These are absolutely the best ones on the market today
Bottom line – these are absolutely the best bulbs out there –
and I know what I'm talking about !
A little background –
I have converted my whole house to LED lighting.
I wanted good lighting, and didn't want the inefficient incandescent bulbs, though their light is great.
I did have compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, but never really liked them – I don't like their light, the fact they contain mercury, many take time to warm up, and they don't dim well.
LED's are the way to go, but the
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technology is still developing and many have problems – trust me, I've tried so many I can't count them. Some have poor light quality (or color rendering index, CRI), many don't dim well or very far, many flicker when you have just one in a dimming fixture and put on a light show when you get 3 to 6 on a dimmer, others hum so much they would drive you crazy – these, while expensive, have none of those problems.
The dimming properties are amazing – not only do they change color as you dim them, as do the old incandescent bulbs, but they dim REALLY far. In my main room I have 18 of these puppies – can make it bright as day in early evening, and them dim them as night comes on – and they can be dimmed so far down that I can, with all 18 on, light a single candle and that is the brightest thing in the room, almost too bright.
I think in the future there will be many good ones and the prices will come down a lot – but if you want some good bulbs today to keep for the next 20 years or so, these are the ones.
NOTE: I first ordered these from another supplier, but they sent me another Phillips BR30 – not the “DimTone” – while these others are pretty good, they don't dim as far or change colors; I sent them back – got some new ones, and still had some of the wrong bulbs in the shipment, and again sent them back. I then ordered from a different supplier and same result. I then tried Home Depot, and just ordered a couple to make sure they sent the right ones – and they did. I then placed another small order, and again they sent the right bulbs. And then I placed a third order and they got it right again! So, if you order from someone other than Home Depot, make sure you get the right bulbs ! Make sure the package says “Dimtone” on it.