Among all of the dimmable daylight-toned LEDs I found at my local retailers, this Philips bulb was tied for the most expensive, ringing in at $8 each. At that price, I expected it to be better than the competition in a majority of my tests. It was not.
|Philips 60W Equivalent Daylight LED||Cree 4Flow Daylight LED||Philips SlimStyle Daylight LED||Sylvania 60W Equivalent Daylight LED||Walmart Great Value 60W Equivalent Daylight LED||GE 60W Equivalent Daylight LED|
|Lumens (measured/stated)||738 / 800||625 / 815||670 / 800||738 / 800||709 / 800||711 / 900|
|Efficiency (lumens per watt)||82||63||64||87||71||65|
|Yearly energy cost (3 hours of use per day)||$1.08||$1.20||$1.26||$1.02||$1.20||$1.32|
|Color temperature (measured/stated)||4,645 K / 5,000 K||4,561 K / 5,000 K||4,758 K / 5,000 K||4,781 K / 5,000 K||4,562 K / 5,000 K||4,575 K / 5,000 K|
|Dimmable range||9.9 - 93.2 %||5.0 - 100%||13.4 - 94.9%||2.1 - 96.1%||18.4 - 99.5%||13.4 - 92.5%|
|Dimmer switch flicker/buzz||Very light||Very light||Light||Moderate||Moderate||Light|
|Life span||25,000 hours||30,000 hours||25,000 hours||25,000 hours||25,000 hours||30,000 hours|
|Weight||2.3 oz.||1.9 oz.||2.2 oz.||3.0 oz.||2.9 oz.||3.8 oz.|
|Energy Star Certification||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Mind you, it wasn't bad. Though the Cree 4Flow Daylight LED -- which costs $2 less -- outperformed it on my dimming rig, the Philips bulb came in a close second, offering very solid dimming performance with minimal flicker. With 738 lumens, it tied Sylvania (the other 8-buck bulb) for the title of brightest daylight LED of the bunch.
Still, that under-spec number isn't impressive in and of itself -- nor is the fact that we preferred the light quality and color-rendering capabilities of the flattened-down Philips SlimStyle Daylight LED, which costs $3 less.
Does a decent job on this Leviton switch, too. Some very subtle flickering at the low setting, though. pic.twitter.com/53S7b5Kfzk— Ry Crist (@rycrist) August 26, 2016
Simply put, Philips doesn't do enough to justify charging 8 bucks for its standard-shaped daylight LED. It's a perfectly fine pick if you catch it on sale, but if I have to buy at full price, I'll stick with the $6 Cree 4Flow Daylight LED for fixtures on dimmer switches, and a cheaper, non-dimmable option like the $3 daylight version of the GE Bright Stik LED everywhere else.