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Best 100 Watt LED Bulbs (E26/E27)

The lightbulb is one of the most important inventions of the last two hundred years. Not only did it illuminate houses without the need for fire and thus make the home safer (fire generally isn’t safe, after all, nor are lamps run on gas or oil), but it showed that electricity could be bent to our will, and showed the people what that looked like.

Best 100 Watt LED Bulbs – On The Market

In the century and a half since Edison patented the light bulb (which he absolutely did not invent, but rather made a bit better), there has been surprisingly little change to the actual basis of the light. Sure, we’ve changed gasses we illuminate, but until the LED bulb, that was about it.

If you’re looking to find the best 100 Watt LED bulbs (E26/E27) for illuminating your home safely and inexpensively, this guide is here for you. First, let’s look at a table to compare the various bulbs we reviewed.

BulbWattageLifespan (Hours)Lumens
Philips 4557171410,0001500
Hyperikon 16w1645,0001640
Cree SA2116.515,0001650
Philips 4519061925,0001680
Philips 4591311815,0001600
GE 343691715,0001750
SUNMEG A19 LED Filament 1025,0001000
TOPCHANCES Smart Automatic Sensor750,000630
Sylvanaia LED14A191411,0001500
Philips 459180 3-Way 40/60/1001224,000450/800/1600

Before we go any further, I need to make something clear. These bulbs are not ‘100-watt’ bulbs, they are 100-watt EQUIVALENT bulbs. What that means is that they give off about as much light (measured in lumens) as you would be able to get out of a normal 100-watt bulb. These lightbulbs are providing you with the same light, with less than a fifth of the energy demand, which means that each time you install one, you’re reducing the cost of running that device considerably. If your electric bill is 200 dollars, and 20 percent of that is from lighting, and you replace all that lighting with LED bulbs, you may be able to save 80 percent or more, meaning you’ve literally just cut 32 dollars a month off of your electric bill. That’s 384j dollars a year you can save.

Now that we’ve gotten a general feel for the various products that we’ll be reviewing, it’s time that we take a look at the best 100 watts LED bulbs on the market today.

1

Philips 455717 14W – The Short-Lived Option

Philips is one of those names that has been making bulbs and lighting forever. It began in 1891 and was making carbon-filament lamps when they first opened. Though they have since moved into other markets, they have never ceased making lighting.

This offering from Philips is a good bulb for almost any use. It’s not made to work with dimmers or multi-setting outlets, but if you’re looking for a LED bulb to save some money while getting the same quality of light (or better), then this is a good one for you.

Believe it or not, this bulb, operating off of a whopping 14 watts (less than a sixth of what you’d need to run a 100-watt bulb) will put out 1,500 lumens. It will last for about 10,000 hours of continuous use at optimal temperature, which is about five times better than you can really hope to get out of a bulb based on a filament. Its color temperature is in the 5000 Kelvin range, providing light that is similar to the sun directly overhead at noon, and the CRI (color rendering index) provided by the bulb is 80, which renders a fair amount of detail for use in the home.

Though this is one of the shorter-lived (and cheaper) LED bulbs reviewed, it’s great for home use in a device operated via on/off switch.

PROS
  • Inexpensive for a LED bulb
  • Takes 14 watts and creates 1500 lumens
  • Great for a standard outlet
CONS
  • Not appropriate for a dimmer or two or three-setting outlet
2

Hyperikon 16W – The All-American Offering

Hyperikon is a late-comer to the lighting game, and yet they’ve already managed to take hold of a decent amount of the market. That’s impressive on its own, really.

Their offering in the 100-watt equivalent market is one that is in the running for best LED light bulbs for home, to be sure, even though their name is not a household one like Philips’ is. Their bulb requires only 16 watts of power, and for that it produces 1640 lumens of light.

Their bulbs are expected to last for around 45,000 hours of use, which is impressive for anything electronic. More interesting still, though, is the fact that the color rendering index of their light bulbs is 98. The color rendering index is intended to be a measure of how well the light bulb renders colors in comparison to an ideal light source (for example, the sun at noon, directly above you), and the scale is 1 to 100. 98 is extremely high, and basically, makes this a ‘high definition’ light.

