Last year we bought some LEDs for Rs 175 ($3.50) but they dimmed down to useless blue glows within days or weeks. This year we found a philips LED that we first got several months ago and they're all good so far, still white and bright, so now we've installed dozens more. They claim to be 2 W, and to my old incandescent sensibility I'd say they're similar to 40 or 60 W incandenscent, ie bright enough to get around the room or to read right under them, but not bright enough to read elsewhere in the room.
What do the bulb critics say?
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