Rated 4.6 out of 5Â by 34
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HighCRI Best traditional style LED yet.
Great color, great quality of light. There is no weird green or bluish glow, the color looks just like an incandescent. Colors in my house look slightly more vibrant and rich. Energy efficiency doesn't have to look like morgue lighting, this bulb proves it. One slight problem which makes this bulb less perfect is that it looks funny in a fan. There is a dark spot about the size of a nickel where the CREE logo is and when the top is exposed it is very obvious. Other than that this bulb is perfect. At $20/bulb I expect this limits people to really care about having excellent color quality to justify the price.
October 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MAG1 Expensive but the quality of light is worth it.
I hesitated at first to spend the money on these expensive bulbs but the color and quality of the light is so beautiful and natural looking I'm really happy I bought them. Also, they may be expensive at first, but the warranty is very good. Bottom line, and here's the main reason I bought them, I am looking forward to seeing my lower electric bills.
December 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Irishman66 Best home LED bulb yet!
The Cree TW 60 watt light bulbs are the best we have tried, and we tried several other brands. They appear to be very well designed and manufactured, were simple to install, and use less than 25% energy of the bulbs they replaced. Best of all the colors are true, making our home decor colors what we intended.
January 27, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by r5portals Hum Horribly On all But $78 ELV Dimmer
I don't understand the general praise for these bulbs sold as dimmable. The hum on all but an ELV dimmer is unbearable. Hum is inexpensively controllable in the design of a luminaire. It is rotten to make the user compensate by buying a dimmer at three times the cost of excellent non-ELV, LED rated.
LEDs should last forever. It is worse than silly to sell them in a needful glass shell. Mine broke in a small non-impact tumble, on day one.
July 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by tucker9 Compared to GE LED Reveal
For several years I have used incandescent GE Reveal light bulbs in my kitchen and living room. Knowing that incandescents would eventually be banned, I have spent several hundred dollars trying to find a replacement for them, and as yet there is none. The closest contenders are the GE LED Reveal and the Cree LED TW bulbs. To the best of my knowledge they are both only available at Home Depot and they are not available at my local store, I have to order them online.
First, the reason I like the original (incandescent) GE Reveal bulbs is that they make my house look so much better. I have lots of wood in my living room and the original GE Reveal bulbs give the wood a very rich and warm natural glow. Also, one bulb (150 watt or 200 watt) would light my living/dining room. These bulbs were also great as over-the-counter lights in my kitchen, giving food a very appetizing appearance, as well as providing the light needed for detail work or for reading.
Apparently the reason for these enhanced capabilities is that the incandescent GE Reveal bulb has a neodymium coating and that helps it to filter out dingy yellow light. Now that the GE Reveal incandescents are no longer available I have spent a lot of time and money searching for suitable replacements.
Both the LED GE Reveal and the LED Cree TW bulbs also have this same neodymium coating making them both good choices, but they still fall short in many ways compared to the incandescent bulb, but I believe these are the only LED bulbs to offer the neodymium coating, and they are the only bulbs that are acceptable to me.
Color: Neither bulb matches the color of light from the incandescent Reveal bulbs. The GE LED Reveal comes much closer that the Cree LED TW in providing a pleasing color of light. However the Cree LED TW claims to have a CRI (color rendering index) of 93 which means the colors in your house will look almost exactly the way they are supposed to look. A score of 93 is higher than any other LED bulb I have found. The GE LED Reveal has a CRI of 90, which is somewhat less but to me the color is actually better. It gives a slightly warm tint to colors without using yellow tint. The wood in my living room and the food in my kitchen look better using GE LED Reveal lights. The Cree bulb is more accurate but the GE is more pleasing in my opinion.
Output: The Cree wins this one. It has an output of 800 lumens compared to 570 lumens for the GE LED Reveal.
Indoor/Outdoor: The Cree can be used outdoors, the GE Reveal is indoor only.
Enclosed: The Cree can be used in enclosed fixtures, the GE Reveal can not.
Dimmable: They both claim to be dimmable, I have not tested either one.
Omni-directional: In my garage and basement I have overhead bare bulbs for lighting. The GE LED Reveal is definitely NOT a good choice for this type of lighting, the Cree is much better. In fact the Cree is much better at this than any LED or CFL bulb I have tried, almost as good as an incandescent.
Life: Cree 22.8 years. GE 13.7
Warranty: Cree Limited 10 year. GE 1 year
Conclusion: I have wasted hundreds of dollars looking for the best bulbs for my needs. These 2 bulbs come the closest to meeting my needs. Neither one is perfect, I recommend buying both and using them where they work best. The GE LED Reveal works best in the living room and over-the-counter fixtures in the kitchen, the Cree works best in enclosed fixtures and most other places.
February 13, 2014