Residential Buyers Guide

ENERGY STAR qualified LED lighting offers energy-saving options for both in and outside the home, such as recessed lighting and outdoor path lights. A fixture with LEDs is a seamless unit, built to last for many years. See if your local retailer sells ENERGY STAR qualified LED lighting.

What do I need to know before I buy an LED lighting product?

  • Look for the ENERGY STAR for good quality and a minimum three-year warranty.
  • Make sure you have a compatible dimmer switch if you want to
    dim your lights. Fixture manufacturers can provide a list of approved
    dimmers switches.
  • Make sure you like the color of the light; other options may be available.
  • Check back every few months to see what new types of LED lighting products will be eligible for ENERGY STAR. Like the early days of computers, LED lighting technology is advancing at an incredible rate.
LED Downlights in a kitchen


The U.S. Department of Energy estimates there are at least 500 million recessed lights installed in U.S. homes and more than 20 million are sold each year!

ENERGY STAR qualified LED recessed down lights can decrease energy use by 75 percent or more.