Consumer Reports tester John Banta has an illuminating visitor in his home - the Cree C-R-6 L-E-D floodlight. It's the latest in lightbulb technology.
Banta says, "It's very similar to an incandescent bulb, but it doesn't get hot. It doesn't use as much energy."
Back in the labs, Consumer Reports testers have this bulb burning continuously. The new Cree says it will last a whopping 50-thousand hours!
Dan DiClerico with Consumer Reports found, "To reach 50-thousand hours -let's say you have the light on for six hours a day - that means this bulb would last for 22 years!"
In a first look at the Cree L-E-D lightbulb, Consumer Reports found it has some advantages over C-F-Ls.
When you turn it on, the L-E-D brightens right away, but some C-F-Ls take a couple of minutes to fully illuminate.
DiClerico says, "And with this LED, colors under the light look similar to how they appear under a regular incandescent. But the downside with LEDs is their price. A single floodlight can cost 60 dollars."
But Consumer Reports tests show there are plenty of good-performing C-F-Ls that cost far less. Top-ratings went to some EcoSmart bulbs from Home Depot.
These EcoSmart floodlights cost 13 dollars for two. They're number 780-758. And these EcoSmart lamp bulbs cost six dollars for four. They're number 423-599.
Consumer Reports says it will be testing new C-F-L lightbulbs as they arrive in stores. We'll keep you posted on how they perform.