These bulbs are nice and bright with color that is very similar to the old style incandescent bulbs. What’s nice about this line is that these are damp rated and can be used in bathrooms with a shower. The previous line, 4Flow, was not damp rated, and therefore could not be used in damp locations. Also, Cree now finally has a 100W A19 bulb available. In the past, only 40W and 60W were available in the A19 style. These actually look very similar to the incandescent bulbs. Cree has finally gotten it right with this line.
So good - worth the money. I bought the ecosmart bulbs, put them in, and dimmed the lights. the hummed & buzzed & didn't dim that well. I went back to home depot & got the CREE bulbs - and they work perfectly. I know that you're supposed to upgrade your dimmer - but 2 things: I don't want to upgrade my dimmer, and it's way faster to just get these bulbs.
Apr 26, 2018
Cree Stands behind warrenty
Cree 60w replacement went out 2 years after purchase and installation. Cree promptly sent me a replacement! Great company great products!
Let me immediately indicate that the only reason for the low review is around dimming performance...
Let me immediately indicate that the only reason for the low review is around dimming performance. If you do not plan to use a dimmer with these bulbs, they are an excellent choice. That said, if you label a bulb as "dimmable" AND also make additional marketing statements on your packaging (ie "Better Dimming, no hum, no buzz"), you probably should make sure that the bulb actually meets those statements - hence the poor review.
In every dimmable fixture I tried (Leviton, lutron, and GE/Jasco dimmers), these bulbs had buzz. Even replacing older model CREE bulbs that did not have buzz, these still buzz. Seems a step backward.
That said, these bulbs produce good light, and a good match for 2700K (not too yellow, not too white), so if not dimming, I'd say these could work for you.