Philips SlimStyle LED

The Good The oddly-shaped Philips SlimStyle is a value-priced LED that serves as a respectable incandescent replacement. The flat design helps it manage heat better than other LEDs.

The Bad The SlimStyle gives off an annoying buzz if you use it with a dimmer switch. Also, the three-year warranty isn't as good as the 10 years you get from the Cree LED, which costs just a dollar more.

The Bottom Line For such a flat bulb, the SlimStyle is surprisingly well-rounded, making for a decent value at its price point.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Value 9.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

A tempting LED, thanks to the slimmed-down price point

The lighting aisle's LED section is getting more and more crowded with legitimate values, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that manufacturers are looking for new ways to stand out. Enter the Philips SlimStyle, a low-cost LED that sets itself apart with an unusual, flattened design.

This two-dimensional spin on modern, high efficiency lighting promises to replace the best aspects of a traditional incandescent while saving money on your monthly power bill. It also costs just $9, which converts roughly to AU$10, or £5 in the UK (Philips says it has no plans to expand the SlimStyle beyond North America at this time, but won't rule it out, either).

That price point is a dollar less than you'll spend for the well-reviewed Cree 60W Replacement LED , and significantly less than Philips' own standard 60W equivalent . Though it isn't a flawless light, or quite as cheap as the bargain LEDs that you'll find at Ikea , the accessible SlimStyle nonetheless offers excellent value, making it a good go-to bulb for common household lighting needs.

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