If you’re looking for a decent light bulb, and you aren’t afraid of going with a name that doesn’t have a history behind it (albeit a name that has done a lot of work to produce amazing bulbs in a short time), then you may want to look into the 16-watt offering from Hyperikon.

PROS
  • Great value with a lifespan of 45,000 hours of use
  • Amazing CRI, at 98
  • Provides 1640 lumens for only 16 watts
CONS
  • Not a well-known brand
3

Cree SA21 – The Tar Heel Offering

Cree LED bulbs are built in America, in North Carolina, and they’ve been in business making LED’s and LED bulbs since 1987. North Carolina makes a lot of great things, so their relative success should be no surprise. Cree doesn’t just make the bulbs, they make the light-emitting diodes that go into the bulbs themselves and have been working to drive that science forward since July of 1987. Their list of recent awards from their industry is impressive, to say the least.

Their bulbs are built to E26 standards, of course, because they’re being built in the USA. These bulbs produce 1650 watts of illumination and do so in exchange for 16.5 watts of energy. They last for an impressive 15,000 hours, and they allow for a decent quality of vision, with a CRI rating of 85. They do all of this, and they are even dimmable!  Sounds like a great quality bulb at a good deal, especially if you’ve got a dimmer switch attached to this socket.

If you are looking for a good bulb, especially for a dimmer switch connected outlet, or you’re just a fan of buying American made products, Cree has you covered.

PROS
  • Made in America, with all the quality that implies
  • Lasts for 15,000 hours of use
  • Decent CRI rating of 85
CONS
  • Nothing really to complain about here
4

Philips 451906 A21 – The Bigger Dimmable From Philips

This bulb may be a bit more awkward-looking of an offering from Philips, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t an offering that is capable of providing the lamination that you need (and want). Philips, a Dutch company, has long been an industry leader in the production of LED bulbs, and their dimmable offering is no different.

Just because they’re a big name doesn’t mean that they have the best dimmable LED light bulbs; it’s because they have literally a century and more’s worth of experience in the field of illumination.

Their 451906 A21-szied bulb uses up 19 watts of energy, which, while it is a fifth of what the light it’s meant to replace, is still the most wattage that anything we reviewed needs to run off of. That being said, for that 19 watts, you’re getting 1680 lumens, which is enough to provide plenty of light for almost any purpose.

These bulbs also have plenty of lifespan, coming in at around 25,000 hours of life projected. These bulbs from Philips are great if you’re looking for an option that is dimmable, and if you decide that you need a name you can trust for that job. Philips won’t let you down.

PROS
  • 1680 Lumens
  • 25,000 hours of life
  • Bigger bulb
CONS
  • Slightly bigger bulb may not be right for all uses
5

Philips 459131 – The No-Frills Philips Bulb

Yet another Philips bulb!  Yes, I know, there’s a lot of them on this list, but to be fair, they’re a huge name in the lightbulb market as a whole.

Anyhow, this is their more ‘standard’ offering. It’s a pretty standard bulb, really. A21 size, E26 screw, that sort of thing. It takes in 18 watts, and in exchange provides 1600 lumens of illumination. Really, as with most Philips products, it’s a quality bulb, but this one just isn’t anything really special.

On the other hand, you can find it in multiple quantities, so if you’re looking for a quick and cost-effective LED purchase that has a brand name you can trust, this might be your best option. It’s just kind of a standard, somewhat blasé model.

PROS
  • Inexpensive
  • 18 watts for 1600 lumens
  • No mercury
CONS
  • Nothing really special about them.
6

GE 34369 – The GE Offering

GE is another one of those businesses that have been in the electric lighting game for quite some time (they also make things like jet engines). GE’s history actually reaches back to the time of Thomas Edison, back when it was known as the Edison General Electric Company. The point is, they’ve been in the light bulb game for a while, now.

Their offering in the GE 34369 is a good offering, a standard one, that most anyone can get behind. It’s appropriate for lighting your living room via a lamp or your bathroom or whatever else you have in mind, really.

