G7 Power 900WW9W V2 LED Light Bulb Review

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G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 LED Light Bulb Review

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The G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 LED light bulb is designed to replace a non-dimmable 65 watt A21 incandescent light bulb.

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The G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 LED light bulb is designed to replace a non-dimmable 65 watt A21 incandescent light bulb for use in household lamps and other general domestic lighting applications.  The G7 Power 900WW9W LED light bulb is mercury free.

CLICK HERE to order the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 on Amazon.com


PACKAGING: 5/5

Above: The G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 LED light bulb packaging.

The packaging for the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 is unchanged from the first version packaging.  From the G7 Power 900WW9W first version review:

“The packaging for the G7 bulb is about the height and width of the bulb itself.  The simple box keeps the bulb secure with a clever inner set of cardboard cutouts that hold the base and top lens.  The packaging certainly isn’t fancy, but certainly reflects the efficiency of the LED bulb itself. Nice work G7 Power.  Very impressive.”

Our only complaint about the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 packaging is that it does not indicate that the enclosed bulb is indeed a version 2 of the product.  The model number and UPC code has not been changed.


PHYSICAL PRODUCT: 4.5/5

Above: The G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 LED light bulb.

Version 1 and Version 2 of the G7 Power 900WW9W LED light bulb look very similar, but it’s fairly easy to tell them apart.  For starters, where the top of the cone on Version 1 curves and tapers to the lens, the top of the cone on Version 2 has a flat edge.  The cone on Version 2 is also a lighter metallic silver color with less shiny finish.  Version 1 features a darker and more reflective shiny finish.  Side-by-side, telling these two LED bulbs apart is a snap.

Physically, everything else on the exterior of the products appears identical.  Exactly like the Version 1 of the G7 Power 900WW9W, Version 2 is very light weight for an LED bulb.  Version 1 and Version 2 are also A21 size bulbs making them inappropriate for many lamps, but these 180 degree down light bulbs was not designed for that application.

Like Version 1, the overall fit, finish, and build quality of the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 is very impressive.  The bulb features tight seams and is solid in the hand.  As we described in the review of Version 1, the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 has a hollow metal sound when you handle or tap the cone of the bulb.  Where other LED light bulbs are thick and chunky, Version 1 and Version 2 feel solid, but light weight.

Our original summary for the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 1 physical product and packaging certainly applies for Version 2, “Here’s a product that is using less packaging, less material, and features less shipping weight than the competition.  This benefits both the environment and the wallet.”


LIGHT PATTERN: 180 Degree

Left to right: G7 900WW9W Version 2, 60 watt incandescent, 60 watt CFL

The G7 900WW9W Version 2 LED light bulb has a 180 degree light pattern making it suitable for downward light applications.  Due to the lack of downward light, we do not recommend the G7 900WW9W Version 2 for table top lamps (as shown).


QUALITY OF LIGHT: 2/5

Left to right: G7 900WW9W Version 2, 60 watt incandescent, 60 watt CFL

Here’s where the review of Version 1 of the G7 Power 900WW9W got into trouble.  The instant Version 1 was turned on, it buzzed.  We found numerous reports of this problem online and contacted G7 for another review sample.  Thankfully, G7 Power offers a lifetime warranty for the 900WW9W so consumers are covered should this problem occur.

When Version 2 arrived from G7 Power, it turned on silent, and remained silent.  The quantity of light generated by Version 2 appeared to be on par with the very impressive light output of Version 1.  Side-by-side with our reference 60 watt incandescent, both bulbs are much brighter, approaching 75 watt levels.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the light color of the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 has dramatically changed.  Where the Version 1 was cooler than our reference 60 watt incandescent, Version 2 has an overly warm/yellow light color with a hint of the dreaded CFL green tinge.  In our lab, the light color from the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 was uncomfortably close to the color of an older CFL.

Another clear indication that Version 2 is a very different bulb than Version 1 is the difference in energy use.  Our lab tests showed the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 1 at 7.3 watts and Version 2 at 8.7 watts. That’s an increase of over 19% for Version 2.  Another step backwards.

What’s most upsetting about this evaluation is the fact that all we wanted from the G7 Power 900W9W Version 1 was to eliminate the buzzing sound.  If G7 Power had submitted a Version 1 bulb without the buzzing, we would have enthusiastically moved the G7 Power bulb up on our review chart and given it a very strong recommendation.  As it stands, we are hard pressed to recommend Version 2 of the 900WW9W based on its quality of light and increase in energy use.  Heartbreaking.

CLICK HERE to read customer reviews of the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 on Amazon.com


WARRANTY

The G7 Power warranty for the G7 900WW9W Version 2 LED light bulb is a lifetime warranty.  This is an extremely impressive warranty which no other LED light competition has matched.

The G7 900WW9W pictured on Amazon is the version 1.  We have been assured by G7 Power that only version 2 bulbs will be shipped and that Version 1 is no longer available.


CONCLUSION: 1/5

The G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 LED light bulb has us very frustrated.  Where Version 1 of the product had one fatal flaw, Version 2 eliminates that flaw only to create a new and even worse issue while increasing the energy use by over 19%.

What concerns us the most is that customers will purchase the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 not knowing that the product has changed.  G7 Power has not given the new version a different model number or UPC code so you won’t know which version you have until you open the box.  G7 Power has assured us that the only product that’s currently shipping is Version 2.

Another concern are the existing Amazon reviews and ratings based on the Version 1 of this product.  Since the model number has not changed, Version 2 of the G7 Power 900WW9W is listed and sold under the Version 1 product listing.  This is misleading.  We urge G7 Power to change the model number of Version 2, and start a new listing on Amazon.


TEST RESULTS:

LED Light Review independently tested the G7 Power 900WW9W Version 2 LED Light Bulb with a Belkin Conserve Insight F7005 energy use monitor to measure the energy use (in watts), monthly and annual operation costs, and the monthly and annual amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by the bulb. Here are the results of our tests:

Energy Used 8.7 watts
Monthly Operation Cost $0.73/month
Annual Operation Cost $8.87/month
Monthly CO2 Produced 7.6 lbs/month
Annual CO2 Produced 92.5 lbs/year


The monthly and annual cost and CO2 data are based on continuous LED bulb use, unspecified power generation sources (coal vs. nuclear vs. renewable, etc.), and unspecified electricity rates.  Please use this information for LED bulb comparison purposes only.


LIGHTING FACTS – PER BULB:

Brightness 900 lumens

Estimated Yearly Energy Cost N/A
Life N/A
Energy Star Compliant No
Light Appearance 3,000 degrees Kelvin (warm white)

Energy Used 9 watts


Model No: 900WW9W
UPC: 8-58410-00300-1