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Are Your LEDs Too Hot to Handle? - Part 2

With new LED bulbs from Philips and LIFX entering the market, we decided to do a Part 2 to our benchmark Temperature test and include their newest Smart LED offerings: the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Bulb, the LIFX Color 1000 Bulb, and the LIFX White 900 BR30 Bulb.

The new Philips Hue and LIFX bulbs have made some improvements from their predecessors, including new features and better performance. The new Philips Hue, for instance, now boasts a max brightness of 800 lumens (compared to its original 600 lumens). LIFX has added the BR30 bulb shape to its lineup of smart LED bulbs, and the new Color 1000 seems to have improved both in bulk size and efficiency compared to the LIFX Original.

We put these new bulbs to the test by plugging them in and setting each bulb to approximately 3200K at an 800-lumen brightness, in order to ensure standardized testing. The following video shows our findings based on an ambient room temperature of 73.5°F (23.1°C) after running for approximately 3 hours.

For reference, here is Part 1 of our LED Temperature Benchmark testing:

We've also updated the table from Part 1 of our Benchmark series to account for the new bulbs.

Brand/Type of Bulb Avr. Temp (F) Avr. Temp (C)
VCE A19 LED Filament Light Bulb
(Not a "Smart" Bulb)
92.8° 33.8°
Filament Smart LED Bulb by WigWag 93.0° 33.9°
Cree Connected A19 Dimmable LED Light Bulb 102.7° 39.3°
Philips Hue A19 LED Light Bulb 123.6° 50.9°
LIFX White 900 BR30 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb 128.3° 53.5°
CFL (average) 130° 54.4°
LIFX Color 1000 A19 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb 138.7° 59.3°
Philips Hue A19 LED White and Color Ambiance Bulb 143.0° 61.7°
Belkin WeMo® Smart LED Light Bulb 150° 65.6°
TCP Connected A19 LED Light Bulb 150.8° 66.0°
LIFX Original A21 Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb 157.2° 69.6°
GE Link A19 LED Light Bulb 159.9° 71.1°
Incandescent (average) 300° 148.9°

In our testing, we found that the WigWag Filament faired better than other smart LED bulbs on the market in terms of heat output. That being said, all of the bulbs tested are really solid smart LED options, and you can control all of these smart bulbs with the WigWag Relay.

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