Light Bulbs

standard light bulb Earning the ENERGY STAR certification means the product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Lighting products that have earned the ENERGY STAR label deliver exceptional features, while using less energy. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protects the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

ENERGY STAR Certified Light Bulbs:

  • Use up to 90% less energy than standard bulbs
  • Last at least 15 times longer and saves about $55 in electricity costs over its lifetime
  • Meet strict quality and efficiency standards that are tested by accredited labs and certified by a third party
  • Produce about 70-90% less heat, so it’s safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling

Please see the ENERGY STAR light bulb saving calculator (EXCEL, 691 KB) to estimate your saving.

Current Specification Effective Date: January 2, 2017

ENERGY STAR Lamps Program Requirements V2.1 (PDF, 686 KB)

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) originally qualified for the ENERGY STAR label in 1999.
LED light bulbs originally qualified for the ENERGY STAR label in 2009.

Light Bulb Key Product Criteria

Learn How a Product Earns the ENERGY STAR Label

What else should I look for when buying ENERGY STAR light bulbs?

Choosing between the various types of ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs and deciding where to use them can be daunting. Here you’ll find guidance on choosing the right bulbs for your fixtures and locating a convenient retailer.

For an interactive learning experience, check out the Choose a Light Guide.

  • Light Bulb Purchasing Guide (PDF, 652 KB)
  • ENERGY STAR certified bulbs use less power (watts) than incandescent bulbs.
    • Learn more about brightness!
  • ENERGY STAR certified bulbs are available in a variety of shades.
    • Learn more about color and mood!
  • Not all ENERGY STAR certified bulbs are dimmable.
    • If you need a dimmable bulb, please check the packaging before you make your purchase.

 
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Start Saving With My ENERGY STAR

Looking for ways to save energy at home?
My ENERGY STAR makes it easy to browse energy saving tips, and to see how your actions can make a difference. Here are a few tips to get you started.