This high-concept LED gets high marksDon't let the hollow look fool you -- Green Creative's BR30 Cloud LED is a solid performer.
Hey, I'm CNET's Ry Crist and I'm here with the Cloud LED, a BR30 floodlight from Green Creative. Now, this is a new bulb that has a very distinctive design. If you look, it floats the diodes on this disk above the base of the bulb so you can see right through it. Now, what that does is that makes it a lot lighter than the average BR30 and cuts down on the materials needed to produce it and also helps with heat management. So, this bulb separates the diodes from the base of the bulb. And the heat doesn't affect things quite as much. Now, take a look at this graph from our testing lab. That blue line there is the Cloud LED. The red line is the Phillips SlimStyle. When you turn an LED on it's gonna lose a little bit of brightness as it gets hot and then flatline once the heat management system of the bulb kicks in. So you see here both of the bulbs, kind of, hit that steady state at about 15 minutes in, but the Cloud LED hits a much higher steady state. It stays above 90%, does very, very well. The Phillips Slim Style was our previous pick as the best VR30 for heat management, but, the Cloud LED beats it so that's a fantastic result. The Cloud LED comes in a variety of color temperatures ranging from 2400K up to 4000K. So if you like that daylight kinda white light, you have that option, which is nice. Whatever color temperature you go with, you're gonna get a very efficient bulb. All four of the varieties are eight watt bulbs and that's more efficient than any other BR30 that we've tested. Each one we tested also scored above its stated lumen output, so brighter than they say on the box. Very good result, very bright bulb. Best of all the bulb retails for $13.00 which is very good for a BR30 LED and better than you'll pay from manufacturers like Cree, Philips and GE. I still like the GE Reveal BR30 LED as my Editor's choice. It's got slightly better performance on dimmers and a much better color rendering scores that will make colors pop in your home a little more. But, still as a value pick I like the Cloud LED a lot and think it's one you should consider. Thanks for watching. Check out the rest of our light bulb reviews and smart home reviews at cnet.com. For CNET appliances I'm [UNKNOWN]. [MUSIC]