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How to read an LED bulb label

When you walk through the lightbulb aisle at your local store, you’re probably used to seeing a seemingly endless number of options. While you may be tempted to reach for the cheapest one on the shelf, choosing to purchase an LED lightbulb can help you save money year after year.  

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an LED lightbulb can last up to 25 times longer than an incandescent one. In one year alone, an average home can save more than $200 by making the switch to LEDs. Just imagine how much money you could save in the long run. 

LED lightbulbs may all look alike, but there are many different types. That’s why it’s helpful to take a look at the label on the side of the box. 

At first glance, the label may look overwhelming. But don’t worry, knowing what you’re looking at makes it easy to choose the right light for your home.  

  1. Brightness. Measured in lumens, brightness tells you just how much light is generated by the bulb. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the bulb.  
  1. Estimated Yearly Energy Cost. This number is a rough estimate of how much it will cost you to run the bulb every year. 
  1. Life. This gives you an idea of how long the lightbulb might last before it needs to be replaced. 
  1. Light Appearance. This section of the label tells you what the light will look like. A lower number means the light is warm (more yellow in tone), and a higher number means the light is cooler (more blue in tone). This can range anywhere from warm white to daylight. 
  1. Energy Used. This number tells you how much energy the bulb uses in watts.  

Easy enough, right?

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