In 2013 alone, Americans – with the help of ENERGY STAR – saved $30 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual emissions from more than 58 million vehicles.

Over 40% of U.S. households knowingly purchased an ENERGY STAR-labeled product in the past year.

What’s the Difference?
Type of Bulb Incandescent Bulb
Compact Fluorescent Bulb
Power Used
60 13
Light Output
800 800
Lifetime (Hours) 750-1,000 6,000-15,000
Lifecycle Cost* $40 $10
* Based on a 6,000-hour CFL, a 1,000-hour incandescent, use of 3 hrs/day, 11.09 cents/kWh electric rate, $3.00 CFL, and $0.50 incandescent.
  • About 70% reported the label as influential in their purchasing decision.
  • About 70% reported they are likely to recommend products that have earned the ENERGY STAR to friends.
  • 27% of these households reported they were "extremely" likely to recommend ENERGY STAR-labeled products. 

CFL and LED lighting can deliver outstanding energy efficiency. But CFL and LED bulbs are not all the same when it comes to performance. To get the energy efficiency and performance you expect, always look for the ENERGY STAR label.  Bulbs that earn the label are independently certified to ensure they deliver on brightness and color, and shine light where you want it.

ENERGY STAR certified bulbs:

  • Use about 70-90% less energy and produce about 70% less heat than traditional incandescent bulbs
  • Save $30-80 per bulb
  • Last about 10 to 25 times longer
  • Must meet strict quality and efficiency standards
  • Come in a variety of shapes and sizes – recessed cans, track lighting, pendants, and more
  • Customize the mood with a variety of color temperatures – warm to cool light
  • Both compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) and integral LED bulbs can earn the ENERGY STAR certification