Great Value 14-Watt Soft White CFL Review

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Walmart's house brand light bulbs have earned the recommendation of experts on the strength of bright, evenly distributed light. They create a warm, yellow glow that closely resembles the light from an incandescent bulb.

Consumers cite low cost as a primary draw in Walmart Great Value CFL reviews. These 14-watt light bulbs (starting at $1.22, or $4.88 for a four-pack, Amazon) are true to their name at full price and have been discounted to only 88 cents for the four-pack in some locales. But these house-brand bulbs are more than just cheap, according to experts. Product-testing organizations including the Good Housekeeping Research Institute have identified this light bulb as their top pick for consumers on a budget.

The brightness is 900 lumens -- fairly high for a 60-watt replacement bulb -- which should provide enough light to satisfy consumers who generally find CFL bulbs too dim. Like most "soft white" light bulbs, these have a color temperature of 2,700 Kelvin, which means they are on the low end of the color scale. Reviewers describe the light as a warm yellow. (A "daylight" version is also available.) Like all CFLs, these light bulbs take a bit of time to come to full brightness, but Great Value CFL reviews indicate that the warm-up period is very short -- 26 seconds in one expert test.

Great Value 14-Watt Soft White CFLs are Energy Star-rated and have an expected life span of nine years or 10,000 hours. The lone negative review among the handful on the Walmart website, as well as several reviews of the "daylight" version, assert that the bulbs' longevity is far less than advertised. On the other hand, another Walmart reviewer has successfully used the daylight variant for eight months outside, where CFLs are notorious for performing badly.

At such a low price -- especially if you catch a sale -- these bulbs are certainly worth a try. Expert recommendations lend them a decisive vote of confidence.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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