Which LED bulbs are best for eye-popping color quality? (pictures

Posted on: November 10, 2018, by :

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Looking closer at the candy, we can see that the bowl looks a bit yellow.

Next up is Crees 60W Replacement LED, which averages a CRI score right around 80.

Lets move from Cree to GE. Heres those same M&Ms lit by the GE 60W Replacement LED.

Which LED bulbs are best for eye-popping color quality? (pictures)

Heres something different — a 60W replacementCFL.

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Heres a look at the bargain-priced Ledare LED that youll find at Ikea. It isnt as bright or as efficient as the competition — but it does boast a very attractive CRI score of 87.

And herere the color rendering results from our lab, color by color. Extremely solid numbers across the board, making for an average in the high nineties.

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As consumers grow increasingly aware of the differences among their lighting options, were seeing more and more of a demand for bulbs that produce vivid color quality. Some bulbs, like theCree TW Series LEDand theGE Reveal LED, are explicitly marketed for their color rendering capabilities. Which ones produce the most striking shades? Weve put together the following untouched shots lit by the various lights weve looked at so far to help you decide for yourself.

Still, its hard to complain about those colors. Score for score, the GE Reveal is is one of the best LED options for color rendering — just look at that red score.

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Looking at the numbers, that red score is still low, but its actually decent compared to those of most other LEDs. All of the colors score just slightly better than average.

The candy looks colorful, the bowl looks white… its not nearly as bad a result as you might have expected. CFL quality has come a long way in the last few years, particularly from big manufacturers like GE that have a lot invested in the technology.

And heres the graph, with scores that average out to 81. Not bad, not great.

Now, its Philips turn. Heres their standard 60W equivalent LED. Looks a little bit yellowish to me.

The hard data looks good, too, with several impressive scores adding up to that 87 average.

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Like the Cree TW Series, the GE Reveal boasts a CRI score in the low 90s — though it doesnt compensate for the filtered light like Cree does. This makes for a bulb that isnt quite as bright as it probably should be.

Taking a closer look at the bowl reveals that the SlimStyle isnt quite as bright as the standard Philips LED. It also looks to have a slightly higher CRI rating.

Heres the hard data. Cree filters out some of that yellow light, then amps the wattage up to make up for the loss in brightness. This adds up to bulb thats just as bright as before, but better at rendering colors such as red.

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Well start with a plain, old 60W incandescent bulb.  Incandescents will typically do a great job with color rendering.

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All in all, not bad. This bulb scores in the low 80s and offers very even color-rendering performance.

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Thats a good looking bowl of candy, right there.

Finally, lets take a look at what the Philips SlimStyle LED is capable of.

Lets move on to Crees TW Series LED. The TW stands for True White — this bulb promises a CRI score of 93.

All right, back to LEDs: Heres GEs take on the high-CRI bulb, the GE Reveal.

The red score (column number 9) actually drops into negative territory. This isnt unusual — most standard LEDs will struggle to clear single digits when it comes to rendering red.

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Aside from the lousy red score, the numbers are actually fairly solid and on a par with most LED offerings.

The data seems to confirm this last part, with slightly higher scores with several key colors, including red, yellow, and dark blue.

That white bowl certainly looks truer than before, doesnt it?

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