Lighting Buyer's Guide
Most LED bulbs sold on the Marketplace have earned the ENERGY STAR® label, indicating that they surpass federal standards for energy efficiency and provide high-quality light output and color.
Choosing the Right Bulb.
LED bulbs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Make sure that the bulb you buy matches your fixture.Learn More
A-line bulbs: Used in table or floor lamp, wall sconce, pendant fixture or ceiling fixture.
Globe bulbs: Used in a wall sconce or pendant fixture.
Straight-tubular bulbs: Used in small light fixtures and lamps for an antique look.
BR30 flood light bulbs: Used in general household fixtures, recessed can lighting and track lighting.
The amount of light a bulb generates – or its brightness – is measured in lumens. The higher the lumens number, the brighter the light.Learn More
It’s a common misconception that watts (W) indicate brightness, when in fact watts measure electricity use. For bright and efficient lighting, look for bulbs with a high lumens number and low wattage.
Lighting options typically range from 300 to 1,600 lumens. If you're swapping out incandescents for LEDs, use this guide as a rule of thumb:
- Replace a 40W incandescent bulb with an LED that gives you 450 lumens of light.
- Replace a 60W incandescent bulb with an LED that gives you 800 lumens of light.
- Replace a 75W incandescent bulb with an LED that gives you 1100 lumens of light.
- Replace a 100W incandescent bulb with an LED that gives you 1600 lumens of light.
The color temperature of your bulbs can drastically impact the mood and feel of a room. The warm, cozy lights in your bedroom are nothing like the crisp, radiant light in your bathroom or the fluorescent overhead at your office.Learn More
Color temperature is measured on the Kelvin temperature scale. Yellow lights have lower Kelvin numbers while whiter or bluer lights have higher Kelvin numbers.
Warm or Soft White:
- 2,700 to 3,500 Kelvin.
- Cozy, inviting and warm.
- Good for bedrooms, living rooms and dens.
Neutral or Cool White:
- 3,500 to 4,100 Kelvin.
- Clean, crisp and radiant.
- Good for kitchens, work spaces and bathrooms.
Natural or Daylight:
- 5,000 to 6,500 Kelvin.
- Alert, active and vibrant.
- Good for reading and detail-oriented activities.
Keep it simple with basic LEDs and dimmable bulbs. Or, turn it up a notch and geek out over bulbs you can control from your smartphone, change the color, put on a lighting schedule and more.Learn More
Dim your lights up and down to control the ambiance of the room.
Smart lighting takes your lighting game to a whole new level, allowing you to talk to and control your lights from your smartphone. Dim the lights, turn them on or off or schedule them to come on before you get home, all from your connected device. Some smart lighting options let you pick from millions of colors to fit any occasion or mood and even sync with music and movies.
Now you know watt’s what in lighting and can decide which bulbs are right for you, browse energy-saving LEDs .