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Get Your Summer Renovation Started with ENERGY STAR® LED Lighting

Is painting on your list of to-dos for this summer? If so, don’t forget to factor in the perfect light bulbs. The lighting in your rooms will make a big difference in how your paint colors look, and ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs come in all the options you need to stay on trend AND be energy efficient.

When you think about it, choosing light bulbs isn’t so different from choosing paint color. We’ve all been there—standing in the hardware store, staring at endless shades, wondering, “isn’t white just white?” And, “how could there be so many shades of green?”

Conventional wisdom tells us to get a color sample and paint a swatch on the wall to see how you like it during different times of the day. And there’s a good reason for that--lighting makes a huge impact on how that color looks with your home décor. But, before spending your time musing over how your paint color samples look with your old lighting, this is the perfect time to update your lighting and really see how those paint swatches could look the best. Using the newest and most efficient light bulbs available – ENERGY STAR® LED lighting– can give you control over the light quality and color to complement and enhance your paint color choices.

Lighting color guide infographic

ENERGY STAR certified bulbs are available in a wide range of colors. Light color, or appearance, matches a temperature on the Kelvin scale (K). Lower K means warmer, yellowish light, while higher K means cooler, bluer light. Understanding this will help you understand how the paint color will look illuminated by your new lighting.

So, why should you look for the ENERGY STAR when shopping for your new bulbs?

  • To earn the ENERGY STAR label, LED bulbs have to demonstrate they will meet consumer expectations, delivering on brightness and producing light in all directions.
  • They use 70-90% less energy than incandescent bulbs, saving you $30 to $80 each in energy bills.
  • They provide the same brightness (lumens) with less energy (watts).
  • Bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR last 10 to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
  • Only bulbs with the ENERGY STAR are independently certified, undergoing extensive testing to assure they perform as promised.
  • Best of all—certified bulbs help protect the environment and prevent climate change.

You can find a full selection of ENERGY STAR certified LED products at major retail stores. You can also browse these products on ENERGY STAR's brand new LED lighting tab on Facebook – this convenient one-stop shop has videos, article reviews, and a featured partner providing a sweepstakes to win their latest ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs and fixtures. You could get your new light bulbs for free!

Our partner, Philips, is offering three winners a $500 ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting transformation, and giving 75 others free ENERGY STAR certified Philips LED light bulbs that dim to a warm glow. You can enter any time between May 1 and July 31, 2015. Learn more about ENERGY STAR LED products, and enter the Philips sweepstakes here.

Philips LED Light packaging
Philips Warm Glow Dimmable Light packaging

With the new lighting technology available to today’s home decorator, your new ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs will probably last longer than your latest paint color change--making the choice of great lighting one less remodeling decision you have to make over the long haul!

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