Smart bulbs are great and all, but what if you only want a superefficient LED bulb? It is not too difficult to choose the perfect LED lamp ̵
What to Look For in an LED Lamp
Have you ever replaced a light bulb to find yours? Replacement is too light, too dark or just inappropriately ugly? That's the thing with light bulbs, they're all slightly different and you can not guess.
Luckily, there is not too much to keep track of. You just have to think about where to put the light bulb and what brightness or color temperature is appropriate for that room. You should also consider which luminaire you are using and whether you need a dimming lamp or not.
- Brightness: Normally, we judge the brightness of LED bulbs based on "Watt Equivalence". Most people consider 60 watts bulbs are "normal" while 45 watts bulbs are "soft". When you buy a lamp for a dimmer, we recommend using one that is quite bright (to give you a larger dimming or brightening area).
- Color Temperature: "Warm" lights light orange, while "cool" and "daylight" bulbs look a bit blue. "Soft white" lamps are usually considered "neutral".
- Socket: All bulbs in this article have a standard E26 socket (which is compatible with most home lighting fixtures). You just have to think about which lamp shape is suitable for your luminaire. An Edison bulb may look good in an exposed or suspended fixture, but is not bright or sturdy enough to fit in a recessed fixture or recessed ceiling fixture.
- Dimming and not dimming: You can use dimming incandescent lamps with non-dimmable lights, but you should avoid using dimmable incandescent bulbs with dimmable lights (this is not a safety issue, but the light bulb may flicker). Why not buy dimmable lamps at all? Because they are cheaper, stupid! Here are the best LED bulbs that are not smart bulbs.
Overall Best: Great Eagle 60W Equivalent (pack of 4)
Non-dimmable LED Great Eagle Lamps are inexpensive, pleasantly bright (60W Equivalent) and durable. They are suitable for every situation and are available in different color temperatures, from warm over white to daylight. This is a great bulb for those who want something that just works well and looks good.
Remember that these are not dimmable bulbs] Best budget option: Philips 60W equivalent (pack of 16)
This non-dimmable Philips Lamps are super cheap. These are 60-watt, soft-white lamps that work well in most environments (Philips also sells 40-watt versions). There is not much else to say here – these are some of the cheapest LED bulbs you'll find, and they come from a reputed brand.
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As mentioned above, it is good to have bright bulbs for your dimmable lights, so you can choose from a wide range of brightness. Lamps have a power output of 100 watts (quite bright) and are available in the colors soft white, cool white and bright white and are also reasonably priced, especially considering that they are suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Best Dimmable  Temperature change: Philips SceneSwitch 60W Equivalent (pack of 3)
The Philips SceneSwitch is an anomaly and is an equivalent 60W incandescent light bulb with a Ta to change the printing pressure. Really – there is neither a dimmer nor anything required. You simply push your switch up and down and the light bulb will change to a different color setting. (You can synchronize the lamps by flicking the switch three times quickly.)
Philips' SceneSwitch lamps are a relatively cheap (and simple) alternative to smart lamps. They could work well in any environment, including lights or bulbs with multiple bulbs. Remember, however, that they will not work well with most dimmers.
For recessed ceiling lights: Philips 65W replacement lamp (pack of 6)
Ceiling recessed luminaires can be technically used with any light bulb. However, they are best for long flat BR40 bulbs that bring light into the room evenly. Philips dimmable BR40 lamps are a great option for anyone looking to freshen up their ceiling lights. They are relatively cheap, have a soft white sheen, and their moderate brightness (65 W equivalent) should work well in every kitchen, hall, and living room.
These lamps are dimmable, which means they can work with both dimmable and non-dimmable lights.
Best Edison: LUXON 40W equivalent (pack of 6).