100W Replacement Soft White Dimmable Review

General Information

ID #257
SKU BA21-160270MF-12DE26-1U100
Series N/A
Manufacturer Cree, Inc. (other LEDs from Cree, Inc.)
Fitting Type E26 (other E26 LEDs)
Light Type Globe
Height 125mm
Width 68mm
Weight 164g
Warranty 10 Years
Test Date 2014-04-23
Review Notes Highest scoring 120V LED retrofit tested to date. A very bright LED globe. The first 100W replacement globe we have seen that is similar in size to a standard globe. Emitting area has a rubberized coating for shatter resistance. Dimming profile was very linear, tested using a Lutron Skylark CTCL-153P CFL/LED Dimmer. Excellent dimming and power factor, CRI was average. Runs a little on the hot side, like many of the Cree globes. Carries UL approval label.
Price $19.97 (USD) from Home Depot on 22nd of April 2014


LED Specifications

Claimed Measured Compared To
Watts 18W 16.5W @ 121V 64.7W @ 246V
Yearly Running Cost[?] $3.94 $3.61 $14.17
Lumens 1600 lm 1424 lm 811 lm
Efficiency[?] 89 lm/W 86 lm/W 13 lm/W
Lumens/Purchase Price 80 lm/$ 71 lm/$ 406 lm/$
Power Factor[?] N/A 1 1
Color [?] Warm White, 2700K Warm White, 2756K Warm White, 2711K
Angle[?] Omni-Directional 289° Omni-Directional
Dimmable Yes, Leading or Trailing Edge Excellent Yes, Trailing Edge
CRI (Color Accuracy)[?] 80 80
Life 25,000 hours Not Measured 1,000 hours
Min/Max Voltage N/A / 120V 240V / 240V
Min/Max Temperature -25°C / 45°C N/A
Measured Temperature 89°C @ 25°C ambient
192°F @ 77°F ambient
158°C @ 25°C ambient
316°F @ 77°F ambient
Flicker Percent[?] 31% 11%
Flicker Index[?] 0.093 0.034


Link to manufacturer specifications at time of testing


Dimming measurements

Graph notes: Dimming performance can be highly dependant on the type of dimmer, the number of lights in the circuit and other factors. Results in your house might vary. Mouse over the graph for more details. Position 10 = Not dimmed. Position 1 = Fully dimmed.



Distribution Graph

Angle: 289° (±144.5° from bottom), Maximum lux:

Graph notes: Shows the intensity of the light when viewed from different angles. Normal omni-directional globes have a fairly constant output all the way around (excepting directly above). Downlights have a narrow range at the bottom in which the light is emmited, this determines their angle.


Spectrum Graph

Representation of color spectrum

Graph notes: Shows the breakdown of the LED light into its component colors. With short wavelength ultraviolet on the left and long wavelength infrared on the right. The green line represents the relative absolute strength of the light at each frequency, while the red line represents what the typical human eye would see. The human eye is most sensitive to green light, but much less sensitive to purples and deep reds.


Flicker Graph

Graph of measured flicker

Percent: 31%, Index: 0.093 (lower is better in both cases)

Graph notes: Shows variation in light output over 1/10th of a second, with relative light output on the Y axis and time on the X Axis. Measured with a photodiode connected to an Oscilloscope. Ideally the yellow line should be flat. Low frequency high amplitude waveforms mean there is a possibility of noticeable flicker, but sensitivity to flicker varies between people. [More details about LED flicker]


Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these results, each measurement carries an inherent degree of uncertainty and error. Safety and EMC compliance of products to regional or international standards have not been verified unless noted as an ENERGY STAR® LED Lighting Facts, or SSL Quality Scheme certified product. Retailers and importers selling unmarked or unapproved electrical goods can be fined or imprisoned. Mains supplied downlights require installation by a licensed electrician.