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The Best LED Light Bulbs on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written before about all sorts of lighting — including tips on how to rescue a rental with bad lighting, a list of energy-efficient bulbs, and a review of “trippy” mushroom-shaped night light  — here, we’ve rounded up the best LED light bulbs as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated LED light bulbs

Philips LED Non-Dimmable A19 8.5-Watt Frosted Light Bulb 800 Lumen 2700K (16 Pack)

Over 2,500 purchasers give a five-star rating to this multipack of standard-sized LED bulbs from Philips. They’re available in two different color temperatures: soft white and daylight. Both have their own draw, but in general, purchasers seem to prefer the slightly brighter “daylight” bulb for general use in their homes. One reviewer explains, “We had warm or soft white incandescent bulbs throughout the house, and I have been working on replacing them all with a bright white light. It feels like a brand-new space. I wanted to paint my walls before, but after getting these installed, it’s like a whole new color.” Others write that they were happy to buy these bulbs in bulk because it helped them to switch their homes over to LEDs with minimal difficulty. “Being able to buy the 16-packs for a decent price has made [switching everything] a whole lot easier. These are a nice bright daylight color and really have a fresh feel to the light.”

Best-rated (less expensive) LED light bulbs

Great Eagle A19 LED Bulb, Soft White (4-Pack)

Over 90 percent of the reviewers give these bulbs five-stars, with many highlighting the brightness of the light they put out and the affordability of this four-pack. “Great value for the cost per bulb,” writes one reviwer, one of dozens who uses the word “value” in their review. Another shares a more nuanced review: “I have a love-hate relationship with these lights. They are so bright and light up so well, I love it. Oh yeah, the hate relationship part, now I can see how dirty some areas in the house were that my old ugly yellow lights wouldn’t show before.”

And now, some micro-picks for every type of LED light bulb you might be looking for.

Best 24-pack of soft white LED bulbs

Sylvania 60W Equivalent LED Light Bulb, A19 Lamp, Soft White (24-Pack)

“Great deal for the money,” writes one five-star reviewer of these LED light bulbs from Sylvania. “I replaced all my curly fluorescent type bulbs and Halogen type with these and wow,they look awesome.” Satisfied commenters say you’re getting quality bulbs for a very compelling price, with one even remarking, “I never thought I’d see the day when LED bulbs got this cheap. I’m very pleased to be able to get 24 for what I used to pay for a SINGLE BULB, not that long ago.” And while many reviewers certainly focus on how affordable these are, plenty also praise their high quality. To sum it up: “THIS is the bulb you are looking for. It has superb brightness, gives off perfect soft-white glow, and lasts and lasts.”

Best 16-pack of soft white LED light bulbs

AmazonBasics 60 Watt Equivalent Non-Dimmable A19 LED Light Bulb, Soft White (16-Pack)

Purchasers recommend this 16-pack of LED bulbs on account of the trustworthiness of the AmazonBasics brand and the strong value for their money, as mentioned by one reviewer who reports being happy after “finally decided to buy bulk.” They’re available in a range of color temperatures, but many like the “soft white.” Reviewers do note that like many LED bulbs, these are not dimmable, but if you’re fine with that, these come endorsed by over 1,500 five-star reviews. One commenter jokes: “And God said, ‘Let there be light.’ Amazon replied and said, ‘It’s lit.’”

Best daylight 60-watt equivalent LED light bulbs

TCP A19 LED Bulbs, Daylight (16-Pack)

Some purchasers prefer a brighter “daylight” bulb to the more ubiquitous “soft white.” To quote one reviewer who outlines the differences: “The daylight is great for offices, bathroom vanities and kitchens where you want that brighter whiter light. The soft white ones are better for dining rooms, etc.” And though these bulbs are available in “soft white,” the daylight ones have more reviews and seem to have the most enamored customers. As one purchaser explains, “The daylight 5000K bulbs are certainly bright, and it’s such a welcome change to see a crisp, clean light. It is so nice to turn on a light in the darkness of early morning or at night and see the room come to life with so much light.” And the bright light is a hit with artists, too. “These are by far and away the best daylight LED bulbs I’ve ever used,” writes a watercolor artist who says they “thrive working in the bright daylight hours,” but bought these for when “there isn’t anymore daylight.”

