Switching to energy efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. One ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulb uses up to 90% less energy than an old incandescent bulb. With all the changes to lighting that have occurred over the past few years, it can be difficult to know where to begin when you need a new light bulb.

When choosing a new light bulb, you will want to consider three characteristics: bulb shape, brightness, and color. The light fixture where you will be using the bulb will determine the shape. Look at the fixture to see if you need a bulb with a small or regular size base.

Brightness is measured in lumens rather than Watts. The higher the lumen value, then brighter the bulb. Color is determined using the Kelvin Temperature scale. Bulbs that are lower on the Kelvin scale will produce a soft, warm light while bulbs that are higher on the scale will produce a bluer, white light that is more like daylight.

Did You Know?

Replacing your five most frequently used light bulbs with ENERGY STAR Certified lights can save $45 a year in energy costs.

Common Problems

    • Continued reliance on incandescent bulbs

Do-it-yourself: Tips for reducing lighting costs

  • Keep your curtains or shades open to use natural light rather than turning on light.
  • Replace old incandescent or CFL bulbs with ENERGY STAR Certified LED bulbs.
  • Look for LED products and fixtures for outdoor use. Features like automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors can reduce energy costs even further.
  • Replace incandescent can lights with air tight LED inserts that will reduce energy use as well as air infiltration.


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BFranklin’s Try-Light Kit takes the guess-work out of choosing the right LED lights for your home. It allows you to test out a variety of high-quality LED light bulbs in your own home for 30 days at no cost!

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