Feit EcoBulb Twist 60 watt equivalent Review

Updated January 31, 2014
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Feit EcoBulb Twist 60 watt equivalent
Bottom Line

The Feit EcoBulb Twist 60 watt equivalent costs slightly more than the Best Reviewed GE Energy Smart Spiral CFL 13W (Est. $13 for 8) , but it has a few advantages over the GE bulb. It's slightly brighter at 900 lumens and uses the same 13 watts of power. We didn't see quite as many complaints about its durability -- though there are some -- but its warm-up time is even longer than the GE's.

Performance

Plenty of light, if you're willing to wait. At 900 lumens, the Feit bulb is significantly brighter than a 60-watt incandescent, and professional testers give it good ratings for light distribution. Good Housekeeping says its results in their lab tests were "near perfect," and another evaluation rates it above average. However, the Feit bulb takes a very long time to reach its full brightness, more than 30 seconds in one test and nearly two minutes in another. The long warm-up time is users' primary complaint about this bulb. Like most CFLs, it's not dimmable, but it can be used in a fully enclosed fixture.

ProsEnergy Star-rated, Bright, Good light distributionConsNot dimmable, Wears out quickly, Very slow to warm up

Value

May not last long. At $2 each, the Feit EcoBulb is quite reasonably priced. Its efficiency is excellent, as well; editors at Good Housekeeping say it even outperforms many LED bulbs. However, the EcoBulb's lifespan is questionable. It's rated for 10,000 hours of use, but one lab test shows that switching the bulb on and off frequently will shorten its life significantly. (Interestingly, the other professional test did not find this problem.) User reviews include many complaints about bulbs burning out prematurely, and one owner says at Amazon.com that the base of the bulb melted.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Recommended Lightbulbs, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, October 2013

ConsumerReports.org tests 48 light bulbs -- including CFLs, LEDs and a couple of halogen bulbs -- for durability, brightness, efficiency, light distribution, light color and warm-up time. The Feit EcoBulb Twist 60 watt equivalent is one of 19 standard bulbs in the 800-lumen range included in these tests.

2. Good Housekeeping

Feit Electric Ecobulb Plus Light Bulb, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, January 2012

The Feit EcoBulb Twist 60 watt equivalent (formerly the EcoBulb Plus) earns a grade of B-plus in tests at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Editors praise its efficiency and light distribution, but warn that it can take as long as two minutes to reach full brightness.

3. HomeDepot.com

Feit Electric 60W Equivalent Soft White (2700K) Spiral CFL Light Bulb (12-Pack), Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of February 2014

The Feit EcoBulb Twist 60 watt equivalent gets about a dozen reviews at HomeDepot.com, with ratings averaging 3.6 stars out of 5. Owners like the bulb's brightness, but they say it takes too long to warm up and wears out quickly, especially if switched on and off frequently.

4. Amazon.com

Feit Electric ESL13T/D 13-Watt Compact Fluorescent Mini Twist Bulb (60-Watt Incandescent Equivalent), Daylight, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2014

After about 20 reviews, the Feit EcoBulb Twist 60 watt equivalent earns an overall rating of 3.2 stars out of 5. Most owners like the daylight white shade and low energy use, but they're frustrated by the bulb's long warm-up time.