Jai is on a perpetual quest to convert all our lightbulbs to LEDs. He picks them out whenever he can; for example, one Christmas our tree lights burnt out, and he was in charge of getting a replacement strand. Naturally, he bought some LED Christmas lights! I’ve been more resistant to this switchover – I really like LED bulbs, but although they save you money over time, I have to admit I usually get a bit sticker shocked at the price and end up grabbing a 3-pack of regular light bulbs at the dollar store instead. 😉 However, I realize this is short-sighted in many ways.
So when I was introduced to Cree, makers of a lower-priced LED light, I was intrigued. These bulbs are billed as using 84% less energy, contain no mercury, and are supposed to be shatterproof and last 10+ years. Also relevant to me is the fact that their indoor bulbs are in the $10-14 range, which is definitely a better deal than what Jai has typically found – he tells me that he doesn’t recall ever seeing a standard LED bulb go for less than $18 around here, sometimes over $20. I knew that getting a couple of these bulbs in the mail would make Jai happy! He decided to set up a comparison test to see how these bulbs stack up to a regular bulb we were using in a small lamp. I left my camera on the same settings for each photo as a way of giving you the most clear illustration of how they differed:
I must say, I’m impressed. The 40 watt equivalent 6 watt LED was about the same brightness as our standard 60 watt incandescent bulb, and the 60 watt equivalent 9.5 watt LED bulb far outshines the standard 60 watt bulb. It’s lighting up the kitchen better than the old bulb, which is nice now that Daylight Savings Time has ended and it feels like midnight at 4 PM. 😉
Cree LED Bulbs are available at Home Depot – for more info and store locator, visit CreeBulb.com.