The Brightest LED Bulb Of 2020

  • The Brightest Standard Size Bulb: The Philips 1600 Lumen LED Bulb is the brightest LED bulb that fits in common household fixtures and lamps. It costs about $18.
  • The Brightest “Warm White” LED Bulb: The SANSI 27W A21 Dimmable LED Light Bulb. This bulb is warm white and produces 3500 lumens. It is available for about $58.
  • The Brightest LED Bulb For General Use: The SANSI 40W LED Light Bulb is rated at 5500 lumens (approximately equivalent to a 350 watt incandescent bulb). It has a light temperature rating of 5000K or “daylight” quality. It is available for $49.
  • The Brightest LED Grow Light: 20W LED Bulb by Haus Bright produces 4000-5000 lumens
  • The Brightest For Warehouses & Outdoor Fixtures (5000K Temperature): This bulb is rated at 32400 lumens. It costs about $145.

The Brightest LED Bulb Overall: SANSI 40W LED Light Bulb

The SANSI 45W LED Light Bulb is a very bright bulb, producing 5500 lumens. Because it is a non-dimmable daylight-style bulb, it is probably best suited to garages and warehouses. It is available for $49.

The Brightest “Warm White” LED Bulb: The SANSI 27W A21 Dimmable LED Light Bulb

The SANSI 27W A21 Dimmable LED Light Bulb is a warm white bulb and produces 3500 lumens. I have one in laundry room and it produces a very bright pleasing illumination. I wasn’t able to install in a ceiling fan fixture, because it is was slight too large. It is available for about $56.

The Brightest Standard Size LED Bulb: LOHAS A21 LED Light Bulb

The LOHAS A21 LED Light Bulb is rated at 2500 lumens, making it the brightest standard sized (A21) LED light bulb on the market. It uses 23 Watts and it has a 5000K color temperature (daylight white). It is suitable for outdoors area and garages. If you need warm white bulb for interiors, see the Philips bulb below.

The Brightest Standard Size Warm White LED Bulb: Philips 100w Equivalent LED Bulb

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The Philips 100w Equivalent LED Bulb is another standard-size household bulb available. It uses 18 watts of power to produce 1620 lumens of warm white light. I have many of these in my home, and they produce an excellent quality light (the CRI is 80). These bulbs are also dimmable, and rated to last 22.8 years.

It is is available from Amazon for around $15.

A Few Notes On Color Quality

The Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a numerical system that rates the “color rendering” ability of light bulbs in comparison to natural daylight. If a light has a low color rendering index of 50, it does not render colors very well. If the lamp has a color rendering index of 80 – 95, which is very good to excellent.

The Color Temperature is expressed in Kelvin (K). Low color temperature implies warmer (more yellow/red) light while high color temperature implies a colder (more blue) light. Moreover, the “color temperature” of a lamp refers to how reddish, greenish or bluish the lamp appears. If the lamp appears reddish, it has a lower color temperature (e.g., 2500K-3000K) and is considered to be “warm” in appearance. If the lamp appears to be bluish, it has a higher color temperature (e.g., 4000K-4500K) and is considered to be “cool” in appearance.

Warm White: 2500 K to 3000 K
Cool White: 4000 K to 4500 K
Day Light: 6200 K to 6800 K

Comments 36

  1. Hi Interesting article.

    I think you have overlooked a bulb which fits multiple catagories in this listing, the Tala Light Engine:
    It is designed as a replacement for Halogen 150-250W.
    The 3 versions cover 1000-3000lm and it has Dim-to-Warm functionality 2200-2700K CRI 95

    Lux review recently reviewed it as “This is a beast of an entirely different pedigree. Everything about it says I Am A Serious Bit Of Kit. ”

  2. Can the SANSI “warm white”27w A21 Dimmable LED Bulb that produces 3500 Lumens be used in a fixture that has a 18” diameter closed white glass globe? Thank you. -Mark Peroni

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  4. Would anyone suggest the best LED lighting for a jewelry store? I would like to have high Kelvin lights ranging 5500-6000k?

  5. Do you know what the highest lumen light tube would be? I am looking for a replacement for my office. Thank you!

  6. Looking for the highest lumen A15 bulb to fit in a ceiling fan (in warm white – 2500 to 3000k). The ceiling fan has candelabra base inputs and right now I have candelabra CFL’s that have 800 Lumens each. Philips used to make a candelabra CFL with 1600 lumens but has discontinued that bulb. The ceiling fan has 3 bulbs and at 800 lumens a bulb, 2,400 lumens is just not bright enough for a living room. My choice is to find a brighter candelabra base bulb, or put in a candelabra to A base converter for standard bulb bases, but that would only leave enough room within the globe for an A15 size bulb. Thoughts?

      1. I have seen those, but some of the reviews are scary – the bulbs only lasting a month, flickering, and several show that they flat out start on fire.

        1. Sure, currently the brightest bulbs tend to be made by unknown brands — so quality is hit or miss, despite the four start rating. Perhaps these these bulbs are a little more reliable.

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  8. i need the most and brightest spot/flood light i can get at 25 plus yards distance any thoughts on what i should get

  9. I am burning out my eyes trying to find the max light for an E12 candelabra base and a 7 watt limit. So far, 650 lumens has been it, and not on any local shelf! Cree said they passed 300 lm/w, but their offering was a 350 Lumen 5 watt 40 watt equivalent!

  10. My mom has macular degeneration and every bulb we have purchased is not bright enough for her. Can we use this light in a lamp in the house for her?

    1. Some of the bulb listed in the article are quite large, but you can certainly put them in a lamp if they fit

  11. No. I have 2 Kobi Electric K5L1 30-watt bulbs which are brighter at 2700K. Standard BR40. 2600 lumens per. But if you want to use 5000K corn cob bulbs you can get them all the way up to 20,000 lumens @180W

  12. Thanks for the simple breakdown. I’m going to try out those Phillips 100 watt equivalent bulbs. I have a room that needs more light

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