Cree 60 Watt Light Bulb Review

Have you ever seen those enormous video billboards in Times Square? They’re possible because of blue LED lights, created in 1989 by a company called Cree. Cree was founded two years prior by a group of student researchers and their professor from North Carolina State University. Today, they are a billion dollar lighting company that makes everything from Standard A-Type light bulbs to reflector bulbs to candelabra bulbs.

Today, I’m reviewing Cree’s 60W Light Bulb in Soft White. I’ll go over the bulb’s design, features, and its corresponding app through SmartThings. Let’s get started!

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Cree 60 Watt Light Bulb

The Cree 60 Watt is an LED light bulb that you can schedule and sync to other connected devices to create some awesome home automations. 

Cree 60 Watt Design

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Cree 60 Watt Light Bulb. Photo provided by Cree.

From the outside, the Cree 60 Watt is your typical light bulb. It emits LED light, obviously in 60 watts. LED light uses way less energy than incandescent light. In fact, the estimated yearly energy cost of Cree’s 60 Watt bulb is only $1.64, and the bulb has a rated life of 22.8 years! Even without the smart features, the bulb’s LED light make it a great investment.

The color is a soft white, while it has a typical A19 shape and lamp base size of E26. The light bulb is dimmable, so you’ll be able to adjust it based on your mood. You’ll control the Cree 60W through Wi-Fi. Keep in mind that this bulb requires a hub, so the app you use will be dependent on which hub you have. For this review, I used a SmartThings hub.

Cree 60 Watt Features

Just what can the Cree 60 Watt do, and what sets it apart from the average light bulb? First of all, you’ll be able to set your Cree bulb into schedules so it can turn off and on automatically.

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Smart Light Bulb Schedules

You’ll be able to control multiple light bulbs at once, so you don’t have to tediously go one by one, plus, you’ll be able to share access to your bulbs with multiple users. That means that everyone in the family can remotely control your Cree bulbs!

You’ll also be able to sync up the light bulbs with other connected devices in your house. For example, you could have all the lights turn off when your security system is armed, or have the hallway light come on when the front door opens. It also depends on how “smart” your home is, but the possibilities truly are limitless.

Unfortunately, the Cree misses some features that many other smart bulbs have. Although you can control multiple bulbs at once, you won’t be able to group them into “scenes” for future convenience, like a reading scene or a dinner scene. The bulbs can’t automatically sync with the sunrise and sunset, although you can program these times into the schedule. Plus, there’s no way to connect the bulbs to your phone’s location, a process called geofencing. That means that the bulbs won’t turn on or off automatically based on your location.

Disappointingly, the Cree bulbs don’t integrate with any smart homes like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, so you won’t be able to vocally command your bulbs to turn on, off, or dim. Finally, the Cree 60W lacks energy monitoring, so you won’t be able to track how much energy the bulb is using.

The SmartThings App

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The SmartThings App. Photo provided by SmartThings.

Since I used the SmartThings Hub with my Cree 60W light bulb, I’ll be talking about the SmartThings app. From the app, you can monitor your bulb, create schedules, control all of your bulbs, and create automations. It’s also where you’ll add additional users.

I’m pleased to see that currently the SmartThings app has a 4.4 rating on the Apple store and a four star rating on the Google Play store. After some negative reviews in the past, I’m glad to see that SmartThings has updated their software. One user described her experience,

“I did have a few issues pairing the “things” with the Hub but most of that was all this is brand new to me, but videos and reading FAQs helped bring it all together and now I have a system that has met my every need. No app issue – update or not. I give it two thumbs up!”

she wrote in a five-star review.

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Cree 60 Watt Light Bulb
Cree 60 Watt Light Bulb
Cree 60 Watt Light Bulb

The Cree 60 Watt is an LED light bulb that you can schedule and sync to other connected devices to create some awesome home automations. 

Recap of the Cree 60 Watt

At $15.97, the Cree 60 Watt is on the more affordable end for smart light bulbs, which can go up to about $30.  Keep in mind that this light bulb comes with a three-year warranty, which is pretty typical.

We’ve reached the end of our review of the Cree 60 Watt light bulb, so let me break it down for you.

The bulb’s main positives include:

  • Affordability: the Cree 60W is nearly half the price of some of its competitors.
  • Ability to create schedules, home automations: you can manually program when the bulb turns on or off, and sync it with other connected devices.
  • Great app reviews: both iPhone and Android users alike rated the SmartThings app with flying colors, although the app will differ based on what hub you use.
  • Multi-user:  the whole family can remotely control the Cree 60W bulb.
  • Can control multiple bulbs at once: no need to turn bulbs on or off one by one.

While it has drawbacks like:

  • No scenes, sunrise/ sunset mode, geofencing: the Cree 60W is lacking some convenient features of other smart light bulbs.
  • No smart platform integrations: you won’t be able to use vocal commands on your Cree 60W.
  • Requires hub: if you don’t already have a hub, this cost could offset the affordability of the bulb itself.

I would recommend the Cree 60W to someone that already has a hub, wants an affordable option, and doesn’t care too much about scenes, geofencing, sunrise/ sunset mode, and smart platform integrations.

Do you have the Cree 60W, or do you have some questions about it? Leave us a comment below. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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