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 about 70-90% less energy than traditional incandescent 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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There are more than 3 billion light fixtures in homes across the U.S. with old, inefficient bulbs wasting Americans billions of dollars in energy costs and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. You can do your part to save energy and protect the planet by lighting your moments with ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs. High-quality ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs are now more affordable than ever and, only LED bulbs that have earned the ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to deliver the quality and performance you deserve. 

ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs deliver:

Big Energy Savings: Lasting over 12 years, and saving you energy and money the whole time.
Environmental Benefits: Protecting the planet for the special moments of future generations.
Light Distribution: Lighting the small, intimate moments AND the big, busy ones with just the right brightness and color.
Highest Quality Performance: Perfect for maximizing the impact of all your special moments.

Make the most of all life’s moments

Join other Americans taking up our challenge this year to switch out 300 million inefficient bulbs to ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs.  Together, we could save about $1.5 billion dollars in annual energy bills and prevent 17 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions – for a lifetime of special moments.



If all Americans replaced their inefficient light bulbs with ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs, we would save $1.5 billion dollars in annual energy bills, and prevent 17 billion pounds of annual carbon pollution.

By taking the Pledge, you acknowledge and agree that: 1) Your personal information submitted as part of the ENERGY STAR Pledge will be shared with the EPA and organizations you have agreed to associate with your account; 2) that EPA's use of your personal information shall be governed by EPA's Privacy Policy, and 3) you may receive emails from ENERGY STAR or the associated organization.

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Spread the word!

Download these cute messages to share with friends and family through social media. Encourage them to make the most of their moments, and their contribution to the environment, by lighting them with ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs. (Just click on your favorite image to enlarge and download.)

  • That moment when... you put on the final touches
  • That moment when... you can tell she has your smile
  • That moment when... you realize you could have never done it without her
  • That moment when... you really were surprised

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.