Investing in new LED floodlights for your home? All five of these are reasonable options -- but only one of them worked well with in-wall dimmer switches. Click through to see who the winner was.
First up, the Philips WarmGlow BR30 LED. This bulb is designed specifically for dimming setups, as its primary feature is that it changes color temperature as you dial the light down, creating a sunset-like effect.
Unfortunately, that dimmer-oriented design didn't stop it from flickering on older dimmer switch models, and even some new ones made especially for LEDs, like the Leviton switch we're using in each of these GIFs.
Next up is Cree. Their $20 BR30 LED comes with a 10-year warranty, and claims dimmer compatibility right on the packaging.
It dims, but that doesn't mean it doesn't flicker.
Let's take a look at what happens when we dim this GE BR30 LED.
Like Cree, this bulb dims, but flickers badly at times, too.
How about the GE Reveal BR30? For a few dollars more, this floodlight promises better color quality. How about the dimming quality?
Bingo! This is the kind of steady dimming performance we're looking for. With no flicker on any of the dimmers we tested, this floodlight was the clear winner of our tests.