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First Look: Taking a closer look at the new Cree PAR38 LED bulb

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First Look: Taking a closer look at the new Cree PAR38 LED bulb

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Cree's PAR38 bulb is a step in a new direction for them and potentially a great deal for consumers.

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hey, I'm Ry Crist, and we're looking at Crees new PAR38 LED. Hey, I'm Ry Crist, and we're looking at Crees new PAR38 LED. This is an 18 watt bulb that's gonna put out 1500 lumens of light. This is an 18 watt bulb that's gonna put out 1500 lumens of light. And that's pretty good. And that's pretty good. The other PAR38s from the competitors we've seen put out about 950, or 1,000. The other PAR38s from the competitors we've seen put out about 950, or 1,000. Something around there. Something around there. So, that's a noticeable uptake in brightness. So, that's a noticeable uptake in brightness. It's also a bit more affordable than those bulbs, which tend to cost at least 30 bucks. It's also a bit more affordable than those bulbs, which tend to cost at least 30 bucks. The Cree bulb costs $24.97. The Cree bulb costs $24.97. Not a huge price drop, but still if you're doing a whole house worth of bulbs, you're gonna like that it's 5 bucks cheaper per bulb. Not a huge price drop, but still if you're doing a whole house worth of bulbs, you're gonna like that it's 5 bucks cheaper per bulb. So what exactly does PAR38 stand for? So what exactly does PAR38 stand for? Well PAR stands for Parabolic Aluminized Reflector. Well PAR stands for Parabolic Aluminized Reflector. And all that means is that the diode sits right above this metal bowl type thing that reflects all the light going down back up. And all that means is that the diode sits right above this metal bowl type thing that reflects all the light going down back up. And that shoots all the light forward, focuses it. And that shoots all the light forward, focuses it. It's the same technology you'll see in a car's headlights. It's the same technology you'll see in a car's headlights. So, you see all the light goes forward, but none of it is shooting back towards my face. So, you see all the light goes forward, but none of it is shooting back towards my face. As for the 38, that just refers to the diameter of the bulb which is 38 8ths of an inch or 4.75 inches. As for the 38, that just refers to the diameter of the bulb which is 38 8ths of an inch or 4.75 inches. Like the Cree bulb that came before it, this LED has a ten year warranty attached to it. Like the Cree bulb that came before it, this LED has a ten year warranty attached to it. Which we think is a pretty good deal. Which we think is a pretty good deal. It's also rated for wetness as well as dampness. It's also rated for wetness as well as dampness. And that means that Cree claims it can stand up to rain and not just humidity. And that means that Cree claims it can stand up to rain and not just humidity. So if you're using this light outdoors, it should be fine. So if you're using this light outdoors, it should be fine. It should do very well in those settings. It should do very well in those settings. The PAR38 LED comes available with a 47 degree beam angle or a 27 degree beam angle. The PAR38 LED comes available with a 47 degree beam angle or a 27 degree beam angle. It's a little tighter. It's a little tighter. It's more like a spotlight. It's more like a spotlight. And it shines with a yellowy color temperature of 3,000 degrees Kelvin. And it shines with a yellowy color temperature of 3,000 degrees Kelvin. Thanks for watching. Thanks for watching. I'm CNET's Ry Crist and this has been a first take of the Cree PAR38 LED. I'm CNET's Ry Crist and this has been a first take of the Cree PAR38 LED. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hey, I'm Ry Crist, and we're looking at Crees new PAR38 LED. Hey, I'm Ry Crist, and we're looking at Crees new PAR38 LED. This is an 18 watt bulb that's gonna put out 1500 lumens of light. This is an 18 watt bulb that's gonna put out 1500 lumens of light. And that's pretty good. And that's pretty good. The other PAR38s from the competitors we've seen put out about 950, or 1,000. The other PAR38s from the competitors we've seen put out about 950, or 1,000. Something around there. Something around there. So, that's a noticeable uptake in brightness. So, that's a noticeable uptake in brightness. It's also a bit more affordable than those bulbs, which tend to cost at least 30 bucks. It's also a bit more affordable than those bulbs, which tend to cost at least 30 bucks. The Cree bulb costs $24.97. The Cree bulb costs $24.97. Not a huge price drop, but still if you're doing a whole house worth of bulbs, you're gonna like that it's 5 bucks cheaper per bulb. Not a huge price drop, but still if you're doing a whole house worth of bulbs, you're gonna like that it's 5 bucks cheaper per bulb. So what exactly does PAR38 stand for? So what exactly does PAR38 stand for? Well PAR stands for Parabolic Aluminized Reflector. Well PAR stands for Parabolic Aluminized Reflector. And all that means is that the diode sits right above this metal bowl type thing that reflects all the light going down back up. And all that means is that the diode sits right above this metal bowl type thing that reflects all the light going down back up. And that shoots all the light forward, focuses it. And that shoots all the light forward, focuses it. It's the same technology you'll see in a car's headlights. It's the same technology you'll see in a car's headlights. So, you see all the light goes forward, but none of it is shooting back towards my face. So, you see all the light goes forward, but none of it is shooting back towards my face. As for the 38, that just refers to the diameter of the bulb which is 38 8ths of an inch or 4.75 inches. As for the 38, that just refers to the diameter of the bulb which is 38 8ths of an inch or 4.75 inches. Like the Cree bulb that came before it, this LED has a ten year warranty attached to it. Like the Cree bulb that came before it, this LED has a ten year warranty attached to it. Which we think is a pretty good deal. Which we think is a pretty good deal. It's also rated for wetness as well as dampness. It's also rated for wetness as well as dampness. And that means that Cree claims it can stand up to rain and not just humidity. And that means that Cree claims it can stand up to rain and not just humidity. So if you're using this light outdoors, it should be fine. So if you're using this light outdoors, it should be fine. It should do very well in those settings. It should do very well in those settings. The PAR38 LED comes available with a 47 degree beam angle or a 27 degree beam angle. The PAR38 LED comes available with a 47 degree beam angle or a 27 degree beam angle. It's a little tighter. It's a little tighter. It's more like a spotlight. It's more like a spotlight. And it shines with a yellowy color temperature of 3,000 degrees Kelvin. And it shines with a yellowy color temperature of 3,000 degrees Kelvin. Thanks for watching. Thanks for watching. I'm CNET's Ry Crist and this has been a first take of the Cree PAR38 LED. I'm CNET's Ry Crist and this has been a first take of the Cree PAR38 LED. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

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