Need to buy a new set of LED bulbs? How do you know what style or brand to buy? Which brands make a trustworthy investment, and which of the affordable LED bulbs are going to give you the best value for the price? What are the benefits of different designs, and which will work best for your home? Do you need bayonet bulbs or screw-in bulbs? And have you thought about smart bulbs yet? Let’s take a look at five of the top LED bulbs on the market.
Firstly, take volume into account. Do you need just one new LED bulb or are you looking to buy enough for every light fixture in your house? Secondly, take into account how whether you need bayonets or screw-ins, or how many of each. Thirdly, double check the power outage required by whatever lamps or ceiling fixtures you are buying bulbs for. The wrong watt bulb will blow in no time so that never works out to be a good deal. Keep in mind that even if you are just replacing one or two bulbs for now, it is usually more cost-effective to buy in bulk. Plus you’ll save hours next time you need to replace it, because you wont have to check what size/power/fixture type you need to go buy.
This 6 pack of LED bulbs will replace any standard incandescent 60-watt bulb, but only use about 8 watts each, saving you big energy costs over the years. They look just like your traditional A19 bulb, and have a standard lifetime of 18.3 years! That works out to paying less than 20 cents per bulb per year, which is a pretty good deal. The particular bulbs linked to in this review are ‘daylight’ colored and non-dimmable but TCP offer a huge range of different colors and dimming options. TCP even make an affordable smart LED bulb set which has been getting good reviews.
Phillips everyday 100-watt equivalent LED bulbs will save you – and the environment – an average of 87% of the costs of your energy usage. These bulbs are brighter than standard ceiling lights, so they are ideal for table and floor lamps, as well as pendant lighting fixtures in rooms where you need to work in good light. These bulbs turn on instantly to a strong daylight-mimicking brightness, so might not be suitable for a living room or bedroom. They will last over ten years and contain no mercury, making them an inexpensive eco-friendly choice. They also don’t let off any UV or IR light, so they won’t fade your furnishings over time.
Philips’ top Wake-up light is an effective alternative to that blaring alarm clock going off every morning. This LED light bulb by Philips is the only wake-up bulb out there that is clinically proven to work. The bulb creates a colored sunrise simulation, which wakes you up gradually with natural light, no matter what time of day you want to wake up. As well as naturally increasing light, which shifts from warm colors to cool, these bulbs offer a choice of 5 different calming wake up sounds, in case you like to wake up to bird song, for example, as well as your own private sunrise. These specialty bulbs are not cheap compared to standard LED bulbs, but they are good value for what they offer and consistently earn top reviews from satisfied customers.
Looking for a good value set of dimmable LED bulbs to kit out a large living room or several rooms? These great dimmable LED bulbs by trusted brand Philips have a lot to offer for a good price. They replace 65-watt brightness regular bulbs but only use 9 watts of energy, saving up to $67 over the lifetime of the bulb, making them an extremely cost-effective option in the long run, while still being affordable in the first place. These LED bulbs last 10 years and are suitable for any room or fixture in your house.
This good-value set of 5 dimmable LED bulbs is a good idea if you want to save money by replacing chandeliers, ceiling fans, and other candle-glow light fittings with cost-saving LED bulbs. These bulbs are equivalent to 40w, a little dimmer than any others reviewed on this list, but they use only 5-watts making them also the most affordable option in terms of ongoing energy costs. If you are eco-conscious, you’ll be glad to know these contain no lead or mercury. They are easy to install into any standard E12 Edison screw fitting.
When you are looking for new LED bulbs, you want something that can reliably produce they same warmth and brightness of light you’re used to from your regular bulbs, but with impressive cost savings on your energy bills. Different brands offer bulbs with lifespans of up to 10 (normally) or even up to 18 years, meaning that the bulb itself might well be more affordable over its lifetime as well as saving you money on your utility bills. Replacing any or all the lights in your home with LED bulbs is a good opportunity to take stock of how much light you need in each room.
Customer reviews recommend choosing brighter, cooler bulbs for rooms in which you need to work, and either lower-watt or dimmable LED bulbs for rooms in which you like to relax, like your living or dining room. Most people wouldn’t think of putting a dimmer switch on a bathroom light, but really, applying makeup or shaving is the only time you need strong light in the bathroom. You could choose a softer warmer bulb to light the whole room, and install some small but bright lights around your vanity to switch on when you need them. You’ll save money this way too.
Regardless of whether you need one, two, or twenty new bulbs, buy twice as many as you need. This way you’ll save time and money in the future. You’ve just put all this energy into researching the most affordable and best value LED bulb for your needs, so if you buy spares now you’ll have them instantly available to you later on.