Save money and help the environment by updating your lighting.
States are slowly phasing out older incandescent bulbs for newer LED bulbs. These efficient bulbs often cost more up front, but they’re more efficient, lasting longer over their lifetime — and saving you money in the long run.
Top LED light bulbs
|Wattage equivalent||Color||Dimmable?||Brightness (lumen)||Average life||Purchase|
Philips LED Scene Switch E27
||$||6.5W / 9W||Daylight, Soft white, Warm glow||No||800||15,000 hours||Buy now|
Feit Electric Vintage Style LED
||$||4W||Soft white||Yes||300||15,000 hours||Buy now|
Ikea Ledare E26
||$3.99||8.6W||Warm white||Yes||600||25,000 hours||Buy now|
||$13.99 6 pack||40 W||Warm white||No||450||25,000 hours||Buy now|
Sunco Lighting G25
||$29.99||40W||Cool white, warm light, daylight||Yes||450||15,000 hours||Buy now|
Gordon & Bond Vintage Edison
||$22.99 4 pack||4W||Pleasant warm||Yes||300||20,000 hours||Buy now|
GE Daylight A21
||$24.99||75W||Daylight||No||1,100||15,000 hours||Buy now|
||$19.99||60W||Warm white||Yes||500||22.8 years||Buy now|
What are LED light bulbs?
LED light bulbs — or light-emitting diodes — are designed to last longer and run more efficiently than older incandescent models. In fact, countries all around the world begun phasing out the use of incandescent bulbs in favor of bulbs with lower electricity usage.
- Average cost per bulb: $3 to $30
- Power used: 2 watts to 23 watts
- Brightness: 250 lumens to 1,600 lumens
- Average lifespan based on three hours of use a day: Around 20,000 hours
- Typical bulbs replacement over 10 years: One
Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, LED lights:
- Have a lower lifetime cost.
- Can last decades (based on three hours of use per day).
- Are up to 90% more energy efficient.
- Are more environmentally friendly, both in terms of energy use and ability to recycle.
- Emit less heat.
- Are more durable and less prone to breakage.
- Are not made with hazardous chemicals.
You’ll find a few disadvantages to LED light bulbs. As with all bulbs, color intensity and light output can decrease over time. Also, some people find the color of the LEDs to appear too blue.
However, many manufacturers now make vintage-style LED bulbs to replicate the look of traditional incandescents.
Downsides to LED light bulbs include:
- Higher initial price per bulb.
- Some white LED bulbs can appear blue.
- Not all models can be dimmed.
- Sensitive to temperature and can malfunction when exposed to heat.
- Many LEDs won’t function when installed sideways.
- Some LED lights can cause radio or electromagnetic interference.
What to look for when buying an LED light bulb
When choosing a light bulb, consider the number of lumens, the temperature of the light and its ability to dim.
LED light bulbs can help you save on your electric bill, because they’re more efficient than older incandescent bulbs. But you might not be a fan of the bluish glow that some types emit. Before switching out the bulbs in your home, compare your options to find the best fit for your household.
How did we choose these products?
We considered the price, longevity, wattage and energy efficiency of each product to put together our list of the top LED light bulbs.