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Green Creative BR30 Cloud LED; The Hollowed out Floodlight

The Green Creative BR30 Cloud LED looks like something straight out of Star Trek, but the futuristic-looking build serves a purpose. Floating the LEDs up above the body of the bulb reduces the weight of the bulb, and also helps it manage heat better, which, as anybody who's ever owned a laptop that was prone to overheating can attest, is a good thing.

The majority of LEDs on the market today strive to replicate the classic look of incandescents as best they can. The Cloud LED strives for something different, eschewing familiarity and taking a fresh approach to BR30 design. This isn't simply a means of standing out -- the hollowed out build means that the bulb requires less materials to produce.

The Good The Green Creative BR30 Cloud LED topped our leaderboards in both brightness and efficiency. The unique design does a great job at keeping heat build-up at bay.
The Bad The Cloud LED is weak when it comes to color rendering, and it flickers a bit on dimmer switches.
The Bottom Line For basic household usage, the Cloud LED is a solid value pick that gets the important stuff right.


This bulb gets just about everything right, and at $13, it's a solid bargain. With very good scores in both brightness and efficiency, along with a variety of color temperatures to choose from, I think most people would be perfectly happy using the Cloud LED for basic household lighting, and I'd recommend it over the equally priced Philips SlimStyle BR30 LED, too.

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