ENERGY STAR LED Bulbs: A Bright Solution

September 24, 201415082149935_301780a41b

You may not realize what a big difference a little light bulb makes. Below are some illuminating facts from Energy Star all about their Energy Star LED bulbs, and the first video in a series of comical videos to brighten your day!

Nearly 70% of light bulb sockets in the U.S. still contain an inefficient bulb. Surprising information, given the money savings that more efficient bulbs offer, and the growing trend to be more energy efficient in our homes and businesses. But maybe not so surprising when you think about the early experiences people had with CFL bulbs.

So why is this the right time for that to change? And what makes us think people will have a better experience trying LED bulbs — the latest in efficient lighting technology.

For one thing, the price of LED bulbs continues to drop. Customers can now find ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs at dramatically lower prices than just a year ago—some as low as $5 in store.

Just like early CFLs, LED technology has its challenges, in particular suffering from limitations affecting brightness and light distribution. The truth is, not all LED lighting is created equal. Bad design can lead to a wide range of problems, some immediately observable and some not. Poorly designed products often come with exaggerated claims, while failing to deliver on quality.

To earn the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR label, LED bulbs must overcome these challenges and demonstrate they can meet consumer expectations, delivering on must-haves like brightness, color quality and being able to produce light in all directions. Only ENERGY STAR LED bulbs are certified by independent, third parties against a long list of rigorous performance requirements. These LED bulbs also come with minimum three year warranty.

ENERGY STAR LED bulbs use 70-90 percent less energy than traditional bulbs and can last 25 times longer. They provide excellent light distribution and color quality, making them a great option for replacing old incandescent bulbs. They’re also durable and won’t break as easily. They provide the same brightness (lumens) with less energy (watts) and offer convenient features, like dimming on some models.
Just one bulb can save up to $80 on energy bills over its lifetime. If every household in the U.S. replaced a light bulb with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR, we’d save enough energy to light two million homes for a whole year, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 550,000 vehicles.

To learn more about ENERGY STAR certified lighting visit: www.energystar.gov/lighting.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR Program
ENERGY STAR Lighting Purchasing Guide: http://www.energystar.gov/ia/products/fap/purchasing_checklist_revised.pdf
ENERGY STAR Lighting Infographic: http://www.energystar.gov/ia/products/lighting_made_easy_infographic.html

Photo Credit: Flickr/electricnerve
Video Credit: Energy Star

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