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Philips SlimStyle 60W Replacement LED bulb (10.5 watt, Soft White)


For a less three-dimensional spin on home lighting, check out the flattened-out Philips SlimStyle, which looks like a light bulb in silhouette only. Why flatten things out? Heat dispersion -- with the SlimStyle's unique design, Philips was able to distribute the diodes along the upper perimeter of the bulb, away from the heat at the base. That eliminated the need for bulky heat sinks and made it possible for Philips to sell the SlimStyle for less than $9. One caveat though: unlike the standard Philips LED, the SlimStyle gets a bit buzzy when used with a dimmer.


The Good The oddly-shaped Philips SlimStyle is a value-priced LED that serves as a respectable incandescent replacement. The flat design helps it manage heat better than other LEDs.
The Bad The SlimStyle gives off an annoying buzz if you use it with a dimmer switch. Also, the three-year warranty isn't as good as the 10 years you get from the Cree LED, which costs just a dollar more.
The Bottom Line For such a flat bulb, the SlimStyle is surprisingly well-rounded, making for a decent value at its price point.
Part Number: 433227

Conclusion

At $9 each (or lower, if you live in a region that offers instant rebates for Energy Star-certified light bulbs), the Philips SlimStyle offers plenty of light bulb bang for your buck. You won't have any problems with its brightness or color temperature, and if you're switching over from incandescents, you certainly won't be complaining when your next power bill arrives.
That said, for a dollar more, the Cree 60W Replacement LED offers an uptick in efficiency, along with a 10-year warranty that's more than three times what you'll get for the SlimStyle. And for ultimate value, the $5 Ledare LEDs at Ikea are awfully tough to beat -- although their diminished brightness and lack of a warranty stop me from recommending them outright.
If you're looking for a bulb to use with a dimmer switch, you'll want to look elsewhere, as the SlimStyle tends to buzz quite a bit more than other LEDs whenever you dim down to 50 percent or lower. On the other hand, for enclosed fixtures -- globes, sconces, and so on -- the SlimStyle seems to be an ideal option.

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