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Plenty of light from GE's 100W Replacement LED (pictures)

Don't let the funny-looking fins fool you -- this high-brightness, high-efficiency LED is seriously impressive.

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GE 100W Replacement LED

100W incandescents are officially a thing of the past, and a new crop of LEDs are here to help you replace them. Click through to see what this funky-looking 100W replacement from GE has to offer.

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Light quality

GE's bulb puts out a very bright 1,600 lumens of light at a warm, yellowy color temperature of 2,700 K.

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Bulb shape

GE's LED has long, fin-like heat sinks around the bulb. These help keep the bulb cool, and also create the illusion of a traditional A21 shape.

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Efficiency

The GE 100W Replacement LED uses just 16 watts, for a very impressive 100 lumens per watt. It costs less than $2 per year to use. The incandescents that came before it cost over $12 per year, assuming they last that long.

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Even light distribution

Compared with the Utilitech 100W Replacement LED (left), GE's omnidirectional bulb has a more even light distribution. Notice the lack of dim spots on the lamp shade, and the uptick in brightness below the bulb.

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Minimal flicker

Many bulbs will flicker when you use them with an in-wall dimmer switch, but GE's bulb showed little to no flicker on any of the dimmers we tested.

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Lifespan

Like other Energy Star-certified LEDs, GE's bulb promises to last 25,000 hours -- well over 20 years if used for an average of 3 hours per day.

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Price point

The GE 100W Replacement LED retails for about $21 at Walmart and Sam's Club. At that price, we think it's a very smart buy -- read our review for the full story.

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