5 Best LED Flame Bulbs: Advantages, Buying Guide & Reviews

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Can a regular light bulb evoke a warm cozy atmosphere?

Well, not in my view (pun intended!).

All a regular bulb can do is bring a basic white light to a room. And if it’s a dull looking room, it’s especially boring.

In contrast, an LED Flame bulb evokes a feeling of warmth and mirth and abundance, no matter how cold it is outside. It’s so much more cozy and ambient. Especially if the flames are flickering like a hot log fire.

We’ve been checking out some of the best LED flame bulbs out on the market today, and after much deliberation we were able to pick our top 5 favorites to review for you.

And after our reviews we’ve got a quick run down of the main advantages of LED flame bulbs together with a handy buying guide that highlights the main things to think about before you buy. Then we’re going to top that off with a section where we answer some of your most frequently asked on the subject.

And without further ado…

OUR TOP PICK

This particular flame effect light is a best seller with the online retailers and has been selling in the thousands.

We love this bulb because it gives off a super realistic flame - and all much safer and more environmentally friendly than a real flame.

It has four different lighting modes. The flame emulation mode which is self explanatory, there is the upside down mode which has the flames going toward the base of the bulb, there’s the general light mode, or, one of my personal favorites, the breathing mode, which is quite mesmerizing to watch.

It only needs 6 watts of power to run, and gives off 320 lumens of light. It’s a screw in bulb designed to fit E26 or E27 light fixtures. Customers rated it at 4 and half stars for energy efficiency and longevity.

It’s super easy to install, you just switch off the light, unscrew the previous bulb and screw in the new one. Hey presto - done!

You can buy it in packs of different sizes, you can get just the one, or a pack of two or a pack of four. Whichever option you go for, you get excellent value for money.

Customers have been really impressed with it so far, with about 70% of them rating it at a full 5 stars out of 5 with the online retailers.

It comes backed up by a satisfaction guarantee and a decent warranty, and with friendly yet professional customer service.

Pros

  • Flying off the shelves
  • Suitable indoors or outdoors
  • Can also be used upside down
  • Also has a great breathing mode
  • Excellent customer ratings & feedback

Cons

  • You have to turn the light off and back on to switch between the different modes

EDITORS CHOICE

Now this light bulb has won the title of Amazon’s Choice for the category of flame light bulbs.

Such a title is only given to products of excellent quality that also are available at a good, fair and reasonable price.

It has managed to earn an average Amazon customer rating of 4 and a half stars out of 5, even after well over 15,000 individual customer ratings.

It offers four different lighting modes. There’s the general light mode which in itself is very nice, the traditional flickering flame mode, which is what you’re mainly looking for, a gravity induced mode where the bulb is upside down but the flames are going the right way, and breathing mode, which makes it look like the flame is breathing. Lovely to watch.

To flick between the different lighting modes all you have to do is switch it off and back on until you find the setting you’re looking for.

One thing we like about this bulb is how it has holes in it designed to dissipate heat so that the bulb does not overheat.

It’s also much safer than a real burning flame, and far more environmentally friendly. Moreover, it’s also much more energy efficient than a regular incandescent bulb, and you can expect to save about 90% of your energy. And that means lower energy bills.

It’s designed to be screwed into light fixtures of a generic size E26 base.

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Pros

  • Winner of Amazon’s Choice
  • Excellent customer ratings
  • 4 different lighting modes
  • Protection from overheating
  • Particularly energy efficient

Cons

  • You have to turn the light off and back on to switch between the different modes

BEST VALUE

Now this is something a little bit different. Rather than being supplied with one or two large LED flame effect bulbs, you get a selection of smaller ones to be used in a candelabra or chandelier.

And that’s not all. Not only is the light inside the bulb able to emulate a flame in appearance and movement, but the bulbs are even shaped to look like flame, which has an amazing and captivating effect.

It’s very easy to install, you simply screw it into a compatible E12 screw base, and it will start to work at the flick (pun intended!) of a switch.

There are a total of three different lighting modes to choose from. There’s the flame emulation mode that we’ve already alluded to, a general light mode, or a mesmerizing breathing mode which is very relaxing to watch.

It also offers excellent heat dissipation so it won’t overheat, and it’s far greener in terms of energy consumption than your regular incandescent bulb. But better yet, you can expect to save about 90% of your energy usage, which in turn means lower energy bills. And it’s so much safer than using candles.

And it’s a pack of bulbs that has gone down really well with customers, who have praised it very highly for energy efficiency, value for money and longevity.

Pros

  • Even shaped like a flame!
  • Designed for candelabras
  • 3 different lighting modes
  • Excellent heat dissipation
  • Much praise from customers

Cons

  • Not available in packs of three

RUNNER UP

Now these are gorgeous light bulbs. They mimic a gas light so perfectly, but without any of the inherent dangers. It has such an inviting and cosy looking appearance that gives an excellent ambience.

And it has another trick up its sleeve too - when the bulb is pointing downward, the flames will still appear to be flicking outward. Neat hey?

It has a unique design, and is made with patented technology. There are a whopping 75 LEDs inside the bulb all working in unison to produce the flickering flame effect.

And it can do all this while only using a measly 4 watts of power, making them incredibly energy efficient. And that’s good news for the environment, and for your wallet.

