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Lighting & Appliances

ENERGY STAR Certified CFLs and LED Bulbs

Lighting accounts for about 20% of the electric bill in the average U.S. home. Switch to ENERGY STAR certified compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs and save. They provide the same amount of brightness as standard bulbs and use less energy. Each incandescent bulb you replace with an ENERGY STAR certified light bulb will save you about $10 in energy costs each year. Imagine if you replace all of your light bulbs!

With new technology, ENERGY STAR light bulbs provide warm and inviting light without the flickering and humming of older fluorescent bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs can replace regular bulbs in lamps and are available in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. They can also be purchased in dimmable models and models compatible with motion sensors.

Purchase discounted ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs:

How to Choose the Right Light Bulb

Choosing the right light bulb

Save Money with ENERGY STAR Light Bulbs

While both ENERGY STAR certified CFLs and LED bulbs save you energy and money, LED bulbs provide the greatest savings. The chart below outlines lifetime savings that can be attributed to using an LED or a CFL instead of an incandescent light bulb:

Example 800 Lumen Bulb Choices
(equivalent to 60 watt incandescent) 
Energy Used
10 watts
13 watts
43 watts
60 watts
Lifetime 25,000 hours
(21 years)
10,000 hours
(8.5 years)
1,000 hours
(1 year)
1,000 hours
(1 year)
Annual Operating Cost*
$1.75 $2.28
Average Cost per Bulb
$9.00 $3.50 $1.80
Lifetime Cost to Operate**
$46.50 $57.50 $206.25 $237.50
* Assumes 3.2 hours of daily use at $0.15 cost per kWh
** Lifetime Cost is calculated for the equivalent of an LED bulb lifetime and includes the cost of bulbs.

How to Read the Lighting Facts Label

The Lighting Facts Label is a tool to compare different light bulbs. The label provides a summary of a bulb’s light output (lumens), the amount of energy needed to light the product (watts), color of light (Kelvin), and whether or not it is dimmable.



How to Safely Dispose of CFLs

Because CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, EPA recommends that consumers take advantage of available local recycling options for CFLs. You can contact your local municipal solid waste agency directly, or go to EPA’s CFL Webpage or to identify local recycling options. If your CFL breaks, we recommend that you follow EPA’s instructions for Cleaning up a Broken CFL.

Learn More

ENERGY STAR Light Bulbs Website
Learn more about ENERGY STAR certified CFLs and LED bulbs.

Mass Save CFL Lighting Video
This video explains the different shapes, sizes and shades of light of CFL light bulbs to help you with your lighting purchases.
Learn more about how to choose energy-efficient light bulbs.

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Find a Retailer

Use our Retail Finder Tool to locate ENERGY STAR® retailers. Simply enter your ZIP code and tell us how many miles you want to travel. We'll give you a list of stores in your area.

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