This past weekend, while at Home Depot picking up supplies for a few household repairs, I wound up buying our first LED lightbulbs.
As I mentioned last month, I’ve decided to start switching to LED lightbulbs as our CFL bulbs burn out. Well, we lost another bulb so I decided to switch that fixture over to LEDs.
While wandering through the bulb aisle, which happens to be between the front door and the plumbing section (leaky faucets were on my todo list), I spied an end display with Cree 60W-equivalent LED bulbs for $12.97/each. Intrigued, I looked closer.
These were listed as being “soft white” bulbs, though they’re rated as having the exact same color temperature (2700K) as the Cree’s warm white bulbs. They were, however, five bucks cheaper than the latter bulbs at Amazon.
Anyway, after having heard good things about Cree bulbs, I decided to pick up four of these to try them out. And, after getting them home and installing them, all I can say is: Wow! These things are great.
They immediately reach full brightness, they put out a ton of light (800 lumens/bulb), and both the color and light dispersion are fantastic. Oh, and they use marginally less electricity than an equivalent CFL (9.5W vs. 13W).
Honestly, I’d love to install these things throughout the house, and pretty much everyone in the family agrees. That being said, I’d rather not plunk down $13 for each and every light socket all at once. However…
My wife, ever the practical girl, reminded me that her birthday is coming up, and that I could use that as an excuse to change out the bulbs in the kitchen, dinette, and possibly elsewhere.