Best dimmable LED light bulbs

Philips Dimmable Frosted A19 LED Bulbs (4-Pack)

According to many reviewers, it’s hard to find dimmable LED bulbs that work well. Frequently cited issues are “flickering” light, “buzzing sounds,” and an inability to accurately adjust to a warmer “color temperature.” But the comments on these dimmable LED bulbs make it clear that Philips has addressed many of these concerns, and purchasers really seem to love how easily these dimmable bulbs work. As one writes, “I’ve been looking for a dimmable LED bulb that would be safe and flicker-free, and finally have found it. The light these bulbs give is warm, and gets warmer as they dim.” Another adds, I like these so much I now have them in most of the ceiling lights in our home. I particularly like that they are a warm light. The dimming factor is quite good, no flicker, no wobble just a nice lower light. Hubby is a 40-year master electrician and he is now suggesting these to folks.”

Best 100-watt equivalent LED light bulbs

Great Eagle 100-Watt Equivalent LED Bulbs, Daylight, 6-Pack

If you are looking for a truly bright bulb, reviews recommend these 100-watt dimmable bulbs from Great Eagle. “I liked them so much, I ordered two more boxes to replace additional lights throughout the house,” writes one reviewer who says they’re “using these lights in my craft room and any areas around the house where I want extra bright lighting.” Another adds, “These are a perfect replacement where you really need proper light to read and work. Not too yellow and not so harsh that it hurts your eyes.”

Best dimmable LED bulbs with candelabra base

Philips LED Dimmable Light Bulbs with Candelabra Base E12 (10-Pack)

“I love these as much as a human being can love a light bulb,” exclaims one five-star reviewer of these candelabra bulbs. “They are perfect in my overhead fans, give off a cool white light when turned all the way up, and then a warm light when dim. No more having to choose color temperature when buying LEDs.” These work for any candelabra socket, but many purchasers seem to buy these specifically for chandeliers. “This is my third set of LED candelabra bulbs for our chandelier, and on the third try I finally found bulbs that look right,” writes one repeat customer, explaining, “These bulbs put out a lot of nice white light when at full brightness. When dimmed, the color temperature drops down so they glow with a very nice yellowish color, like older incandescent lights used to.” Another writes, after installing them, “I don’t know how to explain it, but looking at each of the lights when lit they actually take on a characteristic of a candle.”

Best frosted LED light bulbs with candelabra base

Abrillo Candelabra Base Non-Dimmable LED Bulbs (4-Pack)

“I’m slowly switching out regular incandescent bulbs for these new LED bulbs on the chandelier in my living room,” writes one reviewer, adding that “the difference between the two is very noticeable. The LED lights are so much brighter than the regular ones, and they last a lot longer. I can’t wait until the entire chandelier is LED-lit, I’m already planning a celebration party.” Another happy reviewer also mentions the long life of LED bulbs as a key benefit of these, especially since candelabra base bulbs are often required in ceiling fans and other fixtures that are hard to reach. Purchasers also note the “frosted” look of these bulbs, achieved with a semi-opaque white cover surrounding the bulb. One writes, “This is the only frosted candelabra LED with such strong bright and warm light that I could find.”

Best LED floodlight bulbs

Sunco Lighting Dimmable Flood Light Bulbs BR30 LED 11WATT 3000K Daylight (6 Pack)

“Wow these lights are great,” remarks one five-star reviewer. “They are nice and bright, instant on (love LEDs), and the dimmable functionality is great too. They don’t make the buzzing noise that some of the cheaper dimmable LEDs do. Will be buying more for the rest of our recessed lighting.” After replacing their incandescent floodlights with these, one purchaser noticed a marked improvement in light quality and heat output: “These bulbs run much cooler, they dim real well with my dimmer switch, and my family loves them because they make our kitchen look lighter and brighter.” Another calls them, “Very bright, very clean soft white light. Very comparable to the CREE lights you can pick up for almost three times the price.”

Best LED track light bulbs

AmazonBasics 50-Watt Equivalent Dimmable LED GU10 Bulbs (6 Pack)

“Ah-mazing quality of light. Brighter than the halogen GU 10s they replaced,” writes one, adding, “These are [a warmer color] than your average LED lights and seem quite natural. All six of mine are installed in a ceiling track light situation and have consistent color of light, very even and no noticeable variation.” In addition to the quality of the light itself, another reason reviewers recommend these is that they generate significantly less heat than their halogen counterparts. As one puts it: “I replaced five halogen bulbs (50 watts each) in a closet track light. These are much brighter, not as hot and use a fraction of energy.”

Best globe LED light bulbs

Sunco Lighting 6W Dimmable G25 LED Vanity Light Bulb Warm White 3000K (10 Pack)

These globe-style LED bulbs come with a standard base, and many reviewers buy them to outfit their bathroom vanities. They’re available in a range of color temperatures, and the choice mostly comes down to personal preference. Regardless of which version they have, reviewers praise the performance of these bulbs. “I ordered them for my bathroom and then my wife e