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Cree's new bulb lights up the roomHow much better is this brighter LED?
Hey I'm CNET's Ry Crist, and today we're talking about Cree's new 75-watt replacement LED bulb, and here it is right here in this lamp. You can see it looks just like the old Cree bulbs, but this one is a lot brighter. It's got 11,000 lumens as opposed to 800 in the 60-watt replacement Cree bulb. If you turn it on, you can see that it's quite bright. It puts out a lot of light. It's good for filling your room. It's enough light for a lot of residential uses. You'd like it quite a bit. It does cost a little more. It cost $23.97 as opposed to $12.97 for the 60-watt replacement. That's a lot of more. That's $11 more than the 60-watt replacement, but as bulbs get brighter, they do get more expensive. It's also worth noting that the Cree bulb is a pretty good price compared to competitors. If you look at the 75-watt replacement from Philips for instance, that would cost you about $30. So, $23.97, not great but not unreasonable by any stretch, and this bulb keeps a lot of the attractors specifications of the previous Cree bulbs. It's got a 25,000 hour life span. So, it'll last you over 20 years if you use it for three hours a day. It also has 27,000K of color temperature which gives it a nice warm yellowy glow, and it's got a 10-year warranty like other Cree bulbs and we love that. That's something that you can't find at any other manufacturer. Perhaps best of all is that this is a very efficient bulb. It gives off its 11,000 lumens of light using only 13.5 watts of power, and that means it's about 81 lumens per watt right there. That's a really good number. We liked that quite a bit. The 60-watt LED replacement that Cree put out got Energy Star's certification because it had 85 lumens per watts. So, we'll see if 81 is good enough for Energy Star. If that happens, the price of this bulb could go down a little bit. If you're looking for a better brighter bulb in your home, I think you're gonna like the Cree 75-watt replacement quite a bit. For CNET, I'm Ry Crist.