LED lamps Ecola (Ecola): an overview of the line, advantages and disadvantages, consumer reviews
In the numerous “family” of LEDs, Ekola brand products occupy impressive positions. The brand’s arsenal has an abundant range of practical products with good performance. Ecola LED lamps are produced for organizing all types of lighting systems. How to find a suitable option in the shopping arcade? Agree, you need to prepare for a balanced purchase.
Those wishing to get to know the LED bulbs from the Ekola company at our place will find a detailed description of the series that are in demand on the market. The scope is given, the differences in power and nuances of the color of the radiation are analyzed. A clear description of the positive and negative qualities of lighting devices will help make the right choice, as well as think about acquiring an LED source for other purposes.
Our review of LED devices with the Ekola logo is based on the independent opinion of real users. In addition to standard models, interesting innovative solutions, products with a non-trivial design and improved characteristics are presented. Useful informative addition to the text part of the article are photo images and video presentations.
The content of the article:
- Basic information on the manufacturer of Ekola lamps
- Positive aspects of the brand
- Varieties of LED lamps from Ecola
- Experience and negative reviews
- Conclusions and useful video on the topic
Basic information on the manufacturer of Ekola lamps
The company, which coincides with the name of a concern in China, which produces components and accessories for computers, has nothing to do with this, although many tend to think so.
Ecola is an abbreviation for "environmental lamps", and its creators are Russian enthusiasts. They entered the market in 2005, and at first it was LON (incandescent) and CFL (luminescent), then ICE quickly appeared. But the "Chinese footprint" among the Ekolites is clearly present.
The starting position of the company was not very good, its ICE mercilessly scolded for artisanism and fragility.Many people remember Ecola lamps on eBay or Amazon, where they were only sold.
But gradually all the reviews were taken into account, conspicuous flaws were eliminated, and today it is the largest supplier of cheap LED bulbs from the East. Nevertheless, the brand does not advertise either its factories or reputable offices around, only a site with an excellent catalog and store sales. However, this is enough.
Ecological lamps are available at all points where there are household goods. The proposals depend on the orientation of the stores: in diverse supermarkets, mainly simple household lamps are located, in construction and decoration gigarkets - from mini-lamps to entire lighting systems. After all, the company, in addition, also produces lamps and a variety of accessories for lighting.
Ecola's Russian brand stores are called Svetonik. The very name has a very extensive online shop, which actively delivers lamps ordered on the Internet.
Positive aspects of the brand
The brand undoubtedly has positive aspects. These are immutable:
- price - unlike its distinguished counterparts, the East European company firmly maintains an accessibility policy in relation to its products, solutions are constantly being sought to replace expensive parts with simple analogues while maintaining operability;
- big choice - the brand does not pursue exclusivity, looking for options for a wide variety of tastes and circumstances, both traditional and special;
- unusual - Among the proposals you can find both a stylish, minimalist design, as well as bright, unusual shapes and bold combinations.
At one time, it was Ecola who released stunning colored spiral bulbs, from one glance at which a wave of positive and curiosity arose from those passing by.
The most important thing is that manufacturers do not rest on their laurels, but sensitively listen to sounding reviews, instantly responding to customer demand with an actual offer. The company is constantly in development, and today it is able to provide real, working quality.
Varieties of LED lamps from Ecola
The assortment is very large. You can buy lamps for the home, for the office, for industrial lighting, street, landscape design and accent decoration. The general division includes form, color shade, view of the cap, light direction.
In form, Ekola light lines offer light bulbs:
- tubular, linear.
There are options with standard candles, in the form of a narrowed oval, and beautiful, curly, repeating the appearance of a flame in the wind. Reflectors include cone-shaped for spots and types of shapes: flat, convex. Separately, there are light bulbs for household appliances.
The color temperature of LED products suggests a radiance scale from warm natural at 2700K (Kelvins) to neutral cold white at 6000K. All this "Ekola" also has. Moreover, the company went a little further and created an amazing series of LED lamps with a non-standard multi-colored glow. These are the series “Golden Color” and “Ecola Color Solutions”, about which a little lower.
