Choosing the right bulb can be confusing but it doesn't have to be

Decide which bulbs you're ready to replace.

  • You can replace bulbs as you need them, but you'll save more energy by switching sooner rather than later
  • Get the most energy savings from upgrading the lighting in the kitchen and living rooms where lights are used most
  • There's an ENERGY STAR LED to match every fixture in your home including dimmable bulbs (make sure your dimmer is compatible with LED bulbs), recessed lighting, and decorative fixtures like a candelabra
  • If you're upgrading an exterior light, make sure the LED bulb you're buying is rated for exterior use.

Refer to the Lighting Facts label

Some key things to look for are found on the Lighting Facts label; it lists brightness, in lumens; estimated lifespan, and light appearance.

What to look at on a bulb package:

  • A good all-purpose bulb has about 800 lumens—it's comparable to a 60 W incandescent bulb. Lumens is the amount of light produced by the bulb; the higher the number, the brighter the bulb. Watts are no longer a measurement of brightness as you may have thought when buying incandescent bulbs
  • Check the Kelvin range. A warm or soft white bulb has a rating of about 2700° K. A cool white light has a rating of about 5000° K
  • Look for ENERGY STAR if you don't want your bulb to flicker, change color, or stop working prematurely. ENERGY STAR bulbs have a lifespan of at least 15,000 hours or about 13 years. Not all LEDs are created equal

Important considerations

  • High-quality ENERGY STAR LEDs are available at throughout Vermont
  • For the best price on ENERGY STAR LEDs, look for the Efficiency Vermont Smart Choice signs
  • LED bulbs are more affordable than ever, making this a great time to upgrade

As always, if you have questions, contact us. We're here to help.