Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 10
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Michael High failure rate
I like these bulbs very much except that they fail at a very high rate. I use them in enclosed ceiling fixtures, which Cree says is okay so long as they are not mixed in the fixture with other types of bulbs, which they're not. What typically happens is that after a few months a bulb will start to cut in and out, and eventually it will stop working altogether. Although I have not kept track well enough to know the exact failure rate, it is certainly north of 50% and may be close to 100%. I just keep returning the dead ones and replacing them with new ones. Frustrating for bulbs that are supposed to last 10 years.
February 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Believer Excellent looks like incandesent bulb
Looks exactly like an incandescent bulb, has no mercury like a CFL bulb, and actually made in the USA! They produce more than light than a 40 watt bulb which is fine. NOTE: If you buy Cree's cheaper bulb for around $55 they produce a blue industrial light.
November 23, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by NYLEDGeek Buzz when dimmed and a tad yellow
So basically I think this is a great bulb if you don't need to dim them. But, if you do need to dim them, they buzz. I have had this problem on both regular and LED/CFL dimmers with several different bulbs. I also purchased the GE Reveal LEDs, and they have not had the buzzing issue at all and they also have a less yellowish hue. After using both, with the price being almost identical, I can't for the life of me figure a reason to buy these instead of the GEs. You will much happier with them. No buzzing, less yellow-y. The CRI is listed as being higher, but I think they look and perform worse and they take more wattage, too.
April 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Getacloo Great for vanity, skin tones
When this product was available in stores, we purchased them for our master bedroom vanity and they provide good color rendition for my wife's makeup activities, etc. I recently purchased the 6-pack online for my daughters' bathroom vanity (all 6 over a huge mirror and double vanity). Great reviews from the young ladies so far. They're instant-on, no noise or flickering, good light dispersion, and great color rendering. In fact, the light is nearly indistinguishable from the GE Reveal incandescents to which we were so accustomed. Note: I have used other Cree bulbs also, and have had mostly good results. The couple that died early were promptly and cheerfully refunded under warranty at my local Home Depot. I've tried others (Philips, EcoSmart, etc.) but Cree, in my opinion, offers the most useful and natural dispersion of light of any LED currently on the market. I don't use dimmers on any of them, so I can't speak to that aspect at all, but if you want the "incandescent look" with the efficiency of an LED, these are great. There is a bit less light coming from the end of the bulb than an incandescent (I deducted a star for that and the steep price), but that is a detail that will not matter to most folks.
March 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jeff4 Fantastic color rendering
Most people do not pay attention to CRI, and most companies consider a CRI of 80 to be acceptable. If you install these light bulbs and compare to the CRI-80 alternatives, you will see a whole new world of color bursting out before your eyes. In my opinion, the higher price and slightly lower efficiency (lumens/watt) are worth to finally achieve a colorful rendering of things around me at night.
March 4, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TuffCustomer A bit disappointing
These bulbs emit a faint buzzing noise when dimmed. At full brightness they're silent.
The color quality is improved but not perfect. Reds still look dull compared to incandescent bulbs.
Are they are OK for a dining room? Just barely is my conclusion.
January 21, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Spiffy Natural light from this LED bulb.
This LED bulb stands out for providing natural light at a reasonable price. There will always be cheaper LED bulbs but not with the natural color of this one. Because they will last so many hours, the price difference is not important.
April 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Brian Very satisfied customer!
Please refer to my detailed review under the 60w model.
January 13, 2014