by • December 12, 2014 • LED & Electrical & Lighting, ReviewsComments (8)3937

Cree LED Bulb Review (s)

My first experience with LED bulbs was in 2007 when I talked a manufacturer into letting me “borrow” 10 of them for a Green Building Homes tour in Austin called the cool houses tour. At that time, I was using a mix of Halogen bulbs and CFL’s (including some dedicated pin-based CFL recessed cans, OOPS).

Those LED bulbs in 2008 cost $135 each retail price! I talked that manufacturer (not Cree) into letting me keep 4 of those LED bulbs and within 1 year 2 of them were dead and all four died within 3 years! Not good for a bulb costing over $100! Needless to say, I stayed away from LED bulbs for a while after that experience.
Fast forward to 2013 and Cree launched their line of LED bulbs for sale exclusively at Home Depot. I picked up 2 of the Cree “60 Watt Equiv.” bulbs and was immediately impressed! The instant brightness was fantastic compared to the CFL’s I’d used for years, and I thought they nailed the color temperature as I tend to look bulbs that look like incandescent in my lamps at home (around 2700 Kelvin). Watch this video I shot at Home Depot to get the rest of the story…

Of their three options; 60 W, 75 W, and 100 W, I would go for the next brighter bulb than you think you need. The Cree 100 W bulbs are what I mainly use at my house these days and these are the bulbs I put into the houses I build.


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  • Micajah

    I believe I have looked through all of you tube videos trying to find one that addresses air tight recessed cans lights. Is there a particular brand that you use in your homes?

    • Micajah, I often use the 5″ Halo housing that allows lots of LED options for trims and/or bulbs.

      I also use their 4″ housing because they look a bit better (but you tend to need more of them because they have a reduced lumen output).

      Hope this helps. Matt

      • Doug Alexander

        Why not low voltage housings? if you got little to no room for a big housing (soffit full of hvac and plumbing)?

  • 8o88y

    I don’t like the 2700K color temperature– the pinkish-orange tint reminds me of vomit. 3200K to 3500K is still a warm color, but without the pinkish-orange tint. Unfortunately, Cree only makes 2700K and 5000K. And their Color Rendering Index is only 80. Some LED makers have CRIs of 90. So I think I’ll spend a little more for living spaces and task areas, and use these in hallways, basement stairs, and so on.

    • I agree that the Higher CRI would be nice. Have you seen a high lumen output bulb (over 1200 lumens) that has that higher CRI?

  • Jim Creamer

    The world of LED light bulbs is rapidly changing. Have you looked at the LED light bulb offerings on eBay, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Costco, Lowes and Home Depot? I understand CREE claims to have the top selling LED light bulb in America. Personally I have looked at all these retailers and purchased LED bulbs from most of them. For example Amazon sells an 1100 lumen G7 BR30 2700K bulb for $15. The bulb has very good ratings according to the Amazon customers who have bought the bulbs. Likewise, Costco sells FEIT candelabra E14 300 lumen 4.9 watt bulbs that are very pleaseant to the eye, though I had one burn out within a year’s usage. It appears that the market for LED light bulbs is wide open and we should all keep an open mind regarding the best bulb for a given application. I was just in Home Depot and Philips is undercutting CREE by $5 on their 1620 lumen 100 watt equivalent LED A19 light bulb.
    Lastly, I noticed that a number of vendors are selling “filament LED” light bulbs with glass globes and very low power consumption. These bulbs have the look and feel of incandescent bulbs without the power consumption and heat dissipation of incandescent bulbs.

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    power saving and good looking as comparison to the traditional lights, nice
    information thank you for sharing…..

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  • David Smith

    LOL,what a so professional and practical review about Cree LED bulb light that we really learn a lot in how to pick up the preferable cree LED light bulbs,

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