The Cree Warm White Is A Great LED Bulb, Feels Like An Incandescent

The Cree Warm White Is A Great LED Bulb, Feels Like An Incandescent

With many countries phasing out incandescent light bulbs, you’re probably on the lookout for replacements. Our friends at the Wirecutter think the Cree Warm White bulb is the best one around. Here’s why.

LED bulbs weren’t that great a few years ago, but they’ve gotten a lot better. The Cree Warm White is inexpensive at $US13, emits a light quite similar to an incandescent bulb, throws light in every direction (unlike older LED lights), and even stays cool enough to touch. Plus, it’s very efficient and doesn’t have a lot of the problems that CFL bulbs do. The Wirecutter has an incredibly detailed, informative writeup, so we highly recommend you take a gander at the link below to read more.

The Best LED Lightbulb Is the Cree Warm White [The Wirecutter]


  • That’s big write up so I didn’t get through it all, however I have to assume it’s only available in the US, unless someone can say different. I do like the idea though, so where would you find them in Australia? I have a cheap Chinese one I bought from eBay for $12 in my computer workshop but it cuts in and out now and then.

  • This is not a paid plug but I recently bought some from ikea. 2.3 watts and it gives out equivalent of about 40 watt globe.. Soft amber light and all that. It’s not bad all in all .

  • OK, you people haven’t been out of Australia in too long, if you’re excited about 40 and 60w bulbs.

    As an immigrant, one of the first things I noticed about Australia is that it tended to be SO DARK indoors just about anywhere that didn’t use office flourescent or halogen lights. The culprit is someone tricking you folks into thinking 40 and 60w lighting is acceptable enough not to damage your eyes. I find this as unacceptable as I found 60w bulbs back in the day where you could choose 60w (that’s for the dual light over the mirror in the toilet or desk lamps that can’t take a high heat bulb only), 75w (sometimes acceptable for a multi-lamp room) or 100w (the only way to read).

    Barb has a stash of real incandescent bulbs. And she is not afraid to use them. 🙂

      • Straining to read in low light conditions doesn’t damage eyes? Why do my eyes hurt and have difficulty focusing, then, when trying to do this for more than an hour at a time? I’m find in reasonable lighting.

        • You can get headaches etc trying to read in low light conditions depends on your physiology (usually a sign something is wrong with your eyes and needs to be corrected).

          What Zombie Jesus was saying is it doesn’t damage your eyes, whether you are one of the individuals who has temporary effects from it or not there is no long term damage being done.

          It’s the same thing as the old myth of computer/tv screens, yes they can cause ‘eye strain’ for certain people but they don’t physically damage your eyes, the term eye strain is a bit of a misnomer.

          I’m 29, I’ve been using computers since I was 2 spend most of my life indoors (for reasons I won’t get into here) and have spend ages reading in low light conditions/using computers in low light conditions etc and have near perfect vision last time I was tested.

    • As ZJ said, the dim=eye damage thing is a myth, but I totally agree with you that 60W is useless for a room light. It may be fine for a bed side light, but 100W or more is what you need for a room light.

      • I agree as well that 60w equivalent is pathetic for room lighting (although if your using multiple globes it can be fine). but you can get 100w equivalent cfl’s, I would have LED globes by now if I wasn’t a renter, however with no knowledge of what the sockets will be like in my next house I’m not inclined to fork out hundreds of dollars for a full set of LED’s (house I just moved into has halogen down-lights everywhere >_<). I do wish owning a home was remotely viable in Australia 😛

        • I’m half convinced that IKEA is responsible for the increasing use of Edison Screw bulbs rather than bayonet bulbs. That seems to be the global standard for their lights – they don’t seem to take into account regional standards. I know the first ES light I saw in the UK was from IKEA and I think it’s the same story over here. It’s a real pain remembering which lights use which fitting.

  • I’ve just tried out some LED globes from Jaycar and I found them to be really good. 10W “natural white” giving off 900 lumens. It is $30 for a globe though

    • Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but Jaycar stuff is all Chinese made crap. Been caught out with them a couple of times. Anything that doesn’t have circuits should be fine but otherwise it’s a crap shoot! I buy my Chinese crap direct from China. 🙂

  • Can someone who understands this stuff heaps better than I do explain why the lumens that come out of an incandescent bulb seem to provide more light than the lumens that come out of a CFL? I get that you get more light per watt out of CFL than incandescent, but I just don’t perceive that it’s anywhere near the ratio they claim. I persist in believing that a claimed 900 lumens of CFL looks noticeably less bright than 900 lumens of incandescent.

  • I have the winner right here:
    Aussie company with darling filament bulbs, they’re a cheaper brand than the parent company Brightgreen (who do bulbs that are similar to the above/a bit brighter). I have the large round and classic looking ones and love them. Warm colour, good CRI and efficacy.

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