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Cree vs Philips LED Bulb Review

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Published on Mar 24, 2013

Comparing the newest LED replacement bulbs from Phillips and Cree.

See my updated 2014 review at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMInSw...

LED replacement bulbs are finally becoming more affordable and better looking, and in 2013, Cree and Phillips' newest models are at the top of the competition. While the Phillips is $25 online, thanks to local discounts I picked up both of these bulbs at Home Depot for $12.99 each. They both produce a high-quality bright warm white output that appears closer to an incandescent bulb than ever before.

This video demonstrates the light output of both bulbs (along with a 60W incandescent and Phillips 2011 bulb), their appearance both directly and in fixtures, and their response to a dimmer.

The Cree bulb feels of lower quality, with a thin rubberized dome, and a "filament tower" of LEDs that output outward in a circle, but not as well above or below the bulb. It does not dim nearly as low as the Phillips, but it does turn on faster. The full brightness is not as bright as the Phillips to the eye, however the Cree has an impressive efficiency of almost 85 lumens per watt.

The new Phillips bulb was made to address the yellow turned-off appearance of its previous models. It is heavier and has solid frosted glass that disperses light in all angles, looking more natural when viewed directly. Though its turn-on time is not instant, it is hardly noticeable and still significantly faster than CFLs. The Phillips still has a decent efficiency of 75 lumens per watt.

Both bulbs make a good choice to outfit the most-used lighting fixtures in your home. The Phillips might be better if you need maximum brightness or can see the bulb. The Cree saves slightly more energy and has a better chance of its price falling below $13.

Note: Local store pricing may be discounted by local utility and vary, online price is higher.
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