In the meantime, we’ve kept testing LED’s as they’ve come on the market. Our last posting was a year ago, when we had not come up with anything except some very good information about different kinds of bulbs available. Our two biggest complaints: the quality of the light AND the fact that most gave only a (to our eye) dim 60 watts. So we stuck with the Philips hybrid.
The first disaster was the compellingly-designed Plumen bulb, which looked great OFF but whose light was eery and disturbing. Then we tested the Philips 432195 19-watt (100-Watt) Ambient LED Household A21 Soft White Light Bulb, Dimmable and hated its TERRIBLE cold light!.
We’re happy to say we’ve FINALLY found an LED we can live with: that is the Cree LED bulb. Wirecutter’s sister site Sweet Home called our attention to them (and has a great, informative rundown of what to look for in LED’s). Initially, the highest watt Cree made as 60 watt in three different offerings.
Before we learned that Cree has come up with an 18-Watt (100 Watt) of their basic incandescent-like bulb (not the TW series), we figured out a strategy to up the wattage of the standard 60-watt bulbs. We used a Twin Light-Socket Adapter to double the sockets in our standing lamp. Then we screwed in two 60-watt Cree’s. It’s a good hack if you can only get 60-watt LED bulbs.
We find Cree’s 18-Watt (100 Watt) of their basic incandescent-like bulb to be the best buy in LED’s as it produces nice bright light and is dimmable if you want to change the mood. It’s not quite as good as trusty, lovely Philips EcoVantage 72-Watt (100-Watt Equivalent), but we’re willing finally to go with LED’s to help the environment, and our pocket-books.
NOTE 19/5/16: Although we have had no trouble WITH THE 100-watt equivalent CREE bulb, we’ve heard reports of bulbs burning out prematurely and other problems. CREE states they are working on the problem and will honor the lifetime warranty on all bulbs. Until you read ratings showing the bulbs to be reliable and stable again, buy with caution.