The Good Cree's flagship 60W Replacement LED boasts satisfying performance, exceptional efficiency, and an industry-leading 10-year warranty.
The Bad Cree's LED isn't quite as bright as the comparable Philips LED, and it buzzes noticeably on dimmer switches.
The Bottom Line If you're looking for value in the lighting aisle, look no further -- this LED leads the pack.
Value shines with the Cree 60W Replacement LED
Being that you're a reader of light bulb reviews, I'm going to assume that this likely isn't the first you've seen of the Cree 60W Replacement LED. By most accounts, the bulb was the rookie of the year in 2013, with impressive specs, a generous warranty, and a low price point that forced the rest of the field to play catch up.
Cree's been building off of that success in 2014 with an expanded lineup of residential LEDs for North American consumers, including, , and even a long clamored-for . As for the 60W replacement that started it all, Cree cut its price even further, down to $10. Even now, with more options -- and more legitimate competition -- than ever before, Cree's original LED remains one of the top standard bearers of the lighting aisle.
The Cree 60W Replacement LED features a design that's focused on familiarity, which puts it right in line with the rest of Cree's residential lighting lineup. Cree isn't trying to rock the boat with an outside-the-box bulb design like the one you'll get with the Philips SlimStyle, and that might help the 60W replacement seem more accessible to fans of incandescents -- if not slightly disappointing to to design-minded amateur futurists.
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