G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW Review

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G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW LED Light Bulb

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The G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW 13-watt A19 LED light bulb is designed to replace a dimmable 60 watt A19 incandescent light bulb for use in household lamps.

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The G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW 13-watt A19 LED light bulb is designed to replace a dimmable 60 watt A19 incandescent light bulb for use in household lamps and other general domestic lighting applications. The G7 Power LED light bulb is mercury free.

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PACKAGING: 2.5/5

Above: The G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW LED light bulb packaging

“Wow, that’s heavy” was the first thought I had when I pulled the plain white G7 Power box from its shipping container. My mind raced, “What could possibly be that heavy and that small? Maybe a lead ingot, or some gold bullion!” One can dream.

The weighty question would have to wait as I continued to evaluate the plain white box. Unlike the predominantly blue box of the earlier G7 Power 900WW9W, this new box was, well, plain and white. In fact the only interesting part of the box is a single sticker label on one side that itself is mostly white, but has the G7 Power logo in green and the LED light bulb’s vitals in black and blue. Let’s just say that G7 Power put their money into the bulb, not the box. That’s not exactly a bad thing.

Once the top flaps of the box have been opened, you’re presented with two inset cardboard cutouts designed to hold the LED bulb base and top lens vertical and center in the box. The two piece inset cardboard packing is effective at keeping the bulb from hitting the sides of the box, but does allow for some play when the box is shaken. The bottom inset cardboard in our review example had two considerable tears and the top cardboard inset had seven. Ideally, these cardboard inset pieces would be stronger to prevent the product from moving and possible damage during shipping.

Overall, we have to give G7 Power props for the simple and recyclable container and dock G7 Power for the fragile inset packaging which could potentially lead to product damage. The irony is that the previous generation G7 Power 900WW9W box was superior for product protection. It should be noted that the new packaging may be perfectly sufficient given the robust nature of the new bulb inside. More on that next.


PHYSICAL PRODUCT: 3.5/5

Above: The G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW LED light bulb

“It looks like a hand-grenade for the X-Men” was the first thought I had when I pulled the G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW LED light bulb from its packaging. If you hold the new G7 bulb straight out with the bulb lens directly facing you, you’ll see a perfect metal “X” that Professor Xavier would first love, and then probably sue someone over for brand infringement. Calm down Marvel, G7 Power didn’t mean it.

Needless to say the G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW looks absolutely nothing like G7’s two previous LED light bulbs, or like any other LED light bulb on the market. It’s also very heavy, again very unlike G7’s previous bulbs which were solid, but remarkably light for a LED light bulb. Clearly G7 Power started with a fresh sheet when they designed the A19-DIM-830-WW. In the hand, this new bulb is an eight ounce bruiser, almost three times the weight of the G7 Power 900W9W design.

The aforementioned “X” design starts at the cooling fins that surround the base and run straight through the top lens area of the bulb in four deep channels somewhat reminiscent of the three channels found on the Philips L-Prize and Philips 409904.

Tolerances on the G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW are not as tight and uniform as we’ve seen from Philips and some of the other major manufacturers, but the bulb feels solid and well built. The only caveat is the four frosted white polycarbonate lenses which are easy to pop off with a little pressure. In use, this should not be an issue and overall the G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW appears to be a well built bulb.


LIGHT PATTERN: Omni-Directional

Left to right: G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW, 60 watt incandescent, 60 watt CFL

The G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW LED light bulb has an omni-directional light output and would be suitable for table top lamps and other general lighting applications.


QUALITY OF LIGHT: 3.5/5

Left to right: G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW, 60 watt incandescent, 60 watt CFL

Let us begin by stating that the light color and quality of the G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW is in another league compared to the second version of the G7 Power 900WW9W LED light bulb (distinguished by a flat edge around the top of the bulb cone). The new G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW also didn’t exhibit the buzzing problem of the first generation G7 Power 900WW9W. Already we’re giddy.

In our lab, the light color of the G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW split the difference between the very white with a touch of natural warm/yellow light color of the Samsung SI-I8V101180US and the natural sunshine warm/yellow of the Philips L-Prize. The new G7 Power is not nearly as white as the Samsung, or as yellow as the Philips, but has a light color seemingly between the two.

Our only concern about the light color of the G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW is that there is a hint of green. As a result, the light color of the G7 Power is not as natural as Philips L-Prize or Samsung SI-I8V101180US. This should be less of an issue if the bulb will be behind a lamp shade versus in an exposed setting.

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WARRANTY:

The warranty for the G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW LED light bulb is a lifetime warranty. This is an extremely impressive warranty which no other LED light bulb competition has matched.


CONCLUSION: 3.5/5

G7 Power has been fantastic about communicating with LED-Light-Review.com and providing us with review samples. This is particularly impressive given the less than favorable reviews we gave the first two versions of the previous generation G7 Power 900WW9W LED bulbs. We truly appreciate their professional integrity.

We are also thrilled to announce that the new G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW is a much better product than either version of the 900WW9W. No buzzing issues from the first 900WW9W, and the overly warm light color of the second 900WW9W is nowhere to be found. The G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW LED light bulb we can recommend.

The G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW LED light bulb represents a more affordable alternative to the Philips L-Prize with a similar, although not as natural, light quality. We prefer the more natural sunshine warm/yellow of the L-Prize, but some may prefer the slightly cooler but still yellow/warmth of the new G7. If you’re on a budget, the answer is clear; go for the new G7 Power.


TEST RESULTS:

LED Light Review independently tested the G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW 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 15.7 watts
Monthly Operation Cost $1.31/month
Annual Operation Cost $15.98/year
Monthly CO2 Produced 13.6 lbs/month
Annual CO2 Produced 166 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:

G7 Power did not include a Lighting Facts label with their G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW. The following is the standard format for the Lighting Facts label with the information filled in from the G7 Power A19-DIM-830-WW packaging label.

Brightness 830 lumens
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost N/A
Life N/A
Energy Star Compliant N/A
Light Appearance 2,800 degrees Kelvin (warm)*
Energy Used 13 watts

* The bulb itself has 3,000 degrees Kelvin listed.

Model No: G7 A19 DIM 830 WW
Merchant SKU: 77-2F8N-8IZK
UPC: 8-58410-00307-0