Sylvania'a 100W Replacement Ultra LED is a good example of how LED pricing has evolved over the past few years. In 2012, Sylvania's 100W replacement LED cost upwards of $50, but you won't pay nearly as much for this model. Click through to read more about it.
Like most 100W and 100W replacement bulbs, Sylvania's Ultra LED is a bit bigger than average, with an A21 bulb shape that represents a slight step up from the traditional A19 shape that you're probably used to. It features the same size screw-in base, though, so it should work in most lamps and fixtures.
Assuming you pay 11 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) and run the bulb an average of 3 hours a day, Sylvania's LED will add just over $2 to your energy bill each year. That's a lot better than a 100W incandescent, which will add over $12 per year.
Use the bulb in a lamp, and the directionality becomes easier to see. On the left is Sylvania's LED, which doesn't cast as much downward light as it does upward light. On the right is the omnidirectional Cree 100W Replacement LED, which casts light evenly in all directions.
The Sylvania 100W Replacement Ultra LED retails for $22 at Lowe's. That's certainly a merciful improvement over the $50 price point of years past, but we're not sure it represents the best value in its class. Read our full review to find out why.