"Philips' five-buck bulb is an LED value"
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Philips' five-buck bulb is an LED value
Hey I'm cnet's Ry Crist here with the new Philips 60 watt replacement LED.
And this is a very inexpensive bulb, just $5 off the shelf at Home Depot, and here at launch for the first 90 days, you can get it at two for one pricing so kinda a heck of a deal if you've been holding out for good LED prices.
Even at that low price point, it's a pretty strong performer.
It puts out over 800 lumens at light at a power draw of 8.5 watts.
Giving it an efficiency of 94 lumens per watt.
That's pretty nice.
Stacks up well against the competition.
If I turn it on here, you can see a nice, yellowy 2700 K color temperature.
And I also like that the bulb is nice and round, has plenty of downward light projected, so if you're using this as a bedside reading lamp, it will do the job just fine.
Now, some of the down sides, here.
This bulb does have a shorter lifespan than a lot of its competitors.
Many of those promised to last 25,000 hours.
That's about 22 years at three hours per day.
But this one will last you ten years at that same rate.
Also, Philips makes no promises when it comes to dimmability.
They rate the bulb explicitly as non dimmable, saying, just don't even bother trying to dim it.
We did and actually found that you can dim it using both new and old dimmers, but your mileage may vary.
Sometimes it flickers, sometimes it strobed even.
So if you want something for a different switch, I'd go with something else.
The bottom line though is that this is a pretty outstanding bulb at less than $5 apiece.
If you've been waiting to try out LEDs, if you've been holding out to switch your whole house over, this might be the right time to get it.
Thanks for watching, and be sure to check out the rest of our light bulb coverage at cnet.com.
For CNET Appliances, I'm Ry Crist.
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