6
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.

Smart Home: Philips' Standard LED is our dimming champion

About Video Transcript

Smart Home: Philips' Standard LED is our dimming champion

1:52 /

Theres a lot to like about this LED - especially if you like the lights down low.

[MUSIC] Hey, I'm CNET's Ry Crist. And today we're taking a look at the Phillips 60-Watt Equivalent LED. This is a light that retails for about $15 at Home Depot, or maybe a little less on Amazon. And, it puts out 830 lumens worth of light using 11 watts. That gives it an efficiency rating of just about 75 lumens per watt, which is great. But not quite as good as the Cree 60-watt Replacement, which puts out closer to 85. One thing that this bulb is especially good at compared to other LEDs, is it's compatibility with in wall dimmer switches. If you use those switches to dial the, brightness of your lights up and down, you'll like what you get with this bulb. It dims very smoothly and it doesn't buzz or flicker. You won't find those kinds of annoyances with this bulb and you will with others. So, if you have those switches I think this is one you're definitely gonna wanna put at the top of your list. One point of differentiation that we found between the Philips and Cree LED's was color temperature. Both are rated at 2700K but the Philips bulb comes in a little bit low, closer to 2600. And this gives it more of an, orangey quality to the light. If you look at this page here and you, split it up into thirds between incandescent 2700K light, the Cree bulb, and the Philips bulb, you can see the Philips bulb has more of a yellow tint to it. Now this might all seem awfully specific, but, that's kind of the point. If you wanna separate a Philips bulb from a Cree bulb or the GE LED from the Philips Slim Style, you sort of need to split hairs. You need to look at very specific, particular points to figure out what sets each bulb apart. Now, the Philips bulb stands out in a my mind, for a slight uptake in brightness and better compatibility to dimmers, so if you've got dimmers. Or you're concerned about, the brightness of your lights I think this is the bulb that you wanna get. But, it's not the cheapest bulb and it doesn't have the best warranty, it's not the most efficient there, so, if those are important, I'd probably go with the Cree 60-watt Replacement. For CNET, I'm Ry Crist. [MUSIC]

New releases

Samsung's premium-looking gas range costs less
2:06 March 28, 2015
The $1,699 Samsung Gas Range with True Convection, model number NX58F5700, has a lot to love at a reasonable price.
Play video
PicoBrew's automated beer maker too pricey for most home brewers.
6:28 March 28, 2015
We're cloudy on the benefits of the PicoBrew Zymatic, especially for $2,000.
Play video
Meerkat or Periscope? Which is better?
1:54 March 27, 2015
With Twitter's Periscope hitting the scene, we had to see how it measures up to Meerkat.
Play video
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: What's the difference?
2:30 March 27, 2015
Paralyzed by choice? CNET's Jessica Dolcourt helps you decide if you can really be happy with the base model S6, or if the S6 Edge's...
Play video
2016 Kia Sorento
5:28 March 27, 2015
CNET Senior Editor Wayne Cunningham test-drives the new 2016 Kia Sorento Limited Trim model and checks the tech on this comfortable,...
Play video
Mercedes F 015: Car of the future (CNET On Cars, Episode 62)
20:50 March 27, 2015
Mercedes asks what shall we do when driving ends, the new safety tech that must be on your new-car shopping list, and the Top 5 affordable...
Play video
Imagine a 10TB Solid State Drive
2:58 March 27, 2015
Could a 10TB Solid State Drive be in our near future? Amazon fluffs up their cloud service, Lyft goes social and Tim Cook gives ba...
Play video
It shoots. It scores.
2:53 March 27, 2015
Mirrorless Samsung NX1 takes on dSLRs for action photography.
Play video