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Switch to LEDs and Save

LEDs use 90% less energy than traditional light bulbs. Replacing just five bulbs with LEDs can save you at least $75 yearly. With thirty light bulbs in the average home, the savings are huge!

LEDs also help save the environment. If every person in the U.S. replaced one traditional light bulb with an LED, the energy savings could light an estimated 2.5 million homes.

Know the Shapes

General Purpose Bulb
GENERAL PURPOSE

These bulbs are most widely used in household lighting. These LED bulbs work well for ceiling lights, lamps, vanity lights, kitchen lights, closet lights, porch light fixtures and many more. These bulbs are in the “A” group.

Can Bulb
CAN

These bulbs are most widely used in household lighting. These LED bulbs work well for ceiling lights, lamps, vanity lights, kitchen lights, closet lights, porch light fixtures and many more. These bulbs are in the “A” group.

Flood Bulb
FLOOD

Flood LED bulbs are designed to emit a strong beam of light with a hard edge in a spot or flood beam pattern. They are most often used in outdoor and landscape lighting such as architectural lights, driveway lights, path lights, gazebo lights and paver lights that have weatherproof housings. These bulbs are in the “PAR” group.

Globe Bulb
GLOBE

LED globe bulbs have a full, round shape and are available in various sizes. They are used as foyer lights, kitchen lights, chandeliers and ornamental fixtures. The most common type is the large G30 bulb, which is used in bathroom and makeup vanities. These bulbs are in the “G” group.

Decorative Bulb
DECORATIVE

Decorative bulbs are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Common decorator bulbs include chandelier bulbs, bullet bulbs, conical bulbs and flame style bulbs.

Get the Facts

The Lighting Facts label is like a nutrition label. It helps you pick the bulb with the right color of light that saves you the most.

Lighting Facts Nutrition Label

A. Brightness
How much light the bulb provides. The higher the number, the more light.

B. Estimated Yearly Energy Cost
What it costs to use the bulb each year.

C. Life
How long the bulb will last.

D. Light Appearance
The color of the light. Lower numbers are warm/yellow light. Higher numbers are cool/blue light.

E. Energy Used
How much energy the bulb uses, not the brightness.
These bulbs are tested and certified to save energy and perform as promised.

Lighting Facts Nutrition Label

How Much Can I Save by Switching?

Use our lighting calculator to find out how much you could save by switching bulbs.

Choosing the Right Brightness

Look for lumens, not watts. Watts measure how much energy a bulb uses—not the bulb’s brightness. Lumens measure the amount of light, so the higher the number, the more light. For example, a 60-watt incandescent bulb and a 10-watt LED have the same brightness—800 lumens.

Here’s a wattage equivalence chart, but note that lumen-per-watt ratios can range mildly, even from LED to LED products.

Lighting Brightness Chart

Choosing the Right Color Temperature

The appearance of the light is measured in Kelvin (K). The difference in the Kelvin number will be the difference of “soft white” or “daylight.”

If you want a light most like the warm glow of an incandescent bulb, choose a bulb with a temperature around 2700 Kelvin (also read as 2700K). For brighter task lighting, choose a higher temperature around 3500 Kelvin. The higher the color temperature, the whiter the light will appear.

Lighting Temperature
Lighting Temperature
WARM OR SOFT WHITE
2,700 – 3,000 KELVIN
Lighting Temperature
Lighting Temperature
NEUTRAL OR COOL WHITE
3,500 – 4,100 Kelvin
Lighting Temperature
Lighting Temperature
SUNLIGHT OR DAYLIGHT
5,000 – 6,500 Kelvin

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FAQs

Q:

Where can I use energy-saving lighting?

A:

Energy-saving LEDs can be used almost anywhere incandescent bulbs are used: in recessed fixtures, table lamps, ceiling fixtures, porch lights, vanity bars and more. However, it is important to select the right type of bulb for the right fixture application.

Q:

How do I dispose of LEDs?

A:

LEDs can be thrown directly into the trash. Also, some localities will allow LEDs to be recycled. Check with your local waste management provider to see if old LEDs can be recycled. Your local store may also have recycle bins for old LED bulbs.

Q:

I want to replace my 60-watt incandescent bulb. How do I select the best energy-saving replacement?

A:

Finding an ENERGY STAR qualified LED that will put out the same amount of light as your current incandescent bulb is easy. You can find product equivalency information right on the lightbulb packaging to help you choose a bulb that produces a similar amount of light.

Here’s how to compare bulbs. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 …
1. Choose the bulb based on the brightness, or light output, which is measured in lumens, not watts. The higher the lumens number, the more light.

2. Determine which bulb has the lowest estimated energy cost per year and the highest lifetime estimate. This information is on the label.

3. Don’t forget color temperature. The appearance of the light is measured in Kelvin (K). The difference in the Kelvin number will be the difference of “soft white” or “daylight.” If you want a light most like the warm glow of an incandescent bulb, choose a bulb with a temperature around 2700 Kelvin (also read as 2700K). For brighter task lighting, choose a higher temperature, around 3500 Kelvin. The higher the color temperature, the whiter the light will appear.

Q:

Are all LEDs the same?

A:

No. Not all LED bulbs are equal. To ensure you are getting the best-quality LED bulb, look for the ENERGY STAR logo on the packaging. To qualify for ENERGY STAR, LED lighting products must meet these rigid criteria:

  • Brightness is equal to or greater than existing lighting technologies (incandescent or fluorescent) and light is well distributed over the area lighted by the fixture.
  • Light output remains constant over time.
  • Color quality is excellent.
  • Stringent efficiency standards are met.
  • The light comes on instantly when turned on.
  • There is no flicker when light is dimmed.

Q:

How are ENERGY STAR-certified LEDs different?

A:

A: ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR’s goal is to help you save money and to protect the environment through energy-saving products and practices.
The ENERGY STAR logo signifies that the product has been tested and meets the following criteria:

  • Uses one-fourth the energy of traditional lighting.
  • Saves money on energy bills and bulb replacements; light lasts between 10,000 – 50,000 hours (about nine to 22 years of regular use).
  • Distributes light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures.
  • Carries a two- to three-year warranty – above the industry standard.

To learn more about ENERGY STAR light bulbs, visit the ENERGY STAR website.

Q:

Can LEDs be used in recessed cans, outdoor lights or track lighting?

A:

Yes. Always read the packaging to be sure of a bulb’s proper use. Some bulbs are qualified to be used in three-way and dimmable fixtures like chandeliers, recessed lights or track lighting.

Q:

Can I use an LED on a dimming switch?

A:

Most LEDs are dimmable, just like traditional incandescent bulbs, with no special switches or circuits required. Always check the packaging to be sure.

Tip of the Day

TIP #10
Lighting
Use only a single bulb in a multi-socket fixture. Be sure to check the maximum wattage the fixture allows.
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*Data as of 2019. Prior year data updated annually in June. Annual energy savings based on 1,000 kWh use per month. Emissions based on I&M-specific emissions data from our cleaner generation portfolio. EPA.gov Greenhouse Equivalencies Calculator used for kWh conversion.