Lighting Buyer's Guide

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Watt's the Deal with LEDs?

LED bulbs use five times less energy and last up to 15 times longer than traditional incandescents. By upgrading just five of your most-used bulbs, you can save up to $75 per year.

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All LED bulbs on this store 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


Selecting for Brightness

The amount of light a bulb generates – or its brightness – is measured in lumens. The higher the lumens number, the brighter the light.

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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 your 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
Selecting for Color

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.

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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

Claiming Your Instant Rebate

Now that you know watt’s what in lighting and can decide which bulbs are right for you, browse energy-saving LEDs and redeem instant rebates on select bulbs.