CREE LED Light Bulbs Review

Posted on Dec 11 2013 - 3:53pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received these products for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.


Nothing is more annoying that going in a room to look for something and have the bulb in the room all of a sudden die. While this is obviously Murphy’s Law hard at work, it is still very annoying when it happens in a room without windows, like the garage or a storage area. It seems like many of the bulbs in our home have been dying lately, leaving us scrambling to find bulbs. Even worse, I am terrified to touch them due to my own clumsiness. What happens if one of our CFLs break and there is mercury vapor throughout our home? As we were preparing for a Sam’s Club trip to buy more CFLs, I was contacted by CREE, asking if I would be willing to try out their LED Light Bulbs. Hearing that they were inexpensive and energy efficient, I obviously said yes and was curious to start trying out these new, innovative bulbs!

CREE LED Light Bulbs: What is It

Looking for a quick working light bulbs that not only turns on quickly, but will save you money in the long run? If so, we are happy to introduce you to the CREE LED Light Bulbs. These energy star certified bulbs use 84% less energy than traditional bulbs and are cheaper than CFLs since they start at only $9.97, allowing you to instantly make your home more eco-friendly. Best of all, these bulbs are mercury free, have a 10 year limited warranty, and last 25 times longer, allowing you enjoy beautiful light in your home when you need it most. If it saves you money, why not go for a more affordable solution that is better for you and the environment?

CREE LED Light Bulbs: Overall

When I first got these bulbs, I thought they were interesting and was excited to try them out. I have always been scared of CFLs since they contain mercury. While I have plenty of these bulbs in my home, I have always been fearful of them breaking or shattering since that would be a hazmat team coming in our home to deal with the mess. To say the least, mercury is very dangerous and having mercury free light bulbs in the home sounded pretty great! What was more impressive, however, was just how great of a job these bulbs do at lighting up a room. They turn on quickly, are fairly bright, and use very little energy, making them perfect for our household. If it says just how impressed we were with these bulbs, we ended up going to Home Depot and buying more, including ones that could handle cold temperatures outdoors so we no longer had to use the very slow working CFLs! Based on our own experience with the CREE LED Light Bulbs, I am happy to give them an A rating.

CREE LED Light Bulbs: Where to Purchase

Would you like to purchase these inexpensive LED bulbs for your own home? Currently, the CREE LED Light Bulbs are sold at any Home Depot and have a starting point of $9.97 a bulb. Once you have tried these awesome, energy saving bulbs, you will never go back to incandescent or CFLs again!

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. eric rivera December 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    i too hate cfl's cause of the mercury but its always great to have alternative options which they are coming out with more and more 

  2. Robin Coxon December 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    These bulbs sound pretty good.  Will need to try them the next time I need light bulbs.

    • Jim G. Baldwin February 12, 2014 at 12:12 am - Reply

      Robin… Hope u are good .

      LED bulbs are the perfect option in now days because it saves lot of energy . If i talk about some other features like long durability , robustness , designs make it more better . One more thing attached with it that is Eco-friendly . LED bulb don't emmits any kind of harmful rays or heat . All the best for you next purchase .


  3. Amber December 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Wow! That is pretty nice. I will have to check them out next time I go to the store. Especially if they are inexpensive!

  4. Jasmine P December 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I want to try out these now! 

  5. Debi H. December 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    I just bought two LED bulbs this weekend.  I love them but my husband not so much.  He thinks they are too bright.  I think he is just used to the old incandescent bulbs and will get used to these over time. 

  6. Mary December 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of the new bulbs.  I have been having to many problems with the regular bulbs burning out to fast or exploding.  I like the idea of going greener and getting a better light.

  7. Nicole Jenkins December 11, 2013 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    I didnt even know they existed… and imagine not changing a bulb for ten years! i hate how you have to wait for a CFL to warm up for full light. What a great idea! going to Home depot tomorrow!!!




  8. bonita english December 13, 2013 at 12:22 am - Reply

    we are always looking for better and energy saving help these sound great really want to try

  9. Laura Garrett December 13, 2013 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Wow!  Let me see if I've got this right …. 84% less energy than the bulbs I grew up with, cheaper than the swirlies (what I call the flourescents), mercury free (so double eco-friendly), lasts longer than my last 6 cars put together, and bright beautiful light.  Why did no one tell me about this until now??  I'm definately trying these.
    If you have a moment, and know the answer, I do have a couple questions.  I'm sure I could ask at Home Depot but I'm so curious to know the answers.  You said  do work outside in colder temperatures … do you know if they offer a flood light size?  Also, you said they light up fairly quickly and do a good job lighting a room.  I know the swirlies, when I first tried them, made it seem we'd been using hurricane lamps for years the difference in candle power was so vast.  Would you rate the CREE closer to the swirlies or kind of in the middle?  And finally (and thank you for your patience), the photos you included make it appear that the CREE bulbs will fit on older style shades.  I have many old lamps – my Mom's, my Mamaw's – where the shade attaches to the bulb, not under.  I found myself buying swirlies and old fashioned bulbs to accomodate those antique / heirloom lamps.  The CREE bulbs look rounded, like the old style.  Would you happen to know if a lamp shade will attach to the top of the bulb?

    Thank you for converting me to CREE LED bulbs!!!  Sorry I was full of questions! ~:)

  10. Amanda T December 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    I hear you on the incadescent CFL bulbs it too scares me about the Mercury in these bulbs. I took all 3 bulbs out of my Garage that where the coiled ones CFL bulbs, the light was so weak and their was always a blown one every few months. I will check out these Cree-Led Lights sometime soon. I can't imagine I just seen a womans post on the CFL one almost caused a fire. I don't know why they market them safe. Lucky I have an extender to take out bulbs. Glad I was able to read your review and that I am not the only one that feels this way about CFL bulbs. 

  11. Lori R August 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I haven’t changed a lightbulb since we had to go CFL bulbs. My hubby always has to do it, but even he is getting a little shaky about them. I will certainly check out these LED bulbs. Thanks for the review!

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