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

It isn't a good pick if you want to dim the lights, but for basic, neutral-toned lighting needs, it'll get the job done for cheap.

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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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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

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.

Dimmable 60W replacement daylight LEDs

Walmart Great Value 60W Equivalent Daylight LEDSylvania 60W Equivalent Daylight LEDPhilips 60W Equivalent Daylight LEDPhilips SlimStyle Daylight LEDCree 4Flow Daylight LEDGE 60W Equivalent Daylight LED
Lumens (measured/stated) 709 / 800738 / 800738 / 800670 / 800625 / 815711 / 900
Watts 108.5910.51011
Efficiency (lumens per watt) 718782646365
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 K4,781 K / 5,000 K4,645 K / 5,000 K4,758 K / 5,000 K4,561 K / 5,000 K4,575 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 ModerateModerateVery LightLightVery lightLight
Lifespan 25,000 hours25,000 hours25,000 hours25,000 hours30,000 hours30,000 hours
Weight 2.9 oz.3.0 oz.2.3 oz2.2 oz.1.9 oz.3.8 oz.
Energy Star Certification YesYesYesYesYesYes
Warranty 3-year5-year5-year3-year5-year10-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.)

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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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Walmart Great Value 60W Equivalent Daylight LED

Score Breakdown

Design 6Value 10Performance 6