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Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs use 85% less energy, last at least 15 times longer, and produce less heat. Plus, virtually all components of LEDs can be recycled.

How to choose the right LED

Every LED package has a Lighting Facts label that provides information about a bulb’s brightness, operating costs, life and appearance. The important factor to consider is lumens and light appearance.

Think lumens, not watts

LED bulbs use less energy (watts) to provide the same brightness (lumens) as incandescent bulbs. The table below shows incandescent bulbs by wattage and their LED lumens equivalents. For example, if you’re replacing a 60-watt incandescent bulb, look for an LED with 800 lumens.

Incandescent Wattage LED Lumens
25 250
40 450
60 800
75 1,110
100 1,600
125 2,000
150 2,600

Light appearance

Light appearance ranges from warm to cool and is measured in Kelvin (K). The higher the number, the brighter and cooler the light appears.

Warm White or Soft White




Natural or Daylight


Light fixtures

Long-lasting ENERGY STAR® certified hard-wired fixtures offer quality and energy savings. Replacing five high-use fixtures with ENERGY STAR certified models saves up to $70 a year on your electricity bill. These fixtures come standard with a two-year lamp warranty and a three-year ballast warranty.

You can find a wide range of styles to fit any decor or location inside and outside your home, including fixtures for the front porch, dining room, kitchen ceiling and under cabinets, hallway ceiling and walls, and bathroom vanity.

Beyond energy savings

LEDs are designed to perform better and last longer while using less energy.

LED benefits:

  • Reduce maintenance costs and hassle — this is especially helpful in hard-to-reach spots that require ladders and taking fixtures apart
  • Reduce cooling costs, since LEDs produce very little heat

LEDs also offer:

  • Optional features like dimming, automatic daylight shutoff and motion sensors
  • Brightness that is equal to or greater than existing incandescent or fluorescent fixtures
  • Even and constant light distribution
  • Excellent color quality and options
  • No warm-up time — lights come on instantly
  • No flickering when lights are dimmed

LEDs are the best bulbs on the market, and they’re constantly being improved. Right Now manufacturers are working on bulbs that foster better sleeping habits.

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