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Brighten up with Cree's 100W Replacement LED (pictures)

This bigger, brighter version of one of our favorite LEDs looks like a nice value in the lighting aisle.

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Originally hailing from Troy, Ohio, Ry Crist is a writer, a text-based adventure connoisseur, a lover of terrible movies and an enthusiastic yet mediocre cook. A CNET editor since 2013, Ry's beats include smart home tech, lighting, appliances, broadband and home networking.
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Cree 100W Replacement LED

Cree's got a bigger, brighter version of its original, highly acclaimed LED. Click through to see what this 100W replacement is capable of.

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Lighting specs

Cree's bulb puts out 1,600 lumens' worth of warm, yellowy, 2,700 K light. For an extra dollar, you can get the same bulb with a hotter, whiter, "Daylight" color temperature of 5,000 K.

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Efficiency

The bulb puts that light out from a power draw of 18 watts -- roughly 89 lumens per watt, if you do the math. Running it for an average of 3 hours per day, it'd add about $2 to your energy bill per year. A comparable incandescent would add about $12.

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Longevity

Cree's LED is rated to last 25,000 hours (over twenty years at three hours per day). The company backs its bulb up with a 10-year warranty, to boot.

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Omnidirectionality

On the left, a 100W replacement LED from Sylvania. On the right, the omnidirectional Cree LED, which casts more downward light.

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Price point

Cree's LED sells at Home Depot for about $20. That's a very fair price point for a very solid LED -- read my full review to hear more about it.

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