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Look on the bright side with affordable replacement LED bulbs

Cree’s flagship 60W Replacement LED boasts satisfying performance, exceptional efficiency, and an industry-leading 10-year warranty.
Cree’s flagship 60W Replacement LED boasts satisfying performance, exceptional efficiency, and an industry-leading 10-year warranty. TNS

A new generation of high-efficiency lighting is upon us, and prices have never been lower. Here’s a rundown of the bulbs you’ll want to keep an eye out for next time you’re in the lighting aisle.

CREE 60W REPLACEMENT LED

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/cree-60-watt-replacement-led-bulb-soft-white/?part=newspapers

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: Cree’s flagship 60W Replacement LED boasts satisfying performance, exceptional efficiency, and an industry-leading 10-year warranty.

The bad: Cree’s LED isn’t quite as bright as the comparable Philips LED, and it buzzes noticeably on dimmer switches.

The cost: $11.99

The bottom line: If you’re looking for value in the lighting aisle, look no further — this LED leads the pack.

Ikea Ledare LED

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/ikea-ledare-led/?part=newspapers

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: Ikea’s Ledare LEDs offer an appealing design and excellent color-rendering capabilities at a very attractive $5 price point.

The bad: The Ledare LEDs aren’t as bright or efficient as their competitors, and they don’t come with a warranty.

The cost: $4.49

The bottom line: There’s enough quality with these low cost bulbs to keep them from feeling cheap, which makes them an excellent value option.

PHILIPS 60W EQUIVALENT LED

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/philips-60w-equivalent-led-soft-white/?part=newspapers

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: Philips 60W equivalent LED offers excellent brightness, along with a build that won’t buzz or flicker when used with in-wall dimmer switches.

The bad: The Philips LED isn’t quite as efficient as Cree’s 60W replacement, which also costs less.

The cost: $29.94 (two-pack)

The bottom line: At $15, this bulb isn’t the cheapest in the lighting aisle, but it’s well worth it if you plan on dimming your lights.

GE ENERGY SMART 60W REPLACEMENT LED

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/ge-energy-smart-60w-replacement-led/?part=newspapers

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very good)

The good: The GE Energy Smart 60W Replacement LED offers high efficiency lighting at a relatively low cost. Compared to the Cree LED, you’ll notice a very slight uptick in color quality.

The bad: The GE LED is marginally less efficient than the competition, and it doesn’t promise as long a lifespan, either.

The cost: $9.98

The bottom line: Though it isn’t necessarily bad at anything, this GE LED isn’t the best at anything either, and that makes it tough to recommend over flashier competitors.

CNET associate editor Ry Crist and senior editor Laura K. Cucullu contributed to this story. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit www.cnet.com.

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