This bulb uses up 17 watts, and in return provides 1750 lumens of illumination, in keeping with the power of most of the bulbs thus far reviewed. Its lifespan is nothing to sneeze at, either, coming in at 15,000 hours of use on average. It has a CRI of 80, meaning it renders colors about as well as the average LED light bulb (and about as well as the average incandescent bulb, too, when it all comes down to it).

It’s a run of the mill offering, but the bulb has all the GE quality that you could ever want. A great bulb for someone who wants a name they can trust. If you’re looking for a GE light, the 69193 offering from their website might also be something to look at.

PROS
  • GE means quality
  • 17 watts becomes 1750 lumens, which is a good exchange rate
  • 15,000 hours lifespan
CONS
  • Another plain Jane offering
7

SUNMEG A19 LED Filament – The Faux-Filament Option

If you think this offering looks a little strange, you’d be right!  You see, old bulbs, non-LED bulbs, work because of a filament. It’s a length of something that, when electricity is run through it, glows white-hot (or yellow-hot, whatever). This bulb is designed to re-create that look, while not requiring as much power to provide similar light.

In this case, that is done by putting a LED in the middle of a weird faux filament. The LED turns on, and it makes it look like the filament is being heated and thus producing light, while really it’s just a trick. Kind of cool, especially for people who really like the way filaments looked (and there are some who still do).

It uses very little power, coming in at 10 watts, and it provides a light that is both bright and that looks like an old filament bulb. It provides 1000 lumens of illumination, and the bulb will last for something like 25,000 hours of regular use. It’s an interesting bulb design, even if it’s a little bit strange and out there.

If you’re looking for an interesting bulb design, this is definitely the lightbulb for you. If you’re worried about buying a bulb from someone you’ve never heard of, you might want to keep moving.

PROS
  • Very interesting design mimics real filament bulbs
  • Uses very little energy - only 10 watts
  • 25,000-hour lifespan
CONS
  • Made by a no-name company
8

TopChances Smart Automatic Sensor – The Power-Saving Solution

Everyone says that ‘smart’ technology is the future, and this bulb certainly agrees. It has an automatic sensor that cuts the bulb off when it gets too bright outside (or inside, for that matter).  Definitely an interesting feature we haven’t seen here yet. TOPCHANCES, the company that makes them, calls them ‘Dusk to Dawn’ bulbs, which reminds me of the movie starring Clooney and Tarantino, really.

But how does the lightbulb perform, ignoring that interesting little tchotchke? The answer is that it is a decent bulb that will save power and last a long time. It uses up a shockingly low 7 watts of power, and for that It puts out 630 lumens. Because it uses up so little power and puts out so little light (and produces, therefore, so little heat), they say that the bulb can last, on average, for 50,000 hours of use. That’s a long time, especially when we’re talking about a bulb that manages a CRI of equal to or greater than 80.

Once again, we’ve got an interesting bulb that comes from a company that is relatively unknown. If you’re willing to take the risk, though, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised by this bulb, and its ability to save you some money.

PROS
  • Auto-detects when it should be off
  • Requires very little power; the least power of anything reviewed, in fact.
  • Very affordable and with an extremely long lifespan
CONS
  • No-name, and not the most stable quality control
9

Sylvania LED14A19 – The German Connection

OSRAM SYLVANIA is a company that hasn’t been in the light bulb game for very long (they’re younger, in fact, than even North Carolina’s Cree), but their bulbs are everywhere. Heck, if you need a quick lightbulb and you go look for one at your local gas station, you are likely to find a Sylvania bulb there.

The A19 size is, of course, a bit smaller of a bulb than the A21, but remember that the size of the bulb is not what matters so much as the number, power, and placements of the diodes inside.  So, this Sylvania offering eats up 14 watts of energy, and produces 1500 lumens of illumination. Not a bad trade, wouldn’t you agree?

The downside of all that is that, when you are burning that bright, you end up making the lifespan shorter. As they say, the candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long, and that applies here. This Sylvania offering has an average lifespan of 11,000 hours, making it the second most short-lived bulb that we have reviewed today.

