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

It's not a bad bulb, but this neutral-toned Philips LED gets beat at almost every turn.

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Ry Crist

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Originally hailing from Troy, Ohio, Ry Crist is a text-based adventure connoisseur, a lover of terrible movies and an enthusiastic yet mediocre cook. A CNET editor since 2013, Ry's beats include smart home tech, lighting, appliances, and home networking.

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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.

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Philips 60W Equivalent Daylight LED

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.

Dimmable 60W replacement daylight LEDs

Philips 60W Equivalent Daylight LEDCree 4Flow Daylight LEDPhilips SlimStyle Daylight LEDSylvania 60W Equivalent Daylight LEDWalmart Great Value 60W Equivalent Daylight LEDGE 60W Equivalent Daylight LED
Lumens (measured/stated) 738 / 800625 / 815670 / 800738 / 800709 / 800711 / 900
Watts 91010.58.51011
Efficiency (lumens per watt) 826364877165
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 K4,561 K / 5,000 K4,758 K / 5,000 K4,781 K / 5,000 K4,562 K / 5,000 K4,575 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 lightVery lightLightModerateModerateLight
Life span 25,000 hours30,000 hours25,000 hours25,000 hours25,000 hours30,000 hours
Weight 2.3 oz.1.9 oz.2.2 oz.3.0 oz.2.9 oz.3.8 oz.
Energy Star Certification YesYesYesYesYesYes
Warranty 5-year5-year3-year5-year3-year10-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.

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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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Philips 60W Equivalent Daylight LED

Score Breakdown

Design 8Value 6Performance 7