Philips 409938 EnduraLED Review


Philips 409938 EnduraLED Light Bulb Review



The Philips 409938 EnduraLED light bulb is 8 watts and designed to replace a dimmable 40 watt A19 incandescent light bulb.

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The Philips 409938 EnduraLED 8-Watt A19 LED light bulb is designed to replace a dimmable 40 watt A19 incandescent light bulb for use in household lamps and other general domestic lighting applications. The Philips LED light bulb EnduraLED 409938 is mercury free.

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Above: The Philips EnduraLED 409938 LED light bulb packaging

When we reviewed the Philips AmbientLED 409904, we gave the packaging 2.5/5 because it was difficult to open without destroying the packaging and the packaging used too much cardboard and plastic.

So imagine our surprise when the Philips EnduraLED 409938 showed up with what is probably the best packaging we’ve seen yet.  It’s a simple cardboard box that measures a little taller and wider than the bulb it contains.  The cardboard used for the Philips EnduraLED 409938 packaging is very study with attractive full-color graphics.  Inside the box Philips uses several layers of the same sturdy cardboard to hold the bulb firmly in place and provide a protective buffer should the box get dropped during shipping and handling.  Excellent work Philips!

The only reason we knocked the packaging rating for the Philips EnduraLED 409938 is because we believe Philips can improve the efficiency of the packaging.  While the cardboard should be 100% recyclable, we would like to see a little less material used.


Above: The Philips EnduraLED 409938 LED light bulb

Philips has a completely unorthodox approach to the design aesthetics of their LED light bulbs.  They don’t give a hoot if their bulbs “look” like normal incandescent light bulbs.  They’re aiming for results; low power, long life, quality light output, and color.

For example, the popular 60 watt equivalent Philips AmbientLED 409904 looks more like a 1960’s sci-fi nuclear orange hand grenade than anything resembling a light bulb, until you turn it on.  Then it’s almost a dead ringer for a very warm 60 watt incandescent, minus the scalding heat and absurd waste of electricity.

Enter the Philips 409938 EnduraLED light bulb.  Once again, Philips tossed out anything that could be considered aesthetically normal and went for results.  Once again, they made a sci-fi masterpiece.  Behind it’s frosted white lens is a mysterious something in the same radioactive orange color as the 409904.  We imagined it to be an alien goldfish waiting in suspended animation for the right moment to take over the world.  We will all be assimilated.

Okay, in reality the Philips 409938 EnduraLED light bulb is just another classic ice cream cone design with charcoal color cooling fins.  Upon closer inspection, the fins are “open” at the point where they meet the frosted white lens allowing light to pass through and downward.  This design results in a wider, more omni-directional, spread of light.

The fit, finish, and build quality are all what we would expect from Philips; top drawer.  If you can live with the aesthetics, it’s a winner in the design department.  Some may object to how radical the design is compared to a standard incandescent.  Others may not want something so interesting in an exposed lamp or other application.  For us, we love the design (space fish and all) and give it a solid 5/5.

LIGHT PATTERN: Omni-Directional

Left to right: Philips EnduraLED 409938, 40 watt incandescent, 40 watt CFL

The Philips 409938 LED light bulb has an omni-directional light output and would be suitable for table top lamps and other general lighting applications.


Left to right: Philips EnduraLED 409938, 40 watt incandescent, 40 watt CFL

The Philips 409938 has a similar warm/yellow color quality to our reference 40 watt soft white incandescent.  Then it betters the soft white incandescent by being significantly more clear without the slightly grey quality of the incandescent.

Side-by-side, the Philips 409938 is not as clear as the reference Reveal incandescent, but it strikes a natural balance between the overly soft color and presentation of the 40 watt soft white incandescent and the Reveal.  Unfortunately, we also found the Philips 409938 to have a very slight green tinge.  We only noticed this when comparing the Philips 409938 side-by-side with our reference bulbs and it’s unlikely that it would be noticeable in real world applications, especially behind a lamp shade.

Compared to our other favorite 40 watt equivalent, the Maxxima 380, the light quality of the Philips 409938 is a touch cooler, a little more clear, and noticeably brighter at 450 lumens (versus 380 lumens for the Maxxima).  The Maxxima 380 is a little softer with a more natural and pleasant light quality.  Both LED bulbs are excellent making this choice more about color quality preferences and applications.

The Maxxima 380 is better suited to 180 degree down light applications, and where a slightly warmer and softer light is preferred.  The Philips 409938 would be better suited to table top lamp and other omni-directional light applications where a slightly cooler and more clear light is preferred.  You can’t lose with either LED bulb.  They’re both winners.

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The Philips warranty on the Philips 409938 light bulb is three years. This warranty term is in line with the 40 watt LED competition.


We really like the Philips EnduraLED 409938 LED light bulb, especially in table top lamp applications where a 40 watt equivalent omni-directional bulb is preferred.  We would be more than happy to replace all of our table top 40 watt equivalents with this Philips.  In short, the Philips EnduraLED 409938 is the best 40 watt equivalent omni-directional LED bulb we’ve found.  Very impressive Phillips.  Highly recommended.

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LED Light Review independently tested the Philips EnduraLED 409938 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 9.1 watts
Monthly Operation Cost $0.76/month
Annual Operation Cost $9.24/year
Monthly CO2 produced 7.9 lbs/month
Annual CO2 produced 96.4 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.


Brightness 450 lumens
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost N/A
Life N/A
Light Appearance 2,700 degrees Kelvin (warm white)
Energy Used 8 watts


Ordering Code: 8A19/END/450lm/2700/120V/DIMM
Model No: 8E26A60
Other Code: 3PM5 E335104
ID: 819822
UPC: 0-46677-40993-7