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Cree BR30 LED

Lighting specs

Then and now

Half the warranty

Dimmability

Flicker

Heat management

Price point

North Carolina lighting-manufacturer Cree has a new-and-improved LED floodlight for sale -- and it costs half of what the original cost. Click through to take a look.

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Cree BR30 LED

Lighting specs

Then and now

Half the warranty

Dimmability

Flicker

Heat management

Price point

The Cree BR30 LED puts out a claimed 650 lumens from a power draw of just 9 watts, costing a little over a dollar per year to use. A comparably bright incandescent floodlight consumes 65 watts, and costs almost 8 dollars a year to use.

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Cree BR30 LED

Lighting specs

Then and now

Half the warranty

Dimmability

Flicker

Heat management

Price point

The form factor isn't much different from last year's bulb. It's still a white plastic body and a glass bulb. The specs are similar, too.

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Cree BR30 LED

Lighting specs

Then and now

Half the warranty

Dimmability

Flicker

Heat management

Price point

One change: the old bulb offered a ten-year warranty, but the new version only offers 5 years of protection.

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Cree BR30 LED

Lighting specs

Then and now

Half the warranty

Dimmability

Flicker

Heat management

Price point

Cree's floodlight is dimmable, so you'll be able to dial the light down if you use dimmer switches in your home.

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Cree BR30 LED

Lighting specs

Then and now

Half the warranty

Dimmability

Flicker

Heat management

Price point

You might detect a small amount of flicker when the light is dimmed down low.

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Cree BR30 LED

Lighting specs

Then and now

Half the warranty

Dimmability

Flicker

Heat management

Price point

All LEDs will see a slight dip in brightness after you first turn them on before leveling off. This is due to heat buildup. In the Cree bulb's case, heat affects it a little more than the competition -- that means it might not b e the best choice for an enclosed fixture, where the heat can't escape.

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Cree BR30 LED

Lighting specs

Then and now

Half the warranty

Dimmability

Flicker

Heat management

Price point

Cree's new floodlight costs just $10 per bulb -- less expensive than all of the major competitors. Read our full review to see if it's the right light for you.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Tyler Lizenby/CNET
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