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Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? #5213558 09/15/19 04:46 PM
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I replaced three 100w 1400 lumen soft white incandescent bulbs in a ceiling fixture with three Feit brand 1500 lumen "soft white" LED bulbs that the box said they were 2700K. Upon flipping it on it was way brighter than the old incandescent's. This is the 2nd set of household LED bulbs I've tried. First time around tried some 100w equivalent Zilotech LED's same 2700K claim on box, also around 1400 or 1500 lumens, and they were too bright as well. Not only in apparently higher lumens but the color temp on both looked a bit higher than 2700 kelvin.

I am curious if anyone here has found a brand of LED household bulbs that can really replicate the ambiance of good old incandescent bulbs. I really like the idea of LED's much reduced wattage draw, these most recent Feit's were 15w. I have several lamps and fixtures that are illuminated often and for the entire evening so the wattage savings of LED's is attractive, they just look too harsh so far.

i am very picky about the quality of the light, the right bulbs can really make or break how a room or area of the house looks in the evening.

P.S. My fixtures are on non-dimmer switches, hence the LED bulbs referenced above are the non-dimable type.

Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5213560 09/15/19 04:49 PM
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GE.

Available at Lowe’s.

$12 for 8 bulbs.


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Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5213562 09/15/19 04:50 PM
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Why not reduce the wattage of the LEDs if they're too bright. They'd be cheaper too... shrug

Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5213574 09/15/19 05:06 PM
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We have these cree 4flow bulbs in every indoor fixture.
https://www.amazon.com/BA19-08027OM...ree+4+flow&qid=1568585076&sr=8-3


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Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5213588 09/15/19 05:23 PM
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the led bulbs look brighter because they are directional.
if you want a traditional style pattern look for led filament bulbs.
and highest cri you can find.
incandescent=100 cri.

Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5213610 09/15/19 05:56 PM
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I always try to find Cree. They are probably the biggest mfr of the actual diode and a Cree is a selling point with high end flashlights.

Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5213612 09/15/19 05:56 PM
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I had a similar experience with trying to find a "warm" enough LED bulb that provides the same ambiance of a classic incandescent filament bulb. After trying several brands and temperature bulbs, I am most satisfied with the Great Eagle LED bulb in the 3000K temperature to replicate the traditional soft white light experience. The 2700K bulb was too yellow in my opinion to reproduce the soft white palette.

Great Eagle LED

Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5213631 09/15/19 06:15 PM
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Sounds like you are confusing brightness (lumens) with appearance (temperature). I find 2700K too yellow and 4000-6000K too blue -- similar to traditional "cool white" incandescent tube bulbs. 3000K temperature is about right -- mostly white with a hint of yellow. Instead of getting the 1400 lumen bulbs that you find too bright try something in the range of 1000 lumens. The FEIT LED bulbs sold at Costco have a nice appearance.

Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5213641 09/15/19 06:22 PM
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Wife and I settled on 2 soft white and 2 bright Led bulbs in our 4 lamp bathroom fixture above the mirror. Skin looks like it did with CFL only these don't come on weak.


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Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5213744 09/15/19 08:22 PM
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I love mine from Costco, brand is Feit Electric or something like that. So much better than previous gen LED bulbs (yes, I had some). Lighting is very pleasant.

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Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5213811 09/15/19 09:12 PM
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Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5214267 09/16/19 11:08 AM
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CREE TW retrofits, 2700K, look great and dimmable

Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5214274 09/16/19 11:16 AM
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I’ve been happy with basically every brand I’ve bought that’s labeled 2700k. GE, Feit, Sylvania, Cree, etc. The entire house is LED now 👍🏻


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Re: Which Household LED Bulb Brand Best Replicates Soft White Incandescent? [Re: LoneRanger] #5214286 09/16/19 11:34 AM
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Incandescents are at 2,700k. And that happens to be my preferred warmth as well.

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The lower the "K" range number, the more yellow the color of the light output is going to be. I'm not sure there's LED lamps with less than a 2700K number, but they might be out there. Like you found. One LED lamp's 2700K can look different than another.


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