- Use 75% less energy
- Last up to 25 times longer
- Have a more durable exterior
- Stay cooler, reducing risk of combustion or burning
If you don’t know what to look for, replacing your bulbs could become a frustrating challenge. Size, shape, brightness, color and dimming abilities all play a part in deciding the bulb that is best for you. See the charts below to understand how to make the switch to LED with as little hassle as possible.
For brightness, look for lumens, not watts. Lumens indicate light output whereas watts indicate energy consumed. ENERGY STAR bulbs provide the same brightness with less energy. Refer to the table below to help find the right brightness.
Depending on where it is used, there are different color temperatures, from warm white to daylight. The exact value is measured in Kelvin (K). Starting at around 2200K, a warm or soft white color is ideal for most indoor applications. In the middle of the color spectrum, neutral or cool white is great for kitchens and workspaces. Finally, a daylight color at the coolest level of 6500K is optimum for reading.
Soft or Warm White:
Ideal for most indoor use
Good for kitchens and workspaces
Good for reading
Dimmable LED lights do exist! However, you may have to get an LED-compatible dimmer to accommodate the new bulbs. When you buy LED lightbulbs, make sure that they have the dimmable logo on the box or state that they are dimmable.