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Which LED Bulbs? Here's our pick of the best LED bulbs to use in your home

You’re not alone if you find buying an LED bulb confusing. The packaging for a light bulb is tricky to understand as it’s covered in lighting terminology and abbreviations. So to help we’ve come up with our top replacement LED bulbs based on reliability, price, quality of light and compatibility. Our replacement LEDs can be directly swapped for your old incandescent or halogen bulbs - no need for rewiring or changing the fitting.

Your old bulb

Top pick LED replacement

60W GLS

60W GLS incandescent bulb
  • ENERGY USAGE: 60W
  • LUMENS: 700
  • AVERAGE LIFE: 1500 hours
  • CAP TYPES: ES, BC
  • COLOUR TEMPERATURE: warm white
  • AVERAGE PRICE: £1-2
  • EXTRAS: fully dimmable, available with clear or frosted glass

60W replacement LED

Philips CorePro LEDbulb ND 8-60W A60 827
  • ENERGY USAGE: 8W
  • LUMENS: 806
  • AVERAGE LIFE: 25,000 hours
  • CAP TYPES: ES, BC
  • COLOUR TEMPERATURE: warm white
  • AVERAGE PRICE: £3-4
  • EXTRAS: Please note that this version is not dimmable

 

Why did we choose this bulb: The Philips Corepro GLS is a reliable bulb and although this version isn’t dimmable its low price makes it a very affordable way to have energy saving LED lighting. Commonly used in the main light fitting of a room

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old halogen gu10

50W GU10 halogen spotlight
  • ENERGY USAGE: 50W
  • LUMENS: 340
  • AVERAGE LIFE: 2000 hours
  • CAP TYPES: GU10
  • COLOUR TEMPERATURE: warm white
  • AVERAGE PRICE: £1-2
  • EXTRAS: fully dimmable

efficient LED gu10

Philips Master LEDspotMV D 4.3W GU10
  • ENERGY USAGE: 4.3W
  • LUMENS: 355
  • AVERAGE LIFE: 35,000 hours
  • CAP TYPES: GU10
  • COLOUR TEMPERATURE: warm white
  • AVERAGE PRICE: £4-6
  • EXTRAS: fully dimmable

 

Why did we choose this bulb: One of our best sellers, this replacement spotlight bulb just goes on and on. Plus it's available in a range of colour temperatures (2700K - 4000K) making it suitable for ambient or task lighting. Commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms.

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40w incandescent candle

40W candle incandescent bulb
  • ENERGY USAGE: 40W
  • LUMENS: 400
  • AVERAGE LIFE: 2000 hours
  • CAP TYPES: ES, SES, BC, SBC
  • COLOUR TEMPERATURE: warm white
  • AVERAGE PRICE: £1-2
  • EXTRAS: fully dimmable

efficient LED 40w equivalent

Philips Master LEDcandle D 6W B39 Clear 
  • ENERGY USAGE: 6W
  • LUMENS: 470
  • AVERAGE LIFE: 20,000 hours
  • CAP TYPES: ES, SES, BC, SBC
  • COLOUR TEMPERATURE: warm white
  • AVERAGE PRICE: £5-7
  • EXTRAS: fully dimmable

 

Why did we choose this bulb: the Philips ‘diamond spark’ LED in this candle produces a sparkling incandescent-like light making it perfect for decorative wall or ceiling fittings.

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40w golf ball

40W incandescent golfball bulb
  • ENERGY USAGE: 40W
  • LUMENS: 400
  • AVERAGE LIFE: 1000 hours
  • CAP TYPES: ES, SES, BC, SBC
  • COLOUR TEMPERATURE: warm white
  • AVERAGE PRICE: £0.50 - 1.50
  • EXTRAS: fully dimmable

led golf ball 40w equivalent

Philips Master LEDluster D 6W 827 P48 Cl
  • ENERGY USAGE: 6W
  • LUMENS: 470
  • AVERAGE LIFE: 20,000 hours
  • CAP TYPES: ES, SES, BC, SBC
  • COLOUR TEMPERATURE: warm white
  • AVERAGE PRICE: £6-8
  • EXTRAS: this version is fully dimmable

 

Why did we choose this bulb: Again Philips has used its ‘diamond spark’ technology to produce incandescent-like light so this golfball is ideal for small fittings such as table/desk lamps.

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These are our top picks and as you may have already noticed, we prefer to recommend reputable brands such as Philips or Osram Ledvance when it comes to LED bulbs. This is because we know that the manufcturing and testing of their products follows strict procedures making them some of the most reliable products on the market.

Understanding the LED lingo

If you're keen to learn the difference between a lumen and a watt or why a higher colour temperature means a colder light then check out our other guides

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