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LED light bulb reviews

Last tested: 20 January 2016

We review 14 LED light bulbs (or lamps, as they're technically called) of the type used in most household light fittings. Our latest test includes products with wattages from 8.6W (watts) to 14.2W and light output from 600lm (lumens) to 1055lm.

We're no longer testing compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) – find out why in our light bulbs buying guide.

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This batch of lights was tested for 1750 hours – the equivalent of nearly one year of use, assuming five hours' use per day.

We'll tell you:

  • what to buy
  • which models meet their claimed light output
  • which models are still going strong after 1750 hours.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you see at a glance good and bad points for each model, along with features such as whether they're dimmable and their shape and size. Our CHOICE Buys will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

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Claimed wattage. Our measurements indicate this is a reliable figure.

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Light output level
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High = 1000lm and above; Medium = 601–999lm; Lower = 600lm or less.

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Based on the light output of the lamp after 100 hours burn-in. The closer to its claimed lumens, the better. The best scoring models exceed their claims.

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1750 hour luminosity score
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Based on the light output after 1750 hours' operation (about one year at five hours/day). The closer to its claimed lumens, the better. The best scoring models exceed their claims.

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  • Failures up to 1750 hrs
  • Measured light output after 100 hrs (lm)
  • Measured light output after 1750 hrs (lm)
  • Efficiency at 1750 hrs (lm/W)
  • Colour temperature description
  • Colour temperature (K)
  • Claimed colour rendering index (CRI)
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  • Wattage (W)
  • Claimed light output (lm)
  • Light output level
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  • Shape
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