Lighting Purchasing Tips

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Lighting Purchasing Tips

It's no secret that LED bulbs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs. In fact, they use up to 70 percent less energy and can last up to 10 times longer.* Below are illuminating resources to help you choose the right lighting options for your home or business!

Lighting Choices Made Easy with ENERGY STAR®

Are you ready to upgrade your home lighting but don’t know where to start? Download this lighting worksheet to determine the right ENERGY STAR-certified bulb for your light fixture and mark how many bulbs you may need for each room in your home.

Choosing the Right Brightness and Color

Brightness is a description of light output, which is measured in lumens (not watts). Light bulb manufacturers include this information and the equivalent wattage right on the packaging. Common terms are "soft white 60," "warm light 60," and "60 watt replacement."

To save energy, find the bulbs with the light output you need, and then choose the one with the lowest wattage. You can also look for an ENERGY STAR-certified bulb that is labeled as equivalent to the incandescent bulb you are replacing.

Lumens chart

The color of light may also affect how bright a light appears, even if the lumens are the same. Since most people are used to the soft yellowish glow from incandescent light bulbs, ENERGY STAR-certified bulbs that produce light closer to the color of daylight may appear brighter because the color of the light is less yellow.*

Choosing the Right Color