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Picking The Right Light Bulb

November 17, 2021 National Grid US

Your Guide To Great Lighting: How To Choose The Right LED Light Bulbs

Did you know that you can upgrade the lighting all around your home and save energy at the same time? We’ve put together some simple tips to make your light bulb choices easier, and more energy efficient.


Why LED Is Best

With a long life up to 50,000 hours, no lead or mercury content, and energy usage up to 90% lower than conventional bulbs, LEDs are a can’t-miss way to save energy and money. Replace just five of your most commonly-used bulbs with LEDs, and you could save up to $75 per year. Go with ENERGY STAR® certified bulbs for extra peace of mind.

Indoor Lighting Tips

When you’re shopping for LEDs for the first time, it helps to know the different types of bulb colors on the market. LED bulbs are primarily measured in Kelvins (K) to indicate color temperature. Warm bulbs check in around 2,700K and are great for bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. For kitchens and home offices, cool white (4,000K) offer brighter light that help with everyday tasks. In the bathroom, we recommend a crisp daylight bulb (5,000K). To ensure each light bulb is a proper fit, simply match the screw-in base of the bulb to the size of the fixture.

Outdoor Lighting Tips

The first thing to consider when you’re choosing your outdoor bulbs is visibility. A 5,000K Daylight bulb will provide bright, clean light that works perfectly for security and garage lighting. It’s also ideal for lighting sidewalks and back yards that require extra visibility. In many areas, a standard bulb will be sufficient, but you can also use a floodlight or spotlight for larger spaces. These bulbs cast a wider beam of light and illuminate more area than standard bulbs — perfect for nighttime gatherings or detailed outdoor tasks.

You can find instant rebates on LED bulbs in the National Grid Marketplace:

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