Funny, my HD in PA has 915 packages staring you in the face as soon as you enter the door, and they've been there since June (not the same 915!) I bought a couple boxes and even have one each in my refrigerator and freezer. Perceptually, they seem even brighter than 800 lumens (Basic Bulb, with Bright Stik side by side), probably because of the 2850 CCT.Still not in stock last time I visited the local Home Despot.
Funny, my HD in PA has 915 packages staring you in the face as soon as you enter the door, and they've been there since June (not the same 915!) I bought a couple boxes and even have one each in my refrigerator and freezer. Perceptually, they seem even brighter than 800 lumens (Basic Bulb, with Bright Stik side by side), probably because of the 2850 CCT.
HD does weird things with light bulb placement. When the Cree bulb first came out, it was on an endcap facing the store entrance for some time before migrating to the bulb aisle where it was always being jostled by Philips and the HD house brand. When the 4Flow came out, it lived on a middle-of-aisle display for some time before migrating to the bulb aisle. New Philips products seem to alternate between high-visibility endcaps and prominent placement at the beginning of the bulb aisle. New GE products ... just seem to get slotted wherever someone else isn't paying for placement.Same here. BTW I don't really understand their product placement. The entire bulb isle is fairly well organized. But some bulbs, like the GE Stik, used to be totally hidden on a small stack in the light switch/wiring isle! Now they are out front. And the Cree TW candelabra bulbs, which are a great value (but didn't work for my specific application) were thrown in the back by ceiling fans/lights in a dirty corner where they park a fork lift and a bunch of junk/returns.
I guess there's just so many LED brands and styles it's hard to organize them.
Have you tried going here - http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-60W-E...t-Stik-light-bulb-3-Pack-LED10S3-96/205783754Back on topic, if the GE 'Stik was at my local HD at all, it was supremely well-concealed and I missed it. GE's other LED product placement on the bulb aisle is literally bottom shelf in a frame with an identity crisis - CFL, non-ballasted floro, halogen, incandescent, HPS, MH, Mercury-vapor, and kind of lastly the LED bulbs.
Shows them to be in stock at the local store after all. Perhaps they saw fit to hide them on the door hardware aisle. Or maybe the pesticide aisle. Or maybe they're still on the truck given the lack of a specified location. No matter - I need to determine how ambitious the previous occupants were when it came to putting up wallpaper before buying new fixtures.Have you tried going here - http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-60W-E...t-Stik-light-bulb-3-Pack-LED10S3-96/205783754
and then "Change Pick Up Store" to your local store? If they have any in stock at all, it should show the number and where to find them in the store.
Yes, GE decided to go with 2850K for the warm white version of their Bright Stik LED bulb, halfway between the usual 2700K and 3000K common to other LED bulbs. This is a rather unusual offering, but I believe it was a good design decision. 2850K is actually closer to the real color temperature of a "normal" incandescent bulb, and is what I believe most people would feel most comfortable with.
Some might say this is slicing hairs, but there really is a substantial difference going from 2700K to 3000K. Towards the lower range of color temperatures, a smaller numerical shift makes much more of a difference, because as the value goes below about 3000K, the light begins to shift to orange very rapidly. (conversely, there's not much difference between 7000K and 8000K)
In my personal opinion, 2700K is too orange, while on the other hand 3000K can, in some situations, feel just a little more bright white than is ideal, and is not as "soft". The fact that LEDengin also made a 2850K version, in addition to 2700K and 3000K options, of their Gallery White emitter for museum use lends credence to the notion that 2850K really is the optimal target color temperature for replicating the feel of incandescent lighting. 3000K has a different color/feel, that's really more the territory of halogen MR16 reflector bulbs, such as one might find in lively upscale urban restaurants.
Of course, color temperature is just one aspect of the light, there's also color tint; the color tint of the light from some of these cheap LED bulbs, while not terrible, can still have a slightly unnatural "pinkish" tinge, just feels a little off.
I just noticed that GE came out with a "HD light" bulb. About 90 CRI, and they come in three different color temperatures: 2700K, 2850K, and 5000K. Yeah, kind of unusual to be offering a 2850K option. Unfortunately the 2850K option doesn't seem to have the best tint, a little pink, if that bothers anyone. The 2700K has great tint though.
I'm wondering if maybe they just cheated and combined 2700K with 3000K emitters inside to be economical. That could be a potential explanation for the slight off tint, since the line between the two points on a black body curve, if you look at a chromaticity diagram, is slightly below the curve.
The 5000K one has the same tint as any other 5000K LED bulb.
They're using the marketing names "Relax", "Reveal", and "Refresh" for the 3 different color temperature options. I don't know, the 2850K option is named "Reveal" so maybe they thought it was supposed to be slightly tinted. (The Reveal trademark name is apparently supposed to be evocative of the original bluish-tinted neodymium glass light bulbs)
Yeah, it's too bad. 2850K, 90 CRI, and cheap, if only these did not have an off tint.I saw a Reveal LED bulb next to another 2700k bulb (illuminated) in an endcap display at a Home Depot. The Reveal bulb had a purplish tint compared to the other one. Not sure what's going on there, but it turned me off to those bulbs.
On the topic of GE bulbs, why are their CFLs so bad? I bought their CFLs from Walmart not a year ago, and every single one of them has failed since. They usually only last few months with regular usage. They all have burnt marks at the ballast when they fail.