Which BR30 floodlight LEDs flicker when you dim them?

Investing in new LED floodlights for your home? All five of these are reasonable options -- but only one of them worked well with in-wall dimmer switches. Click through to see who the winner was.

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Philips WarmGlow BR30 LED

First up, the Philips WarmGlow BR30 LED. This bulb is designed specifically for dimming setups, as its primary feature is that it changes color temperature as you dial the light down, creating a sunset-like effect.

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Philips WarmGlow BR30 LED

Unfortunately, that dimmer-oriented design didn't stop it from flickering on older dimmer switch models, and even some new ones made especially for LEDs, like the Leviton switch we're using in each of these GIFs.

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Philips SlimStyle BR30 LED

We gave Philips another shot, this time with the SlimStyle BR30. The original SlimStyle performed rather poorly when we tested its dimming capabilities -- would the new floodlight version do any better?

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Philips SlimStyle BR30 LED

Nope.

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Cree BR30 LED

Next up is Cree. Their $20 BR30 LED comes with a 10-year warranty, and claims dimmer compatibility right on the packaging.

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CNET Editors' Rating
3 stars Good

Cree BR30 LED

It dims, but that doesn't mean it doesn't flicker.

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3 stars Good

GE BR30 LED

Let's take a look at what happens when we dim this GE BR30 LED.

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GE BR30 LED

Like Cree, this bulb dims, but flickers badly at times, too.

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GE Reveal BR30 LED

How about the GE Reveal BR30? For a few dollars more, this floodlight promises better color quality. How about the dimming quality?

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CNET Editors' Rating
4.5 stars Spectacular

GE Reveal BR30 LED

Bingo! This is the kind of steady dimming performance we're looking for. With no flicker on any of the dimmers we tested, this floodlight was the clear winner of our tests.

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CNET Editors' Rating
4.5 stars Spectacular

Where to Buy

Cree BR30 LED

Part Number: CNETCree BR30 LED

MSRP: $19.97

See manufacturer website for availability.

Where to Buy

GE Reveal BR30 LED

Part Number: CNETGE Reveal BR30 LED

MSRP: $18.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

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