Philips SceneSwitch BR30 LED review: 3 bulbs in 1 with this smart headlight

The Philips “SceneSwitch” LED bulb line promises versatility with just the flip of the switch. Each one has three different lighting settings – to switch between them, you just need to turn the bulb off and on again.

You can cycle through three different lighting settings by turning the SceneSwitch LED off and on again.

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The latest SceneSwitch bulb is the BR30 shaped headlight bulb that will go on sale for $ 8 at Home Depot this fall. Turn it off and on again within a few seconds to cycle through the soft yellow white setting, the white daylight setting, and the night light setting lessened. Like other SceneSwitch LEDs, it’s a simple and fun way to add some limited brightness to a fixture without having to replace the light switch or install expensive smart bulbs.

It’s also a pretty good light bulb in its own right, and One of the most efficient LED headlights we’ve ever tested. At just 8W, each will add less than a cent to your annual power bill if you run it at brightest settings for three hours a day. For comparison, a standard 65W incandescent bulb at three hours a day will add close to $ 8 to your annual energy bill.

Replace such a bulb with a SceneSwitch headlight and it pays itself for over a year. It will then continue to save you money for the rest of its 22-year life – decades longer than that incandescent. Oh, and that lifetime claim is also backed by a 5-year warranty.

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