Test Lab: The Cree LED Bulb - In Action

by Bruno Bornsztein

Test Lab: The Cree LED Bulb - In Action

This week we're running a great giveaway with Cree (click here to find out how to win 10 Cree LED Bulbs and a $250 Home Depot gift card), so I got a chance to try out their new bulbs. If you haven't been following along with the development of energy efficient lighting technology, it's safe to say things have changed a lot in the last five years. 
CREE LED bulb test
You now have real, affordable, decent-looking options for energy efficient bulbs, and Cree is one of the best. Read on to find out why.

I've tried all kinds of light bulbs, as I'm sure you have. You know those giant packs of CFLs you always see near the checkout line at IKEA? Yeah, I can't seem to stay away from them. 

Now, I don't want to knock on CFLs too hard – after all, they're a  big energy improvement over incandescents – but let's face it, they're kind of a drag. Walk into a room lit up by CFLs and you'll know if right away; it's fluorescent light, after all, and your eyes know it.

LED bulb technology has been up-and-coming for a few years now, but as with all new technologies, it was expensive, unproven, and not quite ready for primetime. The Cree LED bulb seems to change that. You can read all about them here, but the bottom line is, they're affordable (under $10 for the 40w equivalent), durable, energy efficient, and best of all, produce a normal-looking light! 

Here's our living room lamp, with a 900 lumen CFL, and then the 900 lumen Cree LED bulb:

CFL bulb

LED bulb

(Exposure settings: 10/100, f5.6 )

I definitely prefer the color temperature on the LED bulb, and also liked that it came on instantly, unlike the CFL. You can see the bulb is almost identical in shape to what you're used to:

created at: 03/14/2013

What's your experience trying out energy efficient bulbs? Have you decided to make the switch to CFL or LED, or are you happy with the cheap, but less efficient, incandescents? Let me know in the comments!

And don't forget to enter our giveaway to win 10 Cree LED bulbs and a $250 Home Depot Gift Card!

 

This post was sponsored by Cree, and I was given samples of their products to try out. All opinions are mine alone.

 

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a $250 Home Depot Gift Card and 10 Cree LED Light Bulbs

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly Giveaway: Win a $250 Home Depot Gift Card and 10 Cree LED Light Bulbs
Here's a bright idea: an energy-efficient light bulb that costs less than $10, looks just like your old incandescents, and lasts for 25,000 hours. No flicker (like CFLs), instant-on (unlike some other LEDs), dimmable, and produces and a warm, omni-directional light. The new Cree LED bulb does all that, and uses way less energy than a standard bulb. This week, we're teaming up with Cree to giveaway 10 of their new energy-efficient bulbs, and throwing in a $250 Home Depot gift card as well! Read on to find out how to win!

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