Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 43
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RJJ21 Great LED bulb that is bright
This new Reveal LED bulb is very bright. Even though it is 570 Lumen compared to 630 lumen of a Reveal Incandescent, it looks brighter and whiter to me. So much so my wife did not like it in the living room floor lamp. If you are looking for a good replacement of a 60 watt incandescent, this is an excellent choice as it produces a lot of light in a great color range. If you want a more subtle light output you need to go with an LED with less watt equivalence. A couple of items to note: The bulb only produces light from the top half of the product (the translucent dome); the dome itself is cool to the touch but the base gets hot; it uses slightly more energy (11 watts) than other competitor LED bulbs (as low as 9 watts); it is slightly more expensive than competitor products but it is new and hopefully prices will come down. It is very similar in size and shape of a regular A19 bulb, although a bit shorter and the bulb circumference is wider, so it should fit in most any product with an A19 base. Overall I am very pleased with this product and recommend it as a great replacement for a standard incandescent bulb.
September 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DavidR Great light output!
This is one really cool alternative to a compact fluorescent bulb. Only consumes 11 watts of electricity with the light output of a 60 watt bulb...but the key difference between this and a compact fluorescent is that LED's have an instant-On light output. The moment you flip the switch the light is on and is the full bright color it always is. With compact fluorescent bulbs there's about a half a second delay before light appears, and it can take up to 1 whole minute in some cases to reach full light output and proper color. I really love the natural GE Reveal light since I have this bulb in my closet, it really makes colors look their best.
But I think what makes this light bulb most worthwhile is the fact that it is dimmable. The majority of compact fluorescent bulbs on the market are not compatible with dimmable appliations, so if you need a dimmable bulb but still want to save on energy costs this is the bulb for you. Like many compact fluorescent bulbs, it costs a bit more, but it's great light performance that will last you well over 10 years.
March 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Barry Good light bulb
I love these LED light bulbs. It is nice and bright, uses very little energy and is designed to last over 13 years. This is a pretty warm light. It looks well made.
February 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tucker9 Compared to Cree TW
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, but not 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 4.0 out of 5.0 by fuscia An Equal Replacement, but not for closed fixtures
As far as light quality goes, I found this bulb to be an equal replacement to my 65wt incandescents. I originally wanted to use this in my shower recessed light, because that bulb is always burning out. The fixture is probably bad, but I was hoping to see if an LED would last and save me the hassle of monthly bulb replacements. But this particular bulb can only be using in open fixtures, FYI, it's also pretty heavy. Feels like 5lbs, so be careful what lamp you use it in, it could make it top heavy. I decided to use this bulb in a basic ceramic bulb fixture in my attic. I can leave it on to help deter vermin, or so I've read, but it won't use a lot of electricity. I'd also definitely put these in my garage and shed. I didn't get to test the dimming because I don't have dimmer switches. Over all I was happy, but why is it so heavy, and why can't it be used in closed fixtures?
January 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by workathome Excellent dimmable LED
I like this LED. For me, it dims all the way down to off, brightens all the way to full without any flickering.
It's a shame that it isn't intended to go in enclosed fixtures (so only lamps, I guess).
February 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by kens Real nice light from this long lasting bulb
The newer manufactured LED bulbs are much better quality than the early versions of LED that came out several years ago. I put this bulb in a lamp on the nightstand on one side of a bed and compared it to an identical lamp on the nightstand on the other side of the bed with a standard Reveal bulb. There is no difference in the tone and brightness of the two lamps. And this bulb will 'never' need replaced.
April 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kevlar Reinventing the lightbulb
GE has done it again. The LED light bulb is world better than the incandescent equivalent. I got this light bulb to replace a bulb of the same equivalent wattage in one of the closets and the LED bulb seems that much brighter. Knowing that it is only consuming 11W compared to the 60W of the other bulb helps give me peace of mind when we forgetfully leave the light on all day.
The light from the LED bulb is a cleaner white versus the yellow of the incandescent bulb... maybe that helps the lumens output, but I am unsure. Having a brighter white helps see the true color of clothes as well.
October 6, 2013