into its component colors. With short wavelength ultraviolet on the left and long wavelength infrared on the right. The green line represents the relative absolute strength of the light at each frequency, while the red line represents what the typical human eye would see. The human eye is most sensitive to green light, but much less sensitive to purples and deep reds.


Flicker Graph

Graph of measured flicker

Percent: 1%, Index: 0.002 (lower is better in both cases)

Graph notes: Shows variation in light output over 1/10th of a second, with relative light output on the Y axis and time on the X Axis. Measured with a photodiode connected to an Oscilloscope. Ideally the yellow line should be flat. Low frequency high amplitude waveforms mean there is a possibility of noticeable flicker, but sensitivity to flicker varies between people. [More details about LED flicker]


LEDs in this Series

Name Price Watts Lumens Efficiency Color Angle Fitting
11W Dimmable AmbientLED Daylight $18 (USD) 11W 817lm 75lm/W White, 4847K N/A E26
11W Dimmable AmbientLED Soft White $16 (USD) 11.5W 812lm 75lm/W Warm White, 2660K N/A E26
12.5W AmbientLED $18 (USD) 12.2W 902lm 64lm/W Warm White, 2618K N/A E26
7W Focused Beam $37 (AUD) 7.9W 255lm 44lm/W Warm White, 2691K 32° MR16
7W PAR20 Flood $27 (USD) 6.7W 264lm 40lm/W Warm White, 2679K 22° E26
8W PAR20 Flood $30 (USD) 8.3W 363lm 59lm/W Warm White, 2979K 23° E26
Clear Sparkle/NOVALLURE candle 3W E14 $27 (AUD) 3.2W 143lm 45lm/W Warm White, 2741K 177° E14


Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these results, each measurement carries an inherent degree of uncertainty and error. Safety and EMC compliance of products to regional or international standards have not been verified unless noted as an ENERGY STAR® LED Lighting Facts, or SSL Quality Scheme certified product. Retailers and importers selling unmarked or unapproved electrical goods can be fined or imprisoned. Mains supplied downlights require installation by a licensed electrician.