Lighting Buyer's Guide

Watt's the Deal with LEDs?

LED bulbs use five times less energy and last up to 15 times longer than traditional incandescents. By upgrading just five of your most-used bulbs, you can save up to $75 per year.

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Philips Hue Bulb

All LED bulbs on this store have earned the ENERGY STAR® label, indicating that they surpass federal standards for energy efficiency and provide high-quality light output and color.

Choosing the Right Bulb

Selecting for Shape

LED bulbs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Make sure that the bulb you buy matches your fixture.

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A-line bulbs: Table or floor lamp, wall sconce, pendant fixture, ceiling fixture

Candle/Torpedo Bulbs: wall sconce, pendant fixture, ceiling fan

Globes: wall sconce, pendant fixture

BR30 Flood Lights: General household light fixtures, recessed can lighting, and/or track lighting

Selecting for Brightness

The amount of light a bulb generates – or its brightness – is measured in lumens. The higher the lumens number, the brighter the light.

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It’s a common misconception that watts (W) indicate brightness, when in fact watts measure electricity use. For bright and efficient lighting, look for bulbs with a high lumens number and low wattage.

Lighting options typically range from 300 to 1,600 lumens. If you're swapping out incandescents for LEDs, use this guide as a rule of thumb:

  • Replace a 40W incandescent bulb with an LED that gives you 450 lumens of light
  • Replace a 60W incandescent bulb with an LED that gives you 800 lumens of light
  • Replace a 75W incandescent bulb with an LED that gives you 1100 lumens of light
  • Replace a 100W incandescent bulb with an LED that gives you 1600 lumens of light
Selecting for Color

The color temperature of your bulbs can drastically impact the mood and feel of a room. The warm, cozy lights in your bedroom are nothing like the crisp, radiant light in your bathroom or the fluorescent overhead at your office.

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Color temperature is measured on the Kelvin temperature scale. Yellow lights have lower Kelvin numbers while whiter or bluer lights have higher Kelvin numbers.

Warm or Soft White

  • 2,700 to 3,500 Kelvin
  • Cozy, inviting and warm
  • Good for bedrooms, living rooms and dens

Neutral or Cool White

  • 3,500 to 4,100 Kelvin
  • Clean, crisp and radiant
  • Good for kitchens, work spaces and bathrooms

Natural or Daylight

  • 5,000 to 6,500 Kelvin
  • Alert, active and vibrant
  • Good for reading and detail-oriented activities
Selecting for Control

Keep it simple with basic LEDs and dimmable bulbs. 

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Dimmable Lights

Dim your lights up and down to control the ambiance of the room.

Our picks:

  • Philips 65w Daylight BR-30
  • Philips 65w Warm/Soft Light BR-30
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