Sep 092019
Best LED Lights for the Home – Saving You Money

Changing the lighting source in your environment can have many advantages. Whether you are looking to save some money, help the environment or adjust the lighting to meet the needs of your working spaces; switching to LED lights is the right move.

In this article, we will provide you with a breakdown of the best-LED lights for the home. We will list our favorites in chronological order, starting with our number one recommendation. We will introduce each company and their history before highlighting the pros and cons of each product.

If you would like to see how much the product is costing to purchase online, please just click on the product title where a new page will open with this information.

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1. Philips SceneSwitch 60W Equivalent LED

Philips has been a leading company in the technology industry. Established over 100 years ago, they have kept up-to-date with the latest gadgets, trends, and technology-based solutions for each generation.

They take pride in the advancements they have made in health technology and bettering people’s lives. They are involved in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring, and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care.

 

 

The Pros

  • Three different brightness settings;
  • Can be used in a variety of environments;
  • Has a 5-year warranty;
  • Extend warranty to ten years through online registration (promotion may not last long and must be completed with 60 days of purchase);
  • Bulbs are brighter than advertised;
  • Bulbs manage heat build-up so that light output is not affected;
  • Cost less than most regular 3-way LEDs;
  • Cost less than $9.00;
  • Bulbs will pay for themselves through energy savings in just over a year (when upgrading from incandescent).

The Cons

  • Can not be used with regular dimmer switches

This isn’t an issue however because they were designed to fit all light fixtures, without the need for additional dimming hardware. Instead of using the dimmer switch your use the on/off switch.

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2. Cree Connected LED Bulb

Founded in the late 1980s, Cree is probably less well-known than its lead competitors. However, they have made some remarkable milestones in the history of technology.

For example, they commercialized the world’s first LED in 1989 and 1999 they introduced InGaN blue and green LEDs. In 2006, they introduced the industry’s first lighting-class LED and Introduced EZBright1000™ LED power chip for general lighting applications.

While Philips may be a leading company for health technology, Cree has proven that they are top of the game with their technological advancements in LED history.

 

 

The Pros

  • Impressive lighting specifications;
  • User-friendly;
  • Range of control options;
  • Good value for money.

The Cons

  • Don’t dim effectively on dimmer switches;
  • Interference caused by built-in Zigbee dimming smarts;
  • Made from plastic.

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3. Utilitech Pr0 65W Replacement LED

Although it is nearly impossible to find information online about this company and their products, they do have some very strong selling points.

The Pros

  • They offer extremely competitive prices, roughly just less than $5.00 per bulb;
  • Very bright – about 108 lumens per watt;
  • A great option if using dimmer switches because they can dim incredibly low (about 1%);
  • If used for three hours per day it would save your over $10 per year (compared to incandescent).

The Cons

  •  Doesn’t reach the level of lumens we would expect from 65-watt replacement LEDs (the naked eye would barely notice this, however);
  • Creates a faint buzz on two of the settings (id suggest the Cree Connected LED Bulb for a quieter alternative);
  • Extremely limited information was available online about this company. For more information and reviews of Utilitech Lighting products, please visit this independent site that no affiliation with the manufacture of Utilitech Lighting products.

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4. Soraa Radiant 65W Replacement LED

Soraa pride themselves in the positive effect their ‘full-spectrum color rendering LED light’ can have on the world.

Whether your own a museum, hotel, restaurant or retail venue; it is suggested that their technological breakthrough helps bring atmosphere and emotion to life into such spaces.

 

 

The Pros

  • Shuji Nakamura is the company founder and a Nobel Prize-winner (his work practically made the modern LED light bulb possible);
  • Superior color quality;
  • Produces 820 lumens (60-watt incandescent are usually 800);
  • Great color temperature (it promises and delivers a warm yellow at 2,699 K);
  • Claims to have a 25,000 hour lifetime (that’s about twice as much as the current average);
  • Five-year warranty.

The Cons

  • About $15 per bulb.

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5. Philips 60W Equivalent LED

As mentioned previously, Philips has been a leading company in the technology industry. Philips has brought out a range of LED lights.

The Pros

  • A well-rounded bulb – great color quality, brightness, dim ability, and build quality;
  • Flat-top modern design;
  • Energy Star certified;
  • Unidirectional;
  • Fully dim-able;
  • Works well with in-wall dimmer switches;
  • Little to no buzz flicker (even when tested in old switches that were designed for different bulbs);
  • Almost silent buzz which suggests very tight and tidy engineering;
  • 830 lumens worth of light.;
  • The color temperature is more yellow and lower than the comparable Cree LED.

The Cons

  • About $15 per bulb;
  • At 4.55 ounces it is almost an ounce heavier than the most comparable bulb (Cree 60W replacement).

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6. Philips BR30 LED Floodlight (2017)

If you are looking specifically for a floodlight then I would make this your first choice. The light bulb itself is adaptable and can, therefore, be used inside as well.

 

 

The Pros

  • Incredibly efficient – about 70 lumens per watt;
  • Great value for money;
  • A great option if you use dimmer switches in your home (works better with newer versions);
  • Dims well (below 1%);
  • No noticeable flicker or buzz.

The Cons

  • 639 lumens means this bulb doesn’t quite reach the expected benchmark of a 65W replacement LED floodlight (not noticeable and plenty bright enough for most household settings);
  • Won’t go higher than 90% on one Lutron switch;
  • Faint flicker on some old rotational dials, but barely noticeable;
  • Poor handling of heat compared to other options and therefore I wouldn’t choose this bulb for and enclosed fixture.

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7. Feit Electric 6.5W Vintage Style LED

This is a well-organized and family-run company based in Los Angeles, operating since 1978. They have 100,000,000 bulbs and fixtures in their automated distribution centers and this enables them to ship orders within a twenty-four-hour period.

The Pros

  • Beautiful vintage style with a fake filament that impersonates the traditional incandescent bulbs;
  • An array of artistic designs for the filament (spiral, helices, etc.);
  • Good value for money, ranging between $8.00 and $12.00 each;
  • Brilliant dimming performance;
  • Claim to have an output of 250 lumens but in reality, they have 326 lumens.

The Cons

  • Not as bright as a standard household bulb but that is what it is aiming to be – designed to be seen and not hidden under a lampshade.

 

A Few Final Thoughts

If you ever need a helping hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below, and I will be more than happy to answer them as best to my knowledge.

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All the best,

Eco_Catherine

ecocatherine@about-going-green.com

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Reader Comments

  1. I love learning about light bulbs; it’s an oddity I usually don’t mention about myself. You did really excellent work on finding out about these lights. What I would like to know, if possible, is where these are made. It doesn’t matter if they’re not made in my country, but I hesitate to support companies whose products are made in sweatshops. Your reviews are very timely; I’m needing to shop for some bulbs in the near future. Thank you!

    1. Hi Cathy,
      This is a fantastic question!
      Philips produce their bulbs in Canada.
      Cree makes their LED chips in Huizhou.
      I am unsure about Utilitech as there is limited information available about the company available online.
      Soraa is currently in New York
      I am not one hundred percent sure about Feit but believe it could possibly be California.
      I hope this helps you!

  2. Interesting post, I had not heard about several of these products before reading this article. LED sure is the way to go to save energy. Thanks for educating me on this matter. Keep up the good work.

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