At this point it’s extremely clear that LED bulbs should be in every light fixture in your house. They last longer (tens of thousands of hours) and use less power (up to 85%) than their incandescent counterparts. The clear environmental benefits coupled with the fact that LED prices have fallen off a cliff recently, have led to a worldwide phase-out of incandescent bulbs. In fact, you can regularly pick up a Philips LED bulb for under $10 a piece, but Ikea has shaken up the budget LED space by introducing its Ledare bulbs for just $4.95 each.
Ledare bulbs can’t be controlled by your iPhone like Philips Hue products or double as a JBL Bluetooth speaker, but they do pack the basic benefits of LED bulbs at bargain pricing. They light up immediately, are rated for approximately 25,000 hours, and consume less energy than incandescent bulbs. Ikea says the Ledare bulbs put out 2700 Kelvin worth of warm light, which is equal to your typical 60-watt bulb.
Now for the negatives. Unlike many name-brand options, Ledare bulbs do not come with any warranty and it’s worth noting that some early reviewers have found Ikea’s light output claims to be a bit overstated.
Now available in-store and online, the Ledare bulbs come frosted and clear (dimmable) for just $4.49 each. If you’re addicted to the latest and greatest tech and just can’t resist the lure of Philips Hue, then be sure to at least take advantage of this free Hue bulb promo from Amazon.