Already, newer technologies, like Energy Star certified LED bulbs, use 70-90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 10- to 25-times longer. And with the prices of LED bulbs dropping dramatically—under $5 in some stores—it is more worthwhile than ever to consider your options.

LED-ing the way

Making the switch to LED bulbs will save energy, reduce your electric bill and help protect the environment from climate change. A single Energy Star bulb could save you $75, and last 20 years. If every American home replaced just one light bulb, we would save $455 million in annual energy costs and prevent nearly 6 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year—equivalent to the emissions from 550,000 cars.

"...Energy Star label works as a “seal of approval” for LED bulbs, to ensure that they can deliver on brightness and match the light of traditional bulbs."

You may be wondering why Energy Star is being linked to LED bulbs with almost every mention. The reason is simple—for the best LED experience, it is important to always look for the government-backed Energy Star label. With greater access to innovative LED technology, consumers are discovering that all LEDs are not the same. Only bulbs with the familiar blue label are independently certified, undergoing extensive testing to assure they perform as promised.

Look and “see” change

Just like early CFLs, LED technology has its challenges—in particular suffering from limitations affecting brightness and light distribution. But the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star label works as a “seal of approval” for LED bulbs, to ensure that they can deliver on brightness and match the light of traditional bulbs.

More than 100 years after Thomas Edison patented his incandescent light bulb, wholesale change to a new, more innovative, energy efficient lighting technology is finally a realistic possibility. The time is right to introduce the LED bulb to your household.