The largest revolution in home light bulbs is upon us. On January 1st 2014, a government mandated phase-out of America’s most popular light bulbs, the 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent, took effect (100-watt and 75-watt incandescent bulbs have already been phased-out). Incandescent light bulbs utilize virtually the same technology pioneered by Thomas Edison’s development of the incandescent bulb in the late 1800s. LED technology, which stands for “light emitting diode,” is a semiconductor light source which has been developed over the years to replace standard incandescent light bulbs. LED lamps are several times more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and are even more energy efficient than florescent bulbs. LED lamps additionally have lifespans that far exceed traditional lighting sources meaning they will pay for themselves both in energy savings and longevity. Follow these quick steps to retrofit your home with LED lamp replacements.

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Room by room

The average US home has roughly 40 light-bulb fixtures. While the price of LED lamp replacements have fallen in recent years and major lighting companies have released LEDs in the below $10 range, a full-scale home LED retrofit can be an expensive endeavor. Start by replacing room-by-room as your existing light bulbs begin to burn-out.

Color temperature

Color temperature refers to the hue the light outputs. Warm-hued lights have more of a reddish output whereas cold-hued lights have a more bluish output.  For indoor replacements, stick with LED lights that replicate standard incandescent light bulbs with a warmer light output. Check the packaging and look for bulbs with a rating of 2,500k-3,000k (kelvins).

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Brightness

LED bulbs utilize several times less energy than that incandescent counterparts and a watt-to-watt comparison won’t indicate brightness levels. Most LED packaging will provide equivalency comparisons and simply be aware of the original wattage of the bulb you are replacing. A typical LED lamp replacement for a 60 watt incandescent requires only 6-8watts of energy.

Shape

Retrofit LEDs are now available across the full range of standard incandescent bulb types. For specific lights such as flood lights, spot lights and standard A-line bulbs, LEDs have come to market to fill every type of retrofit application. Understand your application (for example, recessed lighting vs. track lighting) and select the right LED replacement lamp just as you would for your standard incandescent applications.