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Sylvania 40W Equivalent Candelabra LED review: Sylvania's candelabra LED is an ugly duckling that lights up like a swan

MSRP: $10.98

The Good Sylvania's candelabra LED was one of the brightest bulbs we tested, and it does a great job managing heat buildup. It's also a decent pick for dimmer switches.

The Bad The fat heat sink around the base of the bulb makes for a clunky-looking design, and blocks off some of the downward cast light. At $11 each, it's one of the most expensive bulbs in its class.

The Bottom Line This bulb performed well, but it's an ugly design and a poor value at this point. Consider waiting to see if prices come down before buying in.

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6.5 Overall
  • Design 5
  • Value 5
  • Performance 8

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The Sylvania 40W Equivalent Candelabra LED.

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No, that isn't a conehead in a turtleneck, that's the Sylvania 40W Equivalent Candelabra LED. It's one of the uglier chandelier lights I've tested out, and at $11 each, one of the most expensive, too.

But wouldn't you know it -- the thing's actually a pretty good little performer. With a light output of 466 lumens, it's one of the brightest bulbs we tested in this class, and it did a decent job in our dimming tests, too. And, thanks to that bulky heat sink around its base, it outperformed almost all of the bulbs we looked at in our thermal management tests. That means it'd be a solid pick for enclosed fixtures, where heat gets trapped.

Still, $11 per light is an awful lot, especially when you can get halogens and fluorescents for a fraction of that. I say stick it out with those for another year or so. After that, LEDs like these should (hopefully) be a better deal.

The 40W equivalent version of Sylvania's candelabra bulb puts out 466 lumens, making it the second brightest bulb we tested in this roundup. It gets some help, no doubt, from the 6-watt power draw -- none of the other LEDs we looked at use any more than 5 watts.

That brightness also gets an assist from the bulky heat sink wrapped around its base. It makes Sylvania's bulb the fattest of the bunch, and the heaviest, too, weighing about twice as much as the average candelabra LED. It also blocks off a fair amount of the bulb's downward light, compromising its omni-directionality. But it does its job with regards to heat, helping to draw it away from the delicate hardware inside of the bulb. As a result, that heat doesn't affect the brightness nearly as much as it does the competition.

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