Ultra High CRI LED Lightbulb
you know I'm obsessed with light quality, and it doesn't get better than this
bring ultra high cri into your home, you'll thank me
Finally found my "grail" bulb and I'm sharing it with you!
I didn't design this bulb but I've personally tested dozens in the last few months in search of perfection. This filament 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.
This is a pre-order
Call it a market test. Call it jumping the gun. Whatever the case I wanted to give you the opportunity to try these bulbs for yourself NOW so I talked the manufacturer into allowing me to run a pre-order.They have been awesome to work with and take lighting as seriously as I do. Pshhh, nerds.
What did I learn from testing so many bulbs?
My #1 takeaway (and this holds true for flashlights): It's NOT all about the spec sheet. 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. I knew this about flashlights and confirmed it about bulbs.
My #2 takeaway: I tested several high CRI bulbs that just didn't look good. I know! I expected anything high CRI to at least look decent, but some were terrible...because they have some significant weakness in one part of the color spectrum. Yes, "good" is my subjective opinion but 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. These bulbs simply produce superior light quality that looks natural.
Only 2700K color temperature?
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) reeeeealy love 2700K.
- Looks Familiar: 2700K is a direct replacement for traditional "warm white" incandescent bulbs.
- No loss of CCT when dimmed: These bulbs maintain their CCT over the entire dimming range unlike some products that get cooler as you get dimmer.
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 minimums are massive.
Only 45W equivalent?
Again, I thought that was not going to be enough. Back in the day I used to run a lot of 60W bulbs. More is better right? Turns out these LED bulbs are plenty bright for every room in our house, but most rooms have several bulbs. If you need blazing light out of a single bulb then this isn't the best choice.
Again, they can make higher output bulbs, but don't currently. I'd have to order a container full to have them manufactured, so this is the first step.
There are some distinct advantages to going with a lower output bulb:
- Even More Cost Effective: LEDs are already known for efficiency, but lower power bulbs consume less electricity, so going down one step in power is a win/win. If you are running 60W incandescent bulbs and you drop down to this 8W (45W equivalent) LED bulb you are using almost 8x LESS electricity per bulb.
- Less Heat = Longer Life: Lower power means less heat, and less heat makes bulbs last longer. Remember all those claims about LED bulbs lasting 10K, 30K, 50K hours? Yeah, not once you put them into a light fixture that traps all of the heat. These bulbs run hot to the touch, but you can easily hold one that's been on for an hour.
Ultra High CRI...What about regular high CRI?
Ultra High CRI is used to describe ratings over 95. Welcome to the next frontier my friend. The manufacturer has the technology to create Ultra High CRI bulbs across the entire color temperature range from 2300K to 6500K. I've tested this myself on their other LED products.
- No CRI loss when dimmed: These bulbs also maintain their Ultra HighCRI over the entire dimming range.
- 95+ CRI rating: I sampled a number of bulbs and tested them with my spectrometer. The lowest CRI rating I measured was actually 97...unicorn territory.