If you’re looking for an affordable bulb that puts out a lot of light and doesn’t last as long as some others, this Sylvania offering is the bulb for you, hands down.

PROS
  • Very affordable and very bright
  • No mercury used in its construction
  • Good light quality, all things considered
CONS
  • Fairly short lifespan, more than 4000 hours under the industry average
10

Philips 459180 3-Way 40/60/100 – The 3-Way Bulb

Three-way light bulbs are nothing new in the lighting market. In fact, they’re quite old and popular, especially for people who are looking for a desk lamp or a lamp for the bedroom. It allows people to select how bright they need things at the time, and of course, people love to have choices.

The way this bulb works is that it’s set up so the three settings mimic the light given off by the average 3-way bulb. The incandescent bulbs were set up to give off 40, 60, or 100 watts’ worth of light, and the LED mimics that by lighting up a certain ratio of the diodes.

This bulb only requires 12 watts to operate, and with that power, it is capable of giving off 450, 800, or 1600 lumens. Because of its variable nature, and because people can choose to run it on a low setting, it is capable of lasting for 24,000 hours or so on average.

If you need a multi-step bulb, this bulb from Philips is definitely the bulb for you.

PROS
  • Variable illumination
  • Decently long -lasting life, coming in at about 24,000 hours on average
  • Made by a well-known name in the lightbulb market
CONS
  • Only really useful for multi-step sockets and devices

Best 100 Watt LED Bulbs - Buyer's Guide

For many, giving consideration to your lightbulbs is a new idea. Most people just want to grab one at the store and put it in the socket and be done with it, and that is understandable. However, as you’ve seen, they are more complex than that, and that means you probably have some questions. Here are a few answers to those questions.

What Are The Benefits Of A LED Bulb?

There are many reasons to spend a little more on a LED bulb.

The big one, of course, is the savings. For a bulb that puts out a similar light to an old 100-watt bulb, you’re now using less than twenty watts. The less electricity you need, the less money you’re spending on your electric bill each month.

Speaking of saving, incandescent bulbs need replacement often. If they make it through 3,000 hours of use, you’re generally lucky. LED bulbs, on the other hand, tend to average at LEAST a 10,000-hour lifespan, and some get up to 50,000 hours. Sure, they’re more expensive when first purchased, but there are savings to be realized in the long run.

What Is An E26 And E27 Bulb?

It’s the size of the ‘Edison screw’ on the end. Yes, that screw on the end is named after Thomas Edison, and it interfaces with the sockets to provide power to the bulb.

There are actually many different sized Edison screws out there. The E in the name signifies that it’s an Edison screw (E. Edison. Got it?), and the two numbers following the letter (26, for example) are the diameter, in millimeters, at the base of the screw.

E26 bulbs are in wide use in the USA and Canada, while E27 bulbs are common in Europe. The difference is, quite literally, one millimeter in diameter.

What Is The Difference Between A19 And A21 Bulbs?

This is another ‘diameter’ difference. The first letter is the shape of the bulb (A is your basic bulb shape), and the numbers following are the diameter in eighths of an inch.

More interesting is WHY the size difference. For bulbs, the size of the bulb allows for more powerful light, as there’s more space to act as a heat sink. Therefore, the bigger the bulb, the more space, the more powerful the light provided can be. This is why A21 bulbs are usually so much brighter than A21 bulbs.

Conclusion


Now, we’ve looked at a couple of light bulbs today, and for many, it may be hard to find the best bulb. However, we promised an article about the best 100 watt LED bulbs, and that’s what we will deliver.

After much thought, the winner becomes clear. The Hyperikon 16-watt bulb provides a great light, it provides a good clarity, and it does it with an average lifespan of 45,000 hours. Add to that the fact that they’re an American bulb company, and you’ve got a lightbulb that you can believe in, and the best lightbulb reviewed.

However, whatever bulb on this list you choose, you will find that they provide a lot of light, and very decent clarity, all at a savings when compared to older bulbs, and that’s a very good thing for you, your wallet, and even the environment.