The next difference is the type of cap. Here, the choice is also very wide.
- screw standard on E14, E27, E40;
- pin with a G connector, namely, G4, G9, G13, GU5.3, GU10, GX53, GX70;
- with recessed contact R39, R50, R63, R80.
That is, almost all types of well-known connectors are found in Russia and Europe.
The last feature is the angle of the direction of light. This characteristic depends on the model of the bulb, and it can not always be adjusted due to the special arrangement of LED lamps. But Ekola found a way out in this situation, offering a choice of several new types of arrangement of diodes in the models, allowing you to choose the right amount of lighting.
Ecola is good in that, without pretending to be elitist, it offers customers a wide variety of combinations of existing light carriers. And if high-end brands have a product line that changes once a year, their eastern counterpart presents new products every month. Therefore, at Ecola you can find something that no one else has.
#1. Features of standard models
For everyday use in the most domestic places Ecola-lamps are standard, they have a minimum of characteristics, there are no heavy parts, so they have the lowest price, 1-2 dollars. The shape of everyday life is also familiar to the eye - a pear. But there are differences in design.
Pear-shaped Casual EcolaLED
Standard pear LEDs consist of a base, a radiator and a frosted diffuser, since the luminous elements are located in them on a flat base. A diffuser helps turn point beams into a smooth glow, however this can steal a little brightness.
In addition, due to the presence of a radiator, the light will be supplied at an angle only down or only up (depending on the position of the cartridge). But this is the cheapest, running option for kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, pantries. And ideal for any passage places - porches, public areas, reception rooms and so on.
Another story is special transparent pears. These shine 360 degrees, since the diodes in them were originally taken out of the plane of the base on the leg. The price of such models is slightly higher, and their purpose is to please the eye with aesthetics, familiarity and give full lighting in chandeliers or lamps with the upper orientation of the cartridge.
Simple Ekola pears have the name Classic, on average the size of an old incandescent light bulb (LN). Power spread: from 7 to 20 watts, 9-10 watts analogs are convenient for a home. Light output scale: from 2700K to 6500K, 2700-3000K is enough for a house.
Sub-category of cabins - "corn"
Such a bulb, indeed, resembles a corn cob, and its design consists of a plastic cylinder on which luminous elements are arranged in even rows. Outside, this type has no diffusers or bulbs, and all because this is one of the first developments of LED lamps. Yes, with this design, additional coverage is not necessary.
Today, the model is supplanted by more familiar forms, but the "corn" still has its fans.
- shockproof, it is impossible to break or split the non-standard case on the fly;
- powerfully scatters light in different directions and shines much better than simple pears;
- maintains the strengthened platform allowing to give out 27 LED watts, these are incredible 270 W of usual power of LN;
- frost-resistant, perfectly functioning even at -40 ° C;
Corn comes in options on the screw and pins. In the first case, this is a typical base E14 or E27, in the second - connectors for the mini version to replace the halogen size G4, G9. Mini-corn, unlike large models, have a protective silicone coating.
Physical qualities of the models: power - from 9 to 27 W, color spectrum - from 2700 to 4200K screw, 2700-6400K pin.
# 2 Spherical light sources EcolaGlobe
The category of LED-balls already refers to models of an increased price category, since it has a touch of decorativeness. This is especially true for large samples with a diameter of up to 10-13 cm, G95 series. These analogues come with the prefix "Premium" and have two main versions: matte, transparent.
Matte options are based on conventional dot boards, have opaque diffusers. Transparent are assemblies using a glass burner as a bed for diodes and a special lens that enhances the flow of light. The angle of illumination of such lamps is 360 degrees.
The compact variation of the balls is labeled G45. It is similarly divided into opaque with transparent, and also, more than half, consists of the Premium standards. However, budget proposals are enough.
