LED A60 Bulb (ultra-high cri)

$49.00
The world's highest CRI A60 LED bulb: The human super power is distinguishing between roughly 1 million colors, so why light your home with lighting that makes everything look...well...like crap. Bring Ultra High CRI into your home, you'll thank me. Or at least feel better. US 110V ONLY

A60 bulbs are your "standard" size lightbulb. These LED bulbs have a dome diffuser and are best suited to "can lights," fixtures where you don't care about how the bulb looks, or when you need high brightness.

The A60 Ultra Bulbs are higher output than our Filament Bulbs and emit light in a 270* forward pattern, best suited for directional fixtures.
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          LED A60 Bulb (ultra-high cri)
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          Product Overview

          I finally found my "grail" bulb and I'm sharing it with you! These bulbs have the best color rendering of anything I tested. They hit especially hard in the "R9" CRI measure that correlates to saturated reds. This is the exact measure where all other bulbs fall short. In some cases they fall short of desireable, and in other cases they fall short of their false claims.

          "Warm White" bulbs (2700K) are the same color temperature as incandescent, so it's a natural transition. Warm white is best suited to living and sleeping spaces because of the warm atmosphere and low blue-light content.

          "Daylight White" bulbs (5600K) meet the "daylight balanced" film standard. Daylight white is best suited to active or work-related spaces because the blue-light content helps keep you energized.

          Science shows that blue light can have negative effects on sleep. Two points here. First, you really shouln't have cool white bulbs on at night...because that's when you go to sleep. Second, these bulbs also have the lowest blue light emission of any bulb I tested. Some of that comes down to engineering, the rest comes down to: blue light is what makes a light "cool" so you have to have a warm bulb to lower the blue emission.

          Product Details

          Based on the success of our filament bulbs we decided to create a higher output bulb specifically suited to "can lights," recessed fixtures mounted in the ceiling. This bulbs allow the base to act as a heat sink, and project more light in the forward direction.

          So I went to one of the best High CRI technology companies in the world and we put their product into an A60 Dome Bulb. This A60 bulb is absolutely the best there is. There, I did all the work for you! No need to waste your own time and money trying to navigate all the BS and hype out there.


          Quantity Breaks:

          • 2x - The Skeptic : I get it. I'm often skeptical too, but the two pack is a great way to test the waters. Don't take my word for it, try them for yourself.
          • 6x - The Convert (10%off) : You're pickin' up what I'm putin' down! Thank for giving this a try. You probably have other LED bulbs, but these will knock your socks off.
          • 12x - The Believer (20% off) : You are all in and that's a good move. You must know me well enough...to know I wouldn't bother unless these were really the best.
          WHAT DID I LEARN FROM TESTING SO MANY BULBS?
          My #1 takeaway: specifications (and manufacturers) don't tell the whole story. If you compare two bulbs that have exactly the same specifications in output, color temperature, and CRI...the light they produce can still be vastly different to your eyes. I tested several "High CRI" bulbs that just didn't look good...because they have some significant weakness in one (or more) parts of the color spectrum. The 8 step (R1-R8) CRI specification most companies use is obsolete. R1-R8 only covers pastel colors, not saturated colors or earth tones. So you can still get a high rating (and advertise it) even if the light is deficient overall. We use the "extended" 15 step (R1-R15) CRI measurement instead of the industry standard 8 step. This means you get High CRI in pastels (R1-8) and saturated colors (R9-13) and earth tones (R14-15). The hardest mark for LEDs to hit is the R9 standard, it's also the most important. So companies use the 8 step test when their bulbs test poorly for R9. Yes, "good" is my subjective opinion but it's also scientific fact...if you know what factors to measure. I've been working with light for the last 10 years and I have darned good idea of what is "good" and what is not. I also know how to test a light source to modern standards. These bulbs simply produce superior light quality that looks natural.
          why is r9 important?
          Peak wavelength: the “last mile” in lighting design (high R9 again) No one (and I mean no one) talks about this (except Jon), but it’s the difference between good and bad. In other words, manufacturers aren't telling you the whole story if they don't show their R9 ratings. Our bulbs have a “true red” 635nm peak wavelength. I tested it myself and you can see it in the images below. This peak wavelength is critical in achieving high R9 and saturated reds. Many bulbs that are 90+ CRI still look bad because their peak wavelength shifts green or yellow...Remember your superpower? Combine this with a low R9 and your regular "High CRI" bulb isn't cutting it. I guarantee if you compare them you can tell the difference, and you are going to choose the "better" bulb. Remember those trade show tests? 97% !!!
          What is "Ultra High" CRI?
          CRI is a measure of color reproduction accuracy. Sunlight is a perfect 100. These bulbs are rated at 95+ and the ones I tested were all 96 or 97. Don't trust any manufacturer that omits R9 values and/or doesn't show you the 15 step CRI chart. (see ours below) ANSI minimum indoor lighting standard is 80 CRI...which is fine, but it's not great. This standard only requires the basic 8 step measurement, not the complete 15 step measurement. You spend a lot of time in your home and "fine" is not an admirable standard for something you spend so much time living with. You deserve great and this is it. High R9 (true red) values: Many "High CRI" sources score a 50 or lower on true red. Ultra High CRI is only achieved with high R9. Not using the extended CRI measurement is how companies get a high rating but still perform poorly in the real world. R9 is especially important for skin tones and many natural things like food, wood, etc. The human “super power” is distinguishing color...why use lights that limit that? We tested High CRI against low CRI at a couple of trade shows. We showed people two lights that were identical, except for CRI...and 97% of people picked High CRI based on the simple question, "which one would you choose." People NEVER agree on anything at 97%.
          why 2700K warm white?
          Yeah, I hear you. I wanted different color temperatures too...until I actually tried this bulb. Really. 2700K is about what people are used to with incandescent and halogen bulbs. For a flashlight, I really love 4000K, but for lighting at home I (little did I know) love 2700K. 1) Looks Familiar: 2700K is a direct replacement for traditional "warm/soft white" incandescent bulbs. I did try other CCT bulbs in our house, but I realized professional lighting designers choose 2700K for homes for a good reason.
          2) No loss of CCT when dimmed: These bulbs maintain their CCT over the entire dimming range unlike some products that change CCT when dimmed.
          At this point, if other CCT options were available, I wouldn't choose them. Maybe some exceptions, but lighting in a home is room specific. If I can sell a lot of bulbs they can make them all the way up to 6500K and maintain 95+ CRI...but the best choice for your home is 2700K. Read on. COOL LIGHTING IN YOUR HOME ISN'T HEALTHY - MODERN RESEARCH SHOWS BLUE LIGHT ISN’T GOOD FOR YOU, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT.
          1) Blue light suppresses melatonin production, the chemical that tells your body it’s time to sleep. Just ask Harvard. Don't believe Harvard? I can't do much for you.
          2) Bright light (of any color) also has the same (but lesser) effect. This is why dimming is important. Either that or use a lower power bulb...which makes these 45W equivalent bulbs perfect in both situations.
          3) If you are in your house...and it’s dark enough to require light...bedtime isn't far away...follow my logic? So if you want to sleep well, you should NOT be using cooler color temperatures in your home unless it’s in the garage or a work space that is used during the day. LIGHTING DESIGN 101:
          2700K is warm color that professional lighting designers use to give environments an inviting ambiance. Cooler temperatures are only used in commercial and retail spaces to energize you. Also prisons. Do you want to live in a cozy home or a prison cell? 1) Don't use cool white in rooms where you spend time before bed: Many people these days are putting cooler bulbs into their homes...and you really should NOT be doing this...with a few exceptions mentioned above. I know, you've already done it and you feel like arguing. I felt the same way, until I tried it. Now I can't stand cool white bulbs.
          2) Brighter is not better: Cooler bulbs are perceived by consumers as brighter...and everyone understands “bright” so this is the specification they gravitate to. It's also the spec that companies choose to market, so it's understandable. Now you know better and you won't be misled.
          3) There are too many consumer bulb temperatures: warm white, soft white, daylight white, cool white. Oh man, I'm getting dizzy. Forget about it. Use (2700K) in your home. Consider cooler/brighter white (for your garage or a work space...and that's it.
          so where's the data?
          The Prometheus bulb is superior in every category. The numbers don't lie. WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
          1) The red line in the spectrum (images 2-6) shows a comparison to the Prometheus bulb profile.
          2) Note blue light levels comparted to our bulb (blue arrow)
          3) Note R9 Values listed in the CRI chart (red arrow)
          4) Note accuracy of peak wavelength. Bulbs that peak in the yellow or gren areas will look unnatural yellow or green in use. (white vertical line)
          5) Note "Rf, skin" values in the TM30 charts (lots of colored lines). The "Rf, skin" value is the accuracy index for rendering skin tones.
          Highest CRI and R9 of any A60 LED bulb
          These bulbs measure 95+ CRI using the more stringent "15 step index." They also achieve an 85+ at rendering saturated reds. Many companies use the antiquated "8 step index" in order to make their CRI number higher, and the 8 step index ignores R9. .
          2700K CCT Warm White (low blue light emission)
          Warm white is preferred by lighting designers for in-home lighting. Warm light promotes relaxation and sets a welcoming atmosphere. These bulbs also have the lowest blue light emission of any bulb I tested. This is important because blue light exposure at night makes it harder to fall asleep.
          5600K CCT Daylight White (higher blue light emission)
          Cooler white bulbs with more blue content are ideal for work spaces where you want to remain alert. Unlike warm bulbs, the blue light tells your body it's daytime even when it's not. These should not be used in your bedroom or other spaces where you spend time just before bed.
          dimmable
          These bulbs are dimmable between 10%-100% output when using an LED compatible dimmer switch. They may not work properly with an older incandescent dimmer.
          300 degree light distribution
          Bulbs come in different shapes and sizes because they are different tools for different jobs. Filament bulbs excel in scenarios where you want the light emission to be the same as a traditional incandescent bulb. Domed LED bulbs only emit light forwards, which is desirable in some situations.
          • voltage
            110V US ONLY
          • wattage
            11W (75W equivalent)
          • size
            A60 (E26 Base)
          • CCT and CRI
            2700K @ 95+ CRI
            5600K @ 95+ CRI
          • output
            1000 lumens (2700K)
            1100 lumens (5600K)
          • Dimmable
            10%-100%
          • where it's made
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