"This 9-watt GE energy smart LED is an A19 General Purpose Bulb. A19 is a shape of light bulb that you see in most homes also known as a "household light bulb". They're the most common bulbs in the world and never before has an LED A19 existed that actually sends light out in all directions. This bulb uses LED technology to ensure it will last longer than other bulbs you've seen. This bulb will last 22 years based on normal 3/hour per day usage. It's rated at 25,000 hours and puts out 450 lumens. The instant full brightness doesn't need to warm up. It has omni-directional light distribution. Color temperature of 3000K. RoHS compliant with a 10-year warranty. Technical: Lamp type: LED aline. Bulb: A19. Base: medium screw E26. Lumens:450. Wattage: 9-watts. Voltage: 120-volts. Material: soft glass.This item may ship with a model number of 62181, but it is the same bulb as the 62180"
LEDs are point sources of light, meaning that and LED puts light in one direction, which makes it difficult for some LED bulbs to replicate the type of light that consumers are used to. The unique design of the GE LED is meant to replicate an omnidirectional light source like traditional incandescent bulbs.
With that said, the Phlips L Prize and AmbientLED do a good job of spreading the light out (while consuming slightly higher wattage), put out more light and are lower cost options.