It fits any standard E26 size screw in light fixture and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

And it comes highly recommended. There have been well over 3000 individual customer ratings on Amazon, yet the average rating still comes out at an impressive 4 and a half stars out of 5.

It also comes backed by a lengthy 2-year warranty, and the after sales customer service team are contactable 24/7.

Pros

  • Looks just like a gas flame
  • Uses patented technology
  • Even works well upside down
  • Only uses 4 watts of power
  • High customer ratings
  • Lengthy 2-year warranty

Cons

  • No general light mode, or breathing light mode, only constant flickering

RUNNER UP

Here’s another wonderful set of LED flame effect lights.

They’re of a small size, designed to fit standard size E12 light fixtures such as candelabras or chandeliers. And they’re so much more safer than their candlelight counterparts.

The bulbs mimic the effect of real flames just beautifully, and not only do they do so really well, but they’re even the shape of an individual flame.

It has three different lighting modes to choose from altogether. These include a general lighting mode, for when you need to be free of distractions, the flame emulation light that we’ve already described, and a mesmerizing, stunning breathing mode.

We were also impressed with just how long the bulbs can last - a whopping 50,000 hours, which works out at about 26 years if you have them on for 5 hours a day.

You can have them the right way up, or you can enjoy the very same effect when they’re upside down.

It also has excellent heat dissipation, so you don’t have to worry about them overheating.

Moreover, you can expect to save about 90% on your lighting costs, because it only takes a measly 6 watts to run.

They’re super easy to install, you just screw them in. They also come highly recommended and are available at an excellent price.

Pros

  • Even shaped like a flame!
  • Also works well upside down
  • 3 different lighting modes
  • Excellent heat dissipation
  • Impressive longevity

Cons

  • Only available as a pack of 6

Advantages

In our introduction we touched on the most obvious benefit to having LED flame effect bulbs which is the atmosphere they evoke. But did you know these bulbs have a lot more going for them than just that?...

Aesthetic

LED flame effect bulbs have a gorgeous aesthetic all year, but they really come into their own for holiday decorations, whether it’s Christmas, Halloween, or even Valentine’s day. They bring a warmth and to the atmosphere that’s hard to otherwise replicate.

No Dangerous Emission

Whereas candles and gas lamps release an emission, LED flame effect bulbs in contrast do not. Therefore they don’t result in the same damage to the environment as their counterparts and a far more ethical alternative.

More Energy Efficient

If you make the switch (pun intended!) from regular light bulbs to LED lightbulbs like the ones we’ve been talking about here, you can save up to a whopping 95% more energy!

This is because more of the bulb’s energy goes into producing light as opposed to being wasted given off as heat.

Longer Lifespan

A brand new LED bulb can last up to an amazing 100,000 hours or more. A regular incandescent bulb on the other hand will only have a lifespan of just 1,200 hours. That’s quite a difference.

Best LED Flame Bulbs Buying Guide

As promised here’s your buying guide. Here are some key things to think about before you buy.

Number Of Bulbs

LED Flame effect bulbs tend to come in packs of different numbers. But we think that once you buy your first pack you’ll be tempted to buy some for every room in the house. They’re gorgeous!

Size of The Bulbs

Before you rush out and buy yourself loads of LED Flame effect bulbs however, you need to know the right size you need for your light fixtures. Bulb screw caps are not universal and they come in different sizes.

With any luck this will either be clearly labelled on your light fixture, or will be displayed on the box of the last set of bulbs you bought.

Different Modes

All of these LED flame effect bulbs all feature a gorgeous flame emulation mode. But you might be interested in other modes besides.

For example if you find the flickering of the flame distracting, you might prefer a general light mode.

Or, one thing I particularly like to enjoy is a breathing mode, whereby it appears as though the flame is gently breathing. It’s quite magical really.

Or there’s another mode offered by some LED flame effect bulbs where the bulb is held upside down but the flames are pointing the right way up. This is known as a gravity induced mode.

Even if you do like one mode more than the others, it’s nice to know you have the option of others.

Cost

LED Flame effect bulbs can vary in cost from under $10 to over $30 for a pack...

As you might imagine, the biggest factor affecting the cost of a pack of LED flame effect light bulbs is the number of bulbs in the pack.

We always recommend checking prices as you go along.

Best LED Flame Bulbs - FAQ's

How long do flicker flame bulbs last?

We touched upon this earlier but it bears mentioning again. Flicker flame bulbs like the ones that made our shortlist can typically be expected to last an amazing 100,000 hours or more.

And this really contrasts with a regular incandescent bulb which will typically only have a lifespan of just 1,200 hours. A mere fraction of the lifespan of these LED bulbs.

Do LED lights get hot enough to start a fire?

I’m glad you asked this because it’s an important question. We’re pleased to report that LED lights very rarely get hot enough to start a fire. This is because they don’t require heat in order to produce their light, just simple electricity.

But if you’re still afraid of a light bulb overheating from extended or frequent use, then you should look out for LED bulbs that offer excellent heat dissipation, as this will prevent any overheating.

What is the best LED flame bulb?

This is a tricky question to answer because these days all LED flame effect bulbs all seem to be made to the same standards. And to be honest, any of the bulbs that made our shortlist of top 5 picks would be an excellent choice for any home.

What are the light bulbs that look like flames?

There are several different names for bulbs that look like flames:

  • LED flame effect bulbs
  • Flicker flame bulbs