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Ikea 60W Replacement Ledare LED Bulb

For a clear sign of how far LED pricing has come in the past year or so, look no further than Ikea, the Swedish retail giant. Wander into the lighting section of one of the company's megastores, and you'll find bargain-priced LEDs bearing the "Ledare" name, with 60W replacements that retail for less than $5 each.
That "60W replacement" distinction is a bit of a stretch, given that the bulbs put out just 600 lumens each (you want at least 800 to match a 60W incandescent). They also aren't nearly as efficient as the competition, and they don't come with any warranty whatsoever. Still, it's hard to complain when you're spending only $5. Plus, as a bonus, these bulbs have surprisingly outstanding color-rendering capabilities.

The Good Ikea's Ledare LEDs offer an appealing design and excellent color-rendering capabilities at a very attractive $5 price point.
The Bad The Ledare LEDs aren't as bright or efficient as their competitors, and they don't come with a warranty.
The Bottom Line There's enough quality with these low cost bulbs to keep them from feeling cheap, which makes them an excellent value option.
Part Number: Ikea Ledare LED

Conclusion

At less than $5 per bulb, the Ikea Ledare LEDs represent a very solid value option in the ever-evolving lighting landscape. I'm not a fan of the diminished light output or the lack of a warranty, but given that the bulbs cost less then half of what you'll spend for a quality competitor like the Cree 60W Replacement LED, it's hard to take Ikea to task. Factor in the focus on color rendering, and you've got a low-cost lighting option that doesn't quite feel cheap. If that's not Ikea's MO, I don't know what is.

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