Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 127
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Charley 50% failure rate in one day
I bought four of these Saturday. I installed two that day. They looked fabulous. Great light, pleasing tone. I was very satisfied. Then Sunday I saw that one of the two was out. As I looked, the other began flickering, and also went out. I installed the other two bulbs Sunday, and as of this morning, five days later, those two are still working.
I really want to like these, but death in one day on 50% of the bulbs I bought is pretty alarming. The package says 22 years. There is a 10-year warranty. If you buy these, definitely hang onto your receipt and packaging in case you need to make a claim.
October 17, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Larry Bright, wide flood; doesn't dim fully
This is one of the only really bright "90W equivalent" LED PAR38s out there: 1500 lumens, which makes this a good replacement candidate. I've been trying to replace true 90W Philips PAR38 "28" (degree) 1300+ lumen floods but hadn't found LEDs that go much above 1000 lumens, so this is the best option so far for good illumination.
Note that "Spot" and "Flood" are not standardized. Many old spot PAR38s are 10-12 degrees, and floods can range from 25-40 degrees. But CREE's "spot" is 27 degrees and "flood" is 47.
On the plus side, the price is getting reasonable (given utility bill savings), the glass lens with dimples and hex ring look exactly like the old Philips bulbs, the bulbs are bright and cast a wide flood. On the minus side, the 82 CRI is OK, but skin colors are less saturated and reds are generally weak. I would have liked better color balance, but there's almost no other bulbs out there that are bright and have better CRI. Like other CREE bulbs, at the lowest dimmer setting they are far brighter (and whiter) than halogens, so it might not work well for lighting situations like watching a movie on the TV. I think this will work better in kitchens and home offices than in the living room.
I had one of the CREE A19 (standard) LED 60 W equivalent bulbs stop working after about 12 months. I had a receipt and Home Depot replaced it.
Click on the photos to see the differences between a Philips 90W 28 Halogen Flood and CREE 90W 47 LED Flood. At full power the CREE looks brighter but is slightly dimmer directly below than the halogen bulb. At the lowest dimmer setting, the CREE is whiter but not not nearly as dim. (The photo is auto-exposed, but the room is really dark except for the LED bulb.)
February 28, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by john415 early failure
initially I was very impressed with the brightness and the color. unfortunately in less than one years time i have had 3 out of the 4 bulbs fail with under 1000 hours on the bulbs. Very disappointed with the short lifespan especially for the price of the bulb. I could understand 1 bulb but 3 out of 4 indicates a problem. Now I am digging for my receipt for the warranty coverage. I hope the quality is improved on the replacements. No problems with my other style cree bulbs. I would highly recommend other cree products just not this one based on my experience, maybe it was just a bad batch.
June 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Batman Electronic modified early 2015
Consumer Reports indicated after talking to CREE that the electronics were modified in 2015 after high failure rates were noted. "They state The date code is on the bottom right of the bulb. Bulbs made in 2015 have a code of 0115 or higher (the first two numbers indicate the week, the next two the year)" I purchased 2315 lot bulbs. The 1,500 lumens is fantastic compared to more typical 1,000 for other 95 to 120 watt replacements. Lot's of light, no warm up time, and dimming make this bulb a winner for me. Price is down to a more reasonable $18 too. Hopefully the modified electronics will deal with the frequent on and off cycling that was killing earlier bulbs.
October 13, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Lev Will burn out!
I have multiple flood lights. I have this bulb in all of them, and I have had to exchange at least 5 bulbs that burned out. Time to find a different bulb.
February 1, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by POSH Burnt out after 5 months of use in an outside fixture
Purchased the light bulb and had it turned on every evening for at least 8 hours. Light bulb burnt out after 5 months of use. Called Cree to receive a replacement as I did not keep my receipt
February 4, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ziggledee Another failed light, another negative review
Light purchased in 2015. Didn't last a year. Do not buy these lights.
February 6, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TheJosh Unreliable, poor lifetime - Do not buy!
At $25 apiece, with a 10-year warranty you would expect better. Not in this case. Out of six bulbs used indoors only, one was DOA (replaced by HomeDepot). Two more failed in less than a year. If you keep your receipts, supposedly Cree will replace them but who does that? Very poor - do not buy these.
January 14, 2016