Upgrading lighting is a low-cost way to save energy and money in your home whether you own or rent. In comparison to conventional lighting options (such as incandescents, fluorescents, and halogens), energy-efficient light bulbs use less energy, cost less to operate, and can last up to 25 years longer.
Light Bulb Options
There are three primary options for energy-efficient lighting sold today. When shopping for light bulbs, always look for the ENERGY STAR® logo on the packaging. This is the easiest and most reliable way to ensure the light bulb you purchase delivers exceptional features while using less energy and saving more money in the long run.
|LED Light Bulb||LED Fixture||Smart Lightbulb|
|Overview||Light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs are electronic devices that light up when an electrical current moves through them. LEDs are more compact, easier to maintain, and more efficient than conventional lighting options.||LED fixtures are electronic devices whose light source is built into the fixture. Whether or not the fixture comes with a light bulb or array depends on the type (LED-ready fixtures vs. integrated LED fixtures).||Smart light bulbs (Internet-capable LED light bulbs) are a relatively new technology that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled, and controlled remotely. Smart light bulbs are often paired with a built-in application that can be controlled from a mobile device. Features on smart light bulbs vary.|
|Operations and Maintenance||LED light bulbs are compact and far more durable than conventional options. They are easy to maintain, lasting up to 25 years. They also require minimal to no rewiring when screws- or pin-based bulbs are replaced.||Once installed, LED fixtures require very little maintenance and have a longer life span than LED light bulbs.||Smart light bulbs may require software updates, depending on the type and system. These light bulbs can last up to 15 years, depending on the type and model.|