The Good Walmart's low-cost LEDs are some of the brightest 60W replacement bulbs we've tested, especially the higher color temperature daylight varieties, which ring in well above 900 lumens. At less than $5 per bulb, they're some of the most affordable dimmable LEDs available.
The Bad Each of the bulbs we tested flickered when dimmed down to a minimum setting, and neither one dimmed down much lower than 20 percent.
The Bottom Line It's hard not to like a bargain-priced LED that offers this much brightness, but don't rely on it if you're using dimmer switches.
|Walmart Great Value 10W LED Light Bulb (60W Equivalent)||Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit||Lifx Color 1000||Philips Hue 2.0 Starter Kit||Lifx Mini Wi-Fi Smart Bulb|
|Price||$26 Amazon Marketplace||$70 Amazon.com||$5 MSRP||$186 Amazon Marketplace||$45 Amazon.com|
Brightness to spare with Walmart's low-cost LEDs
LED light bulbs hit a new milestone this year, with 60W replacements selling for less than $5, no rebates necessary. At that price, upgrading from incandescents is a no-brainer, especially considering that an incandescent will add about $7 to your yearly energy bill, compared to just over a buck from a comparable LED.
One of those low-cost options can be found on the shelf at Walmart. Sold under the "Great Value" brand name, the bulb is a dimmable 60W replacement that costs just $4.88 a piece. At that price, the dimmable bit is perhaps its strongest selling point -- comparable low-cost options like the Philips 60W Replacement LED and the GE Bright Stik LED won't dim at all. The Walmart LED is also noticeably brighter than those two, and it promises a longer lifespan of 25,000 hours.
That's enough for me to call this bulb a good purchase, but it isn't a perfect one. Yes, it dims, but it doesn't dim particularly well, and failed to go much lower than 20 percent brightness on any of the dimmers I tested it with (ideally, you want a bulb that'll hit 10 percent or lower). It also flickered a fair amount at those lowest settings, which might be another deal breaker if you like the lights down low. Walmart's LED deserves consideration alongside Philips and GE in that bargain-priced tier, but for smooth, satisfying dimming performance, I'd rather spend a few extra bucks on a bulb like the Osram 60W Replacement LED.