It’s time to switch out your old bulbs for new, energy-efficient LEDs. And take advantage of the savings, while they last. Right now, we’re partnering with participating retailers to offer special discounts. Save up to $3 on select models of LEDs.
LEDs, especially ENERGY STAR®-qualified products, typically use 75 to 80% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs they replace.1
Both LEDs and CFLs come in all shapes and sizes, to fit just about any fixture in your home. How do you choose?
1. First, consider taking a quick tour of your home and think about which lights you use most often. Replace those first, to save more on your bills.
2. Next, consider Watts vs. Lumens.
Because CFLs and LEDs use less energy, choose a wattage that's about one-fourth of what you usually buy for an incandescent bulb. Always refer to the "lumen" or "lighting" output on the product package as your guide.
|450 lm||40w||9w to 13w||4w to 7w|
|800 lm||60w||13w to 15w||8w to 12w|
|1,100 lm||75w||18w to 25w||13w to 16w|
|1,600 lm||100w||23w to 30w||17w to 22w|
|2,600 lm||150w||30w to 52w||Not Available|
3. Some types of bulbs work best for specified types of fixtures, for example, flood lights work well for recessed lighting. Different types of bulbs work best for different fixtures. If you’re not sure what to look for, this “Lighting Made Easy”(external link) guide from ENERGY STAR® is a good place to start.
4. Before you head to the store, check out our bulb deals. We’ve partnered with a variety of retailers to provide discounts on a wide range of energy-efficient bulbs. You’re sure to find bargains at stores near you.
CFLs contain mercury and, according to Minnesota law, need to be recycled. We offer free recycling of CFL bulbs at participating locations. Find recycling locations near you. LED bulbs do not need to be recycled and can be thrown in household trash.
Download the recycling coupon (PDF) to receive a discount when recycling Fluorescent Tubes and HIDs.
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