The Cree has a 10 year warranty.They just came out this month,getting rave reviews. People like the Phillips and it came out last year and won the Dept of energy award,highly rated by users.
And prices have really dropped this year.Supposedly 2-3 year payback in energy costs vrs price,and very similar to light output of a standard incandescent bulb in color rendering and brightness and not directional,just like a real lightbulb.No delay at turn on,like 1/3 second,runs cool and fully dim-able lamps.Not recommended in fully enclosed fixtures,Phillips runs hotter than Cree.
The Cree can be used in enclosed fixtures it appears,the Phillips cant.The Phillips actually puts out 940 lumens,more like a 70-75 watt bulb does,the Cree is 800=60 watts.
To win the L prize the bulbs had to do 25,000 hours.I saw a video at 20,000 hours in,on the heat,rattle and roll boards at 20,000 hours all the CFL's were dead,not a single Phillips had failed.
The components in these bulbs are waaay underpowered compared to their ratings.Therefore they LAST. Here is a link on a teardown,lots of parts like a computer,how they can sell for 15 bucks beats me.The quality is very very good.Dont need to understand the technical,the pics about half way down show the parts,and some explanations on what they do.
After seeing that Im even more amazed.These are going into every fixture we can put them in.
This is mind blowing stuff,what an amazing light,and the color rendering is GREAT.Its everything the incandescents were at 84% less power usage and super long life.In a shaded lamp you cannot tell them apart.
Instant on,full power instantly,no cold issues.Extremely good for frequent on/off use,doesnt bother lifespan a bit,unlike CFL's and incandescents that frequent on off shortens lifespans.So Ideal for bathroom with freq. cycling and short run times.
Going with the Phillips first,then the Cree's for enclosed or damp environments,or with clip on shades that need conventional shaped bulbs.
OK,got the 5000 Kelvin Daylight Cree's in the kitchen.They have a slightly blueish tinge looking at bulb,one in a ceiling fixture,one in a fan.They are really bright,1 bulb lights our kitchen well.But color rendering no great shakes.
Added a Phillips L Prize to bedroom ceiling light.Its excellent,I think its a better bulb than Cree.
Get this....2 Phillips in LR,one torch light,one table-lamp.One on in kitchen and 1 on in bedroom.Lighting 3 rooms for 39 watts,now thats efficient!!
Post by ChileFarmer on May 21, 2013 8:06:44 GMT -6
Spuds I have "can" light fixtures in our new kitchen. I installed flood light bulbs. But they don't put out enough light to see well. I am thinking LED light bulbs, shaped like the flood bulbs. Got any ideas, as I know nothing about them at all.
Although I do have LED light strips over the counter top, I like the amount of lite they produce. Thanks CF
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