I was at Home Depot the other day, and needed to buy some bulbs. I had 3 old halogens burn out in the basement, and temporarily replaced them with 40W LED bulbs that I had been saving for an upcoming fixture swap-out.
I came across incredible pricing on CREE bulbs, both on standard bulbs and their downlight retrofit kits. This was my first experience with CREE’s downlight retrofit kits, and it was remarkably quick and easy to install them.
The first package lacked instructions, but I had checked the online install guide a few weeks ago. Even if I hadn’t, it would have been just a slightly slower process.
I had only purchased 3 originally, 2 for the laundry room, and one for the basement to try out. I bought the standard 65W equivalent replacements, in daylight colors and TW series, for the higher color accuracy.
I bought a few 60W LEDs for a new hallway fixture, a few for a new dimmable dining room fixture, and one to replace an outside doorway light, all in soft white.
I also bought smaller lamps for the front door and driveway lights, but they were pricier – $15 for a 2-pack. The driveway lights didn’t turn on, so I’ll have to investigate. The base crumbled a little when I changed the bulb, so maybe the fixture internals rotted out.
Our basement’s drop ceiling is pretty low – between 6 and 7 feet tall. Let me tell you – these lights are BRIGHT! I might have to put them on a dimmer. Only half the basement lights are on a dimmer right now.
The only one I swapped out so far was one of two that had those aiming lights – they call ’em eyeball lights – but the other lights will be receiving similar treatment.
I only bought a few lights initially, but I went back same-day to buy more.
It was something like $4 each for the 4-filament LED bulbs. The price is not yet reflected on Home Depot’s website. The BR40 flood light I bought (and returned, as I only need 1 for the garage and decided to go with the retrofit kits for the basement) was I think $9. And the retrofit kits were $8 each.
Before I went back to the store to buy 1 soft white retrofit for the hallway just outside the kitchen, which will likely be getting soft white bulbs, and some more daylight TW series bulbs for the basement, I checked the website and the prices did not yet match those in store.
I’m not sure why, but today the soft white retrofit LED kits dropped in price on Home Depot’s website.
I really don’t think the price drops were only at my store – they might be at yours as well. If you’re going to be at Home Depot anyways, or want to make a special trip to check LED bulb prices, please let me know if the deal is widespread.
Hopefully the deal comes online. As of now, only very limited of the CREE LED bulb selection are discounted online.
If you have tried these, or other LED bulbs, which would you recommend?
I absolutely love CREE LED products, especially the TW series, and wish that TW versions of the standard bulb sizes were more readily available.
If you have another favored LED bulb brand or retrofit kit, please let us know!
Also, any ideas as to why the prices of popular bulb sizes have plummeted in stores? Not that I’m complaining!