The Cree Dimmable LED BR30 flood light casts a beautiful, warm incandescent-like light for residential and commercial spaces. It provides a wide beamed, balanced light source within a real glass bulb that is nearly indistinguishable from a traditional incandescent filament. Ideal for use in track or recessed lighting fixtures, the BR30 flood light looks just like, and illuminates like an incandescent. It looks like the light bulb you love and lights like the light bulb you love.
Brightness: 650 Lumens
Estimated yearly energy cost: $1.14 (based on 3 hours/day, 11¢/kWh, costs depend on rates and use)
Life: 22.8 years (based on 3 hours/day)
Light appearance: 2700K (soft white)
Energy used: 9.5-Watt (equivalent to a 65-Watt standard BR30 incandescent flood light bulb)
Lumens per Watt: 68
Contains mercury: no
Uses 84% less energy compared to a standard incandescent light bulb
Indoor/outdoor enclosed use (damp rated)
Ideal for use in track or recessed lighting fixtures
BR30 flood light with medium base
Meets federal minimum efficiency standards for Energy Star rating
Do I need LED conversion kit in order to use LED bulbs?
Asked by hannah August 11, 2015
They will replace an existing br 30 bulb with the same base type with no modifications needed. Some dimmers are better than others at controlling these bulbs. I have heard from an electrician there are no dimmer manufacturers who have really perfected it.
Does this bulb work only with dimmer switches or is it good with standard off.on switch?
Asked by Mamma1 July 31, 2015
I don't have it on a dimmer, but packaging states that it will work on a dimmer.
Can these be used outdoors?
Asked by MARK July 26, 2015
Yes. I believe it says in the specs indoor/outdoor.
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Dec 23, 2014
These things are tough.
When I opened the box I was bummed to see that one of the lights was damaged, badly. I could push it in with my finger. See photo.
The outer box looked undamaged so a UPS claim wasn't going to happen. Oh well, lost a few bucks.
Then I realized that the bulb on these isn't protecting the filament from air, it might work. So I plugged it in and sure enough it works great. Looks a little ratty but doesn't seem to affect the performance at all.
I installed one bulb in our kitchen along with other incandescent spot lights on a dimmer system. This bulb is brighter & whiter. When all bulbs are dimmed to the low level, the incandescent bulbs are yellow, but the LED light is brighter and remains a white light. Although the price is higher, I will continue purchasing these bulbs as replacements.
The Cree bulbs are more comfortable than competing bulbs supposedly the same 2700K warmth. Big box store sells FEIT 65W BR30 LED's for a bit less money, but those caused us headaches in our regular-height ceilings. The warmth of the Cree LED's matches the tungsten bulbs they're replacing much better. These Cree even use less electricity than the competing FEIT LED's. Our electricity bill dropped noticeably and instantly after we installed a lot of LED bulbs.
These bulbs produce GREAT light, bright and beautiful, and are rated to consume only $1.14 worth of energy per year. And they are rated to last over 22 years! They are coated with a sort of rubbery outer layer that makes them very easy to grip, and which should hopefully contain any broken bits if you drop one. (No mercury like a CFL...but some glass, it feels like.)
Weirdly enough, I need to give these guys a shout out for their packaging! The bulbs come in a plastic-and-cardboard blister pack, but if you just rip the cardboard where it says, it comes right open, the plastic separates completely without any sharp edges to slice your hand on, and the bulb is in your hand ready to use in less than 15 seconds. And the packaging trash is so easy to deal with, separated and ready for your recycle bin. It's something you only deal with for 0.000002% of the bulb's life, but it's a very nice touch, one you'll appreciate if you have dealt with those stupid plastic clam shell packages.
Bought these to replace some from Costco that had a horrible color. Made the beige walls look sickly gray. Nice warm light but they don't go as low in brightness as I had hoped. Still a great light. I also like the plain face of the bulb rather than that weird alien-eye look on so many LED bulbs.
I replaced 30 can lights with these to save energy costs. Based on how much we have our lights on I would say the payback is only one year. It was hard to spend that much money up front but IF the bulbs last at least several years it will be well worth it. The soft white looks really good and they actually appear brighter than the normal bulbs. They only dim about halfway but that is fine as I have no need to dim to near darkness. For a theater room they may be a little brighter than I prefer but we just turn the lights off during movies anyway. Definitely hold onto your receipt and put it in a special warranty file just to be safe. Very happy with this purchase.
I can't speak about their longevity because its only been a week or so. I am slowly switching over my home's bulbs from CFL and tungsten's to LED. As I have mixed all three in one room, I can not discern the Cree BR30 from my other soft lights in adjacent fixtures. They all look the same.
The price when bought in bulk is the best I have seen.
Over the next few years I hope to completely replace my home's lightbulbs to these efficient, long lasting lamps.
Excellent Light reproduction and a 10 year warranty...
I did my homework before purchasing these bulbs. 10 of the 12 sites that wrote reviews had these as their top overall LED bulb. The company has been making LEDs for a long time and has just about perfected the bulb. Put these in side-by-side with our incandescence and had my wife try to tell them apart, the only comment she had was that the LED bulbs were a lot brighter. I wish they would sell them in larger packages with a little better price!
Comparing brightness and dimmability vs an incandescent
Here are two photos that compare the brightness and dimness of the Cree bulb (on the right) to a 65W incandescent (on the left). These are both controlled by the same slide dimmer switch (a Lutron, I think).
As you'll see, at max brightness, the LED is noticeably brighter than the incandescent; but the incandescent can be dimmed considerably lower than the LED. Whether the latter is a problem depends on how low you need it to go.
I used these to replace 4 lights in my living room. I tried one at first to compare with the existing lighting. To my surprise it was actually a bit brighter than the old incandescents. The 2700K is exactly the same color as the old bulbs. The only negative if I am picky is that on full dim on the dimmer, it still puts out more light than the old bulbs but is definitely not a deal breaker.