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Ace F40 Universal Deluxe Cool White

Ace F40 Universal Deluxe Cool White

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When I went looking for lamps last week, one of the Ace Hardware stores in town only had "Ace Utility" lamps in 40W, similar to these. Today I went to another store that's a little further away, and not only did they have pre-2012 lamps, but all of their individual lamps appeared to be the older types. They weren't low on stock either. These were on the rack as well as 34W Cool White and 25W Shoplite. The salesman was doubtful that they'd been there for two years considering how many they sell, but maybe they'd been sitting around in storage or at the warehouse.

The cashier offered to scan them and she said the system showed them as being 3150 lumen. She also pulled up info for the replacement SKU, and they're 2900 lumen. That's what I was hoping to hear, but I'm glad the new Ace lamps are 2900 and not 2100 lumens.

These are simply GE Residential SP41s in disguise. Although I've been avoiding the new lamps, 250 lumesn isn't much. Has anyone compared the new CX41 to SP41 or CW? Is there any difference in brightness or color that's discernible to the naked eye?

Although I'm satisfied with the light output of these, the quality of the phosphor application leaves something to be desired. There are light patches, heavy patches, streaks, and small breaks. Have you all noticed that GE has gotten sloppy recently?

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Manufacturer:General Electric for Ace Hardware
Model Reference:F40-Universal-DLX-ECO
Service Life:15000
Lumen Output:3150
Color Temperature:4100
Color Rendering Index:72
Fabrication Date:2012 (Date Code: 140 2 03J 7)

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Jul 08, 2014 at 01:30 AM Author: ace100w120v
Yeah these are just a rebranded /SP41...are the new ones /Eco too? They went back to black etches...
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Jul 08, 2014 at 02:01 PM Author: themaritimegirl
Yeah, GE's phosphor application is quite poor these days. My F34/C41 is quite significantly so. Etches are sloppy as well, although I've seen that from Sylvania, too.

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