One of the best new entries in the world of LED light bulbs is the Advanced LED Light Bulb from 3M. Although 3M is a relative newcomer to the LED lighting sector, this new bulb is getting rave reviews for its efficiency and warm, incandescent-like light.
3M’s Light Guide technology uses a dimpled, multi-layer optical film to evenly distribute light, avoiding the “spotlight effect” and shadow lines of some early LED bulbs. The Advanced LED bulb is available in either “Cool White” or “Warm White”, in both 8.5-watt and 13-watt models (equivalent to 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs). It delivers instant-on light with no warm-up, and it’s mercury-free. The bulb is also dimmable when used with certain fixtures/dimmers (primarily models from Lutron and Levitron, according to 3M).
With a 25-year lifespan, the 3M bulb could save users up to $140 compared to a comparable incandescent bulb, and they are manufactured in the USA.
3M Advanced LED Light Bulb, 13-Watt (60-Watt Equivalent), $24.88 at Amazon.