Lighting accounts for about 10% of the electricity use in the average U.S. home according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Upgrading to ENERGY STAR certified LED (light emitting diode) bulbs can cut this energy use and help you save. LEDs provide the same amount of brightness as traditional bulbs and use less energy. Each incandescent bulb you replace with an ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulb can save you more than $100 in energy costs over the LED bulb’s lifetime. Imagine if you replaced all of your light bulbs!
With new technology, ENERGY STAR certified LEDs provide warm and inviting light without the flickering and humming of older fluorescent bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified LEDs can replace traditional 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.
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How to Choose the Right Light Bulb
Save Money with ENERGY STAR Light Bulbs
Why choose ENERGY STAR certified LEDs? Not all LEDs are the same. Light bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR have undergone extensive testing to ensure they will save energy and perform as promised. Lower quality LED bulbs might flicker, fade, or shift in color over time. They also often have a much shorter lifetime than ENERGY STAR certified bulbs. The chart below outlines lifetime savings that can be attributed to using an ENERGY STAR certified LED instead of an incandescent light bulb.
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 instead of an incandescent light bulb:
|Example 800 Lumen Bulb Choices
(equivalent to 60 watt incandescent)
|ENERGY STAR certified LED
||15,000 - 25,000 hours
(13 - 21 years)
|Annual Operating Cost*
|Annual Savings Compared to an Incandescent Bulb*
Lifetime Savings Compared to an Incandescent Bulb**
|$130 - $230
* Assumes 3.2 hours of daily use at $0.18 cost per kWh
** Lifetime Savings is calculated relative to the life of an LED bulb
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.
ENERGY STAR Light Bulbs Website
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