The L-Prize Winning $60 Bulb by Philips vs C.Crane GeoBulb

Unveiled this last Earthday the new Philips “$60 Bulb”  touting its new features of a warm glow, low-wattage and a 20 year life with a 3 year warranty. Being called a $60 bulb you can actually find it for about $25 in home improvement stores. But is it new and revolutionary? Not really, there’s been is a small company doing this for several years now called C.Crane GeoBulb.

C.Crane didn’t need a $10 Million L-Award from the DOE as they already had created a more efficient version of what the DOE was looking for. The C.Crane GeoBulb has been around for a while and in now on the 3rd Generation and is the most cost-effective of all the LED bulbs that I have found in my years of watching the LED Lighting industry.

The GeoBulb was an $80 bulb but brought down in price over time to $25. The only downside to the GeoBulb is its manufactured in Asia where the Philips makes theirs in the USA.

Philips $60 Bulb C.Crane GeoBulb
Rated Life 30,000 Hours 50,000 Hours
Power Consumption 10 Watts 7 Watts
Color Soft White Cool, Soft, or Warm*
Warranty 3 Years 5 Years
Price $25 $25

* C.Crane offers 3 color temperatures on the GeoBulb


13 Responses

  1. Richard Sienkiewicz
    Richard Sienkiewicz at | | Reply

    Hello all

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  2. Gary_F
    Gary_F at | | Reply

    Nice brief comparison; I’d love to see a comprehensive side-by-side review but for practical purposes this is useful. Has anyone checked to see how much of the “Made in USA” Philips bulb is actually just assembled in the USA from foreign components? Also, no matter where their bulbs are assembled, Philips is not an American company; C. Crane is.

  3. hans
    hans at | | Reply

    Good article about these bulbs. We have had a geobulb for about 3 years now in the garage over the work bench. I put it there because nobody, including me, shuts that side of the garge lights off. Most likely it’s on 15 hs a day and still going fine, light output doesn’t seem to have changed unlike the cf bulbs in there before. n2yqg

  4. Ed
    Ed at | | Reply

    Don’t see C. Crane/Geo Bulb’s on the Energy Star Qualified list?? One other point Mr Gadget forgot to mention in his video, are the Geo A19 LED’s omnidirectional? If not, that’s a big negative for table lamp applications.

  5. Mike Walton
    Mike Walton at | | Reply

    Great article, Brian!
    C.Crane has for years produced many fine radio oriented products and I am not at all surprised to see them produce another top line product.

  6. George Archers
    George Archers at | | Reply

    lucky you Americans–only philips bulb is sold here in Canada at $60 plus HTS 13%. We are robbed by HomoDepot stores. I bought a 8 foot strip of LEDs at an auction–great lighting,Sad the prices are high and worse not readly available. By 2015 incondesant lighting bulbs will not be allowed to be sold. Philips knows—Big money to be made :^(

  7. George Archers
    George Archers at | | Reply

    Just went on Ebay–60 watt GEOBulb C. Crane GB2083ATF II LED Bulb, Warm White
    at US $74.69.Free shipping–don’t rush
    Something tells me–we are getting rip-off

  8. hanstego
    hanstego at | | Reply

    You forgot to mention: Philips is dimmable (down to 10%) and delivers 800-900 lumen, C.Crane GeoBulb delivers 520 lumen and is NOT dimmable.

  9. Dave Mowers
    Dave Mowers at | | Reply

    You forgot the $500,000,000.00 American-taxpayer funded grant program to meet market demand via production facilities called the Green Energy Initiative which Phillips also got money from as well as Cisco, GE and Goldman Sachs. All bought and paid for Chinese manufacturing facilities on the middle class taxpayer dime and not one cent went to small businesses, inventors or American manufacturing.

  10. Roger
    Roger at | | Reply

    The Author fails to mention the most important part, the lumen output!

    Sure the price is absurd but the Philips is nearly twice as bright as the CCRane which is really a 40 watt replacement. The Philips is actually brighter than a 60 watt incandescent.

    There are literally hundreds of Asian made 40 watt replacement bulbs with specs equal or better than CCRane actually under $15.

    1. Chris
      Chris at | | Reply

      It’s important to note that the C. Crane bulb has a downward light output, which apparently makes it brighter than standard lumens for ceiling lights, but maybe not so much for table lamps. Looks like the Phillips (by the picture) would be even worse for lamps. Also, I’ve used those knock-off bulbs, and they don’t last NEAR as long as the more reputable brands.

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