Cree TW Series 40W Equivalent Candelabra LED review: High quality light from Cree's candelabra LED

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The TW effect was a bit more subtle with this bulb than with other TW Series bulbs we've tested -- probably due to the fact that it's a smaller, dimmer LED -- but if you're using several of them in a single chandelier or fixture, you'll notice the uptick in color quality.

Cree's color quality is slightly better and less yellowed-out than the average candelabra LED.

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Cree's candelabra LED also features a semi-unique design, with a "spike" of light running up through the center of the bulb. It's a neat-looking build, though I wish the construction was sturdier. Each of the bulbs in my three-pack rattled a bit when I gave them a shake. It also didn't do as good a job as other bulbs we tested at directing light downward.

All in all, this is one of your better LED options in the candelabra category, but I wouldn't blame you one bit for sticking it out with fluorescents, halogens, or incandescents for another year or two. None of the LED candelabra bulbs we tested offered flicker-free dimming, and none of them are as affordable as I'd like -- at least not yet.

For more on candelabra LEDs, check out our full category overview.

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