Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 45
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nini SDG&E & HOME DEPOT WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BETTWR WORLD!!!
I've been waiting to buy dimmable, LED lights; SDG&E teamed with HOME EPOT to make it possible! The lights work great, just as I expected! THANK YOU!!!!!
December 19, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by IncandescentGuy NOT as pictured -- NOT neodymium!
Well, the color is marginally better than the stock Cree 60W bulbs, but it is in no way the equivalent of the beautiful GE Reveal incandescent that I was hoping for. The bulb pictured on the web site has a blue neodymium globe, but what arrived does not. I'm not sure why Cree would have changed this, but it's not a good move.
March 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Prof At last...
These bulbs (now used for a month) are terrific: color rendering far superior to fluorescents they've replaced, low operating temps so they work in ceiling cans and (so far) in enclosed containers, and of course amazing cost savings even when higher bulb cost is factored in. There is a slight dark spot on top relative to the normal incandescent, but that has not been a problem for me.
There is talk that the Cree TW LEDs will soon be eligible for a CA rebate. I hope rebates will be made retroactive!
One further consideration before you leap: if an even better bulb comes out and you prefer it, switching will make your relatively expensive investment in these 25-year bulbs less attractive. To be cost effective, you must be married to these lights for decades! So I'm going slow and not replacing all bulbs yet. I particularly look forward to a possible 75-watt equivalent.
October 29, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by TRUTH Product received was Cree TW Series but not as pictured
I purchased these bulbs through the Internet because my local Home Depot did not stock them. When they arrived, I immediately noticed that they did NOT look like the product image from the website. They did not have the bluish neodymium coating! I called Cree and inquired if there had been a change to the TW series LED light bulbs. The Customer Service Representative danced around my question then finally acknowledged that there had been changes to the product. Instead of the neodymium coating, they had tweaked the LED's to achieve the desired spectrum. So I opened the package and tried the bulbs, but they rendered a yellow light. I was puzzled, I drove to Home Depot and purchased a Cree 4Flow Filament Design and tried it side-by-side with the TW bulb and they looked exactly precisely the same! Now the TW bulb cost me over $16 each while the 4Flow bulb cost $8. So I ask you, which bulb would you prefer? The other issue with the TW bulb is that there is a dark spot at the top of the globe, but that problem is alleviated with the 4Flow design (score another point for 4Flow). In the end, I returned the six TW bulbs to Home Depot and purchased GE Reveal LED bulbs, and at their current price of $12 per bulb, the GE Reveal LED bulbs win over the Cree TW bulbs hands down. The color rendering with the GE Reveal LED was much closer to the incandescent Reveal bulbs. PLUS - no dark spot at the center of the globe which the TW had, this spot is quite obvious when the bulb is utilized in an exposed fixture. I think Cree originally had a good product in the TW Series 60W equivalent bulb. But with the current reinvention of the product, they blew it and these bulbs simply will not sell (especially at $16 a bulb). Go back to the original design, Cree, or GE Reveal LED's will eat your lunch.
April 29, 2015