This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: Cree TW Series LED bulb shines bright
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: Cree TW Series LED bulb shines bright

3:08 /

Colors shine with Cree's TW Series LED -- but is this bulb really an upgrade?

Hey, CNET. Ry Crist here and I've got the Cree TW Series LED Light Bulb to look at today. This is a 13.5-watt bulb that's made to replace a 60-watt incandescent and it does a good job of it. It puts out 800 lumens compared to the 880 you'll get from an incandescent, so it's plenty bright enough. Now, this bulb comes on the heels of Cree's original LED bulb, which was a 9.5-watt bulb that put out the same amount of lumens. So, it's actually more efficient. That bulb is $12.97 at Home Depot. You can get it a little cheaper in some place just because of energy rebates. It is Energy Star certified which helps and that's a great deal. That bulb was a very tough act to follow. So, this is their follow up, this is their attempt at it and what they've done is it made a very strong effort to increase the CRI, which is the Color Rendering Index of the bulb. And that's why this bulb has kind of this bluish hue. It's got a little bit of a tacky feel to it and all of that is part of an effort to make it better at rendering colors. Now, the CRI score with friends from 1 to 100 being the best, is 93 on this bulb and that's the highest score you'll find for an LED that's commercially available right now. Unlike the $12.97 bulb before, this bulb cost $19.97. So, what are you getting for that extra 7 bucks? Well, you're getting more accurate colors and is that worth it? Depends on what you need. I want to test out just how much of an effect this had on colors. So, I look for the most colorful thing I could find in the office here and that turned out to be a bowl of Fruity Cheerios which we were actually using for vacuum cleaner testing. Now, we're gonna light this bowl of cereal using just the Cree light to see how nice it makes, these colors look. And then for comparison, we'll do the same thing with a basic standard 60-watt incandescent bulb. So, I'll go ahead and I'll take the Cree bulb and I'll screw it into this apparatus here and we're gonna hold it up above. Let's go ahead and kill the lights. So, here we have the Cree light and only the Cree light illuminating the cereal and as you can see, the colors do look a little bit more vivid in my opinion. Now here, we have an incandescent bulb. This is 60 watts. This is the comparable bulb to the Cree. This is the type of bulb you have to replace season's Cree light and we're gonna hold this up right above the serial just like before that the film had stopped wobbling there a little bit and just like that we see that it looks fine. You can see it, you could eat this bowl of cereal in the middle of the night if you use this light but the colors might not look quite as vivid as the Cree looks, and this because the incandescent is not going to be as accurate at rendering colors as the Cree TW Series. So, the question is, is that worth it? Is that worth $7 more especially if you are sacrificing a little bit of the interview efficiency of the bulb? For most consumers, I think that efficiency is probably the top priority. So, I would recommend the previous Cree LED bulb but if you want that high CRI, if you want accurate colors, if you're displaying artwork and you have a lot of need for that type of bulb, this is a fabulous bulb. You'll be very happy with it. For CNET, I'm Ry Crist.

New releases

Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2...
1:55 October 1, 2014
On the outside, the $300 P5 Series 2 looks almost identical to its predecessor, but B&W has upgraded its sound...
Play video
Golden iPads, larger Nexus phone...
2:43 October 1, 2014
Hype for Apple's next iPad grows with reports of a gold model, Google's Nexus 6 may stretch in size, and Microsoft...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,559: The Tetris...
29:21 October 1, 2014
Today we start off with a pumpkin spice Oreo cookie taste test, come up with better plotlines for the Tetris...
Play video
TiVo Roamio OTA: great cord-cutting...
1:48 October 1, 2014
TiVo Roamio OTA is an excellent DVR but its monthly fee structure makes it too expensive for people cutting...
Play video
The LG Unify cuts corners, but...
2:13 October 1, 2014
The $130 LG Unify offers strong battery life and a flexible subscription plan, but little else.
Play video
Cracking Open: Apple iPhone 6
3:58 October 1, 2014
Bill Detwiler cracks open the iPhone 6 and shows you how Apple made the phone easier to open and repair.
Play video
A fun if not completely awe inspiring...
2:36 October 1, 2014
The Moccamaster KBG 741 AO may come in lots of fun shades and makes less mess but can't match Technivorm's...
Play video
Lifestyle blogs
1:03 September 30, 2014
If you're looking for one-stop inspiration for recipes, fashion and crafts, turn to your phone's app store....
Play video