What to Look For When You Make the Switch to LEDs

Does this sound like you? You finally decided to try one of those “new fangled” energy-saving LED light bulbs – only to find that the light it emitted was not adequate, didn’t produce light in the right direction, or didn’t last nearly as long as promised. If that’s been your experience, you probably didn’t buy an LED bulb that was ENERGY-STAR certified.

Not all LEDs are created equal.

The label makes a difference. Bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR save significant amounts of energy and money because they are independently certified to use less energy. Most people who go shopping for an LED bulb start by looking for the words “energy saving,” which any company can slap on any bulb. What they really need to be looking for is the ENERGY STAR label.

Why shift to LEDs in the first place?

Making the shift to energy-efficient lighting offers big benefits – to the environment, to us and our families, and to how much money we spend on energy.

* If every household replaced just one light bulb with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light two million homes for a whole year.

* We would also prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 550,000 vehicles. LED bulbs are a terrific solution to climate change.

* Most household energy still comes from coal-burning power plants. About 12% of the energy we use at home powers our lighting – from ceiling fixtures and under-counter lights to table and bedside lamps. An LED bulb uses 70-90% less energy than a standard bulb, limiting the need to burn that much more coal.

* LED bulbs also help reduce air pollution, making the air healthier to breathe for kids and others who suffer from asthma, heart disease and many respiratory ailments.

* According to ENERGY STAR, a single LED bulb can save $80 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the product.

PLUS – LED technology is so efficient, one bulb can last as long as 22 years or 25,000 hours. That’s particularly convenient for hard-to-reach places like ceilings and outdoor fixtures.

Seventy percent of U.S. light sockets still contain inefficient bulbs. No wonder LED bulbs are quickly gaining steam as the most innovative and long lasting alternative to incandescent bulbs.

Want more information?

The ENERGY STAR webpage on lighting offers more useful information that will help you choose the certified bulb that is right for you.

Also check out:

How to Find the Right LED Bulb
The Effects of Air Pollution on Pre Natal Health
Is Air Pollution Throwing Off Your Heart Rhythm?



Christine J.
Christine J2 years ago

I'm not a fan. I use them because our "nanny state" government refuses to let us buy the old-fashioned ones. I've found they cost four times the price of the old ones, and last less than half as long. As I have high ceilings, this is a real pain. I produce my own solar power, so I'm not worried about saving money on the electricity bill. I wish they'd just told the truth about the high cost and lack of durability and then people wouldn't be so disappointed.

Sherry Kohn
Sherry K2 years ago

Many thanks to you !

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H4 years ago

I just went shopping for bulbs and was blown away by the cost of ALL types. I was so irritated at the cost and types and brands and soft white vs clear that I left the shop without buying any. Maybe this will help. Thanks.

Amy D.
Amy D4 years ago


willian Miller
william Miller4 years ago

a lot of words for Look for Energy Star I was expecting a little more

Marie W.
Marie W4 years ago

Price still too high to put them every where.

Jane R.
Jane R4 years ago

What are we to do? Open the drapes and blinds which lets heat into the house and the AC unit has to run more, or keep drapes and blinds shut and turn on the lights so we can see where we're walking and what we're reading, which uses more electricity. These new light bulbs cost a fortune, so are we really saving money to use them? They never last as long as the package states and we pay dearly for them.

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper4 years ago


Darren Woolsey
Darren Woolsey4 years ago

We've found generally that energy-saving light bulbs don't last as long as the standard ones, so we end up buying more.

Luna starr
luna starr4 years ago

my bro is an electrician;he highly recommends them and he researches EVERYTHING. We got some;Cree brand cost $ 20.00 for 2 a Home depot. LOVE them and the way our carport and entry bulbs blew these are wonderful