Walmart Great Value 60W Equivalent Daylight LED review: Hard to go wrong with Walmart's four-dollar daylight LED

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The Good Walmart's $4 daylight LED is the cheapest one we could find from a major retailer, and it still manages to beat Philips and Cree in both brightness and efficiency.

The Bad The bulb's light quality wasn't as good as the competition, and the dimming performance was flat-out bad.

The Bottom Line This bulb is a bonafide bargain at four bucks -- unless you're planning on dimming the lights.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Value 10
  • Performance 6

If you're looking for a great value on a daylight LED, then you should consider Walmart's aptly named Great Value Daylight LED, which costs about $4. That's as cheap as dimmable daylight-toned LEDs get -- not bad, considering that it's brighter and more efficient than both the Cree 4Flow and Philips SlimStyle daylight bulbs.

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Walmart Great Value 60W Equivalent Daylight LED Sylvania 60W Equivalent Daylight LED Philips 60W Equivalent Daylight LED Philips SlimStyle Daylight LED Cree 4Flow Daylight LED GE 60W Equivalent Daylight LED
Lumens (measured/stated) 709 / 800 738 / 800 738 / 800 670 / 800 625 / 815 711 / 900
Watts 10 8.5 9 10.5 10 11
Efficiency (lumens per watt) 71 87 82 64 63 65
Yearly energy cost (3 hours of use per day) $1.20 $1.02 $1.08 $1.26 $1.20 $1.32
Color temperature (measured/stated) 4,562 K / 5,000 K 4,781 K / 5,000 K 4,645 K / 5,000 K 4,758 K / 5,000 K 4,561 K / 5,000 K 4,575 K / 5,000 K
Dimmable range 18.4 - 99.5% 2.1 - 96.1% 9.9 - 93.2 % 13.4 - 94.9% 5.0 - 100% 13.4 - 92.5%
Dimmer switch flicker/buzz Moderate Moderate Very Light Light Very light Light
Lifespan 25,000 hours 25,000 hours 25,000 hours 25,000 hours 30,000 hours 30,000 hours
Weight 2.9 oz. 3.0 oz. 2.3 oz 2.2 oz. 1.9 oz. 3.8 oz.
Energy Star Certification Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty 3-year 5-year 5-year 3-year 5-year 10-year
Price $4 $8 $8 $5 $6 $5

Walmart's four-buck bulb doesn't come without trade-offs, though. For starters, with just over 700 lumens, it isn't quite as bright as advertised (though in fairness, none of these bulbs were). The light quality was also arguably the worst of the six bulbs I tested, yielding colors that are slightly washed out (take a look at the picture of the M&Ms from the gallery at the top of this review to see what I mean.)

It also wasn't very good on dimmer switches. All of these six bulbs are dimmable, so I tested them out on a variety of dimmer switches, including both newer, LED-friendly models and an older rotary dial. The Walmart LED only dimmed down to an average minimum of 18.4 percent brightness, which is flat-out terrible, and it couldn't do so without flickering noticeably.

For comparison, the Cree 4Flow Daylight LED dimmed all the way down to 5 percent, and was practically flicker-free. It's well worth the extra two bucks over the Walmart LED if you want to dim the lights.

All of that said, this bulb is still a bargain, and the performance for the price is more than suitable for basic usage. Use it to replace a 60W incandescent, and it'll pay for itself in less than a year, and keep saving you money for years to come. Is it perfect? No. Is it worth four bucks? Absolutely.

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