Philips? Earth Day Promo 2-Pack of LED Bulbs for $5 is a great deal, or is it? Philips? plain-jane 60 watt-equivalent LED light bulbs is available for just $4.97 – no utility rebate required. The bulbs are available in both warm white (2700K) and daylight white (5000K) to fit your needs. The deal seems great on face value, probably the lowest-price LED bulbs from a major manufacturer in history, but is it really a great deal?
These bulbs have a few drawbacks, including: a short 3-year warranty, only a 10-year predicted lifespan, no dimming ability, only 80 CRI (out of 100 – light quality), the heat sink gets quite hot and the bulbs do buzz a little bit when on. There is no information yet as to whether they will hold up in a fully-enclosed fixture.
But otherwise, these new cheap LED bulbs from Philips put out 800 lumens of flicker-free light and are very bright. The bulb size is smaller than most standard 60-watt replacement LED bulbs and the bulb itself is very light in weight as it is almost entirely plastic.
Should you buy it? Maybe, but just know that you?re getting a super-cheap bulb that Philips probably considers disposable at this price. If you don?t need dimming, super-high light quality or a 25-year lifespan, then these bulbs are probably for you. Time will tell how they actually hold up in real life.
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