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GE 40W Equivalent Candelabra LED review: The C student of the candelabra class

MSRP: $9.24

The Good GE's candelabra bulb barely flickered at all in our dimming tests, and offers a legitimate efficiency upgrade over incandescents, halogens, and fluorescents.

The Bad It was one of the least bright and least efficient candelabra LEDs we tested, and we weren't able to dim it below 10 percent on any of our switches.

The Bottom Line There aren't many reasons to pick this bulb over its competitors.

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  • Design 7
  • Value 5
  • Performance 5

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GE's 40W Equivalent Candelabra LED.

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There are plenty of bulbs in the lighting aisle that promise to give your chandelier an efficiency upgrade. The GE 40W Equivalent Candelabra LED is one of them, but it isn't a bulb I'd recommend. Of all 11 LEDs we tested for this roundup it was the least efficient, and it wasn't able to dim down any lower than 12 percent. Its brightness also came behind a majority of the other bulbs we tested.

GE's bulb simply isn't a good value at its price. At just over $9 each, it costs more than competitors that outperformed it in our tests, including a $7 candelabra LED from EcoSmart and a comparably priced Walmart store brand candelabra LED. The latter of the two sits directly adjacent to GE's candelabra LED in the lighting aisle at Walmart -- it's the better buy across the board.

Like a lot of the LEDs we looked at, GE's bulb sports a flame-shaped build with white plastic covering the hardware in its bottom half. It's a rather bland aesthetic that's pretty typical of LED light bulbs in general, but it might give you some extra pause in the candelabra category, since these kinds of bulbs usually aren't kept under a lampshade. If you're looking for something a little closer to the incandescent aesthetic you're probably used to, then you'll want to be sure and consider the vintage-style filament LEDs from Feit and EcoSmart.

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