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GE Bright Stik LED review: Edison be damned: GE's cheap new LED bulb isn't a bulb at all

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Budget-priced performance

The GE Bright Stik holds its own when compared with LEDs that cost two or three times as much per bulb, but not without a few compromises. As said before, at 760 lumens (we clocked it a little above that, at 786), it's a bit less bright than most other 60W replacement options. It's also not the most efficient LED money can buy, with a 10W power draw and a good-not-great efficacy score of 79 lumens per watt.

The Bright Stik is also non-dimmable, which might make it a non-starter if you like being able to dial the lights down low. Try dialing the Bright Stik down, and you'll see quite a bit of flicker -- it just isn't built to handle common dimmer switch mechanics.

Budget-friendly 60W replacement LEDs

GE Bright Stik LED Philips 60W Replacement LED Ikea Ledare LED (frosted) Cree 4Flow LED Philips SlimStyle LED
Lumens (measured / stated) 786 / 760 821 / 800 658 / 600 835 / 815 815 / 800
Watts 10 8.5 10 11 10.5
Efficiency (lumens per watt) 79 97 60 76 76
Yearly energy cost (3 hr. per day @ .11 kWh) $1.20 $1.02 $1.20 $1.32 $1.26
Color temperature (measured / stated) 2,830 K / 2,850 K 2,701 K / 2,700 K 2,632 K / 2,700 K 2,617 K / 2,700 K 2,653 K / 2,700 K
Color rendering index 81 80 88 80 80
Dimmable (measured range) No No Yes (6.3 - 100%) Yes (5.6 - 100%) Yes (11.1 - 100%)
Dimmer switch flicker/buzz N/A N/A None None Moderate
Lifespan 15,000 hours 11,000 hours 25,000 hours 25,000 hours 25,000 hours
Weight 1.60 oz. 1.80 oz. 4.10 oz. 1.90 oz. 2.20 oz.
Warranty 5 years 3 years none 3 years 3 years
Price $10 (3-pack) $5 $5 $8 $9

That's the same trade-off that you'll get with its main competitor, the $5 Philips 60W Replacement LED . Both are non-dimmable, low-cost options, though they're separated by a few fine points. The Philips bulb is brighter and more efficient, while the Bright Stik lasts longer, and offers a longer warranty. Both bulbs are brighter than the underwhelming 658 lumens that you'll get with the $5 Ikea Ledare LED , though to that bulb's credit, it offers a surprisingly high color rendering score of 88, and works with dimmers, too.

On the GE side, the color rendering score sits at 81, a point better than Philips. The color rendering index is a scale from 0 to 100 that tells you how good a light source is at making colors look accurate and vivid. Higher-scores are better, so GE gets the edge here, but it's a largely indistinguishable one -- anything less than 85 is more or less par for the course as far as LEDs are concerned.

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None of these specs jump off of the page. Category for category, the Bright Stik sits in the middle of the pack, or towards the bottom. Still, there are no glaring shortcomings, either. I wish it were brighter, but it's bright enough. I wish it were more efficient, but it's efficient enough. I wish the color rendering score were higher, but it's high enough.

The number that matters is the price, and that's where GE has the real edge. No other big brand LED on sale today can claim an upfront cost that's locked in as low as the Bright Stik. It also offers the longest warranty we've seen from any LED priced below the $10 level. The Bright Stik might not outperform its competitors, but it beats all of them outright when it comes to value.

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Stiking the landing

In the end, I think the Bright Stik's value is going to win out with consumers. At $10 for a three-pack -- just over $3 per bulb -- there's not much stopping them from giving it a shot. And, unless those consumers are expecting dimmability, I don't see much of anything that's going to leave them disappointed.

Spec for spec, there are better bulbs out there. I certainly wouldn't blame anyone for spending an extra $2 for the uptick in brightness and efficiency that comes with the Philips 60W Replacement , and spending a little more still for a dimmable bulb that dims well, like the Cree 4Flow LED or the Osram 60W Replacement LED , makes sense, too. But dollar for dollar, the Bright Stik raises the bar on value. It's going to be a contender.

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