"Walmart's $5 LED is one of the brightest we've tested"
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Walmart's $5 LED is one of the brightest we've tested
Hey I'm Ry Crist standing here in front of the Walmart great value 60 watt equivalent bulb.
This is a 10 watt LED that puts out well over 80 hundred lumens of light, almost 9 hundred.
900 lumens, so a very good 60 watt equivalent.
Now this is the soft white 2700K version of the bulb.
You can also get it in daylight variety that shines closers to 5000K, kind of that hot blue light.
Both versions cost less than $5, and are fully dimmable.
Now these bulbs are Brighter than almost all of the other 60 watt replacements we have tested and they're also more efficient than a lot of the low cost options out there.
More efficient than the GE Bright Stik and the Cree 4Flow LED, not quite as efficient as the Phillips 60 watt LED though.
With plenty of brightness and a very nice price tag of below five bucks, I like these bulbs a lot but, I have some qualms with their dimming capabilities.
Neither one dimmed down much.
Further than 20% at minimum setting.
That's not very good, you really want your bulbs to dim at least below 10%.
And if you compare it to this Osroom bulb here that dims down a lot lower you can see the difference.
Another key dimming difference, these bulbs flicker a little bit at low settings on certain dimmers.
Not every dimmer we tested but enough of them.
Take a look at it here next to the Osroom bulb again.
You can see it flickering if I do the same thing to the Osroom bulb you can't see that same.
Flicker, Osram's got a better dimming bulb there.
I prefer a bulb like that Osram one or maybe the Cree Four Flow LED, I want a dimmable bulb for less than $10 which does a nice job getting down to those low levels without flickering.
But if I'm not so concerned with dimming these live up to their name, they're Great Value.
And if you don't need dimming at all, they've got a non-dimmible version that is even less expensive.
It only costs about three bucks per bulb.
That's a very good value.
My problems with the dimming aside, these are still a no brainer upgrade over incandescent.
An incandescent light bulb will cost you about seven dollars a year if you're using it three hours a day.
Use one of these bulbs for the same amount of time and it'll cost you about $1.20.
Add that to the $5 price point, it's still a cheaper option so even for a free incandescent this is a better value.
For the full rundown of these bulbs check out the full review at cnet.com along with the rest of our lighting coverages.
For studio appliances, I'm Ry Crist.
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