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CNET Top 5: Best LED lightbulbs

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CNET Top 5: Best LED lightbulbs

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Replace your old, soon-to-be outlawed incandescent bulbs with one of these top-rated LED replacement bulbs.

Of all the technologies you encounter everyday the most antique and outdated has got to be the incandescent light bulb. It's actually amazing these things have stuck around this long. The problem is, they're an absurdly inefficient light source, when 95% of the energy they consume is turned into heat, not light. There's a better way and don't worry, I'm not talking about flourescent. I'm Donald Bell and in this top five, I'm counting down the five best LED replacement bulbs rated by CNET Associate Editor, Ry Crist. Starting off at number five the GE Reveal LED. It's $20 buys you a 60 Watt replacement bulb that will last for decades. It's not the brightest bulb on this list and it's a great choice for both color and price. It produces a soft, even tone light that will make your home and everyone in it look great. The estimated energy cost here is a $1.32. Per year. At number four, the Phillips slim-style LED. Now, it may look like someone sat on it, but the flat design here eliminates the need for a heat sink in the base, which cuts down on costs. We're seeing these go for as little as $4 per bulb. For a bulb that can last over a decade with a yearly energy cost of $1.26, it's a crazy value. Now sure it looks a little weird as a bare bulb, but once you throw a lampshade over it no one can tell the difference. Coming in at number three the Insteon LED Bulb. Not cheap at $30 a bulb, but this one is built to last. Rated at 5200 hours of use, double of what the competition is saying. This bulb will probably keep burning long after you're dead. Even better it includes built in automation so you can schedule it to turn on or of, or control it all from app. It's more than a lightbulb. It's a way to **** with your roommates. At number two, the Cree 60 watt replacement LED. Hard not to love this bulb. Not only is it extremely energy efficient and produces exceptional color but it's the only bulb here that backs it all up with a 10 year warranty. The cost? $13. And because it's ENERGY STAR certified, you probably can chase down a rebate, that will bring the price closer to $5. Total winner. That said, if you're gonna commit to a lightbulb for a few decades, why not go deluxe? Our number one choice for LED replacement lightbulbs goes to the Connected by TCP Wireless LED Lighting Kit $110 gets you a three bulb that connects your home WiFi for all kinds of nifty automation. You also get a handy little remote control if you don't feel like fiddling with an app to activate some mood lighting. The bulbs are sturdy, bright, and smart. Three things your current bulbs aren't. So there you go, five LED light bulbs that will make your home more beautiful, save you money, and probably save a few polar bears. For more details, check out cnet.com/appliances where you'll find our light bulb buying guide. And for more top fives from me, top5.cnet.com. I'm Donald Bell, thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

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