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Spotlight on Cree's BR30 LED (pictures)

Take a closer look at Cree's residential floodlight.

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Cree BR30 LED

Cree's BR30 LED is an energy efficient floodlight. Click through to learn more.

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A model floodlight

The "BR" in BR30 stands for bulging reflector, which simply means that it reflects all the light into a single direction, straight out the top of the bulb. This makes it the ideal bulb shape for overhead track lighting and recessed lighting setups.

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The specs

The Cree BR30 LED uses 9.5 watts of power to put out 650 lumens of light at a golden color temperature of 2,700 K.

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Heat sinks

Like other Cree LEDs, you'll find a ring of fin-like heat sinks around the bulb's neck.

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Your dimming may vary

The Cree BR30 LED flickered a bit when we used it with a dimmer switch.

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Color quality

With a CRI score of 81, the Cree BR30 LED is pretty average at color rendering. Things look a bit yellowed out, and colors don't pop quite as well as they will under a bulb that scores higher.

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Energy efficiency

With an efficiency rating of 68 lumens per watt, the Cree BR30 LED is a nice upgrade from a 65W incandescent floodlight. Make the switch, and the bulb should pay for itself within a few years, then continue saving you money. The bulb promises to last decades, and comes with a 10-year warranty.

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Pricing

Cree sells its BR30 LED for $20 at Home Depot. That isn't as good of a price point as the $13 Philips SlimStyle BR30, or the Editors' Choice GE Reveal BR30 LED, which costs $18. Read our full reviews to help inform your next trip to the lighting aisle.

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