Should You Buy ALDI LED Light Bulbs? [2019 Review & Update]

This weekend ALDI is selling a range of LED light bulbs under the name 'LIGHTWAY'. It seems they've done away with 'Muller Licht' brand from previous years (which got some terrible reviews). Although only on offer once a year, they're worth reviewing given their generally low price points.

As sellers of high quality LED lighting, we're always keen to review what else is on the market. Also, I shop for groceries at ALDI and respect most of their product offerings... So should you buy their LEDs?

Here's a quick recap of their current LED lighting offers. I've compared them to what we offer and highlighted key differences in green.

Non-Dimmable LED Globes - E27 (Screw) and B22 (Bayonet)

ALDI Lightway LED B22 Bulb

LED Bulb Features ALDI Bulbs
Philips Bulbs
Wattage 6.5W & 9W 6.5W, 8W, 10.5W, 13W and 14.5W
Dimmable No No
Shape A60 A60
Lumen Output (Brightness) 470 & 850 Lm 600 to 1,700 Lm
Colour Temperature Warm White & Cool White
Warm White & Cool White
Rated Lifetime 15,000 hours 15,000 hours
Warranty 1 Year 2 Years
Availability A few days per year In stock now, all year
Price $2.99 Click here for latest: Philips LED Bulb B22 Bayonet CapPhilips LED Bulb E27 Edison Screw

Analysis: ALDI's price is sharp, for sure. But the energy efficiency of their globes is quite poor. We also offer double the warranty and a much wider range of brightness options.

The energy efficiency of lighting is measured in lumens per watt. The ALDI lights range from 72 to 94 lumens/watt. Our comparable Philips light bulbs, on the other hand, range from 92 to 117 lumens/watt. In other words, you'll get at least 25% more light from our Philips LED bulbs. 

LED Downlight Options - GU10 and MR16

 ALDI MR16 LED Downlight

MR16 Low-voltage LED
ALDI
Philips
Dimmable No Both Available
Transformer Compatibility Unknown Wide Range - Confirmed
Lumen Output (Brightness) 450 Lm 390 to 550 Lm
Colour Temperature 3000K or 6500K 2700K, 3000K or 4000K
Beam Angle 38˚ (TBC) 36˚ or 60˚
Rated Lifetime 15,000 hours 15,000 hours (5W) or 40,000 hours (7W)
Warranty 1 Year 2 Years (5W) or 3 Years (7W)
Availability A few days per year In stock now, all year
Price $3.99 Click here: Philips MR16 LED 5W or Philips MR16 7W Dimmable

Summary: Our Philips LED downlights are much more likely to deliver a compatible and appropriate lighting solution. I'd recommend trying the ALDI MR16's globes only in two instances:

  1. Very low usage areas, and where you have previously confirmed compatibility with your existing transformers.
  2. If you really want a stark cool daylight 6500K colour temperature (some people do!).

    Also - they'll only work in non-dimmable locations.

    GU10 Mains-voltage LED
    ALDI
    Philips
    Dimmable No Both Available
    Lumen Output (Brightness) 470 Lm 410 to 430 Lm
    Colour Temperature 3000K or 6500K 3000K or 4000K
    Beam Angle 40˚ (TBC) 60˚
    Rated Lifetime 15,000 hours 15,000 hours
    Warranty 1 Year 2 Years
    Availability A few days per year In stock now, all year
    Price $3.99 Click here: Philips GU10 LED 4.6W & Philips GU10 LED 5.5W Dimmable

    Summary: The energy efficiency of these ALDI GU10's looks pretty good. I think the Philips wider beam angle is far more versatile, and we have a dimmable option.

    LED Candle Dimmable Bulbs 

    ALDI Lightway LED Candle

    LED Candle Bulb Features ALDI Candle
    Domus Candle
    Dimmable Yes Yes
    Lumen Output (Brightness) 470 Lm 470 Lm
    Finish Frosted Frosted or Clear
    Colour Temperature Warm White Warm White or Cool Daylight
    Rated Lifetime Not stated 15,000 hours
    Warranty 3 Years 2 Year
    Availability A few days per year In stock now, all year
    Price $4.99 Click here: Domus Clear LED Candle or Domus Frosted LED Candle

    Summary: On paper, the dimmable ALDI candles are quite a compelling offer for the price. However, there are some colour temperature and 'finish' limitations, as highlighted above. Furthermore, we now sell some more innovative candle options. These are important features to consider given candle bulbs are normally used in 'decorative' applications:

    LED Smart Bulbs

    ALDI Smart Light Bulbs

    'Smart' Technology ALDI's Offer Our Offer
    Double Click Colour Change 9W Bulb switches between two colour temperatures (2700K and 4000K) Philips SceneSwitch 9.5W (3000K to 6500K) in Bayonet or Edison Screw.
    Motion Sensor 9W Bulb with an integrated motion sensor. Various motions sensor options.
    Turn Off Delay 9W Bulb stays on for 15 seconds after switched off. N/A.

    Summary: At the time of writing, our Philips SceneSwitch colour change globes are actually cheaper than ALDI's. We also sell a wider range of options (see here).

    Having said that - we really like these emerging 'smart lights' as a concept. They don't have the same level of smarts as a Philips Hue bulb. But at the same time, they don't have the same level of complexity, either! I think we'll see more interesting options in this space as time goes on.

    So - Should You Buy LEDs from ALDI?

    In summary, I would not be tempted by the low prices on most of the lights. Although, I did note some exceptions where I would use them in the description above.

    In my experience, most customers will require a better or different solution for many of the globes. For example, our Philips MR16 LED is one of our hottest selling products despite its higher price point. Many of our customers have previously been burnt buying cheap LEDs elsewhere... 

    I think ALDI is only really for you if you:

    • wish to chase the lowest price in the market,
    • aren't concerned about potential warranty issues,
    • and happen to be in store on the few days per year that they offer the LED lights.

    Otherwise, I'd encourage you to consider our range. We are energy efficiency specialists who can give you advice as well as products. We back-up our quality claims by offering a 2 or 3 year warranty on all lighting products. We also carry decent stock quantities of all options, all year round.

    By Ryan McCarthy |

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