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, 1.53 MB) 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.
What types of light bulbs should I look for?
Choosing between the various LED light bulb types that are ENERGY STAR certified, as well as 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.
- ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes for any application.
- The ENERGY STAR Light Bulb Purchasing Guide (PDF, 652 KB) can help you find the right bulb for your light fixture.
- ENERGY STAR certified bulbs use less power (watts) than incandescent bulbs.
- ENERGY STAR certified bulbs are available in a variety of shades.
- Not all ENERGY STAR certified bulbs are dimmable.
- If you need a dimmable light bulb, please check the packaging before you make your purchase.
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