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SWITCH100 100 Watt Equivalent LED Bulb First Look

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We're pleased to give you a first look at the final production version of SWITCH100 LED llght bulb. The SWITCH100 as its name would suggest is the 100 watt version of the immensely popular SWITCH line of LED light bulbs. Due to be released in March, the SWITCH100 is the perhaps the most highly anticipated LED bulb since the Philips L-Prize launched last April.

The first thing to get out of the way that the SWITCH100 is being launched in a 4000K or neutral white color temperature and clear glass at first. 3000K and frosted versions will be available in the May/June timeframe. While this perhaps limits the initial appeal of the bulb to applications that work better with the neutral color temp, it still does not diminish the achievement of fitting such an enormous amount of light output into a form factor that mimics the appearance of a traditional bulb. SWITCH has stated the primary mission for the first model of the SWITCH100 is primarily for commercial use where a 4000K 100 watt replacement is in high demand. Most of the 100 watt LED replacements are truly behemoths to behold as evidenced by the photo below with the SWITCH100 alongside the Philips 100 Watt replacement:

In keeping with the SWITCH product identification scheme, the green band above the screw base will be used in indicate that this is part of the 100 watt replacement range. A quick glance at the specs shows this is indeed among the elite in terms of light output in a standard A shape size:

EarthLED Total Product Insight
Performance Specifications
Replacement for: A21
Brightness: 1600 lumens
Color Temperature:
4000K (Neutral White)
Color Accuracy (CRI):
Traditional Wattage Equivalent: 100 Watts
Power Consumption: 21 (Clear)
Voltage: 120 Volts
Dimmable: Yes 
Moisture Rating: Damp
Fixture Rating: Fully Enclosed
Base Type: E26
EnergyStar Qualified: No
Dimensions / Additional Data
Bulb Diameter: 2.3 in
Maximum Overall Length: 4.9 in
Product Weight: 10.6 Ounces
Certifications: UL
Product/Order Code: SWITCH100 A21 CL 41K
Lifespan / Cost To Run
Projected Life:
@3 hrs/Day
25,000 Hrs
Yearly Energy Cost:
3 hrs/Day @ .11 kWh
Warranty 5 Years Limited Warranty (Residential), 3 Years (Commercial)

We'll update this page with more action shots soon but here is an initial shot of the SWITCH100 running. As you can see, the color is very white in color which again, is in line with SWITCH's primary commercial mission for this product. However, with that said, this would still be a great replacement for 100 watt incandescents used in household environments where the bright white light works great such as reading lamps or utility or garage locations.

So there you have it, the first shots of a SWITCH100 in production form. You can view our product page for the SWITCH100 here and sign up to be notified when the product is available. Once again, the first launch model will be the 4000K clear with 3000K and frosted versions coming this summer.

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  • I have 12 of the Philips bulbs [60w] (in use for about 18 months) and 3 SWITCH bulbs [60w&75w] (in use for about 3 months).

    The Philips bulbs offer a better gradient in the transition from light to dark. The SWITCH bulbs project more of a line on the wall where it is lit above the line, and dark below the line.

    That performance difference combined with the price points (currently $15-$20 for Philips and $40-$60 for SWITCH) I think Philips wins hands down. I only use the SWITCH bulbs in enclosed fixtures where the Philips bulbs are not an option.

    george on
  • Donald Tsang the lower K value means less light spectrum is available. If you want true reproduction of color you need a light source that supplies the entire color spectrum our Sun provides. You must go up to at least 5000K (Kelvin temperature equivalent). When I changed all my lights from the 3500K to 5000K the difference in clarity was astounding. I can see again. The higher Kelvin values are better for anyone that has any difficulty with visual acuity or if you want to work with colors and be able to see what the result will be in real sunlight. Hope this has helped.

    John Leake on
  • They should have stayed with a color temperature of 2700K. Most people do not like the light color of 4000K.

    Rob on
  • LEDEarly Adopter, I think you may have a math error.
    25,000 hrs @ 3hrs/day =8333 days or about 23 years.
    25,ooo hrs @ 24 hrs/day = 1041 days or about 3 years continuous. (which sounds kinda low for such a pricey bulb, but it IS 100W)

    To clarify my previous post, I’d like to see the Switch 3 Way come out as a GREAT reading lamp. 30W/80W/110W – Frosted, 2700K, CRI a bit higher as Donald mentions.

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