These LED balls are ideal for multi-level chandeliers or crystal sets. They easily fit into any lamp, and crystal details make them play and shimmer under their bright, directed light.
Technical characteristics of the balls: power - from 4 to 9 W, light - from 2700 to 6500K and the size of the socles E14, E27, among grades G45-G50. Power from 15 to 20 watts, light - from 2700 to 4000K, E27 base, among the Globe G95.
# 3 Ecola Premium Series LEDs
Taking into account some of the comments of its customers, the company decided to create a separate Premium line, where traditional representatives of the series are served with improved filling.
In such models:
- flicker excluded;
- improved light output;
- lightweight and reinforced radiator;
- added additional stabilizers and drivers on the diode board.
Premium tagged versions can be found in every category of eco-friendly lamp products. They cost a little more, but also the reviews are stably positive.
The practice is such that the company gradually replaces all previous names with Premium. Users are willing to pay more for quality and safety. But we are not talking about a complete rejection of budget versions.
Simply, the brand will improve its quality, eliminating the negative effects of the operation of Ekola lamps. In addition, even more expensive products of Sino-Russian comrades are still several times cheaper than the same products from highbrow brands.
#4. New in the line - Ecola Light
The EcolaLight lineup offers an assortment of the most sought-after standard items at a price reduced as much as possible. In other words, these are inexpensive standard LEDs at an even more affordable price due to the maximum simplification of assembly. This is achieved by using the old type of radiator or simpler diode boards.
Quality, according to the manufacturer, does not decrease in any way. Just the appearance has a somewhat weighted, old-fashioned image. Which, on the contrary, some even like. Light offers are available in all Ecola lamp ranges.
#5. Decorative light bulbs
A separate line for decorating crystal chandeliers, sconces, floor lamps, designer lamps is an obvious LED-series.
Here are the candle lamps:
- matte ordinary;
- transparent ordinary;
- matte curly ("candle in the wind");
- transparent curly.
By the location of the diodes:
- view "sparkling pyramid";
- “Sparkling dot”;
- “Sparkling shamrock”;
What is the difference between sparkling pyramids, shamrocks and dots: in the first case it is an opaque bulb, inside which the diode elements are raised in the form of a pyramid, in the second - a transparent bulb, behind which there are 3 vertical petals with LEDs.
The third is similar to the second, but instead of a trefoil, a small cylinder with luminous dots. Petals and cylinders are newer designs than the pyramid.
“Lens” is a transparent, self-evident lamp, where the light sources are sealed in a glass base, which, expanding, rises above the flat base in the form of an optical lens. This device allows you to achieve a smooth, dazzling bright light.
A completely isolated model of the obvious LED-Ecola is a bulb that completely repeats a real candle with a wick and floating wax. This is an offer of Premium rank at 6.4 watts, 15 centimeters long, with two color temperature variations - 2700K, 4000K. It is sold mainly in the online store.
Opportunities for the remaining "candles": 2.3-9 W, 2700, 4000, 6000K, cartridge E14, E27. Premium options are improved with composite radiators (aluminum reinforced with plastic).
# 6 Models for recessed luminaires
The whole large family of LED reflectors of the described company is divided into accessories for recessed, rotary and table lamps. This means that there are various options for selling flat, cone-shaped and mushroom-shaped. Only the type of connector distinguishes them in combination with a transparent or matte diffuser.
Connector Types: GU5.3, GU10, GX53, GX70, R39, R50, R63, R80. Power ranges between 6 and 15 watts on compact GX53 reflectors, between 10 and 20 watts on large GX70 (up to 11 cm).
A very large selection of kits for luminaires MR16, they are accompanied by very neat GU5.3, GU10 with various designs with brightness from 4.2 to 10 W and color rendering from 2700 to 6000K. The same range of coldness-warmth in flat reflectors.
# 7 Golden series and color light
The motto of this large, mysterious company is "Live Brighter." And manufacturers are trying to make their wishes come true. To create an atmosphere of exceptional warmth and harmony, Ecola designers offer their customers to acquire special, special lamps that emit light similar to the warm burning of a fire or the glow of a sunset.
A sample with this feature can be selected in any categories of Ecola-LED. On the packaging instead of the color designation in Kelvin will be the word "Gold".
Another way to relax will be given by analogues with diffuser flasks painted in the most unexpected colors - red, green, blue, orange. And they burn with color, respectively, red, green, blue and orange. Such things can also be obtained in relation to any series of Ecological lamps, even for spots.
Well, for lovers of vintage atmosphere and antiquity filament exclusives are sold.
#8. Filament products from Ekola
Cozy bulbs that completely repeat the design of the old, familiar, on the filament bulbs of Ilyich’s bulbs, but illuminated by modern LEDs, are called filaments. For Ecola, this is not the highest priority, but its filament lamps work out their role with dignity.
The filament position is represented by duplicates of the standard versions of the Globe, Classic, Candle lines, in the old version, but with diode technology. Almost all samples are Premium. However, if world brands have one of the most expensive filament offers, Ecola-LED offers them more than affordable.
#9. Special lamps for special occasions
Ekol's leaders understand well - situations are different, and in everyday life there are needs for non-standard, special solutions.
To make it easier for customers, suppliers of the brand under study have in store several tube alternatives:
- T25 format bulbs - LED mini-cylinders ordinary and "corn", for use in refrigerators, range hoods, sewing machines;
- one position of reflectors and one - category pear - with the option of dimming, if you want adjustable lighting;
- powerful bundles of several LED lamps on base E40 or multi-watt analogs on a typical basis, but with the attached adapter of a larger format - for industrial or public needs;
- lamps for household searchlights - "corn" R7s of different capacities;
- light T8 tubes on G13 connectors, different lengths.
The last article is intended to replace luminescent and halogens, with the nests of which it is fully compatible.
The product catalog is constantly updated, and, quite possibly, while this article was written, several completely new alternatives appeared. Better to keep up with offers.
Experience and negative reviews
With the development of LED technology, Ecola bulbs were actively bought up by a large number of people of two categories: those who needed budget LEDs, and those who actively tested products from different manufacturers.
Therefore, there have been plenty of reviews and reviews. However, it is reasonable to divide them into 2 waves: the first, when the ice was only mastered by the manufacturer, the second is modern.
The initial wave revealed many negative aspects:
- strong flicker;
- explosions of products directly in the cartridges;
- fast burnout;
- Cheap, unpresentable appearance;
- low warranty period.
The first 2 charges are almost eliminated. There are indeed problems with longevity. The claimed 30 thousand hours of work do not correspond to the truth, unless over time there are improvements. The same can be said about brightness, it is often a little weaker than the packaging promises.
Reproaches in a simple form are also often true. The new lines are already taking on a more solid appearance, but the mass production still sins with rusticity. Particularly noted by a similar flaw are some ceiling lights. But there are no claims to the price. The product warranty is still one year.
Later reviews are increasingly talking about great progress in product quality. The company does not neglect its reputation and is actively fighting for the title of best.
We also recommend that you read the article on what points to look for when choosing LED lamps for the home. More details - go to the link.
Conclusions and useful video on the topic
In the reviews and informative videos, an interesting video material is presented about the arrangement of Ekol lamps, their application, and the effectiveness of functionality.
Ekola about herself:
Futuristic, beautiful lamp - “corn” in natural size:
What transparent LED bulbs look like in packaging and when lit:
An honest review from the blogger about the new EcolaLED GX53, performance measurements, pluses, weaknesses:
Modern Ecola LED lamps cannot be ignored, even with a set of voiced flaws. May they not burn for 30 years, as promised. But who knows what will happen in 30 years? The main thing is that these lamps help to really save electricity, and with a good choice they can really please with their light for little money. It is enough to remember when buying that these are products of standard quality, and not super-elite goods.
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