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Philips 60W Equivalent Daylight LED review: A decent daylight bulb that's priced too high

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The Good Philips' standard-shaped daylight LED offers decent performance on dimmer switches. It also led the category in terms of brightness.

The Bad You'll find slightly better light quality with the less expensive Philips SlimStyle Daylight LED, and better dimming performance from the (also less expensive) Cree 4Flow Daylight LED.

The Bottom Line At $8 each, this dimmable daylight bulb does the job at a price that's a bit too high. Wait for a sale.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Value 6
  • Performance 7

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.

Dimmable 60W replacement daylight LEDs

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
Watts 9 10 10.5 8.5 10 11
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
Warranty 5-year 5-year 3-year 5-year 3-year 10-year
Price $8 $6 $5 $8 $4 $5

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.

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.

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