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The Philips SceneSwitch LEDs don't need a dimmer switch to dim

These clever bulbs each offer three brightness settings -- just turn them off and back on to switch things up.

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The Philips SceneSwitch LEDs are standard LED light bulbs with a cool trick up their sleeve that lets you dim the light down low without the need for a dimmer switch. Click through to see more.

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An LED trio

The SceneSwitch bulbs come in three varieties. The first is a soft white bulb that puts out yellowy light at three different brightness settings. The second is a daylight-tinted bulb with the same three brightness settings. The third is a combo bulb that offers a fully bright soft white setting, a fully bright daylight setting, and a minimum brightness soft white setting.

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Nifty trick

Each SceneSwitch bulb offers three different settings. You switch between those settings by turning the bulb off and back on again within a few seconds.

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So-so color quality

High-CRI bulbs like the GE Reveal LED do a better job at making colors pop (like the purple wall above), but they often aren't as bright as standard bulbs like the SceneSwitch LED.

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Switching settings

Here are the three settings for that combo bulb. Changing between them is as easy as turning the switch.

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Price

The soft white SceneSwitch LED is available from Home Depot for about $8, while the daylight and combo varieties sell for a dollar more. Be sure to read our full review for a full rundown of the specs and the results from our performance tests.

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