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Philips SlimStyle BR30 65W Replacement LED Bulb (9.5 watt)

Philips raised plenty of eyebrows when it introduced the original SlimStyle LED earlier this year. Months later, the company followed suit by announcing an LED floodlight that borrowed both the SlimStyle's name and its flattened-out approach to bulb design.

The Good The Philips SlimStyle BR30 is one of the most affordable LED floodlights you'll find, making it a great value for simple recessed lighting setups.
The Bad Like its predecessor, the SlimStyle flickers and buzzes when used with a dimmer switch. It also isn't as bright or as efficient as some of its competitors.
The Bottom Line The price is right for this unique light, but as there are other options that offer notably better performance for a few dollars more, you may want to shop around.
Part Number: 415281


The odd design aside, the Philips SlimStyle BR30 LED looks like an appealing value pick. At a price of $13, it's priced at least a few dollars below any of the major competitors. Like its little sibling, it isn't a good choice for anyone using dimmer switches, and I wish it were at least slightly more efficient -- but flaws like these are easier to forgive when you're saving money.
Still, given that you'll potentially be living with this purchase for the next few decades, I think it makes sense to consider spending the extra cash on a bulb that offers a little more. The $18 GE Reveal BR30 LED seems like an especially good deal to me with its impressive performance on dimmers, significantly longer warranty, and dramatically enhanced color rendering capabilities.


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