ENERGY STAR® LED (light-emitting diode) is a highly energy efficient lighting technology. This technology uses at least 75% less energy - and last 15 to 20 times longer – than traditional incandescent lighting.
Switching to ENERGY STAR® LED bulbs is an easy, low-cost upgrade that can help you save money every month - savings that add up over the lifetime of the bulb.
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When you're shopping for light bulbs and fixtures, compare lumens to be sure you're getting the amount of light, or level of brightness, you want. The Lighting Facts label is a quick reference to help you determine the brightness, lifespan, color and efficiency of the bulb.
Brightness: The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the light appears.
- Life: How many years the bulb will last based on hours of use.
- Energy Used: The lower the number of watts the less energy it uses.
- ENERGY STAR: Bulbs with the Energy Star logo meet high standards for maximum quality and energy savings.
- Light Color: The lower the number of kelvin, the warmer the light color appears. The higher the kelvin, the cooler the light appears.
Benefits of LED Lighting
- Long Life – Bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR last 6 to 25 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs
- High Quality – ENERGY STAR® certified fixtures and bulbs offer the same amount of light as incandescent or halogen lighting, while providing a true and natural color without the flicker or noise of traditional bulbs
- Safety and Reliability – ENERGY STAR® certified light bulbs must be UL listed for fire safety
Recycle Your Old CFLs
Washington State residents can recycle mercury-containing lights at no charge, by dropping them off at authorized collection sites throughout the state. Learn more at LightRecycle Washington.
What is LED lighting?
At its most basic, LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. This is light produced using a semiconductor in a process called electroluminescence. Sounds fancy, right? The process is much more efficient than what’s used by traditional incandescent lights and has a much longer lifespan. Its small size and relatively cooler operating temperature means that it can be used in fixtures and locations where traditional bulbs were used.
Are LED lights brighter?
Not necessarily. Like any fixture, the output depends on how much wattage it takes in and how many lumens it produces (lumens are a measurement of light’s brightness). Because LEDs produce many more lumens per watt than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, you can’t look at wattage alone. While most people reference wattage for incandescent bulbs, the wattage and the amount of light produced by LEDs is drastically different.
On average, 1600 lumens equals about the same amount of light as a 100-watt incandescent bulb.
Are LEDs blue light?
Many people have a bad impression of LED from early versions of the technology when the light tended to have a blue tint. Today, LEDs are designed to meet our expectations for the lighting we’d want in our homes. The color of light produced is measured on the Kelvin scale, where a lower number equates to a warmer light—the higher the number, the whiter, (and, yes, eventually bluer) the light will be.
A range of color temperatures are available for different applications and tasks. 2700 Kelvin is a warm light on par with a standard household bulb. 3500 Kelvin is a whiter tone. Some brands go higher, offering 4000-5000 Kelvin options if you prefer an even whiter or daylight blue light.
How long do LEDs really last?
LEDs last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and fixtures. Most options on the market today are rated with at least 20,000 hours of use minimum, or 15-20 years depending on hours of use.