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Need new LED floodlights? We're here to helpPicking out the perfect overhead lighting doesn't have to be complicated -- and you've got plenty of great LED light bulbs to choose from.
Plenty of people keep their homes lit using recessed fixtures with flood lights in them, including right here in [UNKNOWN] smart home. But if you're gonna get new lightbulbs or your bulbs burnt out, you'll need to pick out the right lights. For my money, that means going with LEDs and the high efficiency that they have to offer. But how do you pick out the right ones? There's a lot to choose from. First up, let's talk price. The category has filled out nicely over the last couple of years. You've got a lot of good options including plenty of good dimmable bulbs in the $5 to $8 range. At that price, each one will pay for itself in energy savings after only a year or so if replacing an incandescent, and that's a terrific value. This Cree LED which comes in a $25 three-pack is just one good example. It's a well rounded bulb. It's a very efficient, very good on [UNKNOWN] switches and very good at handling heat which makes it a good for enclosed fixtures. If it's a light quality that you're looking to upgrade, then consider this GE reveal LED. It filters out excess yellow light to help the colors in your home look more vibrant and natural. Just keep in mind that filtering out some of that light means that the bulb has to work harder to put out as much brightness as the competition. So it isn't quite as efficient as they are. One last thing. Don't forget to consider smart bulbs. Yes, they're mostly pretty expensive. But if you're willing to spend the money on a name like LIFX, or Stack, or a Philips Hue, you'll have some very solid hardware, perfect smart dimming controls, and a whole host of cool features that can help take your in-home lighting to the next level. After all, you use your lights every day. I say it's worth it to have lights that you love, smart or otherwise. Whatever you're looking for, we'll help you find it with in-depth reviews and buying advice